Episode 176: The Adult Show

Cartoon from an AIDS comic book. Image courtesy National Museum of Health & Medicine.

Cartoon from an AIDS comic book. Image courtesy National Museum of Health & Medicine.

It’s time to take a look at your life! As part of CHF's Thanks to Chemistry project, we present the three-part series The Stages of Life. These shows spotlight the common chemistry of childhood, adulthood, and old age. 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 want to make it better.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:26 Introduction
01:09 Interview: Inside the Brain
05:38 The Chemistry Behind the Condom
14:10 Closing Credits


The Three Stages of Life is part of CHF’s Thanks to Chemistry project, sponsored by BASF Corporation, The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, DuPont, and ExxonMobil. 

Special thanks to Tori Indivero for interviewing the scientists in this series.

Our theme music is composed by Andrew Chalfen. Music includes “Embellir (with Les Gauchers Quintet)” by Lee Maddeford; and “Let's Make Love In A Microwave,” with words and music by Lory Lazarus.


Origami Condoms website
Gates Foundation reinventing the condom contest
History of birth control methods (from Planned Parenthood)

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