Continuing the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. This week: sweat.

Episode 150 | June 22, 2012

Episode 150: Sweat by Distillations Podcast

Sure or unsure? However you’re feeling Distillations is back with the second episode of the three-part series Blood, Sweat, and Tears. These vital fluids are more than just bodily emissions—they can also be considered the purest expressions of our humanity, at least metaphorically speaking. But of course, our focus is science, so for our second installment we parse the chemistry of sweat. First our assistant producer Anne Fredrickson recounts the history of deodorants. Then reporter Gretchen Cuda-Kroen learns how researchers are using sweat to analyze the health of their patients. Finally, check out the newest episode of “A Distillations Explainer,” where producer Josh Kurz (and Louis Pastuer) analyzes your sweat glands.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:43 Introduction
01:54 Antiperspirants
07:48 Sweat Diagnostics
15:40 Closing Credits


Special thanks to Anne Fredrickson for researching this show.

Check out the full-length versions of the student health videos and vintage deodorant ads featured on today’s show: Johnny and Janie, Secret, Mum, and Stopette.

Music from the Free Music Archive includes “Ricky Dee,” by Bandana Splits. This episode also features “The Whistler and His Dog,” by Arthur Pryors Band, “More And More,” by Blood, Sweat & Tears, and “Sweat (A La La La Long),” by Inner Circle.

Teaser image courtesy of Flickr user Kullez.