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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.


41 Pieces

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On this episode of The Pulse, we explore the ways faith and religion intersect with science. Sometimes the collision is fraught with misunderstandi...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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What’s on your plate can say a lot about your likes, dislikes — and what you believe in. Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian. Grillmaster. Sushi Lover. Kosher. Pa...

  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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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...

Bought by KJZZ, KWIT, Spokane Public Radio, WCQS, KUHF and more


  • Added: Oct 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 7
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We used to think of nerds as unattractive, pimply or tragically unfashionable — but somehow over the years — the meaning changed. Today we embrace ...

  • Added: Oct 19, 2017
  • Length: 50:30
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Everywhere we go, in just about everything we do, we make trash. The Pulse explores the hard work of cleaning up. It’s a science, you know. We visi...

Bought by WMRA


  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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The words ‘Mississippi River’ evoke images of a mustachioed Mark Twain — or the whistle of a steamboat calliope. But that river doesn’t exist anymo...

Bought by WWNO and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 01, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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On this episode, The Pulse explores opportunities for another life in health, science and technology. What does it take for things — and people — t...

Bought by KRCU


  • Added: Sep 26, 2017
  • Length: 50:28
  • Purchases: 1
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When we decide something is important enough to hold on to, often it’s science or technology that helps us protect the things we cherish most. The ...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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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 ...

Bought by KZYX, RadioFreePalmer, WLPR, KUHF, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 18
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The land and vistas around us tell a story about weather, the seasons, and light, but also about human influence, climate change -- and shifts in o...

Bought by KWMR and KREV-LP


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Lots of us have big plans to get the most out of summer — but we only have three short months to go to the beach trip, take a canoe trip, or fly to...

Bought by KREV-LP


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Gambling. Drugs. Prostitution. Booze. As a society, we have always regulated behaviors we consider vices. Those regulations were once grounded in m...

Bought by KRCU


  • Added: Aug 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, we get stranded on an urban ‘heat island’ and learn what cities are doing to cool them down. How is the growing global demand for ...

Bought by KREV-LP and KRCU


  • Added: Aug 01, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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On July 29th, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act and soon we sent men where only our imaginations had taken u...

Bought by Spokane Public Radio and WMRA


  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Shortages can bring minor inconveniences, like expensive avocados or almonds. In healthcare, they can mean the difference between getting the care ...

Bought by KUAF Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Sleep is the new skinny. Americans are obsessed with a good night's rest- after decades of viewing sleep as a waste of time for people who have not...

Bought by KVSC, WCAI / WNAN, and KUHF


  • Added: Jul 10, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 3
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Happy Birthday, America! From the very beginning, science has shaped this country. Many of the Founding Fathers — Madison, Jefferson, Washington — ...

Bought by WCPN, WYAP, Troy Public Radio, Boise State Public Radio, KMUD and more


  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 26
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Some problems are so big, so entrenched and complicated, you can start to feel like Sisyphus - condemned to roll a boulder up a hill for eternity –...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Steaks are delicious. Bacon is tasty. Americans eat a ton of meat, and consumption is on the rise. People worry that eating too much meat can hurt ...

  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 50:29
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What’s in your backyard, in your water, in your food? The Pulse hunts for the hidden poisons in the environment and finds them everywhere — even in...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 50:29