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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49 Pieces

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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This episode follows three men's scientific journeys: one seeking alien life, another investigating the spiritual world, and the last sailing towar...

  • Added: Jan 29, 2010
  • Length: 12:30
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Natural chemical processes kick into high gear in the autumn; turning leaves, ripening vegetables, and the fermentation of apples into cider.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Oct 22, 2009
  • Length: 11:42
  • Purchases: 1
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The three phases of matter aren't as straightforward as you might think! Learn about dry ice and glass, as well as Distillations' new phase with ou...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2009
  • Length: 11:46
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We learn about ways scientists have attempted to educate the masses, via a 1960s radio show, 17th-century public demonstrations, and contemporary s...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Oct 14, 2009
  • Length: 11:51
  • Purchases: 1
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The body keeps itself in check and GoreTex can help your heart. Find out how in this episode of Distillations. We also talk to Dr. Richard Silverma...

  • Added: Oct 14, 2009
  • Length: 12:04
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We find out more about the iconic golden brown fabric worn by astronauts and firemen in the 1960s, the dye workers whose high incidence of cancer h...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2009
  • Length: 11:26
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Take a look back at the best of Distillations this week. Free radicals as the chemical agent, find out how scientists detect forgery in art, and po...

  • Added: Aug 28, 2009
  • Length: 11:34
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Take a look back at the best of Distillations this week. Panspermia as the chemical agent, finding out more about the elusive umami, and why you ma...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2009
  • Length: 10:43
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We find out how women treated infertility hundreds of years ago, the pros and cons of cord-blood banking, and how fears of abusing reproductive tec...

  • Added: Jul 16, 2009
  • Length: 12:27
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We find out how brownfields are converted into something useful and why Dow Chemical chose Midland, Michigan, for their plant location. Chemical Ag...

  • Added: Jul 08, 2009
  • Length: 11:57