12 episodes

Unfold, a UC Davis podcast that unfolds complicated problems and discusses solutions. Hosted by Amy Quinton and Alexa Renee.

Unfold UC Davis

    • Science
    • 4.9, 34 Ratings

Unfold, a UC Davis podcast that unfolds complicated problems and discusses solutions. Hosted by Amy Quinton and Alexa Renee.

    ENCORE: What's the Beef With Beef?

    ENCORE: What's the Beef With Beef?

    Cattle have been getting a bad rap as environmentally unfriendly sources of climate-changing greenhouse gases. They belch methane, which is shorter-lived than carbon dioxide but more potent in warming the atmosphere. These facts have advocates urging the public to eat less beef. But animal-sourced food also plays a vital role in global nutrition. In this episode, we look more closely at cattle’s environmental hoofprint and look at how UC Davis scientists are researching ways to make livestock more sustainable.

    • 20 min
    Bonus Bite: What Happened to Flavor?

    Bonus Bite: What Happened to Flavor?

    Breeding for pest and disease resistance in plants is common practice in modern agriculture. Scientists typically focus on breeding for traits that result in higher yields and a longer shelf-life to keep up with supply and demand. But in this Bonus Bite episode, we shift into a conversation about breeding for flavor, a mostly neglected trait up until now. Flavor breeding is considered “the last frontier of plant breeding” by some experts and could bring tastier products to our tables. This episode covers the work of UC Davis researchers in search of a tastier fruit.

    • 7 min
    Bonus Bite: Climate Through the Grapevine

    Bonus Bite: Climate Through the Grapevine

    California produces more than 80 percent of U.S. wine and comes in fourth in world wine production, generating more than $57 billion in state economic impact. With those numbers, it’s easy to see why it’s important for California’s vineyards to stay healthy. This Bonus Bite episode explores the future of California wine under a changing climate. Grape geneticist Andy Walker chats with Unfold about the role Texas could play in helping California vineyards adapt to warmer temperatures. 

    • 7 min
    Bonus Bite: The Father of Wine

    Bonus Bite: The Father of Wine

    California wine country tempts visitors from across the globe with its famous fruit. But the Golden State wouldn’t be able to boast its world-class bounty without UC Davis wine scientist, Maynard Amerine. This Bonus Bite episode centers around the pioneering researcher and his contributions to the California wine industry. The former professor and viticulture chair passed away in 1998 but left behind a legacy of work including his co-development of the Winkler Index, which is still used to determine optimal wine grape growing regions. Amerine is also credited with helping develop an objective way of judging wine quality, elevating the market for wine.

    • 7 min
    Bonus Bite: Stranger Beers with Charlie Bamforth

    Bonus Bite: Stranger Beers with Charlie Bamforth

    After nearly 40 years in the beer business, Charlie Bamforth holds the crown as “The Pope of Foam.” The now-retired UC Davis professor kicks off Unfold’s first Bonus Bite episode in a light-hearted discussion about the hoppy beverage. Bamforth describes some of the strangest beers he’s come across throughout decades in the business and takes some playful jabs at beer’s rival, wine.

    • 6 min
    Food Politics

    Food Politics

    As we discussed the topic of how to sustainably feed two billion more people on the planet by 2050, one thing became perfectly clear to us: food is controversial. Everyone has an opinion about what you should or shouldn’t eat and why. In this episode, we explore why we get into heated debates and arguments when we talk about food.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

destin1984 ,

Informative

I had so many preconceived ideas about food until I listened to this podcast. Very informative and great sound too. Really lays out the science in a way that's easy to understand.

tempe1 ,

Good science

Heard about Unfold on NPR. Found it thoroughly engaging-- perfect amount of scholarship. Well done.

mwhunter3 ,

Great show - Close to the Farm to Fork Capital!

Heard about this on NPR, fascinating so far!

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