Distillations Podcast

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Distillations podcast explores the human stories behind science and technology, tracing a path through history in order to better understand the present. Each month we explore stories from the intersection of science, culture, and history.

We're produced by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that fosters dialogue on science and technology in society. 

Series

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164 Pieces

Science + Culture + History

Caption: The midnight sun., Credit: Louisa Jonas
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Distillations' three-part series "A Day in the Life" spotlights the common chemistry of morning, noon, and night.

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In this 3-part series we parse the chemistry of blood, sweat, and tears.

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Distillations' 4-part series about the four classical elements: earth, air, water, and fire.

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In honor of the International Year of Chemistry, Distillations produced a four-part series: Our Chemical Landscape. These shows look at how science has shaped the city, the suburb, the farm, and the wild.

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A three-part series spotlighting the common chemistry of childhood, adulthood, and old age.

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49 Pieces

Stories from the Field preserves and celebrates the contributions of women working in chemistry and related sciences. The project captures scientific adventures and career insights in short, conversational audio interviews.


Pieces

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The rise of synthetic fibers and the war on cotton

  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 27:04
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The disputed origin story of one of the 20th century’s most important inventions.

Bought by KFCF FM


  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 30:06
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 25:35
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One of America's most bizarre food battles

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 20:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Some surprisingly controversial theories of human longevity. 

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 18:06
Caption: Dr. Abdelwahhab Azzawi
Escape is only the first challenge.

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 30:39
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Using 21st-century medicine to maintain a 300-year-old way of life.

  • Added: Aug 16, 2017
  • Length: 27:16
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Out of the lab and into the streets.

Bought by KRZA and WXDU


  • Added: Jun 19, 2017
  • Length: 21:21
  • Purchases: 2
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Lasers, tattoo removal, and second chances.

Bought by KALW


  • Added: May 09, 2017
  • Length: 20:56
  • Purchases: 1
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How biohackers are using artificial perceptions to enhance reality.

  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 25:26