13 episodes

A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast

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

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A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast

    The Teflon Bomb

    The Teflon Bomb

    How did the nonstick frying pan in your kitchen make the first atomic bomb possible? A story about the innocent-seeming Teflon for this week’s 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs...

    • 19 min
    Chocolate Cake & Atomic Bombs

    Chocolate Cake & Atomic Bombs

    A story for the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs: How a now-forgotten teahouse in Los Alamos and its unlikely owners—the spitfire Edith Warner and the Pueblo builder Tilano Montoya—influenced Robert Oppenheimer and changed the face of the whole Manhattan Project...

    • 19 min
    The Ice Island Murder

    The Ice Island Murder

    How one of the messiest homicides in history - when one scientist killed another scientist over a jug of raisin wine way up inside the Arctic Circle - foreshadows the first murder in outer space...   

    • 19 min
    Our Slimy Nazi Saviors

    Our Slimy Nazi Saviors

    How two crooked Nazis—and one top-secret scientific mission—saved thousands of American lives during World War II...

    • 16 min
    Are Braces a Health Disaster?

    Are Braces a Health Disaster?

    Why hunter-gatherers had perfect teeth, why modern humans rarely do, and the profound consequences for our health...

    • 19 min
    The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions

    The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions

    How two unlikely immigrants teamed up and saved millions of lives by developing the most successful cancer screening tool in history...

    • 19 min

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