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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: Illustration from Obstetric tables depicting the correct use of forceps in 1850., Credit: Spratt, G. (George). Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Once upon a time all births were natural. A lot has happened since then.

  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:12
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A look back at how outsiders have influenced medicine throughout time.

  • Added: Sep 07, 2016
  • Length: 13:51
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Are we overestimating artificial intelligence?

  • Added: Aug 10, 2016
  • Length: 28:19
Caption: Famous taxidermist Carl Akeley posing with the leopard he killed with his bare hands
Taxidermy is back. This time, with glitter.

Bought by WXDU

  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 26:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Babes of Science podcast logo., Credit: Courtesy of Poncie Rutsch
Most people can’t name a single female scientist besides Marie Curie. We hope to change that.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 26:17
Caption: Detail of the Codex Mendoza's folio 60r showing a Mexica mother teaching her daughter to make tortillas., Credit: Michael E. Smith, The Aztecs. Wikimedia Commons.
Dive into the world of nixtamalization, a chemical process that allowed the Mesoamerican empires to thrive and tacos to taste good.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 15:38
Caption: An early blood transfusion from lamb to man, 1705. , Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
Blood is powerful, but it can also be dangerous.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 25:46
Caption: An engraving from Michael Maier's Symbola aureae mensae (1617) depicting an alchemical androgyne.
Society has long had strict ideas about sex and gender binaries, but nature doesn’t always comply.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 29:33
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We try to untangle the great GMO debate with the help of an unlikely couple—a plant geneticist and an organic farmer.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 34:59
Caption: Advertisement encouraging people to donate a kidney., Credit: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images
Rethinking the ethics of organ transplants.

  • Added: Mar 01, 2016
  • Length: 21:10