The Pulse

Series produced by WHYY

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Weekly subscribable series.

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

The Pulse is 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.

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303 Pieces

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The bottom of the ocean seems like an unlikely place to be teeming with life — it’s dark, freezing cold, and subject to enormous pressure. And yet,...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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What we eat — and how our food is produced — is always changing. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen attempts to go from industrial farming to ea...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:03
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Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Blizzards. Flooding. Over the past 20 years, we’ve seen a staggering increase in extreme weather events, resulting in millio...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse - There are 19 million veterans in the U.S. who have served in the armed forces. For many, the military gave them ...

  • Added: Nov 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
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It’s that time of year when we celebrate something we usually hate: fear. We visit haunted houses and corn mazes, or binge-watch the scariest horro...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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There’s a lot to love about grasslands — the sound of the wind blowing through them, the way the colors change with the seasons, how the sun lights...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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In the early days of the pandemic, life on the streets changed. Traffic was clear, and the roads felt nearly deserted. Bumper-to-bumper commutes ga...

  • Added: Oct 13, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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When Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) first emerged on the national stage, it was hailed as a ray of hope. It was an intensive, interactive therapy ...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
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A smile, clean socks, a sandwich, a wound care kit, a heartfelt “how are you feeling today?” All of these things can be part of a public health app...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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During World War I, thousands of soldiers suffered catastrophic facial injuries. If these soldiers survived their injuries, they were often shunned...

  • Added: Sep 26, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Tom Mustill was sure he was going to die — that was the last thing he thought as he watched a humpback whale arc majestically out of the water … an...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse: Around the world, at dawn, something magical happens. As the sun comes up, nature seems to be waking up, and diff...

  • Added: Sep 07, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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The pandemic hasn't just changed how we live — it's changed how we work, and how we feel about our jobs. One of the major ripple effects: burnout. ...

  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
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It was a summer day in 2012 when Bob Richey’s life was changed forever. He was a new college grad, having fun with friends at the beach. Like he'd ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Learning how to be a parent can feel overwhelming, and advice is everywhere. There are the things you’re learnin...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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The modern ICU, or Intensive Care Unit, was born out of a time of crisis. It was 1952, and polio was raging in many places — especially the city of...

  • Added: Aug 11, 2022
  • Length: 58:58
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Science is all about discovery — tackling the big questions that define our world, and hopefully our future. But some of these questions are as obs...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse - When a dark alleyway makes the hairs stand up on the back of our neck; when a mother just knows that something’s...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
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In the fall of 2019, reporter Grant Hill jumped into a cab — where his driver, Clyde Ashley Sherman, told him the story of a lifetime. Decades bef...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:01
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Our lives depend on water — not just any water: clean, safe water. We need it for drinking, for cooking, for washing. And very often, we take it fo...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2022
  • Length: 59:00