EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS

EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS

By Stephen Simpson, David Raubenheimer, Charlotte Wood
A podcast about food, biology, and the surprising lessons animals have to teach us humans about what and how to eat. In this series, novelist Charlotte Wood talks with renowned University of Sydney biologists David Raubenheimer and Steve Simpson about their 35 years of work and friendship, and the resulting research findings that provocatively challenge long-held beliefs about nutrition and human health. In the process, we take a look at the serendipitous connections that often lie at the heart of good science, and the insights scientists share with artists.
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Ep 3: What fruit flies and fat mice can tell us about living healthier for longer
In Episode 3 Professors Steve Simpson and David Raubenheimer take us through further experiments - this time on humans, fruit flies and mice - to discover that there's a difference between 'benign' and unhealthy obesity, and a tradeoff between longevity and reproduction when it comes to the amount of protein we eat. And we discover why when you're craving barbecue-flavoured chips, you should eat an egg instead.  Hosted by novelist Charlotte Wood, the first writer-in-residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. More details: EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS THE CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY CHARLOTTE WOOD
38:32
July 5, 2020
Ep 2: Big discoveries: the 'five appetites' & protein leverage
What drives our food preferences? In Episode 2 Professors Steve Simpson and David Raubenheimer explain their breakthrough discovery about what animals eat and why. They take us through some of their research with insects, spiders, cats, dogs, primates and humans, all leading to the 'protein leverage hypothesis' - the profound change in thinking about what drives our human appetites. Along the way we hear about the challenges of holding your nerve in overturning long-held scientific beliefs.  Hosted by novelist Charlotte Wood, the first writer-in-residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney. More details: EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS THE CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY CHARLOTTE WOOD
39:31
June 28, 2020
Ep 1. Curiosity, childhood and the natural world: the making of two scientists
Are scientists born or made? In Episode 1 we hear about the early years of Professors Steve Simpson and David Raubenheimer, and their childhood investigations into the natural world. From Steve's high school reconstructions of a cow skeleton to David's childhood hypothesis about the harmfulness of bees, we see how two schoolboys grew into two world-renowned scientists. We learn of their meeting at Oxford University and the early experiments with locusts that led to their groundbreaking findings about human nutrition. Along the way we discuss how curiosity makes room for the tenacity to go your own way as a scientist and challenge long-held 'truths' about the world.  Hosted by novelist Charlotte Wood, the first writer-in-residence at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.  More details: EAT LIKE THE ANIMALS THE CHARLES PERKINS CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY CHARLOTTE WOOD
45:13
June 15, 2020