Paul Dawson, Brian Sheldon and Mary Gabriel

November 17, 2019

When your buttered toast falls on the kitchen floor, do you really have 5 seconds before it gets contaminated? Can you pick up “something” from a menu? Is there a hidden danger to beer pong? These are just a few serious questions answered by tonight’s guests. Paul Dawson is a Professor at Clemson University and Brian Sheldon is a Professor Emeritus in food Microbiology at North Carolina State University. They and their students have carefully designed scientific experiments to test some of the most often cited food myths. The book that is the summary of their findings is one of the best books on science for a popular audience published this year: “Did You Just Eat That?” Two scientists explore double-dipping, the five-second rule, and other food myths in the lab.

Tonight on Inquiry we talk with writer and editor Mary Gabriel about her dynamic new history of modern art in New York in the 1950s: Nine Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement that Changed Modern Art. 

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