Distillations is the Science History Institute’s critically acclaimed flagship podcast. We take deep dives into stories that range from the serious to the eccentric, all to help listeners better understand our world. Hear about everything from the crisis in Alzheimer’s research to New England’s 19th-century vampire panic in compelling, sometimes-funny, documentary-style audio stories.
A group of medical students wants to take racial bias out of the equation.
When the plague struck San Francisco in 1900, public health officials blamed Chinatown, as if the disease itself had a racial component.
If there’s no such thing as biological race, why would the FDA approve a drug just for Black patients?
The word “Tuskegee” has become shorthand for the Black community’s mistrust of the medical establishment. But what really happened?
A seminal archaeology project proves it is possible to study human remains ethically.
Anthropological museums were built on the bodies of marginalized, non-consenting people. Can they ever exist ethically?
The population geneticists who led the Human Genome Diversity Project wanted to “hammer the final nail in the coffin of race,” but instead they wound up reaffirming it.
For decades, nearly all race science was funded by one man. His goal? To ensure the intellectual continuity of a dubious field.
When yellow fever struck the city in 1793, faulty race logic almost destroyed it.
The surprising scientific and religious origins of the myth of race.
Crushing, smashing, and grinding for the sake of greener science.
Vox’s ‘Unexplainable’ podcast interviews ‘Distillations’ about how Alzheimer’s research has stubbornly focused on a single theory for decades.
‘Distillations’ talks to four science fantasy experts about the Deborah Harkness book series.
Since humans have been living—and inevitably dying—we’ve also been trying to figure out how not to die. Or at least how to keep the party going a little longer.
This bonus episode explores how a grade school history teacher from Cincinnati uses video games in the classroom.
Are historical video games an important tool for learning or do they corrupt our collective understanding of the past?
The ‘Lady Science’ magazine editors talk about their new book ‘Forces of Nature: The Women Who Changed Science.’
Our approach to fighting wildfires is a fantasy—and it’s making them even more catastrophic.