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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October 5, 2022 28 min

This herb and its seeds bring a warm yet bracing kick to dishes (and, yes, pickles) around the world. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of dill.

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This sourdough flatbread isn’t only a delicious staple – it’s servingware and utensils, too. Anney and Lauren round out the history and science of injera.

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October 3, 2022 30 min

This highly customizable salad can incorporate a range of spicy, savory, salty, and sweet elements – but always with a base of tart, fresh, unripe papaya. Anney and Lauren dig into the iterations and history of green papaya salad.

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September 22, 2022 44 min

This novelty candy creates a popping sensation in your mouth using highly pressurized (but totally harmless) pockets of carbon dioxide. Anney and Lauren explore the science, history, and urban legends behind Pop Rocks.

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September 20, 2022 19 min

When scientists team up with brand marketers, dreams can come true – assuming you were dreaming of a diamond made of ranch seasoning. In this mini-episode, Anney and Lauren dip into how Hidden Valley created a ring for the real ranch lovers among us.

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September 19, 2022 47 min

This cartoon turned media franchise features food in both very ordinary and very extraordinary situations. Anney and Lauren can’t believe we’ve come so far -- ‘Steven Universe’ food stuff, here we are!

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September 15, 2022 29 min

This wheat beer owes its cloudy appearance and fruity, spicy flavors to the yeast(s) used in brewing it. Anney and Lauren explore the history and science of Hefeweizen.

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September 8, 2022 33 min

This large variety of pepper makes up for its lack of heat by presenting in a veritable rainbow of colors and other flavors. Anney and Lauren crack open the history and science behind bell peppers.

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September 7, 2022 36 min

This fluffy meringue dessert often comes with whipped cream, cut fruit, and contention. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren explore where pavlova really comes from and why meringue is so persnickety, scientifically speaking.

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September 2, 2022 38 min

This now nearly ubiquitous beverage developed out of a very specific blend of cultural influences. Anney and Lauren dip into the history of masala chai.

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August 31, 2022 42 min

The stuff that makes bacon delicious also made it safer to eat in the era before refrigeration -- but the same stuff also makes it less than healthy. In this classic episode, Anney and Lauren dig into the history and science behind bacon's popularity.

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While on our mission to record this episode, we encountered some mysterious technical difficulties – but the mail must go on. In this journey to the inbox, we encounter cloudberry memories, an opposition of frog opinions, and lots of nerdy stuff.

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August 25, 2022 24 min

This starchy staple can be served as simple grilled bread -- or can contain multitudes. Anney and Lauren dig into the history of arepas (and precooked corn flour).

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August 19, 2022 48 min

These cream-filled snack cakes may not be eternal, but they do have a long and storied past. Anney and Lauren explore the science and sticky history of the Twinkie brand.

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August 12, 2022 31 min

This cheese gets its tasty tang from sheep/goat milk and aging in a brine instead of open air. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of feta cheese.

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August 8, 2022 36 min

This frozen treat is deceptively simple – and thousands of years in the making. Anney and Lauren dig into the crystallized science and history of sorbet (and sherbet, too).

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August 3, 2022 38 min

This protein is such a popular delicacy that it’s caused conservation problems around the world. Anney and Lauren hop to the amphibious history and science of frog legs.

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August 1, 2022 30 min

This fruit is beloved in the subarctic areas where it grows, but you pretty much have to be in one of those places to try it. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history of the cloudberry.

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July 28, 2022 27 min

Despite (or perhaps due to) its simplicity, this drink is one of the most popular cocktails on the planet. In this classic cocktail (half-)hour, Anney and Lauren walk through the history and science behind the whiskey sour.

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This appliance was created to take the fuss out of cooking rice – but modern models can do a lot more than that. Anney and Lauren dig into the science and history behind rice cookers.

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