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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63 Pieces

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As Kermit the Frog once said — it’s not easy being green. Amid challenges like pollution, deforestation and climate change, engaging with environme...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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For a long time disability meant one thing — limitations. Think about the word disabled: its literal meaning is broken, not functioning. In a world...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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This rebroadcast of the Pulse takes a look at one of our most important and amazing human tools. What does neuroscience tell us about how language ...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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You know what they say — when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But what are the factors that decide whether we bend or break? And what ca...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Technology helps us run our lives, do our jobs, get directions, and keep track of our calendar. Right? Or, is technology taking control of our live...

  • Added: Mar 22, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Whether you're fixing a leaky toilet or a busted iPhone, there's no satisfaction quite like doing it yourself. On this week's episode, we celebrate...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Bruises. Burns. Lesions. Lacerations. Wounds can be dangerous, painful, even gruesome. But they also represent our ability to survive and heal. The...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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On this rebroadcast episode of The Pulse, we explore the ways faith and religion intersect with science. Sometimes the collision is fraught with mi...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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We travel to experience awe or learn something new — maybe even to get our worldview shaken up a bit. On this episode, The Pulse explores how trave...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
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A special production from The Pulse at WHYY. Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for Afr...

  • Added: Feb 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
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On this rebroadcast episode, Congratulations, it’s a … (Wait. Does it matter?) Maybe it shouldn’t matter, but in healthcare an awful lot of decisio...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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On this episode of The Pulse ... that moment when your secret gets out ... and what happens next.

  • Added: Feb 01, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Music touches nearly every part of our lives. On this episode, we explore the science and power of music — what does research tell us about this em...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Being in nature is restorative, the wild can feed your soul. But for hundreds of years, we pushed west across the country trampling and displacing ...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2018
  • Length: 50:28
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By 2030 about 60 percent of people will live in urban centers. We flock to cities for their energy and opportunity, but that bustle can take a toll...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Making Changes Stick Happy New Year! A Pulse Remix to inspire your 2018 resolutions. On this episode, old and new stories about change and the thin...

  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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A rebroadcast episode: Gambling. Drugs. Prostitution. Booze. As a society, we have always regulated behaviors we consider vices. Those regulations ...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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On this rebroadcast episode, The Pulse explores opportunities for another life in health, science and technology. What does it take for things — an...

  • Added: Dec 19, 2017
  • Length: 50:28
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To celebrate the newest sequel in the space opera saga, The Pulse is searching for the science in “Star Wars.” Along way, we discover that, while t...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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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