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Episode 127: Best of Distillations #8

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We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week. First, Michal Meyer reveals the dubious science behind the idea of mesmerism. Next, Bob Kenworthy and Gigi Naglak show how climate change is affecting two countries in extreme ways. And finally, producer Esther D’Amico examines how shows like The Big Bang Theory are convincing teenagers that being a geek isn’t so bad.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
00:44 Mesmerism
04:30 Extreme Effects: Chad and Bangladesh
08:42 Upping STEM’s Cool Factor
14:21 Closing Credits

Credits

Thank you to Michal Meyer, Jennifer Dionisio, and Esther D’Amico who researched the shows we featured this week.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes “Joseph Haydn’s Hen Symphony, Allegro spiritoso, mvt. 1/4” and “Joseph Haydn’s Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, mvt. 3,” by Mario Ajero, “Violino,” by Marco Esu, and “If This Geek Ruled the World,” by Geoff Smith. Sound effects courtesy of freesound.org users: RHumphries and Jambozal.

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