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The Pulse

Series produced by WHYY

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Weekly subscribable series.

Host Maiken Scott leads this one-hour, weekly tour of the people and places at the heart of health and science.

The Pulse is a show for curious people who ask: "Yeah, why is that?" Often surprising and always captivating, The Pulse makes science and discovery personal. Produced at WHYY in Philadelphia, the show features scientists, doctors, innovators and storytelling from across the country.

For information about The Pulse please contact Steve Martin at steve@sfmconsulting.com or call 703.715.0827.

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44 Pieces

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On this week’s episode, The Pulse visits people standing watch over the world around them. There’s a certain kind of person who decides to be the o...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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The Pulse takes a look at one of our most important and amazing human tools. What does neuroscience tell us about how language works, and how we ac...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this rebroadcast episode, The Pulse celebrates major advancements in space travel and considers the challenges that have — so far — kept us from...

  • Added: Nov 22, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this episode of The Pulse, we explore the ways faith and religion intersect with science. Sometimes the collision is fraught with misunderstandi...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this episode, The Pulse celebrates the service and innovative spirit of U.S. veterans. There are about 20 million American vets. We’ve got a few...

  • Added: Nov 09, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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This show is about what happens when we step away from things — people or places. The episode begins in Pennsylvania coal country, where companies ...

  • Added: Nov 02, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Cue the scary lullaby. We're taking on the things that freak us out. There's biology behind the spooky feeling you get when a horror movie soundtra...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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What’s on your plate can say a lot about your likes, dislikes — and what you believe in. Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian. Grillmaster. Sushi Lover. Kosher. Pa...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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We used to think of nerds as unattractive, pimply or tragically unfashionable — but somehow over the years — the meaning changed. Today we embrace ...

  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 50:30
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Everywhere we go, in just about everything we do, we make trash. The Pulse explores the hard work of cleaning up. It’s a science, you know. We visi...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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The words ‘Mississippi River’ evoke images of a mustachioed Mark Twain — or the whistle of a steamboat calliope. But that river doesn’t exist anymo...

  • Added: Sep 28, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this episode, The Pulse explores opportunities for another life in health, science and technology. What does it take for things — and people — t...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:28
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When we decide something is important enough to hold on to, often it’s science or technology that helps us protect the things we cherish most. The ...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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It’s Labor Day, which means we’re celebrating the hard-working people who keep the engines of productivity humming. This special production from Th...

  • Added: Aug 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Farts. Flies. Maggots. Worms. Earwax. Poop. All of these things gross us out, but the science around them is really fascinating! On this episode,...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2017
  • Length: 29:20
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The land and vistas around us tell a story about weather, the seasons, and light, but also about human influence, climate change -- and shifts in o...

  • Added: Aug 17, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Lots of us have big plans to get the most out of summer — but we only have three short months to go to the beach trip, take a canoe trip, or fly to...

  • Added: Aug 10, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Gambling. Drugs. Prostitution. Booze. As a society, we have always regulated behaviors we consider vices. Those regulations were once grounded in m...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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It’s summer, and it’s hot. On this episode, we get stranded on an urban ‘heat island’ and learn what cities are doing to cool them down. How is the...

  • Added: Jul 27, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On July 29th, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and soon we sent men where only our imaginations had taken u...

  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29