156 episodes

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.

Chemistry For Your Life Melissa and Jam

    • Science
    • 4.8 • 128 Ratings

A podcast helping you understand the chemistry of your everyday life.

    Fall Mini 02 - The biochemistry of sugar?

    Fall Mini 02 - The biochemistry of sugar?

    Let's hear more about sugar from the perspective of a biochemist!

    • 11 min
    Fall Mini 01 - Vanilla and beaver butts?

    Fall Mini 01 - Vanilla and beaver butts?

    Does vanilla come from beaver butts?

    • 19 min
    What is vanilla? (and imitation vanilla?)

    What is vanilla? (and imitation vanilla?)

    Well we've all had vanilla. And if you have a tongue then you probably like it. But the question we've all wondered each time we're baking something is probably something like, "what is imitation vanilla?" and "how do they make it?" and "how is it so much cheaper?" and "do you think anyone would notice if I use it instead?" Let's look into it.

    • 36 min
    How do Tums make us feel better? (And why do they make us burp?)

    How do Tums make us feel better? (And why do they make us burp?)

    Tums, alka seltzer, and other antacids: they're simple, they've been around for a long time, but they're a tried and true method for helping our stomachs. But how do they work? What's the chemistry behind these unsung heroes?

    • 28 min
    Bonus: Does elevation affect airbags? (and other questions)

    Bonus: Does elevation affect airbags? (and other questions)

    In this month's bonus episode, Melissa and Jam respond to comments and questions about breathalyzers, high fructose corn syrup, candles, airbags, and more!

    • 20 min
    Is there BPA in my receipt? And is that bad?

    Is there BPA in my receipt? And is that bad?

    What if BPA was in something more ordinary and everywhere than a water bottle? Something seemingly innocent and inconspicuous? Like a receipt? Wouldn't that just be a cherry on top of a sad sundae.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

jko5cc ,

Just what I was looking for

As an aspiring biochemist- this is exactly what I was looking for- as I am a slower learner and not super well versed at all in chemistry, and I am also a high schooler- so the back and forth between a chemist and educated listener is informative, easy to listen to, and funny! Honestly- this podcast calms me down and puts me in a good mindset- and the info is so cool and the hosts are great. Definitely will recommend to my friends.

Baldauff Family ,

Curiosity Level Achieved

HS Teacher here (with Masters in Chemistry): I love assigning my students to listen to topics here related to our general Chem course to make real-world connections. Thanks for all the resource.

DynasticList414 ,

Thanks so much!

I love this podcast so much!
I frequently use it to explain things I found difficult in my chem class.
Thanks so much!

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