Distillations | Science History Institute

Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 14m. Bisher sind 321 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 35 minutes

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The Sinister Angel Singers of Rome


How a simple operation—castrating little boys—produced the greatest singers the world has ever known.


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The Murderous Origins of the American Medical Association


In this episode of The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean talks about the strange origin story of the American Medical Association. The creation of this powerful medical society can be traced back to a duel between two doctors at Transylvania University in...


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   20m
 
 

The Big ‘What If’ of Cancer


How a feisty, suicidal Nobel laureate infuriated both Hitler and Stalin, and stalled cancer research for fifty years along the way.


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   20m
 
 

Disappearing Spoon: The Harvard Medical School Janitor Who Solved a Murder


In a building full of dead bodies, how can you tell a murder victim from an unlucky stiff?


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   21m
 
 

Disappearing Spoon: Burn After Watching


The world’s first plastic made Hollywood possible—and killed thousands of people along the way.


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   20m
 
 

History’s First Car Crash Victim


How a steam-powered automobile in 1869 snuffed out the life of the brilliant female naturalist and astronomer Mary Ward.


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 2021-11-02  14m
 
 

Real Life Zombies


What a bizarre psychological disorder can teach us about memory, human nature, and our sense of who we are.


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 2021-10-26  17m
 
 

How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body


Scientists know how other animals’ bodies will change in warmer climates, but how will human beings respond?


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 2021-10-19  19m
 
 

The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer


The life of chimney sweeps was nasty, poor, brutish, filthy dirty, and usually short, thanks to a rare cancer of the genitals.


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 2021-10-12  19m
 
 

Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts


The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts.


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 2021-10-05  19m