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: Susan Warzek helps her fellow speleologists return Howe Caverns to its natural splendor., Credit: Amy Kraft
In this episode we investigate the science beneath our streets. First how a team of amateur speleologists are keeping Howe Caverns safe. Then a loo...

Bought by KALW and WTJU


  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 16:35
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Judith Iriarte-Gross
Without mentors, says Judith Iriarte-Gross, she would have never become a chemist. She talks about the importance of encouragement, the necessity o...

  • Added: Apr 22, 2013
  • Length: 03:57
Caption: Bonnie Charpentier
The obstacles facing women today have not disappeared—they’ve just become more subtle, says Bonnie Charpentier. In this week’s episode, she discuss...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 03:54
Caption: Joan Brennecke
Joan Brennecke talks about how spending Saturdays with her dad pulling apart cars and old calculators led to a lifetime of curiosity.

  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 04:06
Caption: Denise Creech
In a small town in South Carolina, chemistry students at a high school were doing accomplished, innovative work—yet no one was paying attention. De...

  • Added: Apr 16, 2013
  • Length: 02:41
Caption: Oakland residents tend to a backyard garden as part of the annual Throw Down for the Town service festival. , Credit: the Ella Baker Center. Photo by David Hanks.
In this episode we learn how advances in urban agriculture are providing new access to fresh food. First, how hundreds of tons of fishbones are cle...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Apr 03, 2013
  • Length: 18:33
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Nancy Jackson
In her role with the Chemical Security Engagement program of the U.S. Department of State, Nancy Jackson travels throughout Asia and the Middle Eas...

Bought by WAMC


  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Rebecca Guenard
Chemists can be narrowly focused, says Rebecca Guenard. In a field that encourages scientists to follow a pre-defined path, she encourages young wo...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2013
  • Length: 04:43
Caption: Can this church be saved? Chemists and congregants alike say yes., Credit: Alex Lewis
In this episode we see old bones made new again. First the ongoing restoration of Philadelphia's 19th Street Baptist Church. Then a discussion abou...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2013
  • Length: 17:11
Caption: Wocka wocka!, Credit: snorgtees.com.
In this episode, chemistry takes center stage. First, why science and comedy make gut-busting bedfellows. Then the history of science as popular en...

Bought by WTJU


  • Added: Mar 11, 2013
  • Length: 21:38
  • Purchases: 1