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
3 Pieces

Distillations' three-part series "A Day in the Life" spotlights the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night.

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3 Pieces

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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Caption: Buckhorn Mesa landfill., Credit: courtesy of Flickr user Alan Levine.
During our short time on Earth we humans have created a lot of stuff. Some of it's life-altering, like the device you’re using right now and some o...

Bought by XRAY.fm and WTJU


  • Added: Jan 21, 2015
  • Length: 39:39
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: AIDS awareness painting in Chimoio, Mozambique. , Credit: Courtesy of Flickr user Ton Rulkens.
Thirty years ago an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. Today, sophisticated drug cocktails known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 38:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: In vitro fertilization (IVF) in progress. , Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
At the beginning of the 19th century women in the United States had an average of seven or eight children. By 1900 they had only three or four, and...

  • Added: Dec 03, 2014
  • Length: 40:27
Caption: Gas mask exercise, Scott Field, Illinois.1942. , Credit: Library of Congress
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since World War I. As accounts of recent uses permeate the news, we decided to f...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2014
  • Length: 44:21
Caption: Illustration of a nose., Credit: Wikimedia Commons
If you asked people which of their senses they most feared losing, they'd probably say sight or hearing. But what about the ability to smell? We ex...

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  • Added: Sep 25, 2014
  • Length: 43:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: URS Corporation archaeologists excavate at a site beside I-95 in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia., Credit: Mariel Carr
Where can you find a teacup, the molar of a goat, and an arrowhead all in one place? At an urban archaeology site, that’s where.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 36:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Solid Comfort, 1906., Credit: Library of Congress
This show takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds.

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 30:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: An Alchemist in his Studio, Thomas Wijck. , Credit: CHF Collections
This episode explores the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters, and the conservators who save paintings from the r...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 30:34
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Joe Palca tracks a story at NPR, Credit: Photo courtesy of Joe Palca
Joe Palca is one of the best science storytellers out there. As an NPR science correspondent he’s covered all sorts of obscure topics, from soccer-...

Bought by WTJU, Radio Newark, and WTJU


  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 09:03
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Real Heroes comic book from 1942
How do you show what the inside of an atom looks like? Or how a scientist feels in the moment of discovery? We decided to approach the human storie...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 21:15
  • Purchases: 1