Alcohol’s medicinal history, Origins of body atoms

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We learn more about how alcohol was historically viewed as medicinal before science understood its negative health effects. Then, we talk to the author of a book that explores the full history of what formed the atoms that would become human biological material.

Featured in this Show

  • The history of alcohol as a medicinal remedy

    Alcohol was long used as a medicinal remedy before we knew more about the negative health effects it can have. We talk to the author of a new book that documents the intertwined history of alcohol and medicine.

  • Where did what we're made of… come from?

    We take a journey learning about the history of our body’s atoms — and how they combine to make us who we are as humans.

    Content note: In a response to a question about the creation of elements, Dan said “Once the Big Bang happened, there was a huge amount of oxygen.” He meant to say “hydrogen.” Oxygen was created later in stars.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Camper English Guest
  • Dan Levitt Guest

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