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PODCAST: Q&A with Melanie Kiechle, author of Smell Detectives

Smell Detectives: An Olfactory History of Nineteenth-Century Urban America

Melanie A. Kiechle
University of Washington Press
387 pp.
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Before the germ theory of disease, urban dwellers placed great stock in odors—foul and fresh—as indicators of environmental health. This week on the Science podcast, historian Melanie Kiechle describes the rise and fall of the sense of smell in the 19th-century fight for fresh air.

To hear the rest of the show, visit the Science podcast page.

About the author

Jennifer Golbeck is at the Social Intelligence Lab, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA.