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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When we decide something is important enough to hold on to, often it’s science or technology that helps us protect the things we cherish most. The ...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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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 KZMU Moab Community Radio, KMXT, WKMS, KICI Iowa City, KUOW and more


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 24
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The land and vistas around us tell a story about weather, the seasons, and light, but also about human influence, climate change -- and shifts in o...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 5
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Lots of us have big plans to get the most out of summer — but we only have three short months to go to the beach trip, take a canoe trip, or fly to...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Gambling. Drugs. Prostitution. Booze. As a society, we have always regulated behaviors we consider vices. Those regulations were once grounded in m...

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  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this episode, we get stranded on an urban ‘heat island’ and learn what cities are doing to cool them down. How is the growing global demand for ...

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  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On July 29th, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and soon we sent men where only our imaginations had taken u...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Shortages can bring minor inconveniences, like expensive avocados or almonds. In healthcare, they can mean the difference between getting the care ...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Sleep is the new skinny. Americans are obsessed with a good night's rest- after decades of viewing sleep as a waste of time for people who have not...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Some problems are so big, so entrenched and complicated, you can start to feel like Sisyphus - condemned to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity –...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Steaks are delicious. Bacon is tasty. Americans eat a ton of meat, and consumption is on the rise. People worry that eating too much meat can hurt ...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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What’s in your backyard, in your water, in your food? The Pulse hunts for the hidden poisons in the environment and finds them everywhere — even in...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Money drives decisions in health and science. It’s part of the equation in drug development and dictates which medicines end up on the pharmacy she...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio


  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Giving birth, Giving support. Being there. Being exhausted. To mark Mother’s Day, “The Pulse” reflects on some of the ways humans — and other speci...

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Being seen has consequences, some great, some scary. Scientists are stepping out of the lab and speaking up to counter what they say is a worrying ...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Now for our feature presentation: we're going to explore the science of movie magic as seen on the big screen and behind the scenes. We'll take you...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:28
  • Purchases: 3
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What should fuel America? Coal, natural gas, and nuclear are still the undeniable leaders, but sun, wind and water are catching up as clean, renewa...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 15
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Rare illness. Dangerous weight loss. Staunch activism. Remote places. ‘Out there’ scientific ideas. The Pulse explores extremes and what we can lea...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Apr 07, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
  • Purchases: 1
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Many of us have some baggage when it comes to our health. A bad back. High blood pressure. Heart disease. Cancer. In health insurance speak: "pre-e...

  • Added: Mar 31, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
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The Pulse visits with the boss ladies who are doing groundbreaking work in fields like chemistry, biology, astrophysics. Many of them changed the g...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
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