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Episode 140: Swapping Spit

Kissing couple.

What's in a kiss? Image courtesy of Flickr user Scented Mirror.

Come a little closer. Valentine's Day is upon us, and to celebrate Distillations is breaking down a classic mating ritual: the kiss. On today's episode we begin with an exploration of what exactly saliva is made of—and what we risk passing to our partners when we exchange it. Then our executive producer Jennifer Dionisio chats with Sheril Kirshenbaum, author of The Science of Kissing, to learn more about what happens in the brain when two people lock lips.

Show Clock

0:00 Opening Credits
0:32 Introduction
1:29 Saliva
4:33 Interview with Sheril Kirshenbaum
12:03 Closing Credits

Credits

Special thanks to Jennifer Dionisio for researching this show.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Music from the Free Music Archive includes "Auspices And Vagaries," by BLÆRG, and "Ocean Breeze," by Sycamore Drive.

Image courtesy of Flickr user Scented Mirror.

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