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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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: Crisco and chicken nuggets, Credit: CHF collections and Evan Amos, Wikimedia Commons.
Have you ever wondered how chicken nuggets are made? Or what propylene glycol monostearate, monocalcium phosphate, or other listed ingredients are ...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2014
  • Length: 27:24
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Katherine Neville
For those just starting out in a field, Katherine Neville recommends asking a simple question of your supervisors after completing a project: “How ...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 04:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Valerie Fremont
As a woman as well as an immigrant to the United States, Valerie Fremont has faced particular challenges in her career. She discusses America’s “cu...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 04:18
Caption: Claire Skentelbery
After struggling with bench research Claire Skentelbery realized her true calling was science communication. She talks about the importance of gett...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 04:26
Caption: Dawn Hocevar
After years of relentlessly pursuing her career, some simple words from her four-year-old daughter shook Dawn Hocevar to the core. From that moment...

  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 03:10
Caption: Sherri Oslick
Don’t delay being happy in your career, says Sherri Oslick. Finding the right path requires talking to a lot of people, and it also means listening...

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  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 04:09
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dimitra Georganopoulou
Early in her career Dimitra Georganopoulou thought the ratio of men to women in science was pretty level. But then she began to rise up the ladder.

  • Added: Feb 12, 2014
  • Length: 03:34
Caption: April Quarles
In school it’s usually the men who are encouraged in science, says April Quarles. Though women continue to face negative social influences when pur...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2013
  • Length: 03:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lynn Johnson Langer
To avoid being perceived as aggressive, says Lynn Johnson Langer, women often qualify their thoughts. Phrases like “it’s just my opinion” are used ...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2013
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Savannah Sullivan
The job market for highly skilled positions is more competitive now than in previous generations, says Savannah Sullivan. Learning outside your cho...

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2013
  • Length: 03:10
  • Purchases: 1