Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean
The Ice Island Murder

The Ice Island Murder

July 14, 2020

How one of the messiest homicides in history - when one scientist killed another scientist over a jug of raisin wine way up inside the Arctic Circle - foreshadows the first murder in outer space...

 

 

 

Our Slimy Nazi Saviors

Our Slimy Nazi Saviors

July 7, 2020

How two crooked Nazis—and one top-secret scientific mission—saved thousands of American lives during World War II...

Are Braces a Health Disaster?

Are Braces a Health Disaster?

June 23, 2020

Why hunter-gatherers had perfect teeth, why modern humans rarely do, and the profound consequences for our health...

The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions

The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions

June 9, 2020

How two unlikely immigrants teamed up and saved millions of lives by developing the most successful cancer screening tool in history...

Tyrannosaurus sex

Tyrannosaurus sex

June 2, 2020

How a man who hated dinosaurs ended up revolutionizing our understanding of them, including dinosaur beauty and dinosaur sex...

The Lost Dinosaurs of Central Park

The Lost Dinosaurs of Central Park

May 22, 2020

How a New York mob boss destroyed what would have been greatest dinosaur museum in the world...

Exposing Nazi Medical Atrocities

Exposing Nazi Medical Atrocities

May 11, 2020

How one Jewish doctor, Leo Alexander, single-handedly exposed the worst Nazi medical atrocities of World War II...

Glove at First Sight

Glove at First Sight

April 27, 2020

How a long-forgotten woman pioneered the first personal protective equipment, rubber gloves for surgery

Galileo and Art, part 2

Galileo and Art, part 2

April 20, 2020
How Galileo’s training in art helped topple the ancient Greek dogma about the moon...
Galileo and Art, part 1

Galileo and Art, part 1

April 20, 2020
How a nasty Renaissance spat toppled 2,000 years of Pythagoras...