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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#17 Flossing

July 27, 2016

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Show Notes

Maeve Higgins joins us to explore... her mouth. Welcome to Planet Floss.

The Facts 

Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell. Our ad music is by Build Buildings. Andrew Dunn mixed this episode. This episode was edited by Annie-Rose Strasser and Peter Clowney and produced by Rachel Ward, Christine Driscoll, and Elizabeth Kulas. Jacob Cruz, David Pitman, and Laura Varela provided production assistance. Thank you to New England Public Radio and KQED in San Francisco.

Learn More

Impress us and Punmaster Gary Roma with your best #flossipher puns and send them to us at @SurprisingShow or

Did you like our incredibly fast description of biofilm? You can read a very approachable primer about the biofilm in your mouth here -- "What is Plaque"

Not enough floss, hoss? You can get more flossing fix in the ebook - The Joy of Flossing, which we read for this episode. It's just 42 pages and it you'll even find some philosophy in there, too.

If you want to hear more from Maeve Higgins about big AND small issues, you can follow her on twitter @MaeveHiggins and check out one of her many shows!


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