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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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: Anna Wilson
A chemistry set with “really nice stuff in it” sparked Anna Wilson’s lifelong interest in chemistry, but her passion made her a bit of an oddball i...

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  • Added: Jul 29, 2013
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Easily available equipment, like cameras, can be put to use by citizen scientists., Credit: Flickr user Mike.
In this episode, we look at how civic scientists can gather useful data on their surroundings. We go to the Bay Area where a series of rooftop carb...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2013
  • Length: 15:35
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Laura McCunn
It’s not all about career, says Laura McCunn. Marriage and family need to be considered when choosing a path, she says, and she credits a lot of he...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:03
Caption: Helen Free
In 1941 Helen Free was studying to be a Latin and English teacher—that is, until Pearl Harbor changed her fate. With the country’s young men being ...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:50
Caption: Kristine Chin
After getting her master’s degree Kristine Chin found herself working in industry as the first woman in an all-male lab. It was a challenging exper...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:16
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mary Ellen Ternes
In the mid-1980s only 10 of the 100 on-scene coordinators at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were women. Mary Ellen Ternes was one of thi...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 02:53
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mary Jo Nye
After the launch of Sputnik in 1957 the new emphasis on science education in the United States helped spark an interest in a young Mary Jo Nye. She...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 04:33
Caption: Wendy Young Reed
For Wendy Young Reed, life is too short for disliking a job. To find a career you enjoy, she says, the key is to network the old-fashioned way: wit...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:29
Caption: A mid 20th century hearing aid from CHF’s collections.
Part three in our series, The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. First, a look at how brain con...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2013
  • Length: 18:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Cartoon from an AIDS comic book. , Credit: the National Museum of Health & Medicine.
Join us for the second installment of The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. We start by lookin...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2013
  • Length: 15:03
  • Purchases: 1