Episode 92: Scientific Collaborations

Lord Byron

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Winniwuk, via UK Government Art Collection.

April is National Poetry Month and Distillations is celebrating by looking at the connections between science and literature. In today’s episode we first take a look at opium and the influence it had on 19th-century Brits like Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas de Quincey. Next executive producer Michal Meyer speaks with author Richard Holmes about his latest book, The Age of Wonder. And finally, we take a look at Lord Byron (pictured left) and his poetry. Distillations regular Bob Kenworthy even recites some of Byron’s classic poem Don Juan. Chemical Agent: Opium.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:26 Chemical Agent: Opium
03:41 Conversation with Richard Holmes
08:08 Poetry and Science with Lord Byron
11:09 Closing Credits


This show was written and researched by Jennifer Dionisio and Michal Meyer.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley and Magnatune. Additional music includes “maybe,” by .:rachel kann:.., ”Piano Quartet in g 3rd mvt,” by Mozart performed by Linda Holzer, “Buxtehude Sonata III Op. I Allegro,” performed by Ensemble Vermillian, and “Sergei Rachmaninoff – 6 Moments Musicaux Op. 16 – Presto,” performed by Elizabeth Wolff.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons user Winniwuk, via UK Government Art Collection.

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