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The Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast with Sam Kean

A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast by Sam Kean. I examine overlooked stories from our past: the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the crooked Nazis who saved thousands of American lives, the American immigrants who developed the most successful cancer screening tool in history, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and much, much more. These are charming little tales that never made the history books, but these small moments can be surprisingly powerful. These are the cases where history gets inverted, where the footnote becomes the real story.

Episodes

Death by Nutrition
Show Details20min 26s
The Roadside Apocalypse
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The Blind Visionary
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The Scariest Paradise on Earth
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The Naked Shibboleth
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The Debaucherous Legacy of Johnny Appleseed
Show Details21min 48s
The Most Evil Molecule
Show Details18min 59s
The Life-Saving Rat Poison
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The Making of a Lobotomist
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Icepick Surgeon bonus excerpt on the making of the Unabomber
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The Murderer Who Made Movies Possible
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Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, and the Irish Giant
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The Screwiest—and Perhaps Most Original—Idea of the 20th Century
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The Bird with Four Sexes
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When the Brain Deceives Itself
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Stephen Hawking and the Black Hole Mistake that Made His Career
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Albert Einstein and the Worst Prediction in the History of Science
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How to Be Smarter than Isaac Newton
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Claude Monet and Bee Purple
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The Unsung Heroes of Darwin’s Evolution
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The Sinister Angel Singers of Rome
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The Murderous Origins of the American Medical Association
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The Big ‘What If’ of Cancer
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The Harvard Medical School Janitor Who Solved a Murder
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Burn After Watching
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History’s First Car Crash Victim
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Real Life Zombies
Show Details17min 33s
How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body
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The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer
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Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts
Show Details19min 23s
Icepick Surgeon audiobook excerpt
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The Anatomy Riots
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When a Hole in the Head Is Good for You
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When Mosquitos Cured Insanity
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The Death of the Lord God Bird
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Chewing it Over—and Over and Over and Over
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What's the Longest Word in the English Language?
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Why Don't We Have a Male Birth Control Pill Yet?
Show Details17min 57s
Bonus interview with WNYC's Science Diction
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Marie Curie's (Nearly Disastrous) Trip to America
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The Most Important Lost Fossils in History
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The World’s First Global Vaccine Supply Chain Was Orphan Children
Show Details20min 26s
The Joys, and Pains, of Operating on Yourself
Show Details17min 15s
A School Shooting for Science
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Star Wars, Death Rays, and Donald Trump
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Vitamin G
Show Details19min 42s
The CIA’s Drug-Fueled Orgies and You
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From Siberia with (Manipulative) Love
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The Man Who Couldn’t Read Numbers
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The Teflon Bomb
Show Details19min 43s
Chocolate Cake & Atomic Bombs
Show Details19min 33s
The Ice Island Murder
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Our Slimy Nazi Saviors
Show Details16min 59s
Are Braces a Health Disaster?
Show Details19min 29s
The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions
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Tyrannosaurus sex
Show Details18min 38s
The Lost Dinosaurs of Central Park
Show Details18min 13s
Exposing Nazi Medical Atrocities
Show Details19min 20s
Glove at First Sight
Show Details18min 41s
Galileo and Art, part 2
Show Details17min 24s
Galileo and Art, part 1
Show Details19min 55s
Tea Test Tempest
Show Details13min 35s