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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February 18, 2011 | by Distillations Staff
In honor of Black History Month, we reveal the lesser known accomplishments of George Washington Carver, and also pull from our oral history collection the stories of two African-American women fighting to make their way in the chemistry field.
Posted In: History | Society
January 21, 2011 | by Distillations Staff
Rubber has played a shockingly dramatic role in our political and military history. In today's episode we revisit the consequences of the natural rubber shortage during WWII, and how a similar shortage might affect us today.
Posted In: History | Society | Technology
January 7, 2011 | by Distillations Staff
In this episode we learn about the history and future of nuclear power, in the U.S. and abroad.
Posted In: Environment | History | Society | Technology
December 24, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
In this episode we are visited by the ghosts of chemistry's past, present, and future, who teach us about Greek fire, red sludge, and the future of the sun.
Posted In: Environment | History
December 10, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we continue our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about air and how the gases in it have been changing ever since Day 1.
Posted In: Environment | History | Society
October 29, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
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.
Posted In: History | Medicine
October 8, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
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!
September 24, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
This week we begin our 4-part series about earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about earth and the Marcellus Shale.
September 10, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
Before pharmaceuticals existed, all medicines had to come from natural sources—like plants. On this week’s show we focus on such remedies.
Posted In: Environment | History | Medicine
August 27, 2010 | by Distillations Staff
We continue to bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week: Senescence, Richard Holmes, and Boy Rocketeer.
Posted In: Environment | History | Technology
Explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world at our museum in Philadelphia.
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