The Pulse

Series produced by WHYY

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Weekly subscribable series.

Host Maiken Scott leads this one-hour, weekly tour of the people and places at the heart of health and science.

The Pulse is a show for curious people who ask: "Yeah, why is that?" Often surprising and always captivating, The Pulse makes science and discovery personal. Produced at WHYY in Philadelphia, the show features scientists, doctors, innovators and storytelling from across the country.

For information about The Pulse please contact Steve Martin at steve@sfmconsulting.com or call 703.715.0827.

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72 Pieces

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Sometimes it feels like the world is conspiring to make us pack on the pounds — we sit at desks all day, grab fast food on the run, and spend our e...

  • Added: Jun 20, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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The Atlantic hurricane season is here — that time of the year when tropical storms whip their way in from the sea, cutting paths of destruction fro...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 50:28
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We have dogs to thank for pacemakers. We probably should be a little grateful to mice for the development of chemotherapy. Cows helped us conquer s...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2018
  • Length: 50:28
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This week, we talk with people taking their health and wellness into their own hands — with varying results. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever ...

  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transfor...

  • Added: May 21, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
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We like to romanticize farming – but the truth is, that it’s tough, complicated, sometimes dangerous work. Technology has made some of that work ea...

  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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On this rebroadcast, The Pulse celebrates Mother's Day with stories about the ways humans — and other species — juggle fierce love and the never-en...

  • Added: May 09, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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When it comes to scientific knowledge, we’re selective about who and what we believe. But how do we get to a place of knowing? In this episode, we ...

  • Added: May 03, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Diabetes costs more healthcare dollars than any other disease in the United States. But beyond the huge financial price tag — diabetes takes a majo...

  • Added: Apr 26, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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As Kermit the Frog once said — it’s not easy being green. Amid challenges like pollution, deforestation and climate change, engaging with environme...

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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For a long time disability meant one thing — limitations. Think about the word disabled: its literal meaning is broken, not functioning. In a world...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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This rebroadcast of the Pulse takes a look at one of our most important and amazing human tools. What does neuroscience tell us about how language ...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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You know what they say — when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But what are the factors that decide whether we bend or break? And what ca...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Technology helps us run our lives, do our jobs, get directions, and keep track of our calendar. Right? Or, is technology taking control of our live...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Whether you're fixing a leaky toilet or a busted iPhone, there's no satisfaction quite like doing it yourself. On this week's episode, we celebrate...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Bruises. Burns. Lesions. Lacerations. Wounds can be dangerous, painful, even gruesome. But they also represent our ability to survive and heal. The...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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On this rebroadcast episode of The Pulse, we explore the ways faith and religion intersect with science. Sometimes the collision is fraught with mi...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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We travel to experience awe or learn something new — maybe even to get our worldview shaken up a bit. On this episode, The Pulse explores how trave...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
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A special production from The Pulse at WHYY. Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for Afr...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
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On this rebroadcast episode, Congratulations, it’s a … (Wait. Does it matter?) Maybe it shouldn’t matter, but in healthcare an awful lot of decisio...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 50:29