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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November 26, 2021 60 min

This fantastical cartoon series frequently features characters (many of whom are anthropomorphic foods) eating -- or avoiding being eaten. Anney and Lauren explore the distant lands, foods, and drinks of Adventure Time.

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This North American grain is technically neither rice nor truly wild, but has been cared for and harvested by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and science behind wild rice.

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November 19, 2021 44 min

This fruit-forward wine is released just two months after the grapes’ harvest (thanks to some specific fermentation and dissemination practices). Anney and Lauren get fresh with the history and science of Beaujolais Nouveau.

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November 17, 2021 56 min

The turkey is a study in contradictions: majestic yet ridiculous, ridiculous yet aggressive, prized for feasts yet often poorly cooked, and definitely NOT from Turkey. In this classic episode, we cover everything turkey, from cooking tips to snood science.

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November 12, 2021 55 min

These mollusks are prized for their delicate meat and divine shells alike. Anney and Lauren dip into the history, aquaculture, and biology of scallops.

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November 10, 2021 40 min

This warm, earthy spice has made its place in comforting cuisine around the world. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of cumin.

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November 6, 2021 49 min

This hearty dish of fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy, though once looked down upon, has earned its place as a global trend. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and culture behind poutine.

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November 4, 2021 47 min

This product, made of real smoke from smoldering wood, is used as a seasoning and safety measure alike. Anney and Lauren blow through the science and history of liquid smoke. (p.s. mirrors aren't liquid; glass is an amorphous solid)

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October 30, 2021 58 min

'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ focuses on a Victorian girl’s curiosity about (and frustration with) the absurdities of adulthood and society, often exemplified with food. Anney and Lauren discuss Lewis Carroll’s novels, and are joined by Ben Bowlin, Miranda Hawkins, and Dylan Fagan for a dramatic reading of the chapter ‘A Mad Tea-Party’.

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This sometimes maligned candy is made from the fats of cacao seeds, not the solids, resulting in a subtle and smooth form of chocolate. Anney and Lauren dip into the buttery science and backwards history of white chocolate.

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October 22, 2021 53 min

This versatile vegetable is used for its tasty taproot, leafy greens, and sugar production capacity. Anney and Lauren dig into the earthy history and sweet science of beets.

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October 20, 2021 34 min

This category of beverages encompasses a continuum of often creamy, spiced, and slightly sweet nondairy drinks – and beyond. Anney and Lauren dip into the science and history of horchata.

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October 15, 2021 65 min

On film, many foods are made of non-food items and many non-food items are made of food. Movie magic! In this classic episode, we speak with special effects artist Vii Kelly about inexpensive edible gore, plus go into the history of food effects in movies and television.

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October 13, 2021 38 min

This long-beloved cheese starts sweet and simple, but can be aged and smoked into a number of specific styles. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of Gouda.

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October 8, 2021 46 min

We return once again to stories from you, dear listeners! From pierogis and prosciutto to blueberries and burgers (both Bob’s and beyond), Anney and Lauren dive into the inbox -- and it will not be the last.

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October 6, 2021 50 min

This herb has been used in foods, drinks, medicines, and religious practices since time immemorial. Anney and Lauren explore the science and history of rosemary.

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October 1, 2021 53 min

These chocolate candies in a sugar shell have inspired colorful debate and serious science. Anney and Lauren get the history and culture of M&M’s in the bag.

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September 29, 2021 49 min

This waterfowl is raised for its eggs, and the whole animal is used in different ways in cuisines around the world. Anney and Lauren flock to the science and history behind ducks.

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September 24, 2021 43 min

This soup comes in many styles and variations, incorporating broth with beets and beyond to create a satisfying (and often slightly sour) dish. Anney and Lauren dip into the history and cultures behind borscht.

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September 22, 2021 51 min

These utensils come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and materials specialized to the type of eating, cooking, and serving they’re intended for. Anney and Lauren dig into the history and cultures behind chopsticks.

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