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Distillations podcast explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Our hosts are Michal Meyer, a historian of science and editor in chief of Distillations magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we explore stories from the intersection of science, culture, and history.

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Episode 98: Climate Engineering

As atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, does the world have to get hotter? Controlling the earth’s weather and climate is this week’s topic.

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A Summer Brew for You

Here in Philly, where most of the Distillations crew resides, we are celebrating Philly Beer Week.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 96: Infamous Science

Innovation can be messy work, and sometimes outright disastrous. This week on Distillations we’re looking at some of the 20th century’s most infamous scientific missteps.

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Posted In: History | Medicine | Society

Episode 95: Cleaning Up—Retro Edition

This week we’re digging into our archives and looking back at one of our first episodes of Distillations.

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Posted In: Environment | Society

Episode 94: Scientific Visions

The future is now. Distillations, therefore, is pausing to compare what people once predicted the modern world would look like to the actual reality on the ground—and in the air.

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Episode 93: Kids’ Science

In honor of National Lab Day in May this episode focuses on the scientist in every kid.

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Posted In: Society

Episode 92: Scientific Collaborations

April is National Poetry Month and Distillations is celebrating by looking at the connections between science and literature.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 91: Marvels and Ciphers

In early March 2010 the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s museum opened its newest temporary exhibit, Marvels and Ciphers: A Look Inside the Flask.

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Posted In: History | Society | Technology

Episode 90: Useful Waste

What’s better than recycling? Reducing waste! OK, maybe not better, but equally important. In this week’s episode of Distillations we learn about industrial-waste reduction.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 89: Plastic World

Love it or hate it, plastic is hard to avoid. This week we take a look at plastic made from corn and find out just how biodegradable it really is.

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The Museum at CHF

The Museum at CHF

Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.


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