Lowell Lecture

Sustaining Life (Series): Gastropod Live

Date & Time

May 4, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.


Cahner's Theatre at Museum of Science
1 Science Park Boston, MA 02114
Driving Directions


Cynthia Graber, award-winning print and radio reporter, whose work has appeared in Wired, The New Yorker, and various NPR shows; and Nicola Twilley, contributing writer for The New Yorker, where she writes about science in print and online.

Presenting Organization

Museum of Science




Lisa Monrose (lmonrose@mos.org, 617-589-0419)

How do microbes create the flavor of your favorite cheese? Is seaweed the new kale? And how does music affect the taste of chocolate? Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley, co-hosts of the podcast Gastropod, will serve up a three-course feast for your eyes and ears. From live microscopy to interactive tastings, the evening will combine interviews, field recordings, and a sneak peek at baby seaweed in the nursery. Special guests will include Benjamin Wolfe, Tufts University cheese microbiologist, and Bren Smith, owner of Thimble Island Ocean Farm. Samples to be provided by the Cellars at Jasper Hill, Thimble Island Ocean Farm, and Taza Chocolate. Join us and savor this very special live podcast event!

Gastropod is the award-winning podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history. Every other week, Cynthia and Nicola release a new episode that explores the hidden history and surprising science behind a particular food- or farming-related topic, from aquaculture to ancient feasts, from cutlery to chili peppers, and from microbes to Malbec.

Advance registration is encouraged but not required, beginning at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 (Monday, April 18 for Museum members) at mos.org/events. Seats are always available for walk-ups; first come, first served.

Funding for this program provided by the Lowell Institute and the Barbara and Malcolm L. Sherman Fund for Adult Programs.