Surprisingly Awesome

Lots of things in the world seem ordinary. But when you dig deeper, it turns out, they’re fascinating. Surprisingly Awesome tells those stories.

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#1 Mold

November 3, 2015

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Show Notes

Mold giveth, and mold taketh away. The same not-quite plant, not-quite animal that causes cancer can also cure infections and unite long-lost family members.

The Facts

Original music for this episode by Mark Phillips and Elori Kramer

Our theme music is "How We Do," written, performed, and produced by Nicholas Britell

Our ad music is by Build Buildings

Further Reading

“Magical Mushrooms, Mischievous Molds” by George Hudler

"Protecting Peanuts from Aflatoxin"

"Killer Fungi"

"Freeze-Drying is Key to Saving Fungal Collection"

"Beneficial Fungus Formulated Into Bioplastic 'Bullets'"

"A Fungal Fight in the Desert - A little competition among fungi could help save the Southwest's cotton crop"

"Antifungal Peptides Could Protect Cotton"

"Beneficial Yeast: A New Weapon for Keeping Tree Nuts Safe To Eat"


PC Does Whaaaat?! - This week, we featured PC user Midnight Commercial.

Thanks to

Geromy Moore

Justin Trosclair of the St. James Cheese Company

David Nally