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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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25 Pieces

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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
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Shortages can bring minor inconveniences, like expensive avocados or almonds. In healthcare, they can mean the difference between getting the care ...

  • Added: Jul 13, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Sleep is the new skinny. Americans are obsessed with a good night's rest- after decades of viewing sleep as a waste of time for people who have not...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — ...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Scientists say that the field of genetics is making progress at an exponential pace, but with great genetic power comes great responsibility. On th...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Let's explore the most complex computer system on Earth: the brain. On this episode, we'll examine this wondrous organ — what we're learning about ...

  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Some problems are so big, so entrenched and complicated, you can start to feel like Sisyphus - condemned to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity –...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Steaks are delicious. Bacon is tasty. Americans eat a ton of meat, and consumption is on the rise. People worry that eating too much meat can hurt ...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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What’s in your backyard, in your water, in your food? The Pulse hunts for the hidden poisons in the environment and finds them everywhere — even in...

  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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The Pulse follows do-it-yourselfers in health and science. We meet a man who decided to kick his drug habit on his own without medical help. Then t...

  • Added: May 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Money drives decisions in health and science. It’s part of the equation in drug development and dictates which medicines end up on the pharmacy she...

  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Giving birth, Giving support. Being there. Being exhausted. To mark Mother’s Day, “The Pulse” reflects on some of the ways humans — and other speci...

  • Added: May 04, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Being seen has consequences, some great, some scary. Scientists are stepping out of the lab and speaking up to counter what they say is a worrying ...

  • Added: Apr 27, 2017
  • Length: 50:30
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Now for our feature presentation: we're going to explore the science of movie magic as seen on the big screen and behind the scenes. We'll take you...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:28
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What should fuel America? Coal, natural gas, and nuclear are still the undeniable leaders, but sun, wind and water are catching up as clean, renewa...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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Rare illness. Dangerous weight loss. Staunch activism. Remote places. ‘Out there’ scientific ideas. The Pulse explores extremes and what we can lea...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
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Many of us have some baggage when it comes to our health. A bad back. High blood pressure. Heart disease. Cancer. In health insurance speak: "pre-e...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
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This week, The Pulse visits with the boss ladies who are doing groundbreaking work in fields like chemistry, biology, astrophysics. Many of them ch...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:39
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Every year, thousands of people come to the U.S. from other countries. Some come as immigrants. Others come to this country under terrible circumst...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:40
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This week, we’ll explore why we feel disgust, and what we can learn when we take a closer look at repulsive things…how fly spit messes up crimes sc...

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 50:39