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
Scientists know how other animals’ bodies will change in warmer climates, but how will human beings respond?
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.
Kangaroo (and Pig and Monkey and Dog and Donkey) Courts
The long, wacky, and surprisingly thought-provoking history of trying animals in human courts.
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.
What Causes Alzheimer's?
Vox's Unexplainable podcast interviews Distillations about how Alzheimer’s research has stubbornly focused on a single theory for decades.
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.
Weird stories and cool facts
Love the range of topics they cover. Always strange things to learn about with compelling characters.
Great hosts! Love this show!
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