124 episodes

Welcome to The Smell Podcast, where we explore all things smell. If you have a smell/taste disorder or are supporting a family member who does, this podcast is for you! We'll explore listener stories, news, and current research on smell and taste! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thesmellpodcast/support

The Smell Podcast The Smell Podcast

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Welcome to The Smell Podcast, where we explore all things smell. If you have a smell/taste disorder or are supporting a family member who does, this podcast is for you! We'll explore listener stories, news, and current research on smell and taste! Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thesmellpodcast/support

    Episode 119 - An Interview with Sarah McCormick, Author of The Skunk Who Couldn't Smell

    Episode 119 - An Interview with Sarah McCormick, Author of The Skunk Who Couldn't Smell

    This month, join me in a conversation with Sarah McCormick, author of The Skunk Who Couldn’t Smell. Sarah and I talk about her story growing up with congenital anosmia due to Kallmann’s Syndrome. We talk about her journey to becoming a children’s book author and how she and her husband decided to write “The Skunk Who Couldn’t Smell”.


    To purchase "The Skunk Who Couldn't Smell" on Amazon, click here.
    To find Smellerella Skunkerton on Facebook, click here.
    To find The Skunkertons on Instagram, click here.
    To read the article "Your Money or Your Sense of Smell? A Comparative Analysis of the Sensory and Psychological Value of Olfaction", click here.


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    • 32 min
    Episode 118 - An Interview with Barbara Walker

    Episode 118 - An Interview with Barbara Walker

    This month, join me in a conversation with Barbara Walker, a woman who had acquired anosmia for 35 years from a traumatic brain injury before she started to recover her sense of smell! We talk about her experiences living with anosmia, what it’s been like having it start to come back, and much more.



    To visit the Nose Knows Facebook page, click here.

    To read the article "For decades, a Florida woman had no sense of smell. Can she get it back?" click here.


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    • 33 min
    Episode 117 - An Interview with Hannah Docter-Loeb

    Episode 117 - An Interview with Hannah Docter-Loeb

    This month, join me in listening to a conversation with Hannah Docter-Loeb, a journalist, DC native, and person with congenital anosmia. Hannah and I talk about her story growing up with congenital anosmia, about why we need universal chemosensory testing and we also discussed several of her articles focused on smell in different capacities.


    To read Smell-Loss Tests Could Reveal Health Problems, click here.
    To read The Dangers—and Surprising Pleasures—of Being Born Without Smell, click here.
    To read The Study of Smell Loss Still Struggles for Support, click here.
    To read I spent $70 to dine in complete darkness in Madrid. Here's what it was really like, click here.
    To follow Hannah on X, click here.
    To buy the Smell Podcast merch, click here.




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    • 29 min
    Episode 116 - An Aromatic Life: Connecting with Everyday Smells When You Have Smell Loss with Katie Boateng

    Episode 116 - An Aromatic Life: Connecting with Everyday Smells When You Have Smell Loss with Katie Boateng

    In this special episode of the Smell Podcast, we are cross-posting an episode of An Aromatic Life where Frauke sits down with Podcaster and Smell and Taste Association of North America President Katie Boateng to discuss how to connect with smells more to enrich daily life experiences when you've lost your sense of smell. Katie shares how she lost her sense of smell and why that's changed her understanding and memory of everyday smells. Frauke explains cross-modal sensory associations and then she and Katie begin a dialogue about everyday activities that Katie wants to experience more fully.

    These include:


    Taking a shower (14:45)
    Rose bushes (28:12)
    Eating strawberries (34:43)
    Cutting an orange (38:48)
    Brewing a cup of coffee (43:45)
    Being sweaty on a hot day (48:34)
    Baking cookies and cakes (55:42)
    Frying bacon (1:02:42)
    Being at the ocean/seaside (1:06:35)

    Frauke also helps Katie figure out the best way to pick a perfume and scented deodorant. Whether you can smell or not, we hope this conversation will give you tools and inspiration to enrich your everyday experiences using the senses you have. 


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    Follow Frauke on Instagram ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@an_aromatic_life ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠
    Follow Frauke on Facebook ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠@smellgym
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    Check out Frauke's Scent*Tattoo project: ⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠⁠www.scenttattoo.com
    Learn about The Smell and Taste Association of North America ⁠www.thestana.org⁠
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 115 - An Interview with Mindy Yang, World Taste and Smell Association

    Episode 115 - An Interview with Mindy Yang, World Taste and Smell Association

    This month, join me in a conversation with Mindy Yang, a Human Centric Sensory Designer and Consultant and Co-Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of the World Taste and Smell Association.  

    In our interview, we talked about her background in the world of taste and smell, how she got involved with the World Taste and Smell Association, and their upcoming annual event, World Taste and Smell Day held each year on September 14th. We dive into one particular event, the #DeliciousForAll challenge which you’ll learn all about! 







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    • 29 min
    Episode 114 - An Interview with Frauke Galia, The Smell Gym

    Episode 114 - An Interview with Frauke Galia, The Smell Gym

    This week, join me in a conversation with my good friend, Frauke Galia. Frauke is the owner of The Smell Gym, which is the place to exercise your sense of smell! She's also the Podcast Host of An Aromatic Life and the co-author of a children’s book called “No Place for Plants” which will come out this October. Finally, she’s known as the Smell Lady given how passionate about all things smell she is! 

    In our interview, we talked about the launch of the Smell Gym, her new book “No Place for Plants” and how you can help support it, and much more. 


    Visit the Smell Gym!
    Pledge your support for "No Place for Plants" on Kickstarter!




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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Yamaha Hamana Ha ,

I’m so grateful

I highly recommend this podcast for anyone with a smell disorder, and for anyone who is close to someone with a smell disorder. It will be really helpful in understanding the condition and how it can affect you directly and indirectly.

Katie interviews experts in this area, and discusses news and articles. It has been invaluable.

Thank you, Katie, for this podcast. I don’t remember how I came upon it but think it came up randomly in another search. I had been anosmic for about 1.5 years before I heard anyone with experience at this.

fgalia ,

Such an important podcast!

As a person who can smell, I feel like I’m learning so much about living with smell disorders and it motivates me to do my part to bring awareness.

Dcemaine ,

My people!

I’m so glad I found this (Kari on TikTok directed me here). I’ll congenital anosmic. Never known a smell. The list of things where the sense of smell is taken for granted is longer than many may think. Sometimes it is dangerous, sometimes trivial , but also disheartening. Missing out on some of the great (apparently) pleasures of life. Food, the ocean, the barbecue at the neighbor’s down the street, the scent of a woman (not one easy to mention), the smell of a baby (not the poopy part), the memories triggered by the smell of an old baseball glove. And on and on.

One thing I wonder about is how common it is. There may be answers amongst the podcasts.

Now COVID has brought our disability to widespread public awareness. Another bizarre 2020 ingredient.

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