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: Franz Anton Mesmer, 1815.
In this episode, we celebrate April Fools' Day with a little medical trickery. First, we learn about Franz Mesmer's questionable 18th-century cures...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:04
Caption: PET scan from a former opioid addict under the influence of morphine, circa 1980., Credit: Image courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.
In the midst of Japan's nuclear crisis, it's easy to forget that radioactive isotopes are often employed to save human lives. In this episode we lo...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:24
Caption: What changes might our planet witness in the next century?, Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user Flying Singer.
One of this century's great challenges will be mitigating the effects of our steadily warming planet. In this episode we explore the consequences o...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:53
Caption: Geek or chic? You be the judge!, Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user Bylzz.
This episode wonders if it's becoming chic to be a geek. First, we see how pop culture portrayals of scientists have boosted their reputations with...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:21
Caption: Where are your feathers, T-Rex?, Credit:  Image courtesy of Flickr user InfoMofo.
This episode goes back in time to try to pinpoint what exactly the dinosaurs were like. First, we reveal evidence that the oldest known bird might ...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:52
Caption: The crowds stream into a mall on Black Friday., Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user kevinspencer.
Step away from the sale rack! On this episode of Distillations we examine your brain under the influence of shopping, as well as a potential health...

Bought by KVSC


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 11:36
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: here the world's seeds stay safe., Credit: Image courtesy of Mary Tefre/Svalbard Globale Seed Vault.
This episode explores two very different ways people hope to protect future harvests. First, follow us to the Doomsday Vault, which protects 700,00...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Trick or treat! On this episode of Distillations we give you a taste of both. First, try to choke back our explanation of a Dutch candy that featur...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:16
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Are there human-like beings in other galaxies such as this one?, Credit:  Image courtesy of NASA.
How did we get here and who else is out there? These questions have nagged at humans for centuries. On this episode of Distillations we explore ear...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 12:09
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A sunny burst of flavor! Photo of Buddha's Hand Citron Vodka by Erin Hall, courtesy of St. George Spirits.
Cheers! On today's episode of Distillations we belly up to the bar to learn about distilled spirits. Then we look ahead to the next morning to dete...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KSJD, and WNPR Connecticut


  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:20
  • Purchases: 3