Policy & Politics

Presidents & Policy 

Distillations is taking a look at the presidential side of chemistry. 

Episode 58 | January 16, 2009

Episode 58: Presidents & Policy by Distillations Podcast

To help president-elect Barack Obama celebrate his inauguration on Tuesday, January 20, 2009, Distillations is taking a look at the presidential side of chemistry. First we learn about stem cells and the controversy surrounding their research. Next we find out why 21-gun salutes are safe and not so smoky in Mystery Solved! And finally, former Institute staffer Jody Roberts shares his wish list for the new administration and congress. Chemical Agent: Stem Cells.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:01 Chemical Agent: Stem Cells
03:30 Mystery Solved! Smokeless Gunpowder
06:32 Commentary: A Planet in Peril
11:05 Closing Credits

Resources and References

Visit the National Institutes of Health to find out more about stem cells and the research ethics for studying them.

For more about smokeless gunpowder, check out this helpful Wikipedia page.


Jennifer Dionisio, Nicole Rietmann, and Jody Roberts researched this episode.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is: ”Curiosity,” by Nalts; “Comical Salute,” by Siberian Newspaper; and “The Presidents,” by Jonathan Coulton.