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Distillations | Science History Institute

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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.

Latest Episodes

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

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.

23 MIN1 w ago
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

In this episode we talk to Mark Stevenson, the chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, an instrumentation company that has designed a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus. The company is also working on a serology test, which will determine who has already had the virus. He tells us how the company developed those tests and the role they play in managing this pandemic.

24 MIN2 w ago
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

We talk to John Maraganore, the CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a company developing an antiviral medication for COVID-19. When news broke in January about the new coronavirus, John Maraganore made the decision to pause other drugs in development and pivot to working on an antiviral medication for this new infectious virus. He says it was a difficult decision, but this virus had all the ingredients to become a pandemic. “And when you have a public health crisis like this, that’s what you do.”

23 MIN3 w ago
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Katrine Bosley

In this episode our producer Rigberto Hernandez talks to Katrine Bosley, who has worked in the biotech industry for more than 30 years.She tells us how CRISPR can be used to make faster diagnostic tests and how the hospital in Boston is creating a vaccine using a gene therapy method.

32 MINJUN 4
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Katrine Bosley

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with William Haseltine

We talk to William Haseltine, a scientist, entrepreneur, and author who has lived through three epidemics (polio, HIV/AIDS, and now COVID-19). He tells us how his lab in the 1980s was better prepared to deal with HIV/AIDS than we are now for COVID-19 and what he thinks lies ahead for us with this pandemic.

28 MINMAY 28
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with William Haseltine

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Susan Weiss

Over the next several weeksDistillationswill be talking to people who have special insight into the coronavirus crisis—biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians. In this episode we speak with Susan Weiss, a microbiology professor at the University ofPennsylvania and the director for the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and EmergingPathogens. She’ll talk about her 40-years of experience researching coronaviruses, how her fieldreacted to the 2002 SARS and 2012 MERS outbreaks, and the importance of studying diseasesthat transfer from animals to humans. Credits Hosts: Elisabeth Berry Drago Senior Producer: Mariel Carr Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez Researcher:Jessica Wade Additional production: Dan Drago

37 MINMAY 21
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Susan Weiss

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Over the next several weeksDistillationswill be talking to people who have special insight into the coronavirus crisis—biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians. In this episode we speak with Sue Desmond-Hellmann, an oncologist who worked with HIV patients in San Francisco in the 1980s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She was also the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation up until December 2019. Desmond-Hellmann tells us about her experiences working as a doctor during the HIV/AIDS epidemic and as a CEO of the Gates Foundation during the Ebola pandemic. She also discusses what we learned from HIV and Ebola that can help us in fighting COVID-19. Credits Hosts: Alexis Pedrickand Elisabeth Berry Drago Senior Producer: Mariel Carr Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez Researcher:Lisa Grissom Image:by Krista Kennell/Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

17 MINMAY 15
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Sue Desmond-Hellmann

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John C. Martin

The former CEO of Gilead Sciences tells about remdesivir, an older drug showing promise in the fight against COVID-19.

15 MINMAY 5
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BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John C. Martin

BONUS EPISODE: Spit Spreads Death

In the fall of 1918 the (misnomered) Spanish flu ravaged much of the world. Philadelphia was hit especially hard: it had the highest death rate of any major American city. Over the course of six weeks 12,000 people in the city died. Hospitals were overcrowded and bodies piled up. When the Mütter Museum embarked on the multiyear exhibition and public art project Spit Spreads Death, the curators and researchers behind it had no idea how relevant it would become—or how quickly.

19 MINAPR 15
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BONUS EPISODE: Spit Spreads Death

BONUS EPISODE: The Blooper Reel

Over the past few years our producers have been saving all the raw tape from our tracking sessions (maybe to blackmail us at some point?) But because we all need some levity these days, we dug it out for your listening pleasure. We hope these outtakes (improvised songs about the history of science, complaints about squeaky chairs, and musings about various forms of a dystopian future) amuse you as much as they amused us.

8 MINAPR 7
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: The Blooper Reel

Latest Episodes

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

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.

23 MIN1 w ago
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Robert Langer

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

In this episode we talk to Mark Stevenson, the chief operating officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, an instrumentation company that has designed a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus. The company is also working on a serology test, which will determine who has already had the virus. He tells us how the company developed those tests and the role they play in managing this pandemic.

24 MIN2 w ago
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Mark Stevenson

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

We talk to John Maraganore, the CEO of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, a company developing an antiviral medication for COVID-19. When news broke in January about the new coronavirus, John Maraganore made the decision to pause other drugs in development and pivot to working on an antiviral medication for this new infectious virus. He says it was a difficult decision, but this virus had all the ingredients to become a pandemic. “And when you have a public health crisis like this, that’s what you do.”

23 MIN3 w ago
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John Maraganore

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Katrine Bosley

In this episode our producer Rigberto Hernandez talks to Katrine Bosley, who has worked in the biotech industry for more than 30 years.She tells us how CRISPR can be used to make faster diagnostic tests and how the hospital in Boston is creating a vaccine using a gene therapy method.

32 MINJUN 4
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Katrine Bosley

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with William Haseltine

We talk to William Haseltine, a scientist, entrepreneur, and author who has lived through three epidemics (polio, HIV/AIDS, and now COVID-19). He tells us how his lab in the 1980s was better prepared to deal with HIV/AIDS than we are now for COVID-19 and what he thinks lies ahead for us with this pandemic.

28 MINMAY 28
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with William Haseltine

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Susan Weiss

Over the next several weeksDistillationswill be talking to people who have special insight into the coronavirus crisis—biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians. In this episode we speak with Susan Weiss, a microbiology professor at the University ofPennsylvania and the director for the Penn Center for Research on Coronavirus and EmergingPathogens. She’ll talk about her 40-years of experience researching coronaviruses, how her fieldreacted to the 2002 SARS and 2012 MERS outbreaks, and the importance of studying diseasesthat transfer from animals to humans. Credits Hosts: Elisabeth Berry Drago Senior Producer: Mariel Carr Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez Researcher:Jessica Wade Additional production: Dan Drago

37 MINMAY 21
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Susan Weiss

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Over the next several weeksDistillationswill be talking to people who have special insight into the coronavirus crisis—biomedical researchers, physicians, public health experts, and historians. In this episode we speak with Sue Desmond-Hellmann, an oncologist who worked with HIV patients in San Francisco in the 1980s during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She was also the CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation up until December 2019. Desmond-Hellmann tells us about her experiences working as a doctor during the HIV/AIDS epidemic and as a CEO of the Gates Foundation during the Ebola pandemic. She also discusses what we learned from HIV and Ebola that can help us in fighting COVID-19. Credits Hosts: Alexis Pedrickand Elisabeth Berry Drago Senior Producer: Mariel Carr Producer: Rigoberto Hernandez Researcher:Lisa Grissom Image:by Krista Kennell/Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

17 MINMAY 15
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with Sue Desmond-Hellmann

BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John C. Martin

The former CEO of Gilead Sciences tells about remdesivir, an older drug showing promise in the fight against COVID-19.

15 MINMAY 5
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Pandemic Perspectives with John C. Martin

BONUS EPISODE: Spit Spreads Death

In the fall of 1918 the (misnomered) Spanish flu ravaged much of the world. Philadelphia was hit especially hard: it had the highest death rate of any major American city. Over the course of six weeks 12,000 people in the city died. Hospitals were overcrowded and bodies piled up. When the Mütter Museum embarked on the multiyear exhibition and public art project Spit Spreads Death, the curators and researchers behind it had no idea how relevant it would become—or how quickly.

19 MINAPR 15
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: Spit Spreads Death

BONUS EPISODE: The Blooper Reel

Over the past few years our producers have been saving all the raw tape from our tracking sessions (maybe to blackmail us at some point?) But because we all need some levity these days, we dug it out for your listening pleasure. We hope these outtakes (improvised songs about the history of science, complaints about squeaky chairs, and musings about various forms of a dystopian future) amuse you as much as they amused us.

8 MINAPR 7
Comments
BONUS EPISODE: The Blooper Reel

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