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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Rise and Shine! In today's episode we look at some of the most essential elements of a satisfying breakfast, such as how pectins control the consis...

  • Added: Jun 19, 2009
  • Length: 11:51
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The history and chemistry of dentistry. How baking soda cleans your teeth and lidocaine numbs your gums. Chemical Agent: Sodium Bicarbonate.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2009
  • Length: 11:15
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Safety first, listeners! In today's episode we explore how 16th century alchemists protected themselves from lead exposure, why goggles are more po...

  • Added: May 20, 2009
  • Length: 11:43
Caption: Elmat Crystal Puller, Credit: Victoria M. Indivero
The history and the mystery behind the integrated circuit. Chemical Agent: Chemically Amplified Photoresists.

  • Added: May 07, 2009
  • Length: 11:28
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This week learn about the cleaning power of vinegar, what to do if you have hard water, and why green dry cleaning is catching on. Chemical Agent: ...

Bought by Prairie Public, KMXT, RadioFreePalmer, KUER, WRST-FM Oshkosh and more


  • Added: Apr 24, 2009
  • Length: 11:55
  • Purchases: 9
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Distillations heads off to the ball game with a show on baseball. Chemical Agent: Anabolic steroids.

  • Added: Apr 23, 2009
  • Length: 11:22
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We examine the chemical ties that bind. Chemical Agent: Free Radicals.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Apr 08, 2009
  • Length: 12:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Algae tubes at ASU, Credit: Rene Gutel
Are biofuels the answer to our energy problem? An exploration from the scientific side of things.

  • Added: Mar 26, 2009
  • Length: 11:40
Caption: Rioghan the Search Dog, Credit: Uploaded to Flickr by SARhounds
Distillations goes to the dogs with an episode on pets. Learn why they make us sneeze, how they can diagnose cancer, and how to protect them when g...

Bought by CKMO


  • Added: Mar 26, 2009
  • Length: 10:55
  • Purchases: 1
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An investigation into the chemistry of plant behavior, including an interview with bestselling author Amy Stewart. Chemical Agent: Photosynthesis.

  • Added: Mar 12, 2009
  • Length: 11:54