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 703.304.8479

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389 Pieces

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On April 3, 1973, an engineer named Martin Cooper stood nervously along a busy midtown Manhattan street, about to make a phone call. It was a call ...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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We hear about the big picture of climate change almost every day — the threats it poses, the effects on our world and lives, the fight to stop it. ...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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We all know that exercise is good for us — for both our bodies and our minds — but motivating yourself to hit the gym, take a run, or even go for a...

  • Added: Apr 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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We live in a world of endless opportunity — hundreds of dating options, dozens of jobs to apply to, the ability to market your creations, or even y...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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Have you ever wanted to figure out when you’re the most focused? Or how your moods change throughout the day? How “fit” your brain is, or whether y...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:03
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If you look around for Mother’s Day gifts, you’ll probably see stuff like bubble baths, spa days, yoga classes — a whole slew of things aimed at pr...

  • Added: May 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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More than a third of Americans use complementary and alternative medicine, ranging from acupuncture to herbalism, Ayurveda to homeopathy. But despi...

  • Added: May 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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We all know how stress — or anger, or pangs of anxiety — can affect the body. Your heart rate increases; your blood pressure rises; maybe your palm...

  • Added: May 17, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse: Humans have long been fascinated by the idea of communicating with other species — not just teaching animals to m...

  • Added: May 24, 2023
  • Length: 59:03
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The messages we receive around quitting are usually straightforward — don’t do it. It’s something we hear everywhere — from greats like Michael Jor...

  • Added: Jun 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s a simple question with lots of answers: Who are you? You might answer with your name, age, gender, or race. Or you might define yourself by yo...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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How this rebroadcast of the Pulse - Health disparities between Black and white Americans run deep in the U.S. Black people are more likely to suffe...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In October of 1947, a navy reserve pilot named George Earle IV received strange orders: He was to pick up several 55-gallon barrels at the Philadel...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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Freedom sounds great as an idea. Who doesn’t want to be free to do what they want? But when you take a closer look, freedom becomes more complicate...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Skydiving, BASE jumping, climbing the highest peaks, adventuring to remote parts of the world — pushing the boun...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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When you’re at the doctor’s office or a hospital, it’s easy to get frustrated. Why is this taking so long? Why do the nurses look so tired? Why doe...

  • Added: Jul 12, 2023
  • Length: 58:52
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For centuries, writers and philosophers have imagined what a perfect world might look like — if only we had a chance to start over, build it all fr...

  • Added: Jul 19, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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If you’ve tried to book a doctor’s appointment lately, chances are, it’s been challenging. Many practices are not taking new patients, or open slot...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - It seems like every day, new skin care products hit the market: lotions, serums, collagen boosters, light therap...

  • Added: Aug 01, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Whether you’re a student or a doctor, a plumber or a truck driver, a university lecturer or a radio reporter, artificial intelligence is changing t...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2023
  • Length: 59:00