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The Mystery Of Alpha Gal

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Aug 16, 2021
The Mystery Of Alpha Gal

For the first 40 years of her life, Amy Pearl was a card-carrying member of the meat club; she literally had a credit card from the famous Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger. Then one day she ate a porterhouse steak, and nearly died. This week we join forces with our friends at Radiolab to tell the story of how Amy's mysterious allergy was identified by scientists. Plus, she tells us how the allergy has changed her relationship to food — and we find out if it’ll ever go away.

Check out Amy's podcast, 10 Things That Scare Me, or hear her segment "Good Things" on WNYC's Morning Edition.

Interstitial music in this episode by Black Label Music:

  • "Pong" by Kenneth J. Brahmstedt
  • "Rooftop Instrumental" by Erick Anderson
  • "Legend (Instrumental)" by Erick Anderson

Photo courtesy of Amy Pearl.

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