Distillations

Series produced by Distillations

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Science + Culture + History

Each episode of Distillations takes a deep dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present. Produced by the Science History Institute.


167 Pieces

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This episode focuses on the ways that we are exposing children to chemical agents, sometimes intentionally, sometimes not.

  • Added: Nov 20, 2008
  • Length: 12:00
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In honor of World AIDS Day, Distillations looks at global health.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2008
  • Length: 13:27
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Plum pudding + ham = a delicious chemical feast.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Dec 23, 2008
  • Length: 11:20
  • Purchases: 1
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A look back at the chemical anniversaries and highlights of 2008.

  • Added: Dec 28, 2008
  • Length: 10:58
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The science of wine (and hangovers).

  • Added: Dec 28, 2008
  • Length: 10:53
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Embrace the fake: cubic zirconia, soy, and fine art.

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: 11:59
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Good chemical habits for the new year.

  • Added: Dec 31, 2008
  • Length: 12:05
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Where chemistry and information meet.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2009
  • Length: 11:51
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A show on the science that makes winter sports possible, with snow or without.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jan 22, 2009
  • Length: 12:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Very Large Array at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Credit: Image courtesy NRAO/AUI.
Life, the universe, and beyond: A show on the chemsitry of space.

  • Added: Feb 05, 2009
  • Length: 11:58
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Explore the tools and shared experiences that bring a professional community together. Chemical Agent: Sodium Cyanide.

  • Added: Feb 05, 2009
  • Length: 11:42
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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
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
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
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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
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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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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
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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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
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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