Savor

Savor

Savor digs into how people live and how they eat – and why. Hosts Anney Reese and Lauren Vogelbaum interview the culinary creators and consumers of the world, exploring the science, history, and culture of food and drink, all with a key question in mind: Why do we like what we like, and how can we find more of those things?... Show More

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January 15, 2020 32 min

Graham crackers today are sweet, airy, and often a component in desserts, but they originated as a bland health food peddled by a temperance preacher. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore the long, weird journey of graham crackers.

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January 10, 2020 43 min

Sure, it’s just salt-cured fish eggs, but caviar’s status as a luxury good has made it into something mythic. Anney and Lauren dive into the conflicting history and uncertain future of caviar.”

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January 8, 2020 40 min

Forget fine art, gold, or jewels – food and drink make up over a quarter of all cargo heists worldwide. (It’s the largest single category!) Anney and Lauren explore the strange, sad, thrilling, and sometimes sorta hilarious world of food heists.

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January 4, 2020 32 min

These leafy greens -- another traditional New Year’s food in the American South – have been sustaining humans pretty much ever since humans existed. Anney and Lauren explore the history and culture of collard greens.

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January 2, 2020 33 min

Black-eyed peas, a traditional New Year’s food in the American South, are an important staple all year long around the world. We dig into the history of this hardy legume – plus the science of minimizing beans’ musical properties.

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December 31, 2019 54 min

Throughout its history, the much-sought-after pineapple has symbolized friendship, luxury, and royalty. Anney and Lauren take another look into the pineapple's history and future with help from some of the people they met on Oahu.

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How do our food stories change during wartime? Each episode follows a World War II veteran from their home in the United States through their overseas deployment and back again. We hear firsthand where they fought, who they fed, how they ate, and what tastes they missed most while away at war. "Service: Stories of Hunger and War" is an iHeartRadio production hosted by Jacqueline Raposo. Listen now everywhere podcasts are... Read more

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December 25, 2019 29 min

This tree nut helped make civilizations in North America possible — and is now practically extinct in the region. Anney and Lauren explore why the chestnut is so useful, why it was nearly lost here, and what's being done to bring it back.

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Since 1981, confounded cooks have been able to call a free holiday hotline for answers to their burning turkey questions – sometimes literally. We chat with Turkey Talk-Line Director Nicole Johnson about the science & psychology that goes into the gig.

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December 18, 2019 43 min

America's favorite movie theater snack involves 7,000 years of history and fascinating physics. In this corny but classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore how popcorn pops -- and how it basically got the theater industry through the Great Depression.

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December 13, 2019 62 min

The forces that made New Orleans’ drinking culture unique in the U.S. also made the city what it is today. We sit down with a historian who explores and explains New Orleans through its cocktails, Elizabeth Pearce of Drink and Learn.

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December 11, 2019 42 min

This aromatic leaf has been a symbol of victory and compared to dryer sheets. Anney and Lauren explore the ancient (and modern) myths surrounding bay leaves.

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December 6, 2019 38 min

Why are hard candy sticks that are red-and-white striped, peppermint flavored, and bent at one end a Christmas Thing? Anney and Lauren separate fact from fiction and explore the sugary science behind candy canes.

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December 4, 2019 45 min

This stir-fried noodle dish is famous not just because it’s delicious – it’s also the product of an intense marketing campaign from Thailand’s government. Anney and Lauren dig in to the slippery history of pad Thai.

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This North American winter staple has sprouted crazes, battles, and bitter scares. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren linger just a little on the cranberry.

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November 27, 2019 42 min

We’ve talked a lot about the food and drinks around Oahu, but what’s it really like being part of the food & beverage industry there? We close out our Hawaii miniseries and say so long, Oahu, and thanks for all the fish.

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November 22, 2019 38 min

This divine fruit salad(/soup?) comes in near-infinite varieties these days, but they all stem back to a simple layering of orange slices, shredded coconut, and sugar. Anney and Lauren explore the semi-gelled history of ambrosia salad.

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November 20, 2019 45 min

Sustainability is a buzzword, but we should all be taking it seriously – and Hawaii has even more reasons to than most. We talk through the history of the movement towards greater environmental and social responsibility, using chocolate as an example.

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November 15, 2019 41 min

Humans have been cooking and eating snails as sustenance for at least 30,000 years, but it’s often considered a delicacy today. Anney and Lauren explore the history and slimy science of escargot.

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November 14, 2019 55 min

The system by which fish get from the water to your plate is... complex. (Like, we’re-gonna-need-a-bigger-episode complex.) We untangle the trials and triumphs of the fishing industry with special guest Brooks Takenaka of the Honolulu Fish Auction.

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