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Episode 149: Blood

Cue the horns: today Distillations debuts the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. These vital fluids are more than just bodily emissions—they can also be considered the purest expressions of our humanity, at least metaphorically speaking. But of course, our focus is science, so for our first installment we parse the chemistry of blood. First CHF's curator of rare books James Voelkel explains how a chain of separate research discoveries involving blood nearly led to the discovery of oxygen. Then producer Hannah Hoag finds out how Olympic officials are investigating blood dopers at this year's games. Finally, check out the first episode of "A Distillations Explainer," where producer Josh Kurz reveals the role of hemoglobin... with a little help from Abraham Lincoln and a sack of pennies.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:48 Introduction
02:10 Blood Puzzle
07:34 Blood Doping
19:19 Closing Credits

Credits

"A Distillations Explainer: Hemoglobin" created by Josh Kurz. 

Special thanks to James Voelkel for researching this show.

Music from the Free Music Archive includes "humm ok," by Gablé, "une belle fin," by Johnny Ripper, "law and order," by Lloyd Rodgers, "Night Owl," by Broke For Free, and "Let's Get Bloody," by State Shirt. This episode also features "More And More," by Blood, Sweat & Tears, and "Hot Blooded," by Foreigner

Teaser image courtesy of wikimedia commons.

Posted In: History | Medicine | Society | Technology

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