Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean podcast

Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean

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.

35 episodi

  • Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean podcast

    How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body

    19:00

    Scientists know how other animals’ bodies will change in warmer climates, but how will human beings respond?Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer

    18:59

    The life of chimneysweeps was nasty, poor, brutish, filthy dirty, and usually short, thanks to a rare cancer of the genitals...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts

    19:22

    The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    Icepick Surgeon audiobook excerpt

    18:36

    The prologue and introduction to the book The Icepick Surgeon. Written by Sam Kean, read by Ben Sullivan.Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    The Anatomy Riots

    17:09

    How early anatomists provoked some of the strangest riots in history, over stolen corpses (plus, bonus preview of my new book, The Icepick Surgeon!)Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    When a Hole in the Head Is Good for You

    16:16

    How a rogue archaeologist in Peru—and a stolen skull—provided the first real evidence that ancient people practiced neurosurgery...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    When Mosquitos Cured Insanity

    17:17

    How one doctor in the early 1900s risked the lives of patients by pitting one ancient scourge (malaria) against another (syphilis)—and won a Nobel Prize in the process...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    The Death of the Lord God Bird

    19:30

    How greed, and a group of Nazi prisoners, killed off one of the most iconic birds in American history, the ivory-billed woodpecker...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    Chewing it Over—and Over and Over and Over

    17:52

    How a weird “scientific” diet fad conquered America in the early 1900s—and easily could have lost World War One for the Allies...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
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    What's the Longest Word in the English Language?

    18:37

    How the unique properties of carbon produced a 1,185-letter word...Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy

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