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A husband irked by his wife's loud chewing noises calls in for advice, and Cooks Illustrated's Dan Souza tells us how science can help get ketchup out of the bottle.

In the first ever Sporkful with a live audience, Dan talks to Lee Frank of Nachos NY, Laura Anderson of Slate, and Chris Salgado of Chris's Awesome Guacamole. Voices are raised. Passions are inflamed.

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

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."

Dan wants to get more into hot sauce, but he needs a personal trainer of sorts to whip him into shape. In this episode 11-year-old Nathaniel, a president of the Junior Eaters Society, proves he's the man for the job.

In next week's episode of The Sporkful, Dan gets schooled in hot sauce by the founding president of The Sporkful Junior Eaters Society, Nathaniel Goodyear. Here are some pics from the taping!