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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.


Caption: Philadelphia skyline., Credit:  Image courtesy of Flickr user Kevin Burkett.
In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, today we begin the four-part series Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has sh...

  • Added: May 27, 2011
  • Length: 14:35
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Oil spills and how getting your hair cut could help to clean them up.

  • Added: May 20, 2010
  • Length: 10:12
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Inside every kid is a scientist just waiting to get out and play.

Bought by KAWC / Border Radio - KOFA

  • Added: Apr 30, 2010
  • Length: 13:05
  • Purchases: 1
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In honor of National Poetry Month, Distillations looks at Lord Byron and his classic Don Juan. Also, opium and The Age of Wonder.

  • Added: Apr 09, 2010
  • Length: 11:41
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What do Isaac Newton, yeast, and Harold Urey have in common?

  • Added: Apr 07, 2010
  • Length: 12:28
Caption: Rudolph Pariser in front of a blackboard with quantum calculations, contemplating molecular model, 1950s. , Credit: Courtesy of The Hagley Museum and Library.
In this episode, host Meir Rinde and guest co-host Gigi Naglak give us a tour of the Chemical Heritage Foundation's new exhibit Marvels and Ciphers.

Bought by WTJU

  • Added: Apr 05, 2010
  • Length: 10:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Reduce, reuse, recycle! This episode focuses on waste that has become a product of its own. Enter Jell-O and Vaseline.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2010
  • Length: 11:29
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Get the skinny on trans fats and learn why a popular crash diet is not likely to help you shed pounds.

  • Added: Feb 18, 2010
  • Length: 12:15
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The nose and its powers. In this episode, learn about how your body's scent can act like a fingerprint and how an iPhone app combines scent and song.

  • Added: Feb 15, 2010
  • Length: 12:00
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We learn about solar power, the history of light bulbs, and seasonal affective disorder.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2010
  • Length: 11:57