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Season 2

Cannibalism and The Donner Party

Oct. 31, 2022

This Halloween, we’re bringing you the ultimate food crime! Cannibalism and the Donner Party. In the spring of 1846, a group of pioneers left Missouri with hearts full of hope and ventured west along the Oregon Trail to star…

Herbalife, Part 2

May 2, 2022

Part two is served. In the second half of this series, we discuss the Herbalife Nutrition Clubs, including the tactics used to recruit distributors and the class action lawsuit that followed. The story then takes an unusual …

Herbalife, Part 1

April 18, 2022

In part one of this series, we cover the origin story of Herbalife, including the man behind the brand: Mark R. Hughes. We discuss the tragic inspiration for his “health” products, the predatory tactics used for recruitment,…

Bad Vegan: The Downfall of Pure Food & Wine

March 28, 2022

A vegan business icon, an immortal (?) dog named Leon, cult-like abuse, mass amounts of unpaid wages and debts, and the hero of our story… a domino’s pizza with a side of wings. This is the story of Pure Food & Wine and its …

War Sanctions, Holodomor & The Invasion of Ukraine

March 7, 2022

How do you starve a nation that can feed the world? In this episode, Sarah discusses the effectiveness of sanctions during war and the disastrous impacts they can have on food systems. Becca then covers one of the darkest pa…

The Discovery of Vitamins & the History of Scurvy

Feb. 21, 2022

Take everything you think you know about Scurvy and be prepared to have your mind blown! This episode starts with Becca sharing all about the discovery of vitamins, specifically, Vitamin C and some of its unique properties. …

Prison Food & the Alabama Inmate Food Fund Scandal

Jan. 24, 2022

Are inmate food conditions criminal? You be the judge. In this episode, we discuss the history of prison food - from lobster to Nutraloaf. We then cover the disturbing story of the Alabamian law that allowed sheriffs to keep…

New Year's Resolutions and the F-Factor Diet Scandal

Jan. 3, 2022

Welcome to our first episode of 2022! Becca starts by sharing all about how diet culture and new year's resolutions are the opposite of a match made in heaven. Then Sarah tells the *alleged* story of a wellness war that rock…

Christmas Food Traditions & The Carcinogenic Cranberry Scare

Dec. 20, 2021

This episode is the epitome of bittersweet… We discuss the origins of everyone’s favourite holiday food traditions, including Christmas cookies, advent calendars, and the one and only - cranberry sauce! We then cover the his…

pH Balance and Robert O. Young's pH "Miracle"

Dec. 6, 2021

This episode is anything but basic! Learn about how our amazing bodies are constantly working to maintain a tight pH balance (no alkaline diet required). Then hear the story of a convicted medical fraudster who made tons of …

Weight Stigma & The Weigh Down Diet

Nov. 22, 2021

In this episode, Sarah discusses the complexities of weight stigma and the impact weight bias has on our healthcare system. Becca then tells the story of a registered dietitian (!!!) who becomes the leader of a religious wei…

Mad Cow Disease & Oprah Winfrey's Texas Beef

Oct. 25, 2021

In the moooooooo -d for a good story? This week, Becca tells all about the disease that almost put the world off of burgers, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy aka. Mad Cow Disease . Then Sarah shares the story about the time …

Germ Theory & Typhoid Mary

Oct. 11, 2021

In this episode, Sarah discusses the evolution of food safety, including the development of Germ Theory and the pasteurization process. Becca then breaks down the epidemiology of typhoid fever and its lethal impact during wa…

Energy Needs and the Cult of Breatharianism

Sept. 27, 2021

In this episode, Becca talks about all the reasons we need food and breaks down some of the ways we measure energy needs. Then Sarah shares what she’s learned about the Breatharian lifestyle (cult*) and discusses some of the…

Digestion, Forensic Science, & The Hendricks Murder

Sept. 13, 2021

In our season premiere Sarah breaks down the digestive system. Becca then discusses the history of forensic science, including the role of the coroner, medical examiner, and forensic pathologist, and who is allowed to perfor…