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 13m. Bisher sind 304 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein zweiwöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 3 days 15 hours 51 minutes

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Paradise Is Burning


Our approach to fighting wildfires is a fantasy, and it’s making them even more catastrophic.


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   37m
 
 

Interview with Colin Dickey


Ghost hunters on television all seem to have a common goal: to prove that ghosts are real using sophisticated, yet inexact technology. Colin Dickey, the author of Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places, says this is not an accident. The...


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   34m
 
 

Ghost Hunting in the 19th Century


Though science and investigations of the paranormal might seem incompatible, they were intertwined for a long time.


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   39m
 
 

Vampire Panic


When an invisible threat plagued rural 19th-century New England, the evidence pointed to the supernatural


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   46m
 
 

We're Back! Distillations Summer Season Preview


This summer leave reality behind and join Distillations for an entire season about fantasy! We're talking vampires! Ghosts! Witches! And we promise, it all has to do with the history of science. Season launches on June 29.


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 2021-06-15  2m
 
 

Interview with Stéphane Bancel


Last year Distillations talked to people who have —biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians. In this episode we talk to Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, a biotech company that developed one of the three...


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 2021-06-07  41m
 
 

The Anatomy Riots


How early anatomists provoked some of the strangest riots in history, by stealing the dead bodies of the poor.


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 2021-06-01  17m
 
 

When a Hole in the Head is a Good Thing


How a rogue archaeologist in Peru found indisputable evidence of something previously unthinkable—ancient neurosurgery.


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 2021-05-25  16m
 
 

The Disappearing Spoon: When Mosquitoes Cured Insanity


How an early 20th century doctor pitted one scourge (malaria) against another (syphilis).


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 2021-05-18  17m
 
 

The Death of the Lord God Bird


How greed, and a group of Nazi prisoners, killed off one of the most iconic birds in American history, the ivory-billed woodpecker.


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 2021-05-11  19m