Distillations

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Each episode of Distillations takes a deep dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present. We're produced by the Science History Institute

 

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167 Pieces

Science + Culture + History

Caption: The midnight sun., Credit: Louisa Jonas
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Distillations' three-part series "A Day in the Life" spotlights the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night.

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In this 3-part series we parse the chemistry of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Distillations' 4-part series about the four classical elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

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In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, Distillations produced a four-part series: Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild.

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A three-part series spotlighting the common chemistry of childhood, adulthood, and old age.

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49 Pieces

Stories from the Field preserves and celebrates the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. The project captures scientific adventures and career insights in short, conversational audio interviews.


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We loved it. We hated it. Now we kind of maybe like it again.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 04, 2016
  • Length: 15:52
  • Purchases: 1
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It might not be as easy as you think.

  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 52:52
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Trying to save humanity by mining asteroids.

Bought by WTIP


  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 22:24
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: FEMA trailer with bicycles. , Credit: Courtesy of Akasha Rabut
Ten years later and thousands of miles away, Hurricane Katrina lives on.

  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 27:58
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Once upon a time science and the supernatural were not so far apart.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 01:42:26
Caption: Weather Made to Order? , Credit: May 28, 1954 Collier's magazine cover.
When we turn nature into a weapon.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 36:16
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This is Distillations’s 200th episode, and we’re celebrating! We pored through hundreds of shows and pieced together some of the funniest, grossest...

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 37:10
Caption: Brain illustration , Credit: The Popular Science Monthly, 1894
The early days of neuroscience relied on tragedy to strike before doctors could peek inside the brains of humans. Today advanced technology helps s...

  • Added: May 28, 2015
  • Length: 43:39
Caption: 1963 CDC poster for the oral polio vaccine., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
In 2014 the United States had 650 reported cases of measles, a disease made preventable by a vaccine introduced 30 years ago. The majority of these...

  • Added: Apr 01, 2015
  • Length: 01:27:06
Caption: Ben Gross' personal video discs and player. , Credit: Photograph by Mariel Carr.
Some technologies flash in the pan so quickly they hardly leave a trace (Google Glass anyone?); while others seem to stick around long past their u...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Apr 01, 2015
  • Length: 38:38
  • Purchases: 1