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The Crucial Issue of Surface-Area-to-Volume Ratio of Ice Cubes (AUDIO)

Ice should be constructed and deployed with the same consideration you'd give to any other beverage ingredient. I explained why, and how, on NPR the other day. Click through to hear and read the segment. More

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NPR: The Tragedy of the Pina Colada, and How to Redeem It (AUDIO)

On NPR I talked about daiquiris and pina coladas, and to offer ways in which both of this unpleasant beverages can be improved. Click through to listen to the segment or read the transcript, then try the recipe! More

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Is NPR’s ‘Sandwich Monday’ Distorting the Definition of a Sandwich?

Last week's Sporkful podcast included an intense debate about the correct definition of a sandwich. Hear what both sides have to say, then let us know what you think. Does NPR's ombudsman need to know about this? More

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Revolutionary Tortilla Chip Breakthrough: It’s Not A Scoop, It’s A Dome

A discussion with a structural engineer about tortilla chips and the wonders of domes leads Dan to a Cinco de Mayo breakthrough.  More

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Free Association Sporkful: Sandwich Theory, Broccoli, Chips & More (AUDIO)

It turns out magic can happen when Dan tapes an episode of The Sporkful with no plan whatsoever, especially when it's with Ian and Mike from NPR's "How To Do Everything" and "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me." More

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Peter Sagal of NPR’s Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me: The Sporkful Interview (AUDIO)

Peter Sagal joins Dan to discuss growing up as a fat kid, his opinions on Chicago pizza, grilling the perfect burger, how Courtney Love turned him against melted cheese, and much more. More

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Deepak Chopra Teaches Us How to Experience Total Pizza Awareness (AUDIO)

On NPR today, I discussed the benefits and pitfalls of eating alone, with some help from Deepak Chopra. He makes a distinction between eating alone and "in solitude," and offers advice on how to get the most out of the experience. More

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Talking Granola and Granola History on NY Public Radio (AUDIO)

Listen to Dan discuss granola's history at the confluence of several major food innovations of the 1800's, leading him to dub it the Forrest Gump of the 19th Century. Plus, the case is made for the return of the word "nutriment." More

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War Zone Eating: MRE Improvement, Bartering, and Veterans’ Best Combat Meals Ever (AUDIO)

In Sporkful 148, Dan speaks with veterans about making military Meals Ready to Eat more palatable, and reports on his own MRE research. Plus the vets share great stories about their best war zone meals. More

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Sporkful on NPR: How to Eat Well (Or At Least Not So Poorly) in a War Zone

In a preview of next week's episode of The Sporkful, I joined NPR's Rachel Martin on Weekend Edition to talk about eating in a war zone. Listen to the segment here and learn more about what's coming up on this special episode. More