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Gastrophysicist Charles Spence — and a neighborhood science experiment — reveal how the color of your plate affects how food tastes.

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We explore the surprising origins of the names of two foods — ketchup and rocky road — with help from the podcast Science Diction, which tells the science stories behind everyday words.

The native Minnesotan explains why a little internal bleeding can't keep her from a treat, and why the way she eats salad is like the way she deals with depression.

Mimi Sheraton discusses the etiquette of free food samples and offers NPR host Ophira Eisenberg advice for dealing with her picky eater husband. Plus, Mimi's final words of wisdom for living and eating well.

A married couple calls in for advice about the ethics of free ice cream samples, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza reveals the artisanal ice cream industry's biggest secret.

Psychologist Charles Spence says "taste" is influenced by many different factors -- from the background music in a restaurant to your own DNA and even the shape of your spoon.