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118: It's Legen-DAIRY



Hope your ear aren't lactose intolerant because this week it's all about the wacky fact-filled world of dairy. Find out how music helps cow produce more milk - and just what kind of music gets them into the mood? Weird trivia about breast milk and why "nipple" is a funny word. Dana falls into a wiki cheese hole, while Colin gulps down the history of the milk container. And no, mice actually don't usually go for cheese.

ALSO: Solution to our Music Puzzle Challenge

RUNTIME: 44 minutes 57 seconds

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In listening to your latest podcast about dairy, I was particularly interested in the breastfeeding section, as I nursed my daughter for one year, and just recently (last week) finished weaning.

Having experienced mastitis (an inflammation of the breast tissue) three times during nursing, and having attempted to treat it with cabbage, I knew that cabbage is NOT a solution to dry up milk, but it used to naturally reduce inflammation. Per

"As unusual as it may seem, a raw cabbage leaf placed in the bra over the infection will work wonders in soothing the inflamed breast. A cool cabbage leaf acts as a cold compress to reduce inflammation. This cabbage treatment not only relieves breast tenderness, but also helps to unclog the milk duct to flush the infection."

Though this didn't seem to help much, it certainly did not dry up my milk. I still had plenty!

Thanks, love the show, listen every week. Keep doing what you do!

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLauren Carlson

Being a Wisconsinite I can tell you that if it's cold enough to use a brine on the street, it's cold enough to keep your windows closed so you won't notice the smell :-)

Great show as always!

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarty

I just discovered your show recently and have binged every episode. The old show was a quiz show. Now it's just a talk show. I'll still listen but my 2 teens don't like the new format. Just wondered why so few questions now.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Herndon

Deb, I think they do a nice balance of both. If every episode was an All Quiz episode, the concept would lose some of it's charm. I like the format of some history, some stories, and some quizzes.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip Lopez

Um, actually... Dan Ackroyd is a singer. He was a Blues Brother and that's probably the main reason he was included in the recording of "We Are the World".

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJB

Everyone attributes "mice eat cheese" to some middle ages thing, but here I found Senca bitching about nouns and verbs... "Mus syllaba est; mus autem caseum rodit; syllaba ergo caseum rodit." Here we have the mouse eating cheese before the destruction of Pompey!

Letters to Lucilius, Letter 48 paragraph 6.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Trzcinski

Good point, Philip. I just wanted to weigh in on the "more quiz" side.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Herndon

My grandparents were wheat farmers in Kansas when I was growing up. They also had some dairy cows about 100 that they would milk 2 times a day. When we would go to visit them (We were from OHIO) my father would sit outside and face the pasture where the cows bedded down at night and start singing to them. He would sing songs like Oh Danny Boy and other Irish songs. Well the cows would run over to the fence closest to him and just stand there chewing their cud and listening as long as he sang they stood there. I guess it was their nightly entertainment.

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHIRLEY BAKER

Not about dairy but some places are using the juice of the sugar beet to mix with the salt brine which is able to melt the ice at lower tempertures. it also makes the salt less corrossive. FYI

July 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSHIRLEY BAKER

A bit late but I just listened to this episode, I just wanted to let you know that as well as most other animals being lactose intolerant, most humans are as well and the fact that some of us (mostly in the North and West) can is probably due to a genetic mutation.


July 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStuart Miller

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