In this Valentine’s Day episode, we examine the ways in which interpersonal relationships have gotten easier in modern life and what ways they have become more complicated.
Tribal cultures used to think that a camera taking their image could capture their souls. Today, millions of people document their daily lives by photographing and posting their every action. We now spend so much time documenting life, are we forgetting to experience it? We ask the question: In a different way, if cameras are indeed stealing our souls?
Refrigerators are everywhere - in the kitchen, climate control, bombs, supercomputers, and spacecraft. In this episode, Andy, Taylor, and Brian, with the help of science writer and author Tom Jackson, explore the explosive history of deadly fridges, ice harvesting empires, and how the science of refrigeration is leading the way to quantum computing, teleportation, and immortality.
The invention of plastic has forever changed humankind. It has led to many amazing discoveries and saved lives. However, “disposable” plastics have now become a looming threat to the oceans and future human life. In this episode, we attempt to deconstruct the plastics problem with some help from Adrian Grenier’s Organization Lonely Whale and the people who brought us Earth Day. We also speak with our friend and Scientist Guilhem about Bioplastic.
Today, when all of our digital devices manage our calendar for us, we kind of take for granted how complex of a tracking system the calendar is. Some months have 31 days while others have 28 days...then there’s leap year! All of these rules with the calendar came from a lot of conflict and compromise throughout the ages. We discuss how the calendar has evolved through the ages and if it will continue to withstand the test of time. With Special Guest YouTuber Joe Scott and Mathematics Professor, Mathemagician and TED Speaker Arthur Benjamin.
Coffee helps millions of people wake up in the morning but rarely do we consider the complex process that transforms the subtle flavor differences of coffees around the world. In this episode, we take a deeper look at the flavor of coffee, interview an expert in coffee roasting and sourcing, and talk about Andy's journey to Mexico to make his morning cup of coffee completely from scratch.
The internet provides immediate access to nearly all recorded human knowledge, but where does that leave the roles of the public library and librarians? In this episode, we explore the history of the public library, how libraries are adapting to the information age, and interview an actual librarian about what it takes to keep libraries relevant.
In this episode, the HTME Crew serve up a potpourri of stories about pumpkins, the fact that pumpkin spice lattes don’t actually have pumpkin in it, and some interesting trivia that can save the conversation on Thanksgiving Day. Andy and Taylor talk about the time Andy made Thanksgiving Dinner REALLY from scratch, and his attempt to make a Vegan Tofurkey.
On our premiere episode, Taylor and Andy revisit the time Andy attempted to make candy corn from scratch. As with most projects Andy takes on, making candy successfully is much more difficult than it appears. So the guys call professional Confectioner and YouTuber Greg from Lofty Pursuits to find out what Andy did wrong and to learn just how complicated artisan candy is to make.