Distillations: Science + Culture + History

Distillations: Science + Culture + History

www.sciencehistory.org/distillations/podcast
Each episode of #HistChem Distillations examines a unique aspect of humanity’s material legacy and asks the question “how did we get here?” Michal Meyer (a historian) and Bob Kenworthy (a chemist) of the Chemical Heritage Foundation are your guides
The Mouse That Changed Science: A Tiny Animal With a Big Story
Nov 19 • 41 min
In April 1988 Harvard University was awarded a patent that was the first of its kind. U.S. Patent Number 4,736,866 was small, white, and furry, with red beady eyes. His name was OncoMouse. The mouse, genetically engineered to have a predisposition for…
Preview: The Mouse that Changed Science
Nov 13 • 1 min
Tune in to the next episode of Distillations on November 20th!
Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 3: Searching for Meaning in Kensington
Oct 16 • 55 min
“We should never, ever forget that addiction treatment is a search for meaning in a place other than using drugs.” —Nancy Campbell, historian of drug addiction (This is the third and final chapter of a three-part series. See Part 1 and …
Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 2: Synanon and the Tunnel Back to the Human Race.
Sep 18 • 44 min
Our current devastating opioid crisis is unprecedented in its reach and deadliness, but it’s not the first such epidemic the United States has experienced or tried to treat. In fact, it’s the third. Treating America’s Opioid…
Preview: Treating America’s Opioid Addiction, Part 2
Aug 31 • 1 min
Synanon and the Tunnel Back to the Human Race
Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 1: The Narcotic Farm and the Promise of Salvation
Aug 21 • 32 min
Our current devastating opioid crisis is unprecedented in its reach and deadliness, but it’s not the first such epidemic the United States has experienced or tried to treat. In fact, it’s the third. Treating America’s Opioid Addiction is a…
Preview: We’re hard at work on our next season!
Jul 17 • 1 min
Tune in on August 21
Fighting Smog in Los Angeles
Jun 26 • 39 min
In the final installment of our three-part series on environmental success stories, we tell you about Los Angeles’s caveat-filled triumph over smog. The battle started in the 1940s and continues today, but along the way crucial pieces of technology and…
Preview: Smog in Los Angeles used to be way worse
Jun 19 • 1 min
Tune in to the next episode of Distillations on June 26!
Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?
May 22 • 32 min
It’s complicated.
Preview: Whatever Happened to Acid Rain?
May 15 • 1 min
Tune in to the next episode of Distillations on May 22!
Whatever Happened to the Ozone Hole?
Apr 17 • 24 min
An environmental success story
The Man, the Myth, the Laser
Mar 13 • 30 min
The disputed origin story of one of the 20th century’s most important inventions
The Yoga Pant Problem
Feb 13 • 27 min
The Rise of Synthetic Fibers and the War on Cotton
The Almost Forgotten Story of Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh
Jan 9 • 25 min
The Woman Beside the Father of Chemistry
Sci-Fi Radio Drama: A Cautionary Tale of Technology Run Riot
Dec 12, 2017 • 27 min
As you ponder which shiny new gadgets to put in your children’s stockings this holiday season, beware of the story of the Abbott family, whose lives were forever changed after a little too much screen time. Distillations brings you a live…
Butter vs. Margarine: one of America’s most bizarre food battles
Nov 14, 2017 • 20 min
It’s one of the most bizarre episodes in American food history: when butter and margarine were at war. What you choose to spread on your toast might seem like a boring subject, but it turns out to be fascinating and sometimes hilarious….
Grandmothers Matter: Some surprisingly controversial theories of human longevity
Oct 17, 2017 • 18 min
Baby horses and giraffes walk soon after they’re born, and they can feed and take care of themselves pretty quickly, too. A one-year-old person, on the other hand, is basically helpless. But humans go on to live much longer than most other mammals,…
Refugee Doctors: Escape is only the first challenge
Sep 12, 2017 • 30 min
Though they lived decades apart, Adolphe Dessauer and Abdelwahhab Azzawi share similar stories. They were both esteemed physicians who faced violence and persecution in their home countries. They both sought refuge abroad and found safety, only to…
High-Tech and Amish: Using 21st-century medicine to maintain a 300-year-old way of life.
Aug 15, 2017 • 27 min
There are no parents in the world who want to see their child sick. Often the illness is no big deal—you follow doctor’s orders and your kid gets better soon. But what do you do when your child is really sick, and it’s because of decisions the…
Political Science: Out of the Lab and into the Streets
Jun 13, 2017 • 21 min
On April 22, 2017, more than one million people in 600 cities around the world took to the streets in the name of science. Many were scientists themselves, and quite a few donned lab coats. Some were protesting for the first time. It was an unusual…
Rethinking Ink: Lasers, Tattoo Removal, and Second Chances
May 2, 2017 • 20 min
There was a time when tattoos were taboo, and you thought long and hard before getting one. Today 20 percent of American adults are inked. Tattoos just don’t carry the stigma they once did—unless it’s a particular kind of tattoo, in a particular…
Making Senses: How Biohackers Are Using Artificial Perceptions to Enhance Reality
Apr 4, 2017 • 25 min
How Biohackers Are Using Artificial Perceptions to Enhance Reality
The Smell of Shame: How Deodorant Became Omnipresent in America
Mar 15, 2017 • 15 min
For as long as humans have been around they’ve worried about their smell. “That’s why we’ve had perfumes for as long as we’ve had people,” says Cari Casteel, a CHF research fellow studying the history of deodorant. But, Casteel says,…
Fizzy Water: The Unnatural History of a Carbonated Drink
Feb 16, 2017 • 13 min
We all know hydration is important to health, but many people find water boring to drink. Juice and Coke aren’t boring, but they aren’t very healthy either. One way to transform water into a more exciting drink is to add bubbles. For centuries…
Second Skin: The Unexpected Origin of the Sports Bra
Nov 8, 2016 • 17 min
The sports bra is omnipresent in today’s sports landscape. But the current iteration of this nifty item is less than 40 years old, and it arrived with a serendipitous origin story. For this episode of Distillations we talked to Lisa Lindahl, an…
(Natural) Childbirth
Oct 4, 2016 • 30 min
Our producer is pregnant. For the past nine months people have asked what her birth plan is, which to her seems like asking what kind of weather she had planned for her wedding day. “All of a sudden my life was full of these terms: natural,…
Best of 2016: Insiders vs. Outsiders in Medicine
Sep 6, 2016 • 13 min
Over the past year we’ve brought you stories about tacos, taxidermy, and DDT. But at the same time we’ve been thinking about and researching medicine—specifically, how outsiders to the field have helped change the ways…
Human-Centered Therapy . . . with Robots
Aug 9, 2016 • 28 min
Are we overestimating artificial intelligence?
This Is Not Your Great-Grandfather’s Taxidermy
Jul 5, 2016 • 26 min
Have you noticed any antlered rabbits mounted on the wall of your local coffee shop? Or maybe some geese with butterfly wings? That’s because taxidermy has made a comeback. Our producer, Mariel Carr, wanted to know why, so she spent a few months…
Babes of Science, a Guest Episode
Jun 7, 2016 • 26 min
We’re guessing you know who Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton are, and maybe you’re even familiar with Linus Pauling or Roald Hoffmann. But it turns out that a lot of people can’t name a single female scientist besides Marie Curie. Exasperated by…
The Ancient Chemistry Inside Your Taco
May 4, 2016 • 15 min
When you bite into a taco, quesadilla, or anything else involving a traditionally made corn tortilla, your taste buds get to experience the results of an ancient chemical process called nixtamalization. The technique dates to around 1500 BCE and…
Power in the Blood: When Religion and Medicine Meet in Your Veins
Apr 5, 2016 • 25 min
Everyone knows blood is powerful. The ancient Greeks realized it, Jesus understood it, Dracula certainly recognized it, and your doctor still knows it today. And everybody knows, says hematologist and historian of medicine Jacalyn Duffin, that if we…
Do You Need That Kidney? Rethinking the Ethics of Organ Transplants
Mar 1, 2016 • 21 min
Scientists experimented with skin and organ transplants for a long time before they finally met with success in the mid-20th century. Now surgeons are expert at performing transplants. The only problem? There aren’t enough organs to go around,…
DDT: The Britney Spears of Chemicals
Feb 2, 2016 • 15 min
Americans have had a long, complicated relationship with the pesticide DDT, or dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, if you want to get fancy. First we loved it, then we hated it, then we realized it might not be as bad as we thought. But we’ll…
Is Space the Place? Trying to Save Humanity by Mining Asteroids
Jan 5, 2016 • 22 min
2015 was a good year for outer space. Star Wars: Episode VII came out, NASA started hiring astronauts again, SpaceX successfully launched and returned a rocket, and the U.S. Congress passed the SPACE Act of 2015—a bill that gives any American…
Sex and Gender: What We Know and Don’t Know
Dec 1, 2015 • 24 min
Several years ago historian of medicine Alice Dreger found herself in a room full of intersexed people, individuals with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is neither typically female nor male. Dreger noticed something strange: many of them had teeth…
Stealing Industry Secrets: Not as Easy as You Think
Dec 1, 2015 • 26 min
Hackers. Spies. Secrets. This is the menacing language of industrial espionage. But how easy is it to plunder a company for its ideas? Not very, says our guest, Douglas O’Reagan, a historian of science and technology. Throughout history,…
Genetic Engineering and Organic Farming: An Unexpected Marriage
Oct 6, 2015 • 34 min
Celebrities, politicians, and scientists have fiercely debated the safety of using genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in food. It remains to be seen whether GMO labeling becomes mandatory in the United States, but there’s no doubt that the…
Where Have All the FEMA Trailers Gone?
Sep 2, 2015 • 27 min
Tracing Toxicity from Bust to Boom
Science and the Supernatural in the 17th Century
Jul 29, 2015 • 26 min
Most of us are familiar with the achievements of Galileo and Newton, but who were their peers? And what was it like to practice science in the 16th and 17th centuries? Come geek out with us as we travel back in time and explore what the world was like…
Distillations Turns 200
Jun 30, 2015 • 18 min
This is Distillations’s 200th episode, and we’re celebrating! We pored through hundreds of shows and pieced together some of the funniest, grossest, and most surprising moments in Distillations history. Still chuckling from episode 166,…
Acts of God, Acts of Men: When We Turn Nature into a Weapon
May 26, 2015 • 36 min
Mother Nature can do a lot of damage. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts destroy landscapes and ruin lives. But what happens when humans are the ones creating these disasters? This episode of Distillations explores the many ways humans have…
Old Brains, New Brains: The Human Mind, Past and Present
Apr 29, 2015 • 43 min
The early days of neuroscience relied on tragedy to strike—a rabies infection, a botched lobotomy—before doctors could peek inside the brains of humans. Today advanced technology, such as the functional MRI, helps scientists study brains…
Fads and Faith: Belief vs. Fact in the Struggle for Health
Mar 31, 2015 • 43 min
In 2014 the United States had 650 reported cases of measles, a disease made preventable by a vaccine introduced 30 years ago. The majority of these measles victims were children whose parents chose not to vaccinate them. Meanwhile at least…
Innovation and Obsolescence: The Life, Death, and Occasional Rebirth of Technologies
Feb 13, 2015 • 38 min
Some technologies flash in the pan so quickly they hardly leave a trace (Google Glass anyone?); while others seem to stick around long past their use by date. And still other creations appear to be gone for good, only to make a comeback within a…
Trash Talk: The Persistence of Waste
Jan 20, 2015 • 39 min
In case you hadn’t noticed, during our short time on Earth we humans have created a lot of stuff. Some of it is life-altering, like the device you’re looking at right now, and some of it is pretty silly, like those plastic, banana-shaped…
Life with HIV: Success without a Cure?
Dec 16, 2014 • 38 min
Thirty years ago an HIV diagnosis was a death sentence. Today, sophisticated drug cocktails known as highly active antiretroviral therapy, or HAART, have dramatically changed the fates of people with the disease. They can now live with a chronic…
Babies on Demand: Reproduction in a Technological Age
Nov 18, 2014 • 40 min
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 today 35% of Americans have exactly two children. How did this happen? This episode of Distillations…
Fogs of War: The Many Lives of Chemical Weapons
Oct 21, 2014 • 44 min
Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history, ever since they were first used in World War I. As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look. We wanted to understand why…
Wake up and Smell the Story: Sniffing out Health and Sickness
Sep 23, 2014 • 43 min
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? This episode of Distillations examines what is perhaps our most underrated sense, and ponders what life would…
The Teeth Beneath Your Feet: Oddities in Urban Archaeology
Aug 12, 2014 • 36 min
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. This episode of Distillations goes underground, and reveals the fascinating worlds beneath our city shoes. First,…
Intoxication and Civilization: Beer’s Ancient Past
Jun 30, 2014 • 30 min
This show takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds. First, Bob and Michal go back to school—beer school—and they learn a few things about what makes beer so tasy. Then we talk to…
Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation
May 5, 2014 • 30 min
This episode explores the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters, and the conservators who save paintings from the ravages of time and accidental chemistry. First we take an art field trip around Philadelphia…
Meet Joe Palca: A Radio Story About Making Radio Stories
Mar 18, 2014 • 9 min
Joe Palca is one of the best science storytellers out there. In his 20 years as an NPR science correspondent he’s covered all sorts of obscure topics, from soccer-playing robots and oyster glue to turtle paleontology. He finds the humor in the…
Drawing History: Telling the Stories of Science through Comics and Graphic Novels
Feb 4, 2014 • 21 min
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 stories of science in a new way: by visualizing them. First we visit author and illustrator Jonathan…
Why the Chicken Became a Nugget and Other Tales of Processed Food
Dec 20, 2013 • 27 min
Have you ever wondered how chicken nuggets are made? Or what propylene glycol monostearate, monocalcium phosphate, or other listed ingredients are doing in your favorite packaged snacks? Distillations hosts Michal Meyer and Robert Kenworthy certainly…
Digging Up the Bodies: Debunking CSI and Other Forensics Myths
Dec 3, 2013 • 18 min
Thanks to modern technology most crimes these days can be neatly solved in under an hour. At least that’s what fictional TV shows like CSI seem to suggest. We wanted to address the so-called “CSI Effect,” caused by the simplification…
Zombies! How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Zombie Apocalypse
Oct 22, 2013 • 35 min
What can zombies teach us about our fears of survival? CHF’s Michal Meyer and Bob Kenworthy talk to Deanna Day, a CHF fellow, and Robert Hicks, director of the College of Physicians’ Mütter Museum about what zombies can tell us…
Atomic Power and Promise: What’s Become of Our Nuclear Golden Age?
Oct 21, 2013 • 33 min
Some say we are on the verge of a bright future in which nuclear power will play a major role in responding to climate change. Others say that we should expect more Fukushimas. Whichever way our nuclear future goes, there will be tradeoffs between…
181: Chemotherapy
Sep 3, 2013 • 17 min
Ancient Greek doctors knew about it, but could do nothing about the scourge we know as cancer. Producer Ed Prosser interviews historian Viviane Quirke about the development of chemotherapy drugs in the 20th century, drugs that for the first time…
180: Best of Distillations #12
Aug 19, 2013 • 18 min
It’s that time of year again where we dive into our archives and bring back some of our favorite segments from the past year. First, meet Ian MacLeod from our show Shipwrecks, a man who spends much of his time with sunken ships and who knows…
179: Best of Distillations #11
Aug 5, 2013 • 16 min
It’s that time of year again where we dive into our archives and bring back some of our favorite segments from the past year. First we travel to Austin’s South by Southwest Festival from the show Hard to Stomach. Producer Lindsay…
178: In the Air
Jul 22, 2013 • 15 min
It’s hard to make decisions without information, that’s why some researchers in the San Francisco area are collecting carbon dioxide data at the neighborhood level. As producer Andrew Stelzer discovers, the BEACON project does more than…
177:The Old Show
Jul 8, 2013 • 18 min
Join us for the third installment of The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. We start by looking at what happens to the brain as we move into old age, and then we investigate how some tiny technology…
176: The Adult Show
Jun 24, 2013 • 15 min
Today’s episode centers on adulthood. First, Pennsylvania State University’s Suzy Scherf tells us what’s going on in the brains of adolescents. Then, Katrina Roi takes a look at a common consumer product, the condom, and those who…
175: The Kid Show
Jun 11, 2013 • 17 min
Today we begin a three-part series, The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. First, a look at the brains of children, followed by the colorful world of the crayon. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening…
174: Water Webs
May 27, 2013 • 15 min
On today’s show we look at how delicate desert ecosystems are affected by climate change. Then the impact of toxic metals on Rocky Mountain streams. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:33 Introduction 01:10 Feature: Water Webs 09:10 Interview:…
173: Power Up
May 13, 2013 • 17 min
On today’s show we look at the modern power grid, on the brink of a new era. First, why the smart grid matters. Then, the critical mission of Caltech’s Solar Army. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:34 Introduction 01:09 A Smarter Grid 10:11 The…
172: On Beauty
Apr 29, 2013 • 15 min
On today’s show we look at questionable appearance enhancers. First The Beauty Historian shares some shocking beauty rituals of yore. Then a look at how Brazilian Blowouts are making salon workers sick. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:38…
171: Underground Worlds
Apr 15, 2013 • 16 min
On today’s show we investigate the science beneath our streets. First how a team of amateur speleologists is keeping Howe Caverns safe for future generations. Then a look at Philadelphia’s historic sewer system. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:39…
170: Urban Agriculture
Apr 1, 2013 • 18 min
On today’s show we learn how advances in urban agriculture are providing new access to fresh food. First how hundreds of tons of fishbones are cleaning up Oakland soil. Then tips on how to create your own backyard garden. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening…
169: Neighborhood Preservation
Mar 18, 2013 • 17 min
On today’s show we see old bones made new again. First the ongoing restoration of Philadelphia’s 19th Street Baptist Church. Then a discussion about what makes some old buildings greener than new ones. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:28…
168: So Argon Walks Into a Bar…
Mar 4, 2013 • 21 min
On today’s show chemistry takes center stage. First, why science and comedy make gut-busting bedfellows. Then the history of science as popular entertainment. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:36 Introduction 01:20 Science Comedy 08:51 Interview:…
167: Cold War Chemistry
Feb 18, 2013 • 15 min
During decades of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union over the course of the Cold War, both sides wielded science as a weapon. Find out how on today’s show. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:32 Introduction 01:31 Interview (Part…
166: Alchemy After Dark
Feb 4, 2013 • 14 min
Just in time for Valentine’s Day we explore the sexier side of alchemy. Historian Joel Klein explains how alchemists used passionate prose to disguise the details of their secret experiments. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:44 Introduction 02:07…
165: In Good Taste
Jan 22, 2013 • 16 min
Today your taste buds take center stage. First,how super-tasters’ genetic gift might afford them better health. Then the art of imitation flavors. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:41 ‘A World of Pure Imagination’ 01:23 Super-Tasters 08:04 The Art…
164: Bones
Jan 7, 2013 • 16 min
On today’s show we peel back our skin. First, an innovative technology that could provide early detection of osteoporosis. Then, a look at stone man syndrome–a rare disease that causes the body’s connective tissue to turn into bone when…
163: A Day in the Life - Night
Dec 23, 2012 • 15 min
We wrap up the three-part series A Day in the Life, spotlighting the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night. Today, how popular insomnia treatments work and the science behind our body’s unique sleep cycles. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening…
162: A Day in the Life - Noon
Dec 10, 2012 • 15 min
We continue the three-part series A Day in the Life, spotlighting the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night. Today, a look at the mysterious ingredients in many kitchen staples and the reason why even so-called healthy sweeteners can be…
161: A Day in the Life - Morning
Nov 26, 2012 • 14 min
Today we begin the three-part series A Day in the Life, spotlighting the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night. First, a look at what’s lurking in our bathroom products and what experts say about the controversy over fluoridated water. SHOW…
160: Teflon
Nov 12, 2012 • 15 min
Treasure or toxin? Today we follow Teflon’s rise from happy accident to indispensable tool at work, home, and even war. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:42 Introduction 01:24 The Origins of Teflon 08:46 Interview: Post-War Teflon 14:36 Closing…
159: Kean on Genes
Oct 29, 2012 • 12 min
Today we welcome back author Sam Kean to discuss the secrets and surprises contained in our DNA. He talks to Distillations’ executive producer Jennifer Dionisio. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:31 Introduction 01:33 Interview: The…
158: The Alchemical Quest
Oct 15, 2012 • 13 min
On today’s show a special conversation between two alchemy experts: James Voelkel, who curated CHF’s exhibit The Alchemical Quest, and Lawrence Principe, author of The Secrets of Alchemy. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:36 Introduction 01:40…
157: Smoke and Mirrors
Oct 1, 2012
On today’s show we track the evolution of smog from symbol of industrial progress to public health catastrophe. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:39 Introduction 01:23 Interview: A Sign of Progress 05:08 Donora 14:16 Closing…
156: Hard to Stomach
Sep 17, 2012
On today’s show we test your gag reflex. First an exploration of rank, funky cheeses made from your own body’s bacteria. Then the history of how distaste evolved into disgust. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:50 Introduction 01:41 South By South…
155: Shipwrecks
Sep 4, 2012 • 15 min
Ahoy, mateys. Join us on the ocean floor. On today’s show we look at sunken ships: how they are preserved, and what they can tell us about civilizations from the past. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:50 Introduction 01:35 Wrecked! 10:10 Undersea…
154: Fast and Slow
Aug 20, 2012
Good science takes time… or not? On today’s show we explore the extremes. First the longest-running experiment in the world; then the near-instant chemical reaction that helps airbags protect you in a crash. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:50…
153: Best Of Distillations #10
Aug 3, 2012
We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: attempts to contact aliens in space and the secret behind the sweet sound of Stradivari violins. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:31 Introduction 01:01 The…
152: Best of Distillations #9
Jul 23, 2012
We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: animal communication in the Sonoran Desert and the toll of asbestos waste on a small Pennsylvanian town. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:32 Introduction 01:15…
151: Tears
Jul 9, 2012
Today we wrap up the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. First how it feels to lose your ability to cry; then why onions bring on the waterworks. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:42 Introduction 01:33 Emotional Tears 09:35 Onion Tears 13:24…
150: Sweat
Jun 22, 2012
Today we continue the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. First the history of deodorants; then experiments on how perspiration might diagnose diseases like schizophrenia. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:43 Introduction 01:54…
149: Blood
Jun 8, 2012
Today we begin the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. First how one man solved the mystery of blood function; then how researchers will bust blood-doping athletes at the Olympic games. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:48 Introduction 02:10…
148: Across the Pond
May 25, 2012 • 15 min
On today’s episode we cross the Atlantic to learn what makes a perfect cuppa. Then we learn about the surprising health benefits of Marmite, a spreadable food item people love to hate. SHOW CLOCK 00:00 Opening Credits 00:32 Introduction 01:20 The…
147: Babies
May 11, 2012
Big eyes, soft skin, squeezable cheeks. No doubt, babies are adorable. But on today’s show we take a break from our cooing to examine some more serious aspects of parenthood. First how formula has waxed and waned in popularity. Then how embryos wreak…
146: Something in the Air
Apr 27, 2012
Episode 146: Something in the Air
145: Asbestos
Apr 13, 2012 • 14 min
Episode 145: Asbestos
144: Mystery of Mass (Spec)
Mar 30, 2012
Episode 144: Mystery of Mass (Spec)
143: Fairyland of Chemistry
Mar 16, 2012
Episode 143: Fairyland of Chemistry
142: Midcentury Mutants
Mar 2, 2012
Episode 142: Midcentury Mutants
141: Disaster Recovery
Feb 17, 2012
Episode 141: Disaster Recovery
140: Swapping Spit
Feb 3, 2012
Episode 140: Swapping Spit
139: The Brain on Sports
Jan 20, 2012
Episode 139: The Brain on Sports
138: Your Genome
Jan 6, 2012
Episode 138: Your Genome
137: Cocktails
Dec 23, 2011
Episode 137: Cocktails
136: Good Vibrations
Dec 9, 2011
Episode 136: Good Vibrations
135: Black Friday
Nov 25, 2011
Episode 135: Black Friday
134: Is Anybody Out There?
Nov 11, 2011
Episode 134: Is Anybody Out There?
133: Halloween Candy
Oct 28, 2011 • 13 min
Episode 133: Halloween Candy
132: Harvest
Oct 14, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 132: Harvest
131: Dinosaurs
Sep 30, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 131: Dinosaurs
130: Our Chemical Landscape – The Wild
Sep 16, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 130: Our Chemical Landscape – The Wild
129: Taste
Sep 2, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 129: Taste
128: Our Chemical Landscape – The Farm
Aug 19, 2011 • 15 min
Episode 128: Our Chemical Landscape – The Farm
127: Best of Distillations #8
Aug 5, 2011 • 14 min
Episode 127: Best of Distillations #8
126: Best of Distillations #7
Jul 22, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 126: Best of Distillations #7
125: Chem-moo-stry
Jul 8, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 125: Chem-moo-stry
124: Our Chemical Landscape – The Suburb
Jun 24, 2011 • 14 min
Episode 124: Our Chemical Landscape – The Suburb
123: Under the Sea
Jun 10, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 123: Under the Sea
122: Our Chemical Landscape – The City
May 27, 2011 • 14 min
Episode 122: Our Chemical Landscape – The City
121: Geek Chic
May 13, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 121: Geek Chic
120: Nuclear Medicine
Apr 29, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 120: Nuclear Medicine
119: Climate Change
Apr 15, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 119: Climate Change
118: Placebos
Apr 1, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 118: Placebos
117: Women’s History Month
Mar 18, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 117: Women’s History Month
116: Crime Fighters
Mar 3, 2011 • 14 min
Episode 116: Crime Fighters
115: Black History Month
Feb 18, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 115: Black History Month
114: Elements of Expression
Feb 4, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 114: Elements of Expression
113: Burning Rubber
Jan 21, 2011 • 12 min
Episode 113: Burning Rubber
112: Nuclear Power
Jan 7, 2011 • 11 min
Episode 112: Nuclear Power
111: A Distillations Carol
Dec 24, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 111: A Distillations Carol
110: Essential Elements - Air
Dec 10, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 110: Essential Elements - Air
109: East Meets West
Nov 26, 2010 • 9 min
Episode 109: East Meets West
108: Essential Elements - Fire
Nov 12, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 108: Essential Elements - Fire
107: Medical Gross Out
Oct 29, 2010 • 15 min
Episode 107: Medical Gross Out
106: Essential Elements – Water
Oct 22, 2010 • 14 min
Episode 106: Essential Elements – Water
105: Periodic Table Contents
Oct 8, 2010 • 14 min
Episode 105: Periodic Table Contents
104: Essential Elements – Earth
Sep 24, 2010 • 16 min
Episode 104: Essential Elements – Earth
103: Herbal Remedy
Sep 10, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 103: Herbal Remedy
102: Best of Distillations #6
Aug 27, 2010 • 14 min
Episode 102: Best of Distillations #6
101: Best of Distillations #5
Aug 13, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 101: Best of Distillations #5
100: Birthday Episode
Jul 30, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 100: Birthday Episode
99: Summer BBQ
Jul 16, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 99: Summer BBQ
98: Climate Engineering
Jul 2, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 98: Climate Engineering
97: Immortality
Jun 18, 2010 • 10 min
Episode 97: Immortality
96: Infamous Science
Jun 4, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 96: Infamous Science
95: Cleaning Up — Retro Edition
May 21, 2010 • 10 min
Episode 95: Cleaning Up — Retro Edition
94: Scientific Visions
May 7, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 94: Scientific Visions
93: Kids’ Science
Apr 23, 2010 • 13 min
Episode 93: Kids’ Science
92: Scientific Collaborations
Apr 9, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 92: Scientific Collaborations
91: Marvels and Ciphers
Mar 26, 2010 • 10 min
Episode 91: Marvels and Ciphers
90: Useful Waste
Mar 12, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 90: Useful Waste
89: Plastic World
Feb 26, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 89: Plastic World
88: A Sense of Scent
Feb 12, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 88: A Sense of Scent
87: Scientific Journeys
Jan 29, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 87: Scientific Journeys
86: In Sickness and in Health
Jan 15, 2010 • 12 min
Episode 86: In Sickness and in Health
85: International Year in Review
Jan 1, 2010 • 11 min
Episode 85: International Year in Review
84: Crystals
Dec 18, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 84: Crystals
83: Fellows in Action
Dec 4, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 83: Fellows in Action
82: Food Myths
Nov 20, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 82: Food Myths
81: Light
Nov 6, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 81: Light
80: Autumn
Oct 23, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 80: Autumn
79: Changing Phases
Oct 9, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 79: Changing Phases
78: Public Science
Sep 25, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 78: Public Science
77: Innovations and Inventions
Sep 11, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 77: Innovations and Inventions
76: Working Class Chemistry
Aug 28, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 76: Working Class Chemistry
75: Best of Distillations #4
Aug 14, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 75: Best of Distillations #4
74: Best of Distillations #3
Jul 31, 2009 • 10 min
Episode 74: Best of Distillations #3
73: Brave New Worlds
Jul 17, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 73: Brave New Worlds
72: Space and Place
Jul 3, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 72: Space and Place
71: Breakfast
Jun 19, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 71: Breakfast
70: The Chemistry of Dentistry
Jun 5, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 70: The Chemistry of Dentistry
69: Lab Safety
May 22, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 69: Lab Safety
68: Integrated Circuits
May 8, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 68: Integrated Circuits
67: Baseball
Apr 24, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 67: Baseball
66: Cleaning Green
Apr 10, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 66: Cleaning Green
65: Going to the Dogs
Mar 27, 2009 • 10 min
Episode 65: Going to the Dogs
64: sLowlife
Mar 13, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 64: sLowlife
63: Biofuel
Feb 27, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 63: Biofuel
62: Chemical Romance
Feb 13, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 62: Chemical Romance
61: Space Science
Feb 6, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 61: Space Science
60: Professional Networks
Jan 30, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 60: Professional Networks
59: Winter Sports
Jan 23, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 59: Winter Sports
58: Presidents & Policy
Jan 16, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 58: Presidents & Policy
57: Library & Information Services
Jan 9, 2009 • 11 min
Episode 57: Library & Information Services
56: New Year’s Resolutions
Jan 2, 2009 • 12 min
Episode 56: New Year’s Resolutions
55: Anniversary
Dec 26, 2008 • 10 min
Episode 55: Anniversary
54: Holiday Greetings 2008
Dec 19, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 54: Holiday Greetings 2008
53: Faking It
Dec 12, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 53: Faking It
52: Wine
Dec 5, 2008 • 10 min
Episode 52: Wine
51: Global Health
Nov 28, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 51: Global Health
50: Children’s Health
Nov 21, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 50: Children’s Health
49: Eating
Nov 14, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 49: Eating
48: Alchemy
Nov 7, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 48: Alchemy
47: Making Up
Oct 31, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 47: Making Up
46: Charging Up
Oct 24, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 46: Charging Up
45: Making Modernity
Oct 17, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 45: Making Modernity
44: Sweet Dreams
Oct 10, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 44: Sweet Dreams
43: Cause and Effect
Oct 3, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 43: Cause and Effect
42: Women in Chemistry
Sep 26, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 42: Women in Chemistry
41: Self-Experimentation
Sep 19, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 41: Self-Experimentation
40: Agriculture
Sep 12, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 40: Agriculture
39: Photography
Sep 5, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 39: Photography
38: Best of Distillations #2
Aug 22, 2008 • 9 min
Episode 38: Best of Distillations #2
37: Best of Distillations #1
Aug 22, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 37: Best of Distillations #1
36: Olympics
Aug 15, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 36: Olympics
35: Things We Wear
Aug 8, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 35: Things We Wear
34: Criminal Chemistry
Aug 1, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 34: Criminal Chemistry
33: Molecular Gastronomy
Jul 25, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 33: Molecular Gastronomy
32: Religious Experience
Jul 18, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 32: Religious Experience
31: Motherhood
Jul 11, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 31: Motherhood
30: American Chemistry
Jul 4, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 30: American Chemistry
29: Left Behind
Jun 27, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 29: Left Behind
28: Summer
Jun 20, 2008 • 8 min
Episode 28: Summer
27: Illumination
Jun 13, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 27: Illumination
26: Performance
Jun 6, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 26: Performance
25: The Chemistry of Time
May 30, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 25: The Chemistry of Time
24: Beer and Brewing
May 23, 2008 • 10 min
Episode 24: Beer and Brewing
23: Preservation
May 16, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 23: Preservation
22: Virtual Classrooms
May 9, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 22: Virtual Classrooms
21: Sound
May 2, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 21: Sound
20: Spring Cleaning
Apr 25, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 20: Spring Cleaning
19: Jamestown
Apr 11, 2008 • 10 min
Episode 19: Jamestown
18: Beyond the Chip
Apr 11, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 18: Beyond the Chip
17: Dual Use
Mar 28, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 17: Dual Use
16: Vitamania!
Mar 28, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 16: Vitamania!
15: The Art of Science
Mar 21, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 15: The Art of Science
14: Blockbuster Science
Mar 14, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 14: Blockbuster Science
13: The Nanoscale
Mar 7, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 13: The Nanoscale
12: Chemistry as Technology
Feb 29, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 12: Chemistry as Technology
11: Wonder Drugs
Feb 22, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 11: Wonder Drugs
10: Color
Feb 15, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 10: Color
9: The Love Show
Feb 8, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 9: The Love Show
8: Chemistry in the Classroom
Feb 1, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 8: Chemistry in the Classroom
7: Electronics
Jan 25, 2008 • 10 min
Episode 7: Electronics
6: The Chemistry of Texts
Jan 18, 2008 • 11 min
Episode 6: The Chemistry of Texts
5: The Body Chemical
Jan 11, 2008 • 9 min
Episode 5: The Body Chemical
4: Measurement
Jan 4, 2008 • 12 min
Episode 4: Measurement
3: Happy Holidays from CHF!
Dec 28, 2007 • 6 min
Episode 3: Happy Holidays from CHF!
2: Cleaning Up
Dec 21, 2007 • 10 min
Episode 2: Cleaning Up
1: Communicating Chemistry
Dec 14, 2007 • 10 min
Episode 1: Communicating Chemistry