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The Sporkful
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!"
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Monday, February 11, 2013
SF151: Eating Throughout History + Deepak Chopra on Total Pizza Awareness
What did dinosaur eggs taste like? In what shape would Jane Austen likely have had her dessert served to her? What does one of the world's leading paleontologists think of the Paleo Diet? How do you get maggots out of boiled sheep in the Gobi Dessert? How do you make ice cream on an uninhabited island in Madagascar in the summer? And how many ancient Aztecs would have had better teeth if they'd learned to eat corn by listening to The Sporkful? Dan gets answers to these questions and many more when he interviews the curators of a special food exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History entitled, "Our Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture." Plus, Dan calls up Deepak Chopra for some guidance on how to get maximum pleasure from meals eaten alone, and Deepak's wisdom leads Dan t
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Monday, January 28, 2013
SF150: Burgers
"Rev" David Ciancio from Burger Conquest joins Dan for a passionate conversation that covers ideal fat-to-lean and burger-to-bun ratios, perfect patty formation, burger bite consistency vs. bite variety, cheese on the bottom, and what having a father in the FBI taught him about restaurant seating. Plus, Matt in Chicago calls in to press for new legislation regarding ice cream cone serving techniques.
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Monday, January 14, 2013
SF149: Muffins
Julia Turner from the Slate Culture Gabfest joins Dan to bemoan the cake-ification of muffindom, debate the merits of muffin tops, and take a quiz on U.S. states' official muffins. Plus secrets of muffin grilling, and a caller who needs serious help reheating a leftover meatball sub. 
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Monday, December 31, 2012
SF148: War Zone Eating
Sometimes people in the most difficult circumstances are the ones who find the most creative ways to eat well. In this episode Dan speaks with military veterans, as well as NPR reporter Quil Lawrence, about ways to make military MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) more palatable, and conducts his own experiments with MREs, forcing Quil Lawrence to taste the results. Plus, the vets share some great stories about their best war zone meals. (Please note this episode contains one use of profanity, which has been bleeped out.)
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Monday, December 17, 2012
SF147: Christmas Dinner (in Rockefeller Center)
Dan heads to the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center to talk to people about Christmas dinner strategies and preferences. Two Eaters propose novel pairings for mac and cheese, two others discuss Latino pork preparations, and another advocates brute force to displace relatives competing for prized dishes. Plus, a married couple calls in to ask Dan to mediate a dispute over the correct way to drink water.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
SF146: Fried Chicken
Robert Smith from Planet Money on NPR joins Dan to discuss the perfect fried chicken, the best parts, and what Robert calls "The Golden Mean of Fried Foods." Then they travel to Queens for Korean fried chicken, and Robert teaches Dan the art of eating on mic without grossing people out. Plus, a caller draws a distinction between original and canonical Pepperidge Farm Goldfish.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
SF145: Thanksgiving 2012: Veggieducken and Stuffing (w/Slate's Laura Anderson)
In the annual Thanksgiving show Dan welcomes Slate's food and drinks editor Laura Anderson, who brings a vegetarian perspective to the holiday. Dan discusses the Veggieducken, his new creation inspired by the turducken that's a sweet potato inside a leek inside a squash, and he and Laura debate the purpose and preparation of stuffing. Plus, a man in Kentucky calls in with a Chinese buffet ethical quandary.
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SF145: Thanksgiving 2012: Veggieducken and Stuffing
In the annual Thanksgiving show Dan welcomes Slate's food and drinks editor Laura Anderson, who brings a vegetarian perspective to the holiday. Dan discusses the Veggieducken, his new creation inspired by the turducken that's a sweet potato inside a leek inside a squash, and he and Laura debate the purpose and preparation of stuffing. Plus, a man in Kentucky calls in with a Chinese buffet ethical quandary.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
SF144: Nachos
Dan speaks with Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson of Nachos NY, as well as various other attendees and eaters at the first New York Nacho and Craft Beer Festival. They discuss construction methods, optimal topping-to-chip ratio, the single serving nacho trend, and first nacho etiquette. Plus, a caller takes issue with Dan's position on hot dogs and recommends a novel cooking method, and Dan talks about one way eaters can help those affected by Hurricane Sandy. 
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Monday, October 22, 2012
SF143: Halloween 2012: Trick-or-Treating for Grown Ups
In the annual Halloween show, Dan interviews his aunt Meryl, a 50-something woman who eats candy like she's five. She shares her tips for adults who still want to score tons of Halloween candy, explains why candy corn is ideal for eating in bed, and equates animal crackers to cereal. Plus, a new feature on The Sporkful -- a caller in every show! This week Dan mediates a dispute between roommates about the merits of cereal without milk.
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SF143: Halloween 2012
In the annual Halloween show, Dan interviews his aunt Meryl, a 50-something woman who eats candy like she's five. She shares her tips for adults who still want to score tons of Halloween candy, explains why candy corn is ideal for eating in bed, and equates animal crackers to cereal. Plus, a new feature on The Sporkful -- a caller in every show! This week Dan mediates a dispute between roommates about the merits of cereal without milk.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
SF142: Eating in Front of the TV
Slate culture critic June Thomas gets paid to watch television, and she's a hard worker. That means every night, June eats dinner in front of the TV. She joins Dan to discuss ideal plate placement, TV tray technique, whether finger foods are better than utensil foods, and ways in which a greasy remote can be used for seasoning.
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SF142: Eating in Front of the TV (w/Slate's June Thomas)
Slate culture critic June Thomas gets paid to watch television, and she's a hard worker. That means every night, June eats dinner in front of the TV. She joins Dan to discuss ideal plate placement, TV tray technique, whether finger foods are better than utensil foods, and ways in which a greasy remote can be used for seasoning.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SF141: Grilled Sandwich Smackdown
Dan hosts the Second Annual Brooklyn Grilled Sandwich Smackdown, and talks to chefs and participants about what constitutes a grilled sandwich, as well as strategy at such events for chefs and eaters.
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Monday, September 24, 2012
The Sporkful is going biweekly. No show this week. Back next week. Listen for details.
The Sporkful is going biweekly, so there's no show this week. We'll be back next week, and every other week after that. This will give me more time to work on the brand new Sporkful.com, create other cool web content, and take the podcasts we do make to the next level. So don't be alarmed. It's a good thing. Thanks as always for listening, see you next week! -Dan
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