Ologies: Gastroegyptology (BREAD BAKING) with Seamus Blackley
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 Sourdough starters! Ancient yeasts! Why we need/knead dough! And why you don’t need to buy a starter to start.

Polymath, particle physicist, inventor of the Xbox, and truly delightful fermentation nerd Sea mus Blackley joins to chat about his kitchen adventures resurrecting dormant yeasts from 4,000 Egyptian baking vessels, plus wild yeasts, the infuriating myth of “yeast scarcity,” the beauty of everyday objects, the debt we owe our ancestors, the joy of getting to know your dough plus tons of tips for newbie and experienced bakers. The first half is all about the history of baking and yeasts and some hot Egyptian gossip, then we roll up our sleeves in the second half for how-tos. Forward this episode to anyone who bakes, who wants to bake, who lovingly feeds their jar of yeasts, who is intimidated by it or who just needs a lesson on how to slow down and enjoy the dormancy period we’re in right now. This episode’s got it all. Including some truly shameless bread puns.

 

Ologies

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama.

Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists’ obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.


Science Topics
Biology, Chemistry, Food Science
Social Studies Topics
Ancient History
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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