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Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley

Food with a side of science and history. Every other week, co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley serve up a brand new episode exploring the hidden history and surprising science behind a different food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chile peppers, and from microbes to Malbec. We interview experts, visit labs, fields, and archaeological digs, and generally have lots of fun while discovering new ways to think about and understand the world through food. Find us online at, follow us on Twitter @gastropodcast, and like us on Facebook at


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Latest Episodes

How do we learn to eat? It may seem like an obvious question, but it's actually quite a complicated process. Who decided that mushed-up vegetables were the perfect first food—and has that always been the case? What makes us like some foods and hate o... more

3 days ago

A bluefin tuna can grow to the size of a car, weigh twice as much as a grand piano, swim as fast as a running lion, and keep its muscles at human body temperature even in the ocean's coldest depths. It's also wildly delicious, with a sweet, briny, bu... more

17 days ago

What do some epilepsy patients have in common with tech bros, bodybuilders, and Joe Rogan? The high-fat, carb-shunning diet known as keto, whose history dates back much further than its 2010s rise to fame. In this episode, Gastropod traces how a medi... more

a month ago


4.7 out of 5 stars from 4.1k ratings
  • What’s with the severe elocution?

    Love the topics and all the scientific supports. But please can y’all dial back a bit on your pronunciation? I have to shut it off because Nicola sounds like she’s a nanny to a young aristocrat who must articulate each word 110%

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada24 days ago
  • Aug 22 Keto Episode

    Very interesting; however, based on this episode, I am an anomaly in that I have been able to follow keto for 5 mos while eating vegetables, consuming healthy fats (olive oil, avocado oil) and experiencing none of the food cravings that caused me to fall off the wagon on other diets. I’m closing in on age 60 and have lost over 40 lbs. I’m not on Keto for rapidity of weight loss, but to stop suffering from the food cravings that have derailed me from weight loss attempts most of my life. Eating k... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • Stick to the history of jello

    I am a keto skeptic, but I value logic more than any diet. The episode on keto was nothing but a hit piece, pure and simple. There was not much in the way of science. Instead, we mostly got logical fallacies like ad hominem attacks on Dr Atkkns (not sure what his personal life has to do with the merits of keto), argument by association (make fun of the martini diet because why?), and so much “some people say” that the insurrectionist in chief would be proud. And exaggerating the diet to the poin... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago
  • One of my favourites!

    Food science, cooking, and culinary history are my special interests and I absolutely love Gastropod! Not only is it entertaining and incredibly informative, the music/sound editing, and the ladies’ voices are all just so pleasing to the ear. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Love this Podcast!

    Smart, interesting and always informative! Thanks for all the work that goes into each podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa month ago

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