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Distillations

By Science History Institute

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 in Philadelphia.

  1. 1.
    Space Junk09/08/2020
    58:04
  2. 2.
    Who Owns Outer Space?09/01/2020
    35:25
  3. 3.
    The Alchemical Origins of Occupational Medicine08/25/2020
    38:12
  4. 4.
    Bonus Episode: Doing Science with an Invisible Disability08/20/2020
    24:38
  5. 5.
    Science and Disability Part 208/18/2020
    41:06
  6. 6.
    Bonus Episode: A Short History of Disability in the United States08/13/2020
    56:10
  7. 7.
    Science and Disability08/11/2020
    40:12
  8. 8.
    Collecting Monstrosity08/04/2020
    37:57
  1. 9.
    Preview: New Season Coming August 4th!07/21/2020
    4:51
  2. 10.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Magda Marquet07/09/2020
    23:48
  3. 11.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer06/25/2020
    23:55
  4. 12.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson06/18/2020
    24:28
  5. 13.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore06/09/2020
    23:57
  6. 14.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Katrine Bosley06/04/2020
    32:40
  7. 15.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with William Haseltine05/28/2020
    28:29
  8. 16.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Susan Weiss05/21/2020
    37:06
  9. 17.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Sue Desmond-Hellmann05/14/2020
    17:43
  10. 18.
    BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John C. Martin05/05/2020
    15:27
  11. 19.
    BONUS EPISODE: Spit Spreads Death04/14/2020
    19:17
  12. 20.
    BONUS EPISODE: The Blooper Reel04/07/2020
    8:39
  13. 21.
    Preview: We're moving to seasons!02/11/2020
    1:28
  14. 22.
    How Philadelphia's Water Pollution Problems Shaped the City01/07/2020
    47:43
  15. 23.
    BONUS EPISODE: Jane Hodgson12/18/2019
    12:04
  16. 24.
    Roe v. Wade v. Rubella12/17/2019
    51:01
  17. 25.
    Preview: Roe v. Wade v. Rubella12/04/2019
    2:00
  18. 26.
    Promo: LIVE Halloween show!10/24/2019
    0:58
  19. 27.
    The Alzheimer's Copernicus Problem, Part 110/22/2019
    46:38
  20. 28.
    The Alzheimer’s Copernicus Problem, Part 210/22/2019
    42:34
  21. 29.
    Preview: The Alzheimer's Copernicus Problem10/08/2019
    3:12
  22. 30.
    Science on TV09/17/2019
    1:10:16
  23. 31.
    Preview: Fall 201908/13/2019
    4:25
  24. 32.
    Rare Earths: The Hidden Cost to Their Magic, Part 206/25/2019
    31:33
  25. 33.
    Rare Earths: The Hidden Cost to Their Magic, Part 106/25/2019
    25:29
  26. 34.
    Preview: Rare Earths06/18/2019
    2:18
  27. 35.
    The Myth of the Cuyahoga River Fire05/28/2019
    32:19
  28. 36.
    Preview: The Myth of the Cuyahoga River Fire05/21/2019
    2:12
  29. 37.
    High Steaks at the Border04/23/2019
    40:15
  30. 38.
    Preview: High Steaks at the Border04/09/2019
    1:43
  31. 39.
    Making the Deserts Bloom03/19/2019
    36:26
  32. 40.
    Preview: Making The Deserts Bloom03/06/2019
    2:13
  33. 41.
    Love, Hate, and Sex from the History of Science02/12/2019
    38:33
  34. 42.
    Sex(ism), Drugs, and Migraines01/15/2019
    42:09
  35. 43.
    Preview: Happy Holidays from Distillations!12/18/2018
    2:22
  36. 44.
    The Mouse That Changed Science: A Tiny Animal With a Big Story11/19/2018
    41:48
  37. 45.
    Preview: The Mouse that Changed Science11/13/2018
    1:19
  38. 46.
    Treating America's Opioid Addiction Part 3: Searching for Meaning in Kensington10/16/2018
    55:22
  39. 47.
    Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 2: Synanon and the Tunnel Back to the Human Race.09/18/2018
    44:34
  40. 48.
    Preview: Treating America's Opioid Addiction, Part 208/31/2018
    1:49
  41. 49.
    Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 1: The Narcotic Farm and the Promise of Salvation08/21/2018
    32:11
  42. 50.
    Preview: We're hard at work on our next season!07/17/2018
    1:58
  43. 51.
    Fighting Smog in Los Angeles06/26/2018
    39:45
  44. 52.
    Preview: Smog in Los Angeles used to be way worse06/19/2018
    1:29
  45. 53.
    Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?05/22/2018
    32:16
  46. 54.
    Preview: Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?05/15/2018
    1:27
  47. 55.
    Whatever Happened to the Ozone Hole?04/17/2018
    24:09
  48. 56.
    The Man, the Myth, the Laser03/13/2018
    30:01
  49. 57.
    The Yoga Pant Problem02/13/2018
    27:03
  50. 58.
    The Almost Forgotten Story of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh01/09/2018
    25:35
  51. 59.
    Sci-Fi Radio Drama: A Cautionary Tale of Technology Run Riot12/12/2017
    27:11
  52. 60.
    Butter vs. Margarine: one of America's most bizarre food battles11/14/2017
    20:52
  53. 61.
    Grandmothers Matter: Some surprisingly controversial theories of human longevity10/17/2017
    18:06
  54. 62.
    Refugee Doctors: Escape is only the first challenge09/12/2017
    30:38
  55. 63.
    High-Tech and Amish: Using 21st-century medicine to maintain a 300-year-old way of life.08/15/2017
    27:11
  56. 64.
    Political Science: Out of the Lab and into the Streets06/13/2017
    21:21
  57. 65.
    Rethinking Ink: Lasers, Tattoo Removal, and Second Chances05/02/2017
    20:56
  58. 66.
    Making Senses: How Biohackers Are Using Artificial Perceptions to Enhance Reality04/04/2017
    25:26
  59. 67.
    The Smell of Shame: How Deodorant Became Omnipresent in America03/15/2017
    15:43
  60. 68.
    Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink02/16/2017
    13:22
  61. 69.
    Second Skin: The Unexpected Origin of the Sports Bra11/08/2016
    17:09
  62. 70.
    (Natural) Childbirth10/04/2016
    30:21
  63. 71.
    Best of 2016: Insiders vs. Outsiders in Medicine09/06/2016
    13:51
  64. 72.
    This Is Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Taxidermy07/05/2016
    26:05
  65. 73.
    Babes of Science, a Guest Episode06/07/2016
    26:16
  66. 74.
    The Ancient Chemistry Inside Your Taco05/04/2016
    15:33
  67. 75.
    Power in the Blood: When Religion and Medicine Meet in Your Veins04/05/2016
    25:41
  68. 76.
    Do You Need That Kidney? Rethinking the Ethics of Organ Transplants03/01/2016
    21:10
  69. 77.
    DDT: The Britney Spears of Chemicals02/02/2016
    15:52
  70. 78.
    Is Space the Place? Trying to Save Humanity by Mining Asteroids01/05/2016
    22:20
  71. 79.
    Sex and Gender: What We Know and Don’t Know12/01/2015
    24:00
  72. 80.
    Stealing Industry Secrets: Not as Easy as You Think12/01/2015
    26:26
  73. 81.
    Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming: An Unexpected Marriage10/06/2015
    34:58
  74. 82.
    Where Have All the FEMA Trailers Gone?09/02/2015
    27:58
  75. 83.
    Science and the Supernatural in the 17th Century07/29/2015
    26:16
  76. 84.
    Distillations Turns 20006/30/2015
    18:35
  77. 85.
    Acts of God, Acts of Men: When We Turn Nature into a Weapon05/26/2015
    36:15
  78. 86.
    Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present04/29/2015
    43:39
  79. 87.
    Fads and Faith: Belief vs. Fact in the Struggle for Health03/31/2015
    43:33
  80. 88.
    Innovation and Obsolescence: The Life, Death, and Occasional Rebirth of Technologies02/13/2015
    25:12
  81. 89.
    Trash Talk: The Persistence of Waste01/20/2015
    39:39
  82. 90.
    Life with HIV: Success without a Cure?12/16/2014
    38:57
  83. 91.
    Babies on Demand: Reproduction in a Technological Age11/18/2014
    40:27
  84. 92.
    Fogs of War: The Many Lives of Chemical Weapons10/21/2014
    44:20
  85. 93.
    Wake up and Smell the Story: Sniffing out Health and Sickness09/23/2014
    43:58
  86. 94.
    The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: Oddities in Urban Archaeology08/12/2014
    36:50
  87. 95.
    Intoxication and Civilization: Beer's Ancient Past06/30/2014
    30:46
  88. 96.
    Alchemy's Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation05/05/2014
    30:34
  89. 97.
    Meet Joe Palca: A Radio Story About Making Radio Stories03/18/2014
    9:03
  90. 98.
    Drawing History: Telling the Stories of Science through Comics and Graphic Novels02/04/2014
    21:11
  91. 99.
    Why the Chicken Became a Nugget and Other Tales of Processed Food12/20/2013
    27:24
  92. 100.
    Digging Up the Bodies: Debunking CSI and Other Forensics Myths12/03/2013
    18:07
  93. 101.
    Zombies! How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zombie Apocalypse10/22/2013
    35:43
  94. 102.
    Atomic Power and Promise: What's Become of Our Nuclear Golden Age?10/21/2013
    33:40
  95. 103.
    Episode 181: Chemotherapy09/03/2013
    17:35
  96. 104.
    Episode 180: Best of Distillations #1208/19/2013
    18:38
  97. 105.
    Episode 179: Best of Distillations #1108/05/2013
    16:00
  98. 106.
    Episode 178: In the Air07/22/2013
    15:35
  99. 107.
    Episode 177:The Old Show07/02/2013
    18:01
  100. 108.
    Episode 176: The Adult Show06/24/2013
    15:03
  101. 109.
    Episode 175: The Kid Show06/11/2013
    17:28
  102. 110.
    Episode 174: Water Webs05/28/2013
    15:11
  103. 111.
    Episode 173: Power Up05/14/2013
    17:06
  104. 112.
    Episode 172: On Beauty04/29/2013
    15:25
  105. 113.
    Episode 171: Underground Worlds04/16/2013
    16:34
  106. 114.
    Episode 170: Urban Agriculture04/01/2013
    18:33
  107. 115.
    Episode 169: Neighborhood Preservation03/18/2013
    17:11
  108. 116.
    Episode 168: So Argon Walks Into a Bar...03/04/2013
    21:38
  109. 117.
    Episode 167: Cold War Chemistry02/18/2013
    15:03
  110. 118.
    Episode 166: Alchemy After Dark02/04/2013
    13:59
  111. 119.
    Episode 165: In Good Taste01/22/2013
    16:09
  112. 120.
    Episode 164: Bones01/07/2013
    16:24
  113. 121.
    Episode 163: A Day in the Life - Night12/23/2012
    15:42
  114. 122.
    Episode 162: A Day in the Life - Noon12/10/2012
    15:38
  115. 123.
    Episode 161: A Day in the Life - Morning11/26/2012
    14:20
  116. 124.
    Episode 160: Teflon11/12/2012
    15:14
  117. 125.
    Episode 159: Kean on Genes10/29/2012
    12:22
  118. 126.
    Episode 158: The Alchemical Quest10/15/2012
    13:58
  119. 127.
    Episode 157: Smoke and Mirrors10/01/2012
    14:19
  120. 128.
    Episode 156: Hard to Stomach09/17/2012
    13:13
  121. 129.
    Episode 155: Shipwrecks09/04/2012
    15:35
  122. 130.
    Episode 154: Fast and Slow08/20/2012
    14:12
  123. 131.
    Episode 153: Best Of Distillations #1008/03/2012
    15:33
  124. 132.
    Episode 152: Best of Distillations #907/23/2012
    13:33
  125. 133.
    Episode 151: Tears07/09/2012
    15:05
  126. 134.
    Episode 150: Sweat06/22/2012
    16:44
  127. 135.
    Episode 149: Blood06/08/2012
    16:33
  128. 136.
    Episode 148: Across the Pond05/26/2012
    15:27
  129. 137.
    Episode 147: Babies05/11/2012
    13:43
  130. 138.
    Episode 146: Something in the Air04/27/2012
    14:22
  131. 139.
    Episode 145: Asbestos04/13/2012
    14:03
  132. 140.
    Episode 144: Mystery of Mass (Spec)03/30/2012
    13:18
  133. 141.
    Episode 143: Fairyland of Chemistry03/16/2012
    9:56
  134. 142.
    Episode 142: Midcentury Mutants03/02/2012
    14:39
  135. 143.
    Episode 141: Disaster Recovery02/17/2012
    13:41
  136. 144.
    Episode 140: Swapping Spit02/03/2012
    12:41
  137. 145.
    Episode 139: The Brain on Sports01/20/2012
    11:37
  138. 146.
    Episode 138: Your Genome01/06/2012
    13:28
  139. 147.
    Episode 137: Cocktails12/23/2011
    13:20
  140. 148.
    Episode 136: Good Vibrations12/09/2011
    17:13
  141. 149.
    Episode 135: Black Friday11/25/2011
    11:36
  142. 150.
    Episode 134: Is Anybody Out There?11/11/2011
    12:08
  143. 151.
    Episode 133: Halloween Candy10/28/2011
    13:16
  144. 152.
    Episode 132: Harvest10/14/2011
    12:06
  145. 153.
    Episode 131: Dinosaurs09/30/2011
    11:52
  146. 154.
    Episode 130: Our Chemical Landscape – The Wild09/16/2011
    12:38
  147. 155.
    Episode 129: Taste09/02/2011
    12:58
  148. 156.
    Episode 128: Our Chemical Landscape – The Farm08/19/2011
    15:17
  149. 157.
    Episode 127: Best of Distillations #808/05/2011
    14:52
  150. 158.
    Episode 126: Best of Distillations #707/22/2011
    12:51
  151. 159.
    Episode 125: Chem-moo-stry07/08/2011
    12:15
  152. 160.
    Episode 124: Our Chemical Landscape – The Suburb06/24/2011
    14:35
  153. 161.
    Episode 123: Under the Sea06/10/2011
    12:17
  154. 162.
    Episode 122: Our Chemical Landscape – The City05/27/2011
    14:34
  155. 163.
    Episode 121: Geek Chic05/13/2011
    11:20
  156. 164.
    Episode 120: Nuclear Medicine04/29/2011
    12:24
  157. 165.
    Episode 119: Climate Change04/15/2011
    12:53
  158. 166.
    Episode 118: Placebos04/01/2011
    11:03
  159. 167.
    Episode 117: Women's History Month03/18/2011
    11:55
  160. 168.
    Episode 116: Crime Fighters03/03/2011
    14:31
  161. 169.
    Episode 115: Black History Month02/18/2011
    11:57
  162. 170.
    Episode 114: Elements of Expression02/04/2011
    11:59
  163. 171.
    Episode 113: Burning Rubber01/21/2011
    12:35
  164. 172.
    Episode 112: Nuclear Power01/07/2011
    11:11
  165. 173.
    Episode 111: A Distillations Carol12/24/2010
    13:45
  166. 174.
    Episode 110: Essential Elements - Air12/10/2010
    13:18
  167. 175.
    Episode 109: East Meets West11/26/2010
    9:09
  168. 176.
    Episode 108: Essential Elements - Fire11/12/2010
    13:14
  169. 177.
    Episode 107: Medical Gross Out10/29/2010
    15:29
  170. 178.
    Episode 106: Essential Elements – Water10/22/2010
    14:30
  171. 179.
    Episode 105: Periodic Table Contents10/08/2010
    14:03
  172. 180.
    Episode 104: Essential Elements – Earth09/24/2010
    16:51
  173. 181.
    Episode 103: Herbal Remedy09/10/2010
    13:14
  174. 182.
    Episode 102: Best of Distillations #608/27/2010
    14:05
  175. 183.
    Episode 101: Best of Distillations #508/13/2010
    12:11
  176. 184.
    Episode 100: Birthday Episode07/30/2010
    13:32
  177. 185.
    Episode 99: Summer BBQ07/16/2010
    11:54
  178. 186.
    Episode 98: Climate Engineering07/02/2010
    11:53
  179. 187.
    Episode 97: Immortality06/18/2010
    10:56
  180. 188.
    Episode 96: Infamous Science06/04/2010
    11:46
  181. 189.
    Episode 95: Cleaning Up -- Retro Edition05/21/2010
    10:11
  182. 190.
    Episode 94: Scientific Visions05/07/2010
    12:18
  183. 191.
    Episode 93: Kids’ Science04/23/2010
    13:05
  184. 192.
    Episode 92: Scientific Collaborations04/09/2010
    11:40
  185. 193.
    Episode 91: Marvels and Ciphers03/26/2010
    10:29
  186. 194.
    Episode 90: Useful Waste03/12/2010
    11:29
  187. 195.
    Episode 89: Plastic World02/26/2010
    12:03
  188. 196.
    Episode 88: A Sense of Scent02/12/2010
    11:59
  189. 197.
    Episode 87: Scientific Journeys01/29/2010
    12:30
  190. 198.
    Episode 86: In Sickness and in Health01/15/2010
    12:08
  191. 199.
    Episode 85: International Year in Review01/01/2010
    11:58
  192. 200.
    Episode 84: Crystals12/18/2009
    11:59

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