The Sporkful

The Sporkful

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The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters. It's a James Beard Award-nominated podcast that explores the huge, fun, surprising world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants, and recipes. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better.


Your Mom's Food Pt. 4: Til Pork Do Us Part  

Dan and his wife Janie are both white and Jewish, both raised in the NY area. In many ways it's an easy fit. But not so much with food -- Janie grew up kosher and Dan didn't. In part four of Your Mom's Food they talk about navigating food tension in their relationship and ask Janie's mom how she feels about the choices they've made.

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 3: Soledad O'Brien Cooks Rice, Not Beans  

The TV host's Afro-Cuban mom and Irish-Australian dad got married when interracial marriage was still illegal in parts of the US. She talks about how their different cultures came together on the dinner table, why staying connected to Cuban food was so important to her mother, and how she feels now that it's too late to learn her mom's recipes.

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 2: Midwest Meets Masala  

When a meat-and-potatoes white girl falls in love with an Indian vegetarian, what food will be their food? And how will their families feel about their choices?

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Your Mom's Food Pt. 1: What Dumplings Can't Fix  

How do parents who adopt kids from other countries use food to connect their children to their birthplace? And what happens when those kids grow up and feel like it wasn't enough? This is part one of a new series on race, culture and food called Your Mom's Food. It's about the complications that come up when we pass our cultures on from one generation to the next. We'll have three more parts in the next two weeks.

Rachel Maddow Fixed The Pina Colada  

The MSNBC host nerds out on cocktails, debates lime wheels vs. wedges, and speculates about what the bartenders in heaven are like.

Cooking Pad Thai For 20,000 People (with Jet Tila)  

Food Network star Jet Tila’s parents opened the first Thai market in the US in 1972. Now he’s trying to introduce people who aren’t Asian to the foods he grew up with. He tells the story of protecting his family’s store during the LA riots and explains why he considers himself more a businessman than a chef. 

Why Lefties Buy Less Soup  

Psychologist Charles Spence explains that "taste" is influenced by many different factors -- from the background music in a restaurant to your own DNA and even the shape of your spoon. Plus, Dan and his daughter recreate one of Charles' experiments when they give out free ice cream in the street.

You Can't Cure Manic Depression With Puff Pastry  

Food writer David Leite talks about how bipolar disorder affects what he cooks and eats. Plus he and Dan bond over the difficulties of being neurotic party hosts.

The Thinking Person's Competitive Eater  

Tim "Eater X" Janus talks about how being a competitive eater affects your dating life, how much money these guys actually make, what happens when people on the circuit try to cheat, and how he taught himself to like hot dogs so he could compete in the most famous eating contest of all.

How To Be Fat (with Lindy West)  

The author of "Shrill" and leader of the fat acceptance movement says, "As a fat person, you’re always under surveillance when you’re eating."

What If Willy Wonka Was Your Dad  

Author Roald Dahl's creative and twisted approach to food wasn't limited to his stories. Ahead of Father's Day, his daughter recalls his witches potions and midnight feasts, and says he based Willy Wonka on himself.

Patti LaBelle Brings Her Frying Pans On Tour  

The music icon couldn't eat in restaurants while touring the segregated South in the 60s. Now she cooks for herself on the road. She shares cooking tips, and we explore the racial implications of the viral video that made her sweet potato pie a sensation. Plus, she tells us what she really thinks of pumpkin pie.

Is It OK To Put Tomatoes In The Fridge?  

A wife who objects to her husband's embarrassing food hacks calls in for advice, and food science guru Kenji Lopez-Alt explains the science of tomato storage.

Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj Says Life Is Like Biryani  

The comedian finds deep meaning in his favorite cereal and lives the same way he eats his biryani -- pulling out the good bits and pushing the weird stuff to the side.

Why Bartenders Can’t Have Boyfriends  

Live on stage! A world-renowned mixologist and the former bartender at a beloved Chicago dive bar tell us how their work is a little like showbiz and a little like babysitting.

Wait Wait, Don't Bother Peter Sagal When He's Drinking Mezcal  

Live on stage! The host of NPR's Wait Wait Don't Tell Me tells us how getting divorced and struggling with depression changed his eating, and why he never mixes running with drinking.

Searching For Rosa Parks' Pancakes  

The civil rights icon's unusual pancake recipe -- with peanut butter in the batter -- offers a glimpse into her personal life and reveals the history of a southern food staple.

Meat Pies On Broadway!  

Can adding food flavors and smells to live theater make it feel more real? We go behind the scenes of a new production of the musical Sweeney Todd to find out.

Kumail Nanjiani Already Had The Best Taco Of His Life  

The actor and comic says different people should mix but the foods on his plate should not. Plus he explains why all Islamophobes should be forced to try Pakistani food.

We're Back!  

Listen to a sneak preview of our upcoming episodes featuring comic Kumail Nanjiani, Rosa Parks's pancakes, a sandwich shop in Syria, and more.

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