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Distillations | Science History Institute
Distillations | Science History Institute
Science History Institute

Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.

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Episodes

Ladies Talking to Ladies about Ladies (in Science)

Anna Reeser is a historian of technology and Laila McNeil is a historian of science. Together they co-founded and are... more

27 Jul 2021 · 32 minutes
Paradise Is Burning

Our approach to fighting wildfires is a fantasy, and it’s making them even more catastrophic.

20 Jul 2021 · 37 minutes
Interview with Colin Dickey

Ghost hunters on television all seem to have a common goal: to prove that ghosts are real using sophisticated, yet... more

13 Jul 2021 · 34 minutes
Ghost Hunting in the 19th Century

The 19th century was a time of rapid technological leaps: the telegraph, the steam boat, the radio were invented during... more

06 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes
Vampire Panic

When an invisible threat plagued rural 19th-century New England, the evidence pointed to the supernatural.

29 Jun 2021 · 46 minutes
We're Back! Distillations Summer Season Preview

This summer leave reality behind and join Distillations for an entire season about fantasy! We're talking vampires! Ghosts! Witches! And... more

15 Jun 2021 · 2 minutes
Interview with Stéphane Bancel

In this episode we talk to Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, a biotech company that developed one of the three... more

07 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
The Anatomy Riots

In the 1700s human dissection was a big taboo—people feared that it would leave their bodies mangled on Judgment Day,... more

01 Jun 2021 · 17 minutes
When a Hole in the Head is a Good Thing

How a rogue archaeologist in Peru found indisputable evidence of something previously unthinkable—ancient neurosurgery.

25 May 2021 · 16 minutes
The Disappearing Spoon: When Mosquitoes Cured Insanity

How an early 20th century doctor pitted one scourge (malaria) against another (syphilis).

18 May 2021 · 17 minutes
Distillations | Science History Institute
Ladies Talking to Ladies about Ladies (in Science)
Distillations | Science History Institute