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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January 26, 2016

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Show Notes

If you want perfect stickiness, look to gecko feet - not a crayfish straightjacket.

The reviews are in!

"As a chemist, this episode has the most succinct and effective description of van der Waals interactions that I've ever heard." - Reddit user superhelical

The Facts

Surprisingly Awesome’s theme music is “How We Do” by Nicholas Britell.

Our ad music is by Build Buildings.

This episode was edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney, and produced by Rachel Ward and Kalila Holt, with help from Emma Jacobs, Jacob Cruz, Laura Sims, and was mixed by Andrew Dunn. Special thanks to Jody Roberts at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.



Episode sketchnote by the extremely talented Catherine Madden

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