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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128 Pieces

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With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we’ve been talking a lot about getting to the moon, and the science of understanding its origins. This epis...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. It was an astounding achievement — a feat of scienc...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse, how we talk about an issue has ramifications that go far beyond the words. Names, descriptions, and terms lay the...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Running, biking, weightlifting, swimming — for lots of people, working out is an important part of life. It’s about our health — mental and physica...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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From penicillin to the moon landing, on this rebroadcast of The Pulse we have science to thank for humanity’s greatest achievements. But science ha...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You’re developing a new, revolutionary product. You have all the science figured out, it works like a charm... Problem is, nobody wants — or needs ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Scientist. Farmer. Feminist. Leader. Alpha male. Veteran. African-American. Hindu. Identity isn’t just about who we think we are — it’s about how o...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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There’s a comfort to the mainstream way of doing things — it offers standard solutions to standard problems. But sometimes existing systems don’t w...

  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse - For a lot of Americans, cats and dogs are more than just pets — they’re our fur babies. We’re willing to do what...

  • Added: May 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Cars have played a fundamental role in changing our modern lives — where we live, where we work, the shape of our communities, and how we spend ou...

  • Added: May 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse, when’s the last time you saw a get-well card for psoriasis or eczema? Skin’s our biggest organ — and does lots of...

  • Added: May 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Our planet’s surface is 71% water — with five vast oceans that come in a range of temperatures and shades of blue. Humans have long loved and feare...

  • Added: May 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Marijuana is starting to feel like the new normal. In less than 25 years, it’s gone from illicit drug to accepted medical treatment in more than ha...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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In honor of Earth Day, The Pulse presents this rebroadcast about the many ways people around the world are fighting for the environment. We start w...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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In science — and in life — failure is both a stumbling block and a building block. We regard failure as the enemy of success — but really, it’s jus...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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“Motherhood will change your life.” It may sound like a greeting card sentiment — but it’s also a statement of fact. Pregnancy changes the way bodi...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Chow. Nibbles. Grub. Food — we relate to it in a lot of different ways. It can serve as nourishment, as pleasure, as fuel for our bodies, or the gl...

  • Added: Mar 28, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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At its best, sex isn't just fun — it's good for our health. It can relieve stress, enhance our mood — even offer a bit of a workout! But sex can al...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Often we think of life and death as opposite sides of a coin — categories as final as they are discrete. But in an age when machines can keep heart...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Earthquakes, storms, fires, disease — they sweep into our communities, often unexpectedly. They don’t happen often, but when they do, emergencies c...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00