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Why do we need the wild?

1/19/2018
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Being in nature is restorative; the wild can feed your soul. But, for hundreds of years, we pushed west across the country, trampling and displacing wildlife along the way. Later, lots of people woke up to the effects of urban sprawl and industrialization. And, in 1964, the Wilderness Act was created to set aside places “where man himself is a visitor.” There are now many efforts to protect untouched land, and at the same time we want to enjoy the wild, be out there in it. Balancing those...

Duration: 00:49:44


Making Cities Work

1/12/2018
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By 2030 about 60 percent of people will live in urban centers. We flock to cities for their energy and opportunity, but that bustle can take a toll on our health. City dwellers often deal with more pollution, noise, crime and social isolation. And those uniquely urban problems mess with our ability to breathe, sleep and relax. On this episode, we explore ways to make modern cities work for people. Also heard on this episode: Joel Kurth from Bridge Magazine explains the connection between...

Duration: 00:49:16


Making Changes Stick

1/5/2018
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Happy New Year! On this episode, old and new stories about change and the things that help us follow through on our goals. Often lasting change happens in the face of illness and adversity, other times it’s motivated by a desire to overhaul your personal life — or the world around you.

Duration: 00:49:10


Vice Control

12/29/2017
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A rebroadcast episode: Gambling. Drugs. Prostitution. Booze. As a society, we have always regulated behaviors we consider vices. Those regulations were once grounded in moral arguments and rooted in religion. But in recent years, public health largely drives our discussions about how to handle troubling — or unhealthy — behavior. The Pulse examines the intersection of vice, behavior, and public health.

Duration: 00:48:39


Another Life

12/22/2017
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On this rebroadcast episode, we explore opportunities for another life in health, science and technology. What does it take for things — and people — to morph, change, or stage a comeback? In medicine, cell phone towers provide refrigeration power and extend the shelf life of vaccines. A beloved pet becomes home decor. And when a high-tech navigation system is vulnerable, a seemingly outdated system gets a second chance. Plus — dead bodies go into the compost pile and live again — as...

Duration: 00:47:13


Science Strikes Back

12/15/2017
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To celebrate the newest sequel in the space opera saga, we’re searching for the science in “Star Wars.” Along way, we discover that, while the movies feel futuristic, “Star Wars” isn’t really science fiction at all, it’s magic — you’re not supposed to question how a spaceship travels faster than the speed of light, or how The Force works. Still, we found lots of science that feels “Star Wars” inspired: a bionic hand, a water generator, and America’s Cold War nuclear-defense aspirations.

Duration: 00:49:01


Standing Guard

12/8/2017
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On this week’s episode, we visit people standing watch over the world around them.

Duration: 00:48:14


Language

12/1/2017
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On this episode, we explore one of our most important and amazing human tools. What does neuroscience tell us about how language works, and how we acquire it? Can intensive rehab help those who have lost their ability to express themselves after stroke? We’ll also hear about plant ‘language,’ voice donation, and the failed effort to create a universal language from scratch.

Duration: 00:48:48


Science and Religion

11/17/2017
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What happens when a Buddhist environmentalist, a Muslim astronomer … a rabbi and a priest walk into our studio? On this episode, we explore the ways faith and religion intersect with science. Sometimes the collision is fraught with misunderstanding and tension. Other times, science and religion influence and inspire each other.

Duration: 00:49:30


From the Front Lines

11/10/2017
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On this episode, The Pulse celebrates the service and innovative spirit of U.S. veterans. There are about 20 million American vets. We’ve got a few of their stories.

Duration: 00:48:31


Abandoned

11/3/2017
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What happens when we step away from people and places?

Duration: 00:49:00


Facing Our Fears

10/27/2017
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Nerve-racking. Sickening. Facing your fear can be all of that — and sometimes a little thrilling, too.

Duration: 00:49:05


Politics on Your Plate

10/20/2017
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What we eat and how we feed ourselves is inherently cultural and political in nature.

Duration: 00:48:34


Cleaning Up

10/6/2017
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Everywhere we go, in just about everything we do, we make trash. On this episode, we explore the hard work of cleaning up. The post Cleaning Up appeared first on WHYY.

Duration: 00:48:31


Cleaning Up

10/6/2017
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Everywhere we go, in just about everything we do, we make trash. On this episode, we explore the hard work of cleaning up. We visit the Burning Man "festival" where "leave no trace" means picking up human hair and pine needles. And scientists share their work to remove ghost gear left behind by fishing vessels. We also find out how medical waste disposal has become a political pressure point in the abortion debate. Plus, ecologists who say efforts to restore a pristine landscape might be...

Duration: 00:48:46


The Mighty Mississippi

9/29/2017
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The words 'Mississippi River' evoke images of a mustachioed Mark Twain — or the whistle of a steamboat calliope. But that river doesn't exist anymore. Still, the Mississippi's winding history has shaped our modern landscape. So on this episode, we travel the Big Muddy trying to update the Mississippi's image. The journey starts near the headwaters in Minnesota during a wild rice harvest with an Ojibwe elder. Later, we explore levee fights, rainwater runoff in St. Louis and the Mississippi's...

Duration: 00:49:16


Another Life

9/22/2017
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On this episode, we explore opportunities for another life in health, science, and technology. What does it take for things — and people — to morph, change, or stage a comeback? In medicine, cell phone towers provide refrigeration power to keep vaccines from spoiling. A beloved pet becomes home decor. And, when a high-tech navigation system is vulnerable, a seemingly outdated system gets a second chance. Plus, dead bodies go into the compost pile and live again as fertilizer.

Duration: 00:48:40


Preservation

9/15/2017
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Some of our most cherished items are things we have preserved for centuries: Paintings, books, everyday objects that were used by our long-gone ancestors. On this episode, we'll explore our desire to preserve things and what happens to our many collections. We'll follow a plant and fish collection as it finds a new home and we'll check in on the fate of old bones found on a construction site in historic Philadelphia. Plus, we'll hear how Thomas Jefferson lost 30 years of research on native...

Duration: 00:49:56


Our Bodies, Our Gender

9/8/2017
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Congratulations, it's a ... (Wait...does it matter?) Maybe it shouldn't matter, but in healthcare an awful lot of decisions are based on our understanding of gender and the body. Meanwhile, our conversations about gender are changing. On this episode, we explore stories that show up in the places where gender and medical treatment meet. As scientists learn more, how is healthcare responding?

Duration: 00:49:53


Science At Work

9/1/2017
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It's Labor Day, which means we're celebrating the hard-working people who keep the engines of productivity humming. On this episode, we'll explore how science and technology are changing work and workplaces, and what we are learning about the pitfalls of different work environments. Our current healthcare conundrum certainly stems in part from the coupling of work and insurance benefits — so we'll look at the past and future of this union. We'll meet a woman who used science to prove that...

Duration: 00:49:09

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