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.


93 Pieces

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On this episode, The Pulse visits people standing watch over the world around them. There’s a certain kind of person who decides to be the one to h...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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To celebrate the newest sequel in the space opera saga, The Pulse is searching for the science in “Star Wars.” Along way, we discover that, while t...

Bought by KUHF, New Hampshire Public Radio, KCUR, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio


  • Added: Dec 19, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 4
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By 2030 about 60 percent of people will live in urban centers. We flock to cities for their energy and opportunity, but that bustle can take a toll...

Bought by WGCU, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WMRA, Spokane Public Radio, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 7
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Being in nature is restorative, the wild can feed your soul. But for hundreds of years, we pushed west across the country trampling and displacing ...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:28
  • Purchases: 2
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Music touches nearly every part of our lives. On this episode, we explore the science and power of music — what does research tell us about this em...

Bought by WGCU


  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode of The Pulse ... that moment when your secret gets out ... and what happens next.

Bought by Indie3 Radio and WGCU


  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for African Americans. In this episode, we explore t...

Bought by WGCU, WWNO, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WLPR , Nevada Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 8
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We travel to experience awe or learn something new — maybe even to get our worldview shaken up a bit. On this episode, The Pulse explores how trave...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUSU, WFAE, WMRA, WKAR and more


  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 6
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Bruises. Burns. Lesions. Lacerations. Wounds can be dangerous, painful, even gruesome. But they also represent our ability to survive and heal. The...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Whether you're fixing a leaky toilet or a busted iPhone, there's no satisfaction quite like doing it yourself. On this episode, we celebrate our in...

Bought by KUSU and KJZZ


  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Technology helps us run our lives, do our jobs, get directions, and keep track of our calendar. Right? Or, is technology taking control of our live...

Bought by KUSU, RadioFreePalmer, and WMRA


  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 3
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As Kermit the frog once said — it’s not easy being green. Amid challenges like pollution, deforestation and climate change, engaging with environme...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUT, KJZZ, KUAF Public Radio, WYSO and more


  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27
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Diabetes costs more healthcare dollars than any other disease in the United States. But beyond the huge financial price tag — diabetes takes a majo...

Bought by WFAE and KUOW


  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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The Pulse celebrates Mother's Day with stories about the ways humans — and other species — juggle fierce love and the never-ending demands of child...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WVTF, KICI Iowa City, WRVO Public Media, Raven Radio and more


  • Added: May 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 24
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A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transfor...

Bought by WNYC, Nevada Public Radio, WFAE, WAMU, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — ...

Bought by WGCU, KUHF, WKMS, KRPS, WXXI Rochester and more


  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 45
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As drug overdose deaths continue to soar, cities hit hard by the opioid crisis are considering a controversial new proposal: safe injection sites. ...

Bought by WCPN, WSKG, KQED, KUOW, WAMU and more


  • Added: Jul 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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In science and medicine, we often fail to predict the outcomes of our experiments and actions. The result: unintended consequences. Sometimes the s...

Bought by KUOW and KUSU


  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s Labor Day, which means we’re celebrating the hard-working people who keep the engines of productivity humming. This special from The Pulse at ...

Bought by KUAF Public Radio, KTOO, KSFR, New Hampshire Public Radio, Morehead State Public Radio and more


  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 26
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School is a place where kids learn about health — everything from nutrition to avoiding STDs. But increasingly, schools across the country are taki...

Bought by KUSU, WCBE, WCPN, Spokane Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7