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.
Our approach to fighting wildfires is a fantasy—and it’s making them even more catastrophic.
The ‘Ghostland’ author talks about the relationship between technology and the paranormal and how the ghost stories we tell reveal a lot about society.
Though science and investigations of the paranormal might seem incompatible, they were intertwined for a long time.
When an invisible threat plagued rural 19th-century New England, the evidence pointed to the supernatural.
The Moderna CEO reflects on the incredibly fast development of the COVID-19 vaccine.
An interview with Wendy Zukerman, host of Science Vs podcast.
“I just feel broken.”
Stories from the pandemic’s essential workers.
Historian of science and Institute fellow Lisa Ruth Rand talks about all the debris floating around in outer space.
When Latin America challenged a new era of colonization.
From Paracelsus to OSHA.
The marine geologist and geophysicist talks about doing science with an invisible disability.
What is intelligence?
A short history of disability in the United States.
Is seeing believing?
The surprising origins of developmental embryology.
The biochemical engineer and entrepreneur on her hopes for a better postpandemic society.
The MIT chemical engineer and entrepreneur talks about Moderna Therapeutics, a company he helped start, and his work developing a way for vaccines to self-boost in the body.