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Sam Kean
The Disappearing Spoon
a science history podcast with Sam Kean
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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Ratings & Reviews
3.9 stars from 1,296 ratings
I’ve been listening for awhile and I always wonder where does he find his ideas for shows. I love the way science is made even more interesting with his additional info.
Chachados via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/04/24
Love this podcast!
I’ve been a fan of Sam Kean’s work for years. Science is not my best subject, and science history can often be a bit dry, but Sam is amazing at sharing the history of science in a fun and interesting way. This podcast and all his books are wonderful!
blueoctavia via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/10/24
Great show!
Quite informational and intriguing! Many of the more disparaging reviews are attributed to ad breaks; but there are, frankly, only two per episode, which can be easily skipped.
Mitskunki via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/06/24
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