The Pulse Archive
Call Me — Maybe?: The 50th Anniversary of the First Cell Phone Call
We mark the 50th anniversary of the first cell call with an exploration of the past, present, and future of mobile communications.
Air Date: March 31, 2023Listen 49:43
How satellite internet might hurdle Iranian censorship
Satellite communications are evolving quickly, proving to be a potential gateway to connect communities that remain offline.
10 hours agoListen 10:45
How one California couple beat the future at their doorstep: a 5G cell site
A sudden shift of momentum in a long conflict between industry and activists.
10 hours agoListen 17:23
Changing the Way We Think About Chronic Pain
We explore the nature of chronic pain — what causes it, how it affects us, and the ongoing fight to stop it.
Air Date: March 24, 2023Listen 49:31
If you’re training to become a physician, your first patient is usually dead. In fact, “first patient” is what med students call th ...
Air Date: March 17, 2023Listen 48:25
9/11 rescue worker chooses to have her body preserved after death
9/11 rescue worker wants the world to see the toll the work took on her body.
2 weeks agoListen 10:52
How a med student’s ‘first patient’ created lasting friendships
For more than a decade, a unique gross anatomy course at Indiana University required students to get to know the family of the donated cadaver they worked on.
2 weeks agoListen 11:18
Bringing Physics from Theory to Practice
Science is all about observing the world. But how do you study something you can’t see, smell, or hear — like the tiniest particles a ...
Air Date: March 10, 2023Listen 49:19
Behind the scenes of a $200 million nuclear fusion experiment
How scientists and engineers make parts for a nuclear fusion experiment at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory in New Jersey.
3 weeks agoListen 8:58
Surrounded by Walruses: The Making of ‘Haulout’
In 2018, brother and sister filmmaking duo Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev traveled to a beach in the Siberian Arctic — an area in ...
Air Date: March 8, 2023Listen 17:24
Pests: We know them when we see them. The mice that lurk in our kitchens, the squirrels that steal our tomatoes, the mosquitoes that bite ...
Air Date: March 3, 2023Listen 49:30
How we decide which animals are pests, and why
Even for the most devoted animal lover among us, there are animals that we hate and try to avoid, or kill: rats, mice, pigeons, invasive snakes. We call these animals pests.
4 weeks agoListen 22:01
Skin Care and the Quest for Eternal Youth
It seems like every day, new skin care products hit the market: lotions, serums, collagen boosters, light therapy, at-home lasers — pot ...
Air Date: February 24, 2023Listen 48:58
From med spas to DIY: Botox is everywhere but not without risks
For a product whose toxic origins trace back to a biological weapons lab in Maryland, Botox has helped normalize cosmetic injectables
1 month agoListen 12:43
What’s behind the new trend of “stem cell” microneedling?
A new microneedling technique utilizes a solution based on human stem cells to increase the treatment’s effect. WHYY’s host of The Pulse, Maiken Scott, gave it a try.
1 month ago
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