The Pulse

Series produced by WHYY

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Weekly subscribable series.

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

The Pulse is 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 703.304.8479

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385 Pieces

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DIY culture is all about empowerment — teaching yourself new skills to do things on your own, like retiling your bathroom or fixing a leaky faucet....

  • Added: Jun 12, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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Competent. Capable. Strong. Stoic. Provider. Protector. Leader. Patriarch. These are the kinds of words that we’ve long associated with masculinit...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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When it comes to science, it’s often the flashiest stories that grab headlines — the cancer breakthroughs, the tech innovations, the discoveries of...

  • Added: May 29, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse - We often think of art and science as existing in different — even opposite — spheres. One revolves around creati...

  • Added: May 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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When psychologist Lewis Terman launched his decades-long study of high-IQ children in 1921, he had a specific goal in mind: to prove that “gifted” ...

  • Added: May 17, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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We hear all the time about the joys of motherhood — the incomparable sense of love, the magic of watching your kids discover the world, the pride a...

  • Added: May 08, 2024
  • Length: 59:00
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In January 1995, the New York Times Magazine published a bombshell story with the headline: “THE GREAT IVY LEAGUE NUDE POSTURE PHOTO SCANDAL.” The ...

  • Added: May 01, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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When medical mistakes happen, patients and their families often find themselves at a loss trying to figure out exactly what went wrong. Something b...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2024
  • Length: 58:55
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Every day, we hear about countless environmental threats — from air pollution and microplastics, to deforestation and global warming. And a lot of ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2024
  • Length: 58:51
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Over the past few decades, Latinos have become the largest racial or ethnic minority in the United States, making up nearly 20 percent of the count...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - It sneaks up on us while we’re sitting in traffic, or waiting at the doctor’s office, or doing our taxes — bored...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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On April 8, a swath of North America will be treated to a rare and spectacular sight — a total solar eclipse; in some places, the first in more tha...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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Identity’s a complicated thing — a mixture of nurture and nature, ethnicity, gender, culture, conscious decisions, coincidences, and more. In many ...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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It’s been four years since COVID-19 struck, transforming our modern world in ways we’d never seen before — and we’re still processing the aftershoc...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2024
  • Length: 59:01
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Know the signs of depression, recognize symptoms of anxiety, pay attention to your friend’s changing moods! There’s been a push to raise mental hea...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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In 1944, a brilliant, young Harvard physics student named Ted Hall was recruited to work on the super-secret mission that had already assembled the...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - If you’re training to become a physician, your first patient is usually dead. In fact, “first patient” is what m...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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You can feel it coming on — your face flushes hot, maybe your fists clench, your heartbeat speeds up and your blood pressure rises. It's rage — and...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 59:02
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It can show up as a spark or a lightning bolt; a glance or a touch; an easy rapport or butterflies in your stomach. Attraction — it’s a feeling we ...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 59:00