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.


71 Pieces

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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant light that humans had admired and looked up t...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 63
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“Motherhood will change your life.” It may sound like a greeting card sentiment — but it’s also a statement of fact. Pregnancy changes the way bodi...

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  • Added: May 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Often we think of life and death as opposite sides of a coin — categories as final as they are discrete. But in an age when machines can keep heart...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2019
  • Length: 59:58
  • Purchases: 11
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On this episode of the The Pulse, we examine violence — what sparks it, how it spreads, and where it can lead. We’ll learn about the spectrum of vi...

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  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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On this updated rebroadcast of The Pulse: A gun can change a moment, a life, a family, an entire neighborhood. Like a catalyst in a chemical reacti...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
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Ever sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, look around at the shining faces of your family, and think to yourself: “How the heck am I related to these p...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 13
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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...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 15
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Climate change could forever alter our planet sooner than we thought. A new report from the United Nations says that just 1.5 degrees Celsius stand...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Who has time to read the small print — to go over all the “stuff” that’s in our food, medicine, or supplements? And what’s carrageenan or hexyldecy...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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It’s been a year since Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, destroying lives and reducing many communities to rubble. The storm also affected...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2018
  • Length: 58:58
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School is a place where kids learn about health — everything from nutrition to avoiding STDs. But increasingly, schools across the country are taki...

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  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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It’s Labor Day, which means we’re celebrating the hard-working people who keep the engines of productivity humming. This special from The Pulse at ...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 17
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In science and medicine, we often fail to predict the outcomes of our experiments and actions. The result: unintended consequences. Sometimes the s...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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As drug overdose deaths continue to soar, cities hit hard by the opioid crisis are considering a controversial new proposal: safe injection sites. ...

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  • Added: Jul 18, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 7
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Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — ...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: May 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 11
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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...

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  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 27