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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: Children have been coloring in with crayons for almost 100 years. , Credit: Sruthi Pinnamaneni.
This episode kicks off a three-part series, The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. First, a loo...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 17:28
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Caption: Most people have heard the term 'food webs.' But have you heard about 'water webs'? , Credit: Flickr user shinybluesmiles.
In this episode we look at how delicate desert ecosystems are affected by climate change. Then the impact of toxic metals on Rocky Mountain streams.

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 15:11
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Caption: Cynthia Palmer
When navigating the career path, advises Cynthia Palmer, make sure the jobs you take are the ones you actually want. She talks about the importance...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2013
  • Length: 03:27
Caption: Terri Taylor
It was a tough decision, she says, but Terri Taylor left grad school to become a high-school chemistry teacher. She talks about the importance of f...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2013
  • Length: 03:30
Caption: Marinda Wu
Marinda Wu chose her particular graduate program because she wanted to work for a famous professor. But when she arrived, she was told the professo...

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  • Added: May 20, 2013
  • Length: 04:00
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In this episode we look at the modern power grid, which is on the brink of important changes. First, why the smart grid matters. Then, the critical...

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  • Added: May 15, 2013
  • Length: 17:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Bevin Parks
Women chemists who are also trying to raise a family can get a lot of heat, even from other women, says Bevin Parks. It helps, she says, to get to ...

  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 04:12
Caption: Isabel Escobar
In the face of harassment, Isabel Escobar learned the hard-earned lesson of standing up for herself. From men assuming she had a temper and could “...

  • Added: May 06, 2013
  • Length: 04:36
Caption: Kathryn Lysko
When Kathryn Lysko began her undergraduate work, there were 15,000 men and 100 women in her entire college. She talks about the camaraderie that em...

  • Added: May 01, 2013
  • Length: 04:15
Caption: Want strong, shiny hair? Pick up a package of Superstrength Henna 'N' Placenta Conditioning Treatment at your local beauty store. It's just one of many beauty products containing decidedly icky ingredients., Credit: Jennifer Dionisio
In this episode we look at questionable appearance enhancers. First the Beauty Historian shares some shocking beauty rituals of yore. Then a look a...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 15:25