The Pulse Specials

Series produced by WHYY

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Host Maiken Scott leads this one-hour, weekly tour of the people and places at the heart of health and science.

It’s 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.


57 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — ...

Bought by WCQS, KUSU, WDET Detroit Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 33
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A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reaction, guns have a unique ability to transfor...

Bought by WNYC, Nevada Public Radio, WFAE, WAMU, Boise State Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 22, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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The Pulse celebrates Mother's Day with stories about the ways humans — and other species — juggle fierce love and the never-ending demands of child...

Bought by WUTC, WBEZ, KUAF Public Radio, and WMRA


  • Added: May 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Diabetes costs more healthcare dollars than any other disease in the United States. But beyond the huge financial price tag — diabetes takes a majo...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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As Kermit the frog once said — it’s not easy being green. Amid challenges like pollution, deforestation and climate change, engaging with environme...

Bought by WAMU, KUT, Boise State Public Radio, KUOW, WMRA and more


  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 15
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Technology helps us run our lives, do our jobs, get directions, and keep track of our calendar. Right? Or, is technology taking control of our live...

Bought by WMRA


  • Added: Mar 30, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Whether you're fixing a leaky toilet or a busted iPhone, there's no satisfaction quite like doing it yourself. On this episode, we celebrate our in...

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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Bruises. Burns. Lesions. Lacerations. Wounds can be dangerous, painful, even gruesome. But they also represent our ability to survive and heal. The...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
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We travel to experience awe or learn something new — maybe even to get our worldview shaken up a bit. On this episode, The Pulse explores how trave...

Bought by WMRA, WKAR, and Boise State Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Segregation in housing and education has had reverberations on health care and health outcomes for African Americans. In this episode, we explore t...

Bought by WGCU, WWNO, WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, Nevada Public Radio and more


  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 50:30
  • Purchases: 8
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On this episode of The Pulse ... that moment when your secret gets out ... and what happens next.

Bought by Indie3 Radio and WGCU


  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WGCU


  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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 ...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Feb 05, 2018
  • Length: 50:28
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WGCU, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WMRA, Spokane Public Radio, WBEZ and more


  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 7
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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...

Bought by KUHF, New Hampshire Public Radio, KCUR, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio


  • Added: Dec 19, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 4
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On this episode, The Pulse visits people standing watch over the world around them. There’s a certain kind of person who decides to be the one to h...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 11, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WMRA and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Dec 06, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WKAR, Spokane Public Radio, KUHF, WMRA, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 5
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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...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by KJZZ, KWIT, Spokane Public Radio, WCQS, KUHF and more


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 7