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Feb 1, 2016

A special episode brought to you by Gastropod, the podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

 

Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley investigate in this episode of Gastropod, and in their Mosaic feature, Why the calorie is broken.

 

For most of us, the calorie is just a number on the back of the packet or on the display at the gym. But what is it, exactly? And how did we end up with this one unit with which to measure our food? Is a calorie the same no matter what type of food it comes from? And is one calorie for you exactly the same as one calorie for me? To find out, Cynthia and Nicola visit the special rooms scientists use to measure how many calories we burn, and the labs where researchers are discovering that the calorie is broken. And they pose the question: if not the calorie, then what?

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend How we became the heaviest drinkers in a century by Chrissie Giles.

 

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Jan 25, 2016

Oklahoma has lost a million pounds of fat. Ian Birrell asks how – and whether declaring ‘war on obesity’ can really change a city’s infrastructure and encourage healthy living.

 

Written by Ian Birrell

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend South Africa’s obesity crisis: the shape of things to come?, also by Ian Birrell.

 

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Jan 18, 2016

Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.

 

Written by Penny Bailey
Read by Pip Mayo
Audio editor Geoff Marsh
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Unspoken: the far-east prisoners of war, also available on our podcast.

Jan 11, 2016

What drives people to run a marathon? Join Hayley Birch as she tackles 26.2 miles, aided by science.

 

Written by Hayley Birch

Read by Kirsten Irving

Produced by Barry J Gibb

Edited by Geoff Marsh

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend City cycling: health vs hazard, by Lesley Evans Ogden, also available on our podcast.

 

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Jan 4, 2016

The most powerful computers in the world cannot perform accurate real-time translation. Yet interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.

 

Written and read by Geoff Watts
Produced by Barry J Gibb

 

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If you liked this story, we recommend Can you think yourself into a different person? by Will Storr.

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