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The Sporkful is an award-winning podcast and blog about eating, where we discuss, debate, and obsess over the most ridiculous food-related minutiae, always seeking new and better ways to eat. Hosted by Dan Pashman and Mark Garrison, former co-workers at NPR, The Sporkful encourages everyone to eat more, eat better, and "EAT MORE BETTER!"

Sunday, February 7, 2016

  • Calls: Is It OK To Eat All Your Popcorn Before The Movie Starts?
    The Sporkful Family Food Court is back in session. A husband and wife debate when to eat movie popcorn, and a mother and daughter argue over whether eating salad dressing makes you an adult.  Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

  • Dumpling Architecture: Redesigning Lunar New Year
    Writer (and iconoclast) Jiayang Fan argues that dumplings are overrated. Can a group of architects improve the design of Lunar New Year’s beloved comfort food? Plus Jiayang talks about her confusion upon coming to the US from China and finding that Americans like “the most zestless part of any animal.” Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

  • Live: Is Sparkling Water Actually Water?
    Myq Kaplan is a linguist, vegan, and stand-up comic, so he and Dan debate the definition of water and whether eggless vegan mayo should be called mayo. Plus, is picking all the pretzels out of a snack mix wrong? A philosophy professor tells us what Socrates would say. Live on stage from Tufts University! Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

  • Why You Should Listen To Your Food
    When potato chips make a louder crunch, people think they taste better. Changing the background music can make chocolate taste sweeter. And you can tell whether you're cutting scallions correctly by the sound they make. Find out why and hear (and taste) the difference for yourself in this week's show! Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Margaret Cho's Always Been 'Hollywood Obese'
    The comedian's eating disorder nearly killed her. This week on The Sporkful, she offers advice to a teenage listener who may be heading down the same path. But will it help? Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Bonus: The Very First Sporkful Ever
    In honor of The Sporkful's sixth anniversary, we're re-releasing our first episode ever, in which Dan and former co-host Mark Garrison debate all things ice cubes. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

  • Canadian Food Invasion! With Comic Ophira Eisenberg and Chef Matty Matheson
    Poutine is flooding across America's northern border! But what's so great about fries, gravy, and cheese curds? Two proud Canadians -- Ophira Eisenberg (Ask Me Another, The Moth) and Matty Matheson (Vice's Keep It Canada) -- school us in their home and native land (and its food). Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

  • New Year's Food Resolutions + Our Favorite Episode Of The Year
    We reveal the foods we resolve to eat more of next year and replay our favorite episode from 2015. If you've ever sipped a beer in the shower, this one's for you. (Repeat with new material) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.
  • Ring In The New Year With A Beer In The Shower
    We reveal the foods we resolve to eat more of next year and replay our favorite episode from 2015. If you've ever sipped a beer in the shower, this one's for you. (Repeat with new material) Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Live: Perfecting The 140-Character Restaurant Review (with Mimi Sheraton)
    The famously opinionated restaurant critic takes questions from Sporkful listeners on latte foam preservation, carrot stick-to-dip ratio, and when in a meal to take the best bite. Taped live on stage at the Bell House in Brooklyn.  Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Food Science Smackdown: The Food Lab vs. The Sporkful
    Serious Eats food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt challenges some of Dan's eating innovations, then Sporkful listeners challenge Kenji with their own questions. Can The Sporkful stump Kenji? Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

  • Calls: Vegan Divorce + Potato Pancake Diplomacy
    Sometimes food bridges divides, other times it creates them. This week listeners call in to share stories of food and in-laws. Emma wooed her wife's Christian family with Hanukkah potato pancakes, but Erin's in-laws shunned her vegan diet. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

  • Coming Out At Christmas With My Drunk Kitchen’s Hannah Hart
    The YouTube star talks about coming out to herself and her family, why throwing parties makes her anxious, and how you know you're too drunk to cook. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the Podcasts app so you never miss an episode! Follow Dan on Twitter and Instagram @TheSporkful and at Facebook.com/Sporkful.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

  • Live: John Hodgman v. Dan Pashman: Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?
    This long-running feud comes to a head live on stage, with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone moderating. It's like a presidential debate, but with more dignity. NOTE FROM DAN: The largest share of The Sporkful's funding comes from YOU. If you want our show to keep going and growing, please support us today. We'll thank you with a limited edition poster from the hot dog sandwich debate, signed by John Hodgman, Brooke Gladstone, and me! Donate here: http://bit.ly/1OqqsgL. And thank you! Please subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode!
  • John Hodgman v. Dan Pashman: Are Hot Dogs Sandwiches?
    This long-running feud comes to a head live on stage, with WNYC's Brooke Gladstone moderating. It's like a presidential debate, but with more dignity. NOTE FROM DAN: The largest share of The Sporkful's funding comes from YOU. If you want our show to keep going and growing, please support us today. We'll thank you with a limited edition poster from the hot dog sandwich debate, signed by John Hodgman, Brooke Gladstone, and me! Donate here: http://bit.ly/1OqqsgL. And thank you! Please subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode!
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