Distillations 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, historian of science and editor in chief of Chemical Heritage magazine, and Bob Kenworthy, CHF’s in-house chemist. Each month we examine the intersections of culture, history, and material science.
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September 3, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today’s show we take a look at a disease feared for millennia: cancer. Until the 20th century cancer was almost always a death sentence. Find out what changed. And then listen to a very personal story as a daughter follows her father through chemotherapy.
Posted In: Medicine | Society
August 6, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
This week we bring you some of our favorite segments from the past season. The first course is a tasty morsel on cheese, not just ordinary cheese but cheese made using bacteria from some, uh, unexpected places. The equally delicious second course explores what taste can tell us about health.
Posted In: Society
July 23, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today’s show we go local when it comes to checking up on air quality. Next up is the people power behind civic science and how nonscientists can gather useful data on their surroundings.
Posted In: Society | Technology
July 9, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
Join us for the third installment of The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. We start by looking at what happens to the brain as we move into old age, and then we investigate how some tiny technology can help as hearing fades.
June 25, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
Join us for the second installment of The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. We start by looking at how the brain changes as we move into adulthood, and then we investigate what’s new with the oldest type of contraception.
June 11, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
Today we begin a three-part series, The Stages of Life, spotlighting the chemistry found in childhood, adulthood, and old age. First, a look at the brains of children, followed by the colorful world of the crayon.
April 30, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we look at questionable appearance enhancers. First the Beauty Historian shares some shocking beauty rituals of yore. Then a look at how Brazilian Blowouts are making salon workers sick.
Posted In: History | Society
April 2, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we learn how advances in urban agriculture are providing new access to fresh food. First how hundreds of tons of fishbones are cleaning up Oakland soil. Then tips on how to create your own backyard garden.
Posted In: Environment | History | Society | Technology
March 19, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show we see old bones made new again. First the ongoing restoration of Philadelphia's 19th Street Baptist Church. Then a discussion about what makes some old buildings greener than new ones.
March 5, 2013 | by Distillations Staff
On today's show chemistry takes center stage. First, why science and comedy make gut-busting bedfellows. Then the history of science as popular entertainment.
Wetzlar microscope, 1920s
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