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 this rebroadcast of the Pulse - Science is all about observing the world. But how do you study something you can’t see, smell, or hear — like th...

  • Added: Aug 14, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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Over the past few years, remote working has transformed millions of people’s lives — giving them more time for family, more control over their sche...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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The teenage years can be an emotional rollercoaster. One moment everything is great, it’s amazing, then suddenly life is terrible, and all is ruine...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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We spend a lot of time thinking about happiness. Wondering if we are truly happy, and how we could get there. We try to predict what will make us h...

  • Added: Sep 06, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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We often think of art and science as existing in different — even opposite — spheres. One revolves around creativity and imagination; the other aro...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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It sneaks up on us while we’re sitting in traffic, or waiting at the doctor’s office, or doing our taxes — boredom, that restless feeling of dissat...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1978, NASA recruited six candidates out of thousands of applicants for a special, groundbreaking mission: to become the first American women in ...

  • Added: Sep 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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Most of us have been there — feeling our jeans get tighter, watching the numbers on the scale creep up, declaring that this time we’re going to los...

  • Added: Oct 04, 2023
  • Length: 59:01
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Dealing with a serious or chronic health condition is hard enough — but what happens when that condition comes w...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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Flying saucers, little green men, and the X-Files — for years, that’s what most people associated with unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. They w...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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For most of the big moments in life, we have rituals — proposals, weddings, births, graduations, and anniversaries. We know how to talk about them,...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - We live in a world of endless opportunity — hundreds of dating options, dozens of jobs to apply to, the ability ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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In March of 2022, the war in Ukraine was weighing heavily on Fabian Falch, a Norwegian tech entrepreneur. The Russian government had started to cen...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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What we make for dinner, grab as a snack, or have for breakfast changes all the time — and there are some major forces at play: consumer tastes and...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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For decades, the idea that you could attack genetic illnesses right at the root — that you could modify people’s genes to treat or cure disease — s...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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What comes to mind when you think of the ocean? Maybe a day at the beach — swimming in the waves, snorkeling through coral reefs, fishing, surfing,...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2023
  • Length: 59:02
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Lots of things can get in the way of taking care of your health, catching medical issues early on, and getting treatment. Navigating insurance woes...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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We think of life and death as clear cut — you’re alive or you’re not; your heart’s beating or it isn’t; your brain functions or it doesn’t. But whe...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - It’s the goosebumps you get at the crescendo of your favorite song; the stupefying wonder that comes with witnes...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2023
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - We all know that exercise is good for us — for both our bodies and our minds — but motivating yourself to hit th...

  • Added: Dec 27, 2023
  • Length: 59:02