The Pulse: The Miracle and Menace of Plastic

Institute fellow Isabelle Held is featured on this WHYY podcast episode that explores the science behind the dual nature of plastic.

WHYY’s “The Pulse” talked to Price-Doan Postdoctoral fellow Isabelle Held about how plastic revolutionized women’s fashion and shaped their silhouettes. The episode focused on how plastic has transformed the way we live over the past century—from science and medicine to consumer goods—and why what we think about the shapeshifting material is far more complicated than it seems.

Listen to the podcast on WHYY >>

Above: Plastic Wares Sales Display Featuring Dow Styron, 1949. Science History Institute.