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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In this episode we learn about the history and future of nuclear power, in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:12
Caption: Billy Evans turns in some old rubber to the Atlantic filling station of L. E. Wadman, 1603 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington, DE.  June 15, 1942., Credit:  Image courtesy of the Delaware Public Archives.
Rubber has played a shockingly dramatic role in our political and military history. In this episode we revisit the consequences of the natural rubb...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:36
Caption: Segment of Dove Bradshaw's Song of Which (Evelina kneeling, looking left), 2004.
In this episode we learn about how the mass production of oil paints spawned a new artistic movement and get a tour of artist Dove Bradshaw's studio.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:00
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From primetime to print, forensic scientists are usually depicted as courtroom heroes, but their real-life work makes for more than a thrilling sto...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 14:31
Caption: George Washington Carver., Credit:  Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
In honor of Black History Month, we reveal the lesser known accomplishments of George Washington Carver, and also pull from our oral history collec...

Bought by WJFF and WETD


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:57
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: New York Skyline., Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user Sev!.
We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about air and how the gases in it have been changing ever since Da...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:18
Caption: Mike Mcaneny's hand and arm, healed with artificial skin., Credit: Photo by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch.
We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about fire and how humans have tried to protect themselves from it.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:14
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We continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about water and the many ways to ensure it is potable.

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 14:30
Caption: Marcellus Black Shale exposure on Interstate 80., Credit: Wikimedia by Dahluza.
This begins our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. This episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.

Bought by XRAY.fm


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 16:52
  • Purchases: 1
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In this episode we learn about lesser-known women in the sciences. We start with Dorothy Hodgkin, the third woman to win a Nobel Prize in chemistry...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:56