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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93 Pieces

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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
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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