The Disappearing Spoon is Distillations’ sister podcast, hosted by best-selling author Sam Kean. The show examines overlooked stories from our past, such as the dental superiority of hunter-gatherers, the sex lives of dinosaurs, and many more moments that never made the history books. When the footnote becomes the real story, small moments become surprisingly powerful.
How a weird “scientific” diet fad conquered America in the early 1900s.
And what does it have to do with the unusual chemistry of carbon?
Scientists created an effective male birth control pill in the 1950s, but it had one undesirable side effect.
When American women bought Marie Curie a vital gram of the element.
Have modern archeologists finally tracked down the legendary ‘Peking Man’ bones?
When the global vaccine supply chain depended on children.
An interview with author Sam Kean.