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Distillations Podcast

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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Episode 107: Medical Gross Out

Today’s show will have your skin crawling… literally. In honor of Halloween we bring you a show revealing a scarier (and squirmier) side of science.

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Posted In: History | Medicine

Episode 105: Periodic Table Contents

In this week’s episode we pay tribute to the periodic table. We talk to Sam Kean, author of the best-selling book The Disappearing Spoon; hear an excerpt from Primo Levi’s book, The Periodic Table; and introduce a competition you should enter!

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 104: Essential Elements – Earth

This week we begin our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.

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Posted In: Environment | History

Episode 103: Herbal Remedy

Before pharmaceuticals existed, all medicines had to come from natural sources—like plants. On this week’s show we focus on such remedies.

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Episode 102: Best of Distillations #6

We continue to bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: Senescence, Richard Holmes, and Boy Rocketeer.

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Episode 101: Best of Distillations #5

This month Distillations takes a step back to bring you some of our favorite segments from past episodes: Glenn Seaborg, the Three Sisters, and Living with Illness.

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Episode 99: Summer BBQ

Halfway through July, we are just about in the middle of summer. So we thought it would be appropriate to talk about meat and barbecuing in this week’s episode of Distillations.

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Posted In: History | Society

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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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 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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