Blood is powerful, but it can also be dangerous.
Rethinking the ethics of organ transplants.
We loved it. We hated it. Now we kind of maybe like it again.
Trying to save humanity by mining asteroids.
It might not be as easy as you think.
Society has long had strict ideas about sex and gender binaries, but even nature doesn’t always comply.
We try to untangle the great GMO debate with the help of an unlikely couple—a plant geneticist and an organic farmer.
Ten years later and thousands of miles away, Hurricane Katrina lives on.
Travel back in time with us and find out what the world was like when science and the supernatural weren’t so far apart.
It's our 200th episode! To celebrate we pieced together some of the funniest, grossest, and most surprising moments in Distillations history.
Mother Nature can do a lot of damage. But what happens when humans are the ones creating these disasters?
Modern technology is producing views of the brain that call into question conventional ideas of maturity and free will.
We explore how faith, desire for easy answers, and lack of trust in medical science shape two modern trends.
We explore the rhymes and reasons behind the ebbs and flows of technological innovation and obsolescence.
Everything humans make eventually becomes trash. Considering its ubiquity, we don't think enough about what to do with our trash.
Sophisticated drug cocktails have dramatically changed the fates of people with HIV. Yet in many ways we’re treading water.
In 1800 the American women had seven or eight children on average. Today 35% of American women have two. How did this happen?
We take a look at why chemical weapons were first created and the complicated process of getting rid of them.
This episode of Distillations examines what is perhaps our most underrated sense, and ponders what life would be like without it.
This episode of Distillations goes underground, and reveals the fascinating worlds beneath our city shoes.
This show takes on the frothy subject of beer, and explores the science, culture, and history behind the suds.
This episode explores the colorful (and sometimes risk-filled) history of pigments and painters.
With 20 years as an NPR science correspondent, Joe Palca is one of the best science storytellers out there.
Do comics engage readers in ways that written words alone cannot?