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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111 Pieces

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At its best, sex isn't just fun — it's good for our health. It can relieve stress, enhance our mood — even offer a bit of a workout! But sex can al...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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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...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Earthquakes, storms, fires, disease — they sweep into our communities, often unexpectedly. They don’t happen often, but when they do, emergencies c...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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In this rebroadcast, we explore the wild. Being in nature is restorative — it can feeds the soul. But, for hundreds of years, we pushed west across...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Humans are social animals, equipped with brains hard-wired to connect with those around us. We rely on relationships for safety and survival, as we...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Math is a discipline of logic, but for lots of us, it may as well be magic: a force as powerful as it is unattainable. The “math anxious” among us ...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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What matters to a child’s health? Sure, some things are embedded in our genetics. But from the moment we’re born, there are a million different exp...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse, we look at the legacy of segregation in the U.S., and how it continues to affect health care and health outcomes ...

  • Added: Jan 31, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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From anti-vaxxers to climate change deniers and even flat-earthers, there’s a lot of mistrust in science. But how did we get here in the first plac...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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Hospitals can be a bewildering place. They operate according to their own special logic, which can make them feel a bit like a well-oiled machine —...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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How we talk about an issue has ramifications that go far beyond the words. Names, descriptions, and terms lay the foundation for how we think about...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse — They call it the golden years, but there’s a reason many of us dread old age — it can mean losing our health, ou...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - We think of sports as part of a healthy lifestyle — a chance to move our muscles, work up a sweat, release endor...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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For a lot of Americans, cats and dogs are more than just pets — they’re our fur babies. We’re willing to do whatever it takes to keep them happy an...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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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...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Our bodies are ours, but how we feel about them is largely defined by others — by the things people say, the culture we live in, the messages we ge...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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Most of us take our drinking water for granted — switch on the tap, and out it flows. But in much of the world, that’s not the case. At home and ab...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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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...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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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...

  • Added: Nov 15, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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From penicillin to the moon landing, we have science to thank for humanity’s greatest achievements. But science has also helped advance things we c...

  • Added: Nov 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:59