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 703.715.0827.

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140 Pieces

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Every culture, workplace, group, and family has its norms — its standards, the way things are done. Norms govern everything from relationships to d...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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There was a time when seeing was believing — but that’s changing, thanks to new technology that’s elevating fakery to a whole new level. In an ever...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Scientist. Farmer. Feminist. Leader. Alpha male. Veteran. African-American. Hindu. Identity isn’t just about who...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Hair can be our crowning glory, a big part of our identity, and a tool for self-expression. We shave it, style it, cut it, dye it — and sometimes,...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You know when you get butterflies in your stomach? Or your gut clenches with fear? Or the way a gory movie can fill you with nausea? Those feelings...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Sadness seemingly comes out of nowhere sometimes: a song, a photo, a movie scene, a memory, and there it is. Your heart seems heavy. Tears well up ...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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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 rebroadcast production fro...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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It was supposed to be a paradise. A parcel of wilderness, reminiscent of the past, where birds and large grazers would find refuge. Conservationist...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You know what they say — all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And science seems to confirm that statement, with findings that play is as imp...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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From bungalows to skyscrapers, farmhouses to condos, brownstones to corner shops, buildings define the spaces of our lives. They are our homes, our...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse- Our planet’s surface is 71% water — with five vast oceans that come in a range of temperatures and shades of blue...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Everyone loves a good comeback story — but they don’t just apply to athletes and washed-up actors. Revivals can happen for ideas, places — even ent...

  • Added: Jul 25, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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With the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, we’ve been talking a lot about getting to the moon, and the science of understanding its origins. This epis...

  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. It was an astounding achievement — a feat of scienc...

  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse, how we talk about an issue has ramifications that go far beyond the words. Names, descriptions, and terms lay the...

  • Added: Jul 01, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Running, biking, weightlifting, swimming — for lots of people, working out is an important part of life. It’s about our health — mental and physica...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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From penicillin to the moon landing, on this rebroadcast of The Pulse we have science to thank for humanity’s greatest achievements. But science ha...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You’re developing a new, revolutionary product. You have all the science figured out, it works like a charm... Problem is, nobody wants — or needs ...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Scientist. Farmer. Feminist. Leader. Alpha male. Veteran. African-American. Hindu. Identity isn’t just about who we think we are — it’s about how o...

  • Added: Jun 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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There’s a comfort to the mainstream way of doing things — it offers standard solutions to standard problems. But sometimes existing systems don’t w...

  • Added: May 30, 2019
  • Length: 58:59