Distillations

Series produced by Distillations

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Science + Culture + History

Each episode of Distillations takes a deep dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present. Produced by the Science History Institute.


164 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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
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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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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

  • Added: Jan 17, 2018
  • Length: 25:35
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
Caption: 1950s advertising. Vintage original magazine advertisement advert for MUM perspiration cream for women, Credit: f8 archive / Alamy Stock Photo
How deodorant became omnipresent in America.

Bought by WRIR


  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 15:47
  • Purchases: 1
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Are we overestimating artificial intelligence?

  • Added: Aug 10, 2016
  • Length: 28:19
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A look back at how outsiders have influenced medicine throughout time.

  • Added: Sep 07, 2016
  • Length: 13:51
Caption: Illustration from Obstetric tables depicting the correct use of forceps in 1850., Credit: Spratt, G. (George). Digitized by the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Once upon a time all births were natural. A lot has happened since then.

  • Added: Oct 07, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:12
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The unnatural history of a carbonated drink.

Bought by WRIR


  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 13:27
  • Purchases: 1
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The unexpected origin of the sports bra.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 16, 2017
  • Length: 17:10
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Famous taxidermist Carl Akeley posing with the leopard he killed with his bare hands
Taxidermy is back. This time, with glitter.

Bought by WXDU


  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 26:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: FEMA trailer with bicycles. , Credit: Courtesy of Akasha Rabut
Ten years later and thousands of miles away, Hurricane Katrina lives on.

  • Added: Dec 02, 2015
  • Length: 27:58
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Once upon a time science and the supernatural were not so far apart.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 01:42:26
Caption: Weather Made to Order? , Credit: May 28, 1954 Collier's magazine cover.
When we turn nature into a weapon.

  • Added: Nov 18, 2015
  • Length: 36:16