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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.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

  • Even Spies Hate Stale Bread: Secrets Of The CIA Cafeteria
    Dan talks to two guys who used Freedom of Information Act requests to unearth the contents of the CIA cafeteria suggestion box. It turns out even spies hate stale bread. And don't even get them started on something called a Jazz Salad.  Plus, the unwritten rules of office potlucks. Do you know how to tell a rigged, collaborative meal from a true potluck? It's the third episode in The Sporkful's special investigation of office eating.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

  • Office Fridges: What Would The Founding Fathers Do?
    When you share a communal fridge in an office or apartment, your philosophy about how that fridge should be used says a lot about how you think society should function. How should resources be allocated? How much individual liberty should we each have? When should big government intervene? As with these timeless questions of governance, with communal fridges there’s a lot of disagreement. This week on The Sporkful, listeners call in with contrasting perspectives.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

  • True Crime: Investigating An Office Fridge Food Theft
    It’s Elkhart, Indiana, 2001. Two inches of Heather Coleman's turkey club disappear from her office fridge. The thief is nowhere to be found. And Heather’s life will never be the same. In this tribute to the hit podcast Serial we investigate a shocking true story of office fridge food theft.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

  • The Moist Towelette Museum Is A Thing
    Dan talks to the curator of the Moist Towelette Museum about the best way to use them and what makes an especially great one. Then Dan and his friend Mark Garrison debate cloth vs. paper napkins, whether napkin color affects meal enjoyment, and whether restaurants should be banned from using scented hand soap.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

  • This Is Your Brain On Cheesesteak
    Why do our brains go crazy for the melted cheese on a Philly cheesesteak or the crispy fried goodness of scrapple? (And what is scrapple anyway?) This week on The Sporkful we feast on some classic Philadelphia fare, then bring samples to a scientist at the Monell Center to find out what makes greasy treats so irresistible. If science were always this delicious, Dan would have a Nobel Prize by now.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

  • Eddie Huang and Notorious MSG Ring In Lunar New Year
    Chef Eddie Huang is tired of the media's two-dimensional portrayals of Asian-Americans. Taking a cue from Huang's new TV show Fresh Off The Boat, Dan tries chicken feet and a dessert soup called tang yuan with some passionate eaters who are defying stereotypes.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

  • Dan Savage Recommends A Polyeaterous Lifestyle
    What should you cook for breakfast the morning after? What do you do if your partner has very different taste in food? How can couples share power in the kitchen without driving each other crazy? We talk food and relationships with advice columnist Dan Savage. Plus Anna Sale from Death, Sex and Money explains how bruschetta helped convince her to give marriage a second shot.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • A Soda Jerk And A Mormon Walk Into A Podcast
    What soda pairs best with enchiladas? Why are soft drinks carbonated with dry ice so much better? Dan visits the soda-obsessed owner of Galco’s in Los Angeles, and covers regional soda pop nomenclature with a linguist. Got belly wash?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

  • What Kind Of Kitchen Are You?
    How will research big food companies are doing today affect what we eat tomorrow? And how can it make our lives more delicious now? We get a rare peek inside the Campbell's Test Kitchen.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Why Mac And Cheese Is Like Hall And Oates
    The Two Man Gentlemen Band performs "Pork Chops" and "Fancy Beer" live in studio and shares tips for eating while driving a tour van (or any vehicle). Plus we discuss the intersection of food and music with Zach Brooks from Food Is The New Rock.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

  • You Say Potato, I Say Hangover Cure
    Which is better for a hangover--hash browns or home fries? Is crisp the only metric worth considering? And are tater tots hash browns? We cover breakfast potato minutiae with Slate's L.V. Anderson, just in time for New Year's. Plus Dan picks the food he resolves to eat more of in 2015.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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