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Episode 89: Plastic World

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Image by Dierk Schaefer via wikimedia commons.

Love it or hate it, plastic is hard to avoid. This week we take a look at plastic made from corn and find out just how biodegradable it really is. Next up, it’s all about the packaging—and what’s left behind. And finally, Bob Kenworthy tells us why plastic-wrapped meat always looks so fresh. Chemical Agent: Polylactic Acid.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:21 Polylactic Acid
03:32 Plastic Leaching
06:35 Conversation with a Chemist: Keeping Meat Fresh
11:30 Closing Credits

Credits

This show was written and researched by Hilary Domush and Michal Meyer.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music includes “Plastic,” by Blunt, and “Plastic Alto,” by Lee Barry.

Image by Dierk Schaefer via wikimedia commons.

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