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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234 Pieces

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Every time you go to see a new doctor, you have to fill out forms that ask your name, your age, your family history — and your race and ethnicity. ...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Language is how we connect — to each other, to the past, to the future — how we create culture, communicate ideas, and make decisions. Scientists a...

  • Added: Jul 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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It seems like every week, we hear about new breakthroughs in cancer treatment — new discoveries, new medications, new hopes for a cure. The war on ...

  • Added: Jul 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse - Left to their own devices, viruses are pretty much helpless. They need cells to infect in order to replicate. Bu...

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Humans have been obsessed with Mars from a distance for thousands of years. At first, maybe it was the fact that Mars stands out in the night sky b...

  • Added: Jul 02, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Anxiety can feel like a buzzing electric current that fuels our thoughts and behaviors. There are the well-known symptoms — chest pains, rapid hear...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Our sense of smell can bring us quick bursts of joy, like a whiff of bread baking, that freshly brewed cup of coffee, or your favorite perfume. But...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse- Plastic gets a bad rap — over the years, it’s become synonymous with environmental destruction, cheap fakery, nee...

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The United States spends more on health care than any other country in the world — and that spending is going up every year. In some respects, that...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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In a lot of ways, artificial intelligence acts as our personal butlers — it filters our email, manages the temperature in our homes, finds the best...

  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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There’s long been an idea that sharing our DNA for research benefits the greater good — that it leads to new insights, new medications, and new dis...

  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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The patch, the gum, lozenges, medication — it seems like there are lots of ways to quit smoking. But for some people, none of them work, and they h...

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Energy fuels our lives in ways that seem almost magical. It can transform darkness into light, cold into warmth, water into ice. Of course, it’s sc...

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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Over the past year, public health officials went from being the people who nudge us not to smoke, not to drink and drive, and to eat our veggies, t...

  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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“Trust the science!” It’s a phrase we've heard a lot during the pandemic. It’s come to mean things like “wear masks” or “get vaccinated,” but the p...

  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Open to new experiences, or comforted by routine? Shy or the life of the p...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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More than 2 million people in the U.S. are incarcerated — and tens of thousands have had COVID-19. The pandemic has brought more attention than eve...

  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - There’s not a lot to laugh about right now. But throughout the pandemic, we’ve managed to joke about our shared ...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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Left to their own devices, viruses are pretty much helpless. They need cells to infect in order to replicate. But they’re sneaky — many of them als...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:59
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The modern world is made possible by a web of electromagnetic radiation. Your phone, computer, TV, cable box, radio — all depend on millions of sig...

  • Added: Mar 18, 2021
  • Length: 58:59