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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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    • 4.6 • 66 Ratings

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

    How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body

    How Climate Change Will Remake the Human Body

    Scientists know how other animals’ bodies will change in warmer climates, but how will human beings respond?

    • 19 min
    The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer

    The ‘Mary Poppins’ Cancer

    The life of chimney sweeps was nasty, poor, brutish, filthy dirty, and usually short, thanks to a rare cancer of the g******s.

    • 19 min
    Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts

    Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts

    The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts.

    • 19 min
    Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

    Murder, Fraud, Sabotage, Piracy, and Other Dastardly Deeds Perpetrated in the Name of Science

    An interview with Sam Kean about his latest book, The Icepick Surgeon.

    • 58 min
    What Causes Alzheimer's?

    What Causes Alzheimer's?

    Vox's Unexplainable podcast interviews Distillations about how Alzheimer’s research has stubbornly focused on a single theory for decades.

    • 29 min
    What the All Souls Trilogy Teaches Us about Alchemy, Family, and Knowledge Hierarchy

    What the All Souls Trilogy Teaches Us about Alchemy, Family, and Knowledge Hierarchy

    Distillations sat down with Jen Daine and Cait Parnell, the hosts of the All Souls podcast, Chamomile and Clove; art historian Stephenie McGucken; and medievalist actor, journalist, and author Sarah Durn to talk about the series’ alchemical roots, the material culture in the TV show, and how the book’s found-family theme mirrors the fandom.

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

public historian ,

Weird stories and cool facts

Love the range of topics they cover. Always strange things to learn about with compelling characters.

Librarian Lindsay ,

So informative

Great hosts! Love this show!

GreenPerk1 ,

William Haseltine

We have to ask why is it that Dr Haseltine is one of the very few people on this planet, scientist or other, that has the intelligence and insight to give a brutally honest analysis of the trajectory of this pandemic and the unnecessary disaster it has caused.
We have had months of delayed and useless communications from so called leaders at CDC, NIH, HHS etc on the preparedness for Covid19. As Dr Haseltine explains, the pandemic was inevitable, at least since SARS epidemic in 2002. Public health preparedness in western countries has been scandalous.
I see little evidence that there will be any structural change within the health -industrial complex. Scientists have generally kept a low profile and are not willing to expose the massive faults in the science - corporate system that has resulted in the inexcusable situation of the world having no drugs ready to treat this viral infection.
Margaret Perkins PhD

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