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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305 Pieces

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In a lot of ways, artificial intelligence acts as our personal butlers — it filters our email, manages the temperature in our homes, finds the best...

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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There’s long been an idea that sharing our DNA for research benefits the greater good — that it leads to new insights, new medications, and new dis...

  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The patch, the gum, lozenges, medication — it seems like there are lots of ways to quit smoking. But for some people, none of them work, and they h...

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Energy fuels our lives in ways that seem almost magical. It can transform darkness into light, cold into warmth, water into ice. Of course, it’s sc...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Over the past year, public health officials went from being the people who nudge us not to smoke, not to drink and drive, and to eat our veggies, t...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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“Trust the science!” It’s a phrase we've heard a lot during the pandemic. It’s come to mean things like “wear masks” or “get vaccinated,” but the p...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Open to new experiences, or comforted by routine? Shy or the life of the p...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - There’s not a lot to laugh about right now. But throughout the pandemic, we’ve managed to joke about our shared ...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Left to their own devices, viruses are pretty much helpless. They need cells to infect in order to replicate. But they’re sneaky — many of them als...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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The modern world is made possible by a web of electromagnetic radiation. Your phone, computer, TV, cable box, radio — all depend on millions of sig...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Who becomes a physician in this country — and who never gets that chance? It’s a question a lot of medical schools are grappling with, as groups li...

  • Added: Mar 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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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...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Humans have long tried to mitigate their own destructive impact on the planet through conservation efforts. Often, those efforts are attached to on...

  • Added: Feb 25, 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...

  • Added: Feb 18, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Every time you get a prescription drug, you’re dealing with a middleman you’ve probably never heard of — one who has had a hand in how much your dr...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse — What is love? Is it that warm and fuzzy feeling, that crazed obsession, that deep sentiment of trust and good wi...

  • Added: Feb 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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When we think of “the future,” it sounds like something abstract and faraway — we imagine new inventions, cutting-edge innovations, life on other p...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Who are you? There are dozens of ways to answer that question, from your name and nationality, to your relationships and job, all the way down to t...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Plastic gets a bad rap — over the years, it’s become synonymous with environmental destruction, cheap fakery, needless consumption, and mass-produc...

  • Added: Jan 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00