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?

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May 11, 2021 2 min

Hey, Savor fans!

We know you already love great podcasts, so here's another we think you'll enjoy - Ephemeral season 2. Check out the trailer and see for yourself.

About Ephemeral: The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only...

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This method of cooking is endlessly adaptable, and the various dishes it creates represent the history of the Philippines on a plate. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and culture of Filipino adobo.

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May 5, 2021 48 min

These small but fiery chili peppers became so widely popular that they’ve caused historical confusion. Anney and Lauren give some hot takes on the history and science of habaneros.

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April 30, 2021 70 min

These crustaceans are the most-consumed type of crab in the U.S., which is the top crab-consuming country in the world. Anney and Lauren explore the history and, honestly, just very strange science of blue crabs.

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April 29, 2021 37 min

Expiration dates cause confusion and food waste. In this classic episode, Lauren and Anney do some demystifying (and talk about how a notorious gangster may have been involved with their inception).

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April 23, 2021 46 min

This highly customizable treat is part drink, part snack, and a complete sensation. Anney and Lauren spill the history and culture of bubble tea.

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April 22, 2021 45 min

This shelf-stable concentrate of broth or stock is a mainstay of modern home cooking, but similarly portable soups go back hundreds of years. Anney and Lauren take stock of the science and history of bouillon.

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April 16, 2021 45 min

This lime-green culinary nut partially deshells itself when it’s ready for us to eat. Anney and Lauren shake down the history and science behind pistachios.

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April 14, 2021 46 min

This brand of seasonings has made itself synonymous with Maryland seafood. Anney and Lauren boil down the history and culture of Old Bay products.

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April 9, 2021 46 min

This sweet beverage doesn’t necessarily contain either roots or beer, but it certainly can. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and culture of root beer.

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April 7, 2021 48 min

We owe so many innovations in food safety and technology to the simple fact that astronauts need to eat. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren launch into the history (and sometimes questionable menus) of space food.

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This sweeping media franchise has featured plenty of foods and drinks in its 25 years – including some made from Pokémon themselves. (Our courage will pull us through.) Y’all teach us, and we’ll teach you about the fictional foods of the 'Pokémon' universe.

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March 31, 2021 45 min

It’s not a trap! We again reach into the mailbag (digital and physical) to share listeners’ stories -- including mac & cheese disasters, Guinness lyrics, and literal snail mail.

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March 26, 2021 36 min

This prolific yellow flower has tender, nutritious leaves and a somewhat weedy reputation. Anney and Lauren explore the bittersweet science and history of the dandelion.

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March 24, 2021 38 min

This Chinese-American comfort food was inspired by Hunan, originated in Taipei, and developed in New York City. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and culture(s) behind General Tso’s chicken.

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March 19, 2021 36 min

This complex spice, both warming and cooling, brings zing to foods from baked goods and curries to caffeinated drinks and beyond. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of cardamom.

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March 17, 2021 57 min

This brewing company, famous for its Irish stouts, is one of the most recognizable beer brands in the world. Anney and Lauren tap into the history and science of Guinness.

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March 12, 2021 67 min

This creamy comfort food is a classic, whether it’s crafted or Krafted. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and industrial evolution of macaroni and cheese.

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March 11, 2021 46 min

These prized mushrooms have been around for a long time, but they’ve managed to remain mysterious. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history behind morel mushrooms.

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March 5, 2021 57 min

This Scottish sausage may be made with humble ingredients, but it’s the stuff(ing?) of legend. Anney and Lauren explore the biology, sportsmanship, and poetry of haggis.

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