The Pulse Specials

Series produced by WHYY

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Host Maiken Scott leads this one-hour, weekly tour of the people and places at the heart of health and science.

It’s a show for curious people who ask: "Yeah, why is that?" Often surprising and always captivating, The Pulse makes science and discovery personal. Produced at WHYY in Philadelphia, the show features scientists, doctors, innovators and storytelling from across the country.

For information about The Pulse please contact Steve Martin at steve@sfmconsulting.com or call 703.715.0827.


90 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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More than 2 million people in the U.S. are incarcerated — and tens of thousands have had COVID-19. The pandemic has brought more attention than eve...

Bought by KUSU, KUOW, WCMU Michigan, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., and WFAE


  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Throughout the darkest hours of this pandemic, the world kept its gaze trained on the light at the end of the tunnel: a vaccine. Just over a year i...

Bought by Nevada Public Radio, KUSU, KMXT, Boise State Public Radio, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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School closures during the pandemic have pushed education for millions of kids into a virtual setting. The sudden changes have caused some people t...

Bought by KUSU and KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif.


  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Owning a pet means making decisions that affect their health — from what they eat, to whether and how much they exercise, to how they spend their d...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat; more side dishes than the table can hold;...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WRST-FM Oshkosh, RadioFreePalmer, WSHU, WMMT and more


  • Added: Nov 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 35
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We’re trying to have more meaningful conversations about racism as a country. Part of that means talking about implicit bias — assumptions and ster...

Bought by KUOW, WAMU, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KALW, KICI Iowa City and more


  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 12
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Fall usually means the start of a new school year — but for millions of American kids, it marks the continuation of an extended limbo that’s come t...

Bought by KALW, KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WRGY, KUSU and more


  • Added: Aug 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
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The killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis has sparked another wave of national outrage over police brutality and violence. Prot...

Bought by KQED, KUOW, WITF, WAMU, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 16
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Most of us dread mosquito season — but on some level, you've got to admire these pesky bloodsuckers. Over the millennia, they’ve spread around the ...

Bought by KUSU, C89.5 - KNHC Seattle, KJZZ, WCPN, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle and more


  • Added: May 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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You know you've made it when you get parodied on Saturday Night Live … by none other than Brad Pitt. And you really know you’ve made it when Pitt b...

Bought by KTSW 89.9, WCPN, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KSFR, WRGY and more


  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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It feels like we’ve been invaded by an invisible enemy — so scary we don’t even want to go to the grocery store. Inside of hospitals, patients and ...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KCPW Salt Lake City, WYAP, WLPR , KJZZ and more


  • Added: Apr 30, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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Optimizing our brains has become an obsession of the modern world. We meditate, take supplements, read books on productivity — all in the name of s...

Bought by KMXT, WAMU, KICI Iowa City, KQED, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle and more


  • Added: Apr 21, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 9
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What does it take to get through a global pandemic? How do you keep going, keep working, get up every day and hope for the best? Around the world, ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WITF, KUSU, WCPN, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Apr 10, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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The COVID-19 outbreak is creating increased demand for mental health services — lots of people are feeling anxious, or are getting depressed. At th...

Bought by KMXT, Red River Radio Network (E. Texas/Louisiana/Arkansas/Mississippi), KTSW 89.9, Capital Public Radio, WFAE and more


  • Added: Apr 06, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 18
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We rely on our friends for all kinds of things — companionship, laughter, and right now — support in times of crisis. But it's only recently that s...

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KMUN, KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KQED and more


  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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Communities around the world are scrambling to slow the spread of COVID-19: closing businesses and schools, canceling gatherings, and limiting soci...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KOJB 90.1 FM The eagle, KUOW, WHCP-LP Cambridge, 'The Sea' and more


  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 19
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What is love? That warm and fuzzy feeling, that crazed obsession, that deep sentiment of trust and good will. It’s all of those things, but where a...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WYAP, WJCT, KMXT, WWNO and more


  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat. More side dishes than the table can hold...

Bought by KTSW 89.9, WRIR, RadioFreePalmer, WWNO, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 43
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Sadness seemingly comes out of nowhere sometimes: a song, a photo, a movie scene, a memory, and there it is. Your heart seems heavy. Tears well up ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WFAE, KUSU, and KQED


  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant light that humans had admired and looked up t...

Bought by KMUN, 'The Sea', WMMT, WJFF, KUMD and more


  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 63