The Smell of Durian Explained (ft. BrainCraft, Joe Hanson, Physics Girl & PBS Space Time)

Reactions is exploring the science and chemistry of the King of Fruits today. Durian is banned from many public spaces in Southeast Asia due to its powerful odor. This week’s Reactions video explains the unique chemistry behind durian, and catches our co-hosts at PBS Digital Studios reacting to this stinky delicacy as they try it for the first time.

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Elaine Seward

Sam Lemonick

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Martin Steinhaus, Ph.D.
Casey Trimmer, Ph.D.
Kyle Nackers
Alison Le

Sam Leopard – To the Point
STRIKE IT UP ! 84’s style version by Alandra “Lightflower” Jones

Special thanks to:
Vanessa Hill –
Joe Hanson –
Dianna Cowern –
Matt O’Dowd –


Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others’ butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it’s OK to pee in the pool? We’ve got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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