John Siracusa educates Jason Snell about what is, and what is not, a robot.

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Canonical Bagel Flavors

What is the canon of bagels? Why are some ingredients allowed in an Everything Bagel but not any other bagel style? What makes raisins an acceptable ingredient, yet bars blueberries? Mr. Siracusa, native of the great state of New York, educates Mr. Snell, one of those California hippie types, about what a real bagel is.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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104

Pizza Toppings

What toppings are allowed on pizza? And what about using a knife and fork to eat pizza? There are many rules.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


103

Pizza

John weighs in on what makes something a pizza, including the horror of the Turkey Dinner Pizza.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


102

Sandwiches

Exploring what makes a sandwich, while also discussing the history of food, sandwiches as satire, and the difference between llamas and camels.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


101

Supervillains

John helps Jason figure out the precise moment when a villain becomes a supervillain.

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


100

The Robot

Your hosts return to where it all began and then prepare to set out for new horizons.

(Robot or Not will return in two weeks with a new series of episodes.)

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


99

Your Hosts

Are John and Jason robots? All will be revealed!

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


98

Human Beings

Could it be? Are we all robots?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


97

Captchas

What does a robot do when it gets to a web page with a checkbox that says “I’m not a robot”?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


96

The Gate at Jabba’s Palace

The gate at Jabba’s palace in “Return of the Jedi” talks to droids, or has something inside it that talks to droids. So is it a robot?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


95

Autonomous Sailboats

They roam the ocean, scanning for important data and relaying their information home. There are no humans on board. Are these lonely sea voyagers robots?

John Siracusa and Jason Snell


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