Hamilton Letter, Super Sniffers, Psychology of Food

Hamilton Letter, Super Sniffers, Psychology of Food

Constant Wonder

  • Aug 28, 2019 8:00 pm
  • 1:41:09 mins

Hamilton, Lafayette, and a Long-Lost Letter (originally aired June 26, 2019) Guest: Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University, and leading expert on Alexander Hamilton If you’ve heard the soundtrack from the smash hit musical “Hamilton,” you know that the character of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington’s “right-hand man” as the song goes, is unhappy being stuck with a desk job. His character wants to “fight, not write.” But Washington’s character insists, and the other characters, Marquis de Lafayette, John Laurens, and Hercules Mulligan have to agree that Hamilton’s “skill with the quill is undeniable.” Well, there’s been another drama of sorts lately, as one of Hamilton’s letters, written on behalf of General Washington—a letter which had been stolen from the Massachusetts Archive way back in the ‘30s or ‘40s—turned up recently.  Man’s Best Friend Takes on Man’s Worst Enemy (originally aired June 26, 2019) Guest: Thomas Quinn, Clinical Professor, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Dogs might be more than man’s best friend. According to researchers, they can be trained to identify cancer-ridden blood to a 97%-degree of accuracy, using their noses. With their help, we may even be able to translate this incredible olfactory ability into an over-the-counter cancer test. The Apple Seed: Deals With the Devil (originally aired June 26, 2019) Guest: Sam Payne Sam stops by with warning stories about selling your soul.  Art Students In the Cadaver Lab  (originally aired June 27, 2019) Guest: Michael Grimaldi, Director of Drawing, New York Academy of Art Michael Grimaldi, in the throes of his art education, felt like modern art had lost a bit of its realistic touch. The great artists that he revered learned drawing by studying cadavers and dissection, but modern art schools lacked the resources to provide that same experience. Psychology of Food (originally aired June 27, 2019) Guest: Rachel Herz, author, "Why You Eat What You Eat: the Science Behind Our Relationship with Food" and adjunct professor, Brown University, and part-time faculty, Boston College There is much, much more to your food preferences than you’d think—besides your tongue, your brain and nose play invaluable roles in helping you love bacon, chocolate, and pickles.  We’re going to learn how to use that. Find out more about her work here.