Caption: Remember when I leeched all the calcium from your bones?, Credit: Flickr user paparutzi.
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Remember when I leeched all the calcium from your bones? 

Distillations Episode 147: Babies

From: Chemical Heritage Foundation
Series: Distillations - The Chemistry Podcast
Length: 13:43

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Big eyes, soft skin, squeezable cheeks. No doubt, babies are adorable. But in this episode we take a break from our cooing to examine some more serious aspects of parenthood. First how formula has waxed and waned in popularity. Then how embryos wreak havoc in the womb. Read the full description.

Asset_upload_file638_76298_thumbnail_small Big eyes, soft skin, squeezable cheeks. No doubt, babies are adorable. But in this episode we take a break from our cooing to examine some more serious aspects of parenthood. First producer Sabiha Kahn shows that there's some real science defending both sides of the breast vs. bottle debate, which has raged since the 19th century when an agricultural chemist created the first infant food. Then producer Audrey Quinn explores the unpleasant side of pregnancy, when our little dear ones rob us of nutrients and set our hormones on hyperdrive.

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Piece Description

Big eyes, soft skin, squeezable cheeks. No doubt, babies are adorable. But in this episode we take a break from our cooing to examine some more serious aspects of parenthood. First producer Sabiha Kahn shows that there's some real science defending both sides of the breast vs. bottle debate, which has raged since the 19th century when an agricultural chemist created the first infant food. Then producer Audrey Quinn explores the unpleasant side of pregnancy, when our little dear ones rob us of nutrients and set our hormones on hyperdrive.

Broadcast History

Podcast on May 11, 2012.

Timing and Cues

0:00 Opening Credits
0:26 Introduction
2:19 Breast vs. Bottle
5:47 Parasitic Babies
13:12 Closing Credits

Additional Credits

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Music from Music Alley includes "SunnySugarBabyAngelBunniesMarchingOverGreenHills," by Edgar Malaran, "Former Ladies of the Cold War," by Super Adventure Club, and "Kiss," by Bravo Max. Music from the Free Music Archive includes "Lungfish," by Eet.

Related Website

http://www.chemheritage.org/discover/media/distillations/147-babies.aspx