Distillations

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Each episode of Distillations takes a deep dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present. We're produced by the Science History Institute

 

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167 Pieces

Science + Culture + History

Caption: The midnight sun., Credit: Louisa Jonas
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Distillations' three-part series "A Day in the Life" spotlights the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night.

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In this 3-part series we parse the chemistry of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Distillations' 4-part series about the four classical elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

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In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, Distillations produced a four-part series: Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild.

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A three-part series spotlighting the common chemistry of childhood, adulthood, and old age.

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Stories from the Field preserves and celebrates the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. The project captures scientific adventures and career insights in short, conversational audio interviews.


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Caption: Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010., Credit: Flickr user EPI2oh.
On this episode we look at how environments recover after natural and manmade disasters. First, we hear about how ecosystems repair themselves afte...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2012
  • Length: 13:42
Caption: What's in a kiss?, Credit: Flickr user Scented Mirror.
Pucker up! On this episode we investigate the kiss. First, what's in the saliva we share with each other? Then we interview Sheril Kirshenbaum, aut...

Bought by Prairie Public, KSFR, PRX Remix, and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 12:41
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Symptoms of extreme fandom can sometimes include the wearing of funny hats., Credit: Flickr user seantoyer.
On this episode of Distillations we look at the science of sports. First, we learn how athletes go the distance, chemically speaking. Then we look ...

Bought by KPVL, WTJU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 03, 2012
  • Length: 11:37
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Images from the Othmer Library of Chemical History at CHF.
There are many different types of crystals we encounter, ranging from tiny to extremely large in size.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Another year has come and gone, but the impact of scientific discoveries made and concerns raised will be felt in 2010 and beyond.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:58
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Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:09
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Love it or hate it, plastic is hard to avoid. In this episode we take a look at plastic made from corn and find out just how biodegradable it reall...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:04
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Distillations marks our 100th episode! To celebrate, we revisit segments from some of our past shows and bring you new developments.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:33
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Distillations takes a step back to bring you some of our favorite segments from past episodes: Glenn Seaborg, the Three Sisters, and Living with Il...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:12
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We continue to bring you some of our favorite segments from past episodes of Distillations: Senescence, Richard Holmes, and Boy Rocketeer.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 14:06