Episode 35: GULP! with Mary Roach

Sharp & Hot

May 27 2014 • 31 mins

Mary Roach

Have you ever thought about what happens to your steak dinner after you blissfully chew and swallow it? How much would you have to consume to eat yourself to death? Why do we like crunchy foods more than mushy ones? Ever wondered if Jonah could have survived in the belly of that whale, or how a competitive eater trains to eat thirty-six hot dogs, or whether Elvis Presley may have died not from a drug overdose but from chronic constipation? Mary Roach has. She went far and wide looking for the answers to those questions and more and the result is GULP: ADVENTURES ON THE ALIMENTARY CANAL, a “rollicking ride through our bodies’ insides and back out again.” Mary is this week’s guest on Sharp & Hot with Emily Peterson. Tune in as she shares some fascinating anecdotes and stories from her research and gives listeners some idea of what to expect in this hilarious book. This program was sponsored by Cain Vineyard & Winery.