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Episode 946: Fries Of The Future

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Episode 946: Fries Of The Future

Episode 946: Fries Of The Future

Episode 946: Fries Of The Future

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A river of french fries.

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French fries don't age well. They're crispy and delicious right out of the fryer, but they get colder and soggier the faster and farther they get from the kitchen. That's fine for eating at a fast-food restaurant, and okay maybe for the drive through.

But on-demand app-enabled delivery is changing how, when, and where we eat french fries. And massive multi-billion dollar potato companies, like Lamb Weston, are worried about that.

On today's show, a team of potato scientists sets out to save the french fry.

Music: "Let's Start A Movement" and "Club Soda."

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