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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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Exploring 'Health Equity Tourism'

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a new public interest... more

24 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The Mothers of Gynecology

Of all wealthy countries, the United States is the most dangerous place to have a baby. Our maternal mortality rate... more

18 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
Correcting Race

Certain medical instruments have built-in methods of correcting for race. They’re based on the premise that Black bodies are inherently... more

11 Apr 2023 · 48 minutes
"That Rotten Spot"

When the plague broke out in San Francisco in 1900 the public health department poured all of their energy into... more

04 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Black Pills

In 2005 the FDA approved a pill to treat high blood preassure only in African Americans. This so-called miracle drug... more

28 Mar 2023 · 54 minutes
Bad Blood, Bad Science

The word “Tuskegee” has come to symbolize the Black community’s mistrust of the medical establishment. It has become American lore. However, most people... more

21 Mar 2023 · 59 minutes
The African Burial Ground

In 1991, as crews broke ground on a new federal office building in lower Manhattan, they discovered human skeletons. It... more

14 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
Return, Rebury, Repatriate

In 2019, Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, a community organizer and journalist, learned that the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology had a... more

07 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
The Vampire Project

In the 1990s a liberal population geneticist launched the Human Genome Diversity Project. The goal was to sequence the genomes... more

28 Feb 2023 · 55 minutes
Keepers of the Flame

In the 1970s Barry Mehler started tracking race scientists and he noticed something funny: they all had the same funding... more

21 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Distillations | Science History Institute
Exploring 'Health Equity Tourism'
Distillations | Science History Institute