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: Four nucleic acid bases, represented by the letters A, C, G, and T, make up your DNA. Researchers are working to decode their secrets., Credit: Flickr user skreck.
On this episode of Distillations we go straight to the source ... your DNA. First, we learn how technological advances are putting the dream of a $...

  • Added: Jan 16, 2012
  • Length: 13:29
Caption: This printer’s mark shows three putti holding a harp and a compass, combining the measure and tone of music with the precision of mathematics. Title page detail from Francesco Algarotti's Dialoghi sopra la luce, i colori e l'attrazione... , Credit: Image courtesy of the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library, Othmer Library of Chemical History, Chemical Heritage Foundation.
On this episode of Distillations we investigate if there's science behind the sweet sounds of a Stradivari violin and learn how chemistry influence...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2011
  • Length: 17:14
  • Purchases: 1
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In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, Distillations produced a four-part series called Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how s...

  • Added: Sep 16, 2011
  • Length: 12:39
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Take a moment from your lunch break to appreciate the sense that makes your meal truly enjoyable: taste. On this episode we take a close look at yo...

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2011
  • Length: 12:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: A perfectly pastoral farm. , Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user chefranden
We continue the four-part series: Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild. ...

  • Added: Aug 19, 2011
  • Length: 15:18
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We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes: mesmerism, the impacts of climate change, and why its chic to be a geek.

  • Added: Aug 09, 2011
  • Length: 14:53
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We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes: Palmer the Poisoner, medicinal maggots, and the placebo effect.

  • Added: Jul 24, 2011
  • Length: 12:52
Caption: What happens when cows swallow grass? With porthole cows, you can take a look yourself!, Credit:  Image courtesy of Flickr user twbuckner.
In this episode, we'll get a window on all things bovine – in some cases, literally. From the strange evolution of lactose tolerance to a look at ...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2011
  • Length: 12:16
Caption: Commuters taking the highway to downtown Austin., Credit: Image courtesy of Flickr user Rutlo.
We continue the four-part series: Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild. ...

  • Added: Jun 25, 2011
  • Length: 14:36
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In this episode Distillations welcomes guest producer Ari Daniel Shapiro, host of the podcast Ocean Gazing, who takes us on a tour of the ocean, re...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2011
  • Length: 12:17