Each episode of Distillations podcast takes a deep-dive into a moment of science-related history in order to shed light on the present.
Anna Reeser is a historian of technology and Laila McNeil is a historian of science. Together they co-founded and are... more
Our approach to fighting wildfires is a fantasy, and it’s making them even more catastrophic.
Ghost hunters on television all seem to have a common goal: to prove that ghosts are real using sophisticated, yet... more
The 19th century was a time of rapid technological leaps: the telegraph, the steam boat, the radio were invented during... more
When an invisible threat plagued rural 19th-century New England, the evidence pointed to the supernatural.
This summer leave reality behind and join Distillations for an entire season about fantasy! We're talking vampires! Ghosts! Witches! And... more
In this episode we talk to Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, a biotech company that developed one of the three... more
In the 1700s human dissection was a big taboo—people feared that it would leave their bodies mangled on Judgment Day,... more
How a rogue archaeologist in Peru found indisputable evidence of something previously unthinkable—ancient neurosurgery.
How an early 20th century doctor pitted one scourge (malaria) against another (syphilis).