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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, June 28, 2015

  • Breaking The Ramadan Fast In A Cab At 50 MPH
    Dan fills a taxi full of food and takes it to JFK Airport at sundown to break the Ramadan fast with Muslim cab drivers. What could go wrong? Plus a Texan talks about embracing her Muslim roots after 9/11 and fasting on Ramadan for the first time when she was in her 30s. And Arab-American teens reveal the best and worst parts of Ramadan.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

  • A Flavor Chemist Explains Burger Toppings
    A flavor chemist explains the science of burger smashing and how the order of your toppings affects how they taste. Plus a man in search of the perfect burger lays out exactly what he's looking for.  Come see The Sporkful live on stage at the Taste of Chicago! Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 pm in the Food for Thought area. Guests will include Spoon the band, Doug Sohn of Hot Doug's, an opera singing donut maker, and a mathematician who loves pi and pie. Plus discussion of summer food festival strategy and an Oreo cookie eating activity. See you there! 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

  • Is Vanilla Ice Cream Too Vanilla?
    How did vanilla become the default flavor of ice cream? Do those black flecks actually make it more delicious? And which is better, cup or cone? Dan discusses with Spilled Milk hosts Molly Wizenberg and Matthew Amster-Burton. Plus Weird Al weighs in, and Bon Appetit's Adam Rapoport debates the merits of pie with Dan's Aunt Meryl.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

  • Beyond Pot Brownies (w/ Radiolab's Jad Abumrad)
    Dan and Radiolab's Jad Abumrad explore the new frontier of weed-infused foods with a French pastry chef. They'll tell you how it tastes. They'll tell you how it makes them feel. And they'll tell you what happens when you eat way, way too much of it.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

  • Tracing The Sausage Family Tree
    Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang reveals his top ten favorite sausages, from Chinese lap cheong to Lil' Smokies. Plus we debate whether hot dogs are a type of sausage, and the discussion brings up painful memories from Kevin's childhood.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

  • You Suck At Drinking: A Guide To Buzz Management
    Dan talks Buzz Management with Matthew Latkiewicz, author of "You Suck At Drinking," and the founders of Bitch Beer help him pair beers with weather forecasts. Plus, Dan goes on a rant about why he loves light beer but hates their marketing. Pour yourself a cold one and get comfy.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

  • Legendary Food Critic Mimi Sheraton Hasn't Been Hungry In 60 Years
    The famously opinionated former New York Times restaurant critic loves frozen Milky Ways and once packed 104 different pastrami sandwiches into her car. Just don't offer her kale. Plus, she reveals the one dish she forgot to include in her new book, "1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

  • True Confessions Of A Ballpark Food Vendor
    What's the worst food gig in the ballpark? What's the best Cracker Jack prize? Should you eat the peanut shells? We explore the two foods immortalized in "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" with Mike Pesca from Slate's The Gist, Ted Berg of USA TODAY, and third generation peanut man Nile Brisson. Subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode! Connect with Dan Pashman on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

  • The Man Who Made 5 Million Burritos (with Jesse Thorn)
    Is the perfect burrito a feat of engineering or art? Dan debates burrito construction and the LA/SF rivalry with Jesse Thorn (MaxFun, Bullseye) and Evan Kleiman (KCRW's Good Food). Plus Vox's Matt Yglesias compares Chipotle burritos to iPhones.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

  • What Makes A Sandwich A Sandwich?
    Is a buttered roll a sandwich? What about a hot dog? Is it still brunch if it’s 2 pm? Should sparkling water be called water? Dan debates food and language with Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink and Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

  • Comic Ron Funches' Autistic Son Loves Oreos With Bacon
    The popular comedian talks about the glory of popcorn with Raisinets, his efforts to eat healthier, and the frustrations of getting his autistic son to do the same. Plus he explains why starting out in comedy is a lot like learning to cook.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

  • Andrew Zimmern and IBM Want To Put Meat In Your Cocktail
    The host of Bizarre Foods says, “We have such a narrow definition of what’s edible.” So IBM wants its Watson technology to discover new flavors and foods. But how will the future taste? Dan sits down with Andrew Zimmern and the people behind Watson, then he and New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi take Chef Watson for a test drive.
  • Andrew Zimmern Wants Meat In Your Cocktail
    The host of Bizarre Foods says, “We have such a narrow definition of what’s edible.” So IBM wants its Watson technology to discover new flavors and foods. But how will the future taste? Dan sits down with Andrew Zimmern and the people behind Watson, then he and New Tech City's Manoush Zomorodi take Chef Watson for a test drive.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

  • Donuts Old School, Donuts New, Donuts Glazed, Donuts Blue
    A cross-country donut quest takes Dan from wacky Voodoo Doughnut and artisanal Blue Star Donuts in Portland to old school Peter Pan Donuts in Brooklyn. Along the way he talks to eaters and bakers alike, in hopes of answering one question: What’s the difference between a good donut and a great one?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

  • Is Free Office Coffee More Valuable Than Healthcare?
    When Slate's Mike Pesca and I pull out all the stops to make the best turkey sandwich ever begotten in an office kitchenette, the results are life-changing. We also discuss what you can tell about a workplace based on the kitchen and why a messy office fridge can actually be a good thing. Plus, are Big Brother eyes the secret to office kitchen harmony? It's the fourth episode in The Sporkful's special investigation of office eating.
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