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


  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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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 ...

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  • Added: May 12, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 16
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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...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2020
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 12
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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;...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 35
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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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School closures during the pandemic have pushed education for millions of kids into a virtual setting. The sudden changes have caused some people t...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Humans have been obsessed with Mars from a distance for thousands of years. At first, maybe it was the fact that Mars stands out in the night sky b...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:29
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The passing of 20 years since the 9/11 terror attacks has meant that some of the wounds cut by that day have closed — others have not. Thousands of...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 18
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There are 19 million veterans in the U.S. who have served in the armed forces. For many, the military gave them a sense of shared purpose, a strong...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11