Word of Mouth
11:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

5. 27. 14: Saving Social Science, Funeral Food, And Food 2.0

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You’ve seen the studies: wearing seatbelts makes you happier! Facebook users are depressed! The internet harms teenage brains! But how reliable are these studies? Today Word of Mouth puts social science to the test. Then we continue with a look into a curious tradition that has been lost over the years: funeral cookies, “A snack called death.” Plus, venture capitalists in Silicon Valley aren’t just banking on the future of tech, they’re pouring money into the future of food… why one start-up is spending millions on an eggless-egg.

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Saving Social Science

In a recent article for Pacific Standard magazine, author and journalist Jerry Adler details a growing crisis within the field of social psychology, and the innovative efforts being made to address it.
 

Funeral Food

Meg Favreau is a writer, comedian, and regular contributor to the online food magazine “Table Matters”.  She explored the history and meaning behind funeral dessert traditions in an article called “A Snack Called Death”.

The Kitchen Sisters Take on Fritos

Like most great American success stories, the Frito had humble beginnings.  For their “Secret Kitchens” series, the Kitchen Sisters traveled to Texas to follow the secret saga of a Texas corn chip, and C.E. Doolin, the can-do kitchen visionary behind it.

Food 2.0

Food created in a lab is no longer the sole domain of NASA and the snack industry. A Silicon Valley-type start-up that believes the key to sustainability can be found in the chicken-less egg. We speak with Ted Greenwald about this new craze.

And here's Julia Child with some helpful advice about the elegance of eggs:

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