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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149 Pieces

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Being a dentist can be a lonely job. Your patients don’t want to be there — and even if they did, it’s not like they can talk with their mouths ope...

  • Added: Dec 06, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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The roles of nurses have changed and expanded a lot in recent decades. Nurses are highly specialized, they have branched out into new areas of medi...

  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat. More side dishes than the table can hold,...

  • Added: Nov 20, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Police forces in democratic societies are supposed to safeguard the rights of citizens, and protect their lives and well-being. We think of their r...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Tape measures and scales, calendars and speedometers are just a few of the tools we use to measure out our lives — inch by inch, pound by pound, da...

  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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December 30, 2011 never happened in Samoa. The island nation in the South Pacific skipped this day, to move ahead into a different time zone. We ch...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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In this rebroadcast, we look at how modern medicine is increasingly blurring the line between life and death... and how that's changing the way we ...

  • Added: Oct 23, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast, The Pulse looks at cars. They've shaped our modern lives, from where we live and work, to the shape of our communities, to how...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Every culture, workplace, group, and family has its norms — its standards, the way things are done. Norms govern everything from relationships to d...

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 58:58
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There was a time when seeing was believing — but that’s changing, thanks to new technology that’s elevating fakery to a whole new level. In an ever...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of The Pulse - Scientist. Farmer. Feminist. Leader. Alpha male. Veteran. African-American. Hindu. Identity isn’t just about who...

  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Hair can be our crowning glory, a big part of our identity, and a tool for self-expression. We shave it, style it, cut it, dye it — and sometimes,...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You know when you get butterflies in your stomach? Or your gut clenches with fear? Or the way a gory movie can fill you with nausea? Those feelings...

  • Added: Sep 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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Sadness seemingly comes out of nowhere sometimes: a song, a photo, a movie scene, a memory, and there it is. Your heart seems heavy. Tears well up ...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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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 rebroadcast production fro...

  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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It was supposed to be a paradise. A parcel of wilderness, reminiscent of the past, where birds and large grazers would find refuge. Conservationist...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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You know what they say — all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. And science seems to confirm that statement, with findings that play is as imp...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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From bungalows to skyscrapers, farmhouses to condos, brownstones to corner shops, buildings define the spaces of our lives. They are our homes, our...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2019
  • Length: 58:59
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On this rebroadcast of the Pulse- Our planet’s surface is 71% water — with five vast oceans that come in a range of temperatures and shades of blue...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2019
  • Length: 58:59