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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 86: In Sickness and in Health

Whether it’s preventing illness by vaccines or avoiding germs, this episode is about getting sick and staying healthy.

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Posted In: Medicine | Society

Episode 85: International Year in Review

Another year has come and gone, but the impact of scientific discoveries made and concerns raised will be felt in 2010 and beyond.

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Episode 82: Food Myths

In this episode of Distillations we clarify common misconceptions about food.

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Episode 80: Autumn

Autumn! Learn about leaf changes, the three sisters, and apple cider. Chemical Agent: Senescence.

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Posted In: Environment | Society

Episode 79: Changing Phases

Everything falls into one of three phases of matter: solid, liquid, or gas. Or does it? 

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Episode 78: Public Science

Science isn’t some exalted ideal confined to labs and classrooms—it’s all around us. In this episode we share different ways that scientists have reached out to educate and enlighten the masses.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 77: Innovations and Inventions

Every year the Chemical Heritage Foundation holds Innovation Day—an event for people to get together to discuss and learn about science’s exciting new technologies. In this episode we take a look at innovations—the natural kind and the man-made kind.

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Posted In: Medicine | Society | Technology

Episode 76: Working Class Chemistry

In honor of Labor Day this episode of Distillations looks at how chemistry has affected the work of a variety of professionals—for better or worse.

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Posted In: History | Society

Episode 75: Best of Distillations #4

Distillations is sharing more of our favorite episodes this week: free radicals, art forgery, and snoring.

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Episode 74: Best of Distillations #3

It’s almost the end of the summer; so the Distillations crew is taking a look back at some of our favorite episodes this week: panspermia, umami, and pheromone perfumes.

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