S4:E2 | 4.16.2020

Raiders of the Lost Yeast

The creator of the Xbox assembles a rag-tag team to extract ancient yeast from Egyptian pots and bake bread with it.

About this Episode

Seamus Blackley is the creator of the Xbox. He’s also an ancient Egypt enthusiast and baking hobbyist. Yes, you heard that right. Via Twitter, he assembled a rag-tag team of specialists: an archeologist (Dr. Serena Love) and a biologist (Rich Bowman). Together, they created a grand scheme: extract dormant yeast from the nooks and crannies of ancient Egyptian pots stored in the vaults of the world’s most prestigious museums and bake bread with it.

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