Disappearing Spoon: a science history podcast by Sam Kean

By Sam Kean

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 Jun 12, 2020
I loved the Book, and now the podcast! Great Job.

 May 23, 2020
I love this podcast! I can't wait until the next episode comes out!


A topsy-turvy science-y history podcast by Sam Kean. I examine overlooked stories from our past: the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the crooked Nazis who saved thousands of American lives, the American immigrants who developed the most successful cancer screening tool in history, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and much, much more. These are charming little tales that never made the history books, but these small moments can be surprisingly powerful. These are the cases where history gets inverted, where the footnote becomes the real story.

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The Teflon Bomb

How did the nonstick frying pan in your kitchen make the first atomic bomb possible? A story about the innocent-seeming Teflon for this week’s 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs...

Aug 06, 2020
Chocolate Cake & Atomic Bombs

A story for the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs: How a now-forgotten teahouse in Los Alamos and its unlikely owners—the spitfire Edith Warner and the Pueblo builder Tilano Montoya—influenced Robert Oppenheimer and changed the face of the whole Manhattan Project...

Aug 01, 2020
The Ice Island Murder

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...




Jul 14, 2020
Our Slimy Nazi Saviors

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

Jul 07, 2020
Are Braces a Health Disaster?

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

Jun 23, 2020
The Science Immigrants Who Saved Millions

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

Jun 09, 2020
Tyrannosaurus sex

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

Jun 02, 2020
The Lost Dinosaurs of Central Park

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

May 22, 2020
Exposing Nazi Medical Atrocities

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

May 11, 2020
Glove at First Sight

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

Apr 27, 2020
Galileo and Art, part 2
How Galileo’s training in art helped topple the ancient Greek dogma about the moon...
Apr 20, 2020
Galileo and Art, part 1
The nasty Renaissance spat that toppled 2,000 years of Pythagoras...
Apr 20, 2020
Tea Test Tempest

How a quiet afternoon tea revolutionized modern science...

Oct 26, 2019