Go on an adventure into unexpected corners of the health and science world each week with award-winning host Maiken Scott. The Pulse will take you behind the doors of operating rooms, into the lab with some of the world’s foremost scientists, and back in time to explore life-changing innovations. The Pulse delivers stories in ways that matter to you, and answers questions you never knew you had.
New episode every Friday at 9 a.m.
Why NASA is creating — and then sniffing out — some of the foulest smells known in the universe.
3 days agoListen 10:23
Trikafta costs $360,000 a year per cystic fibrosis patient, a big price the government has hesitated to approve.
2 weeks agoListen 7:12
Births are a high-risk, low-return part of the health business. The city’s hospitals rallied together a decade ago. Is a new challenge ahead?
2 weeks agoListen 20:58
That diagnostic gut feeling? It’s not magic. It’s based on data drawn from the senses and experience that can be quantified.
3 weeks agoListen 11:16
For decades, slavery created challenges for Black Americans trying to trace their roots. DNA ancestry tests might reveal new answers.
1 month agoListen 13:41
American Indians have the highest smoking rates in the country: US commercialization of tobacco continues to complicate sacred use of the plant.
1 month agoListen 12:10
What happens when an outsider develops a stop strange smoking method that works, but can’t be explained by science.
1 month agoListen 19:56
How close are scientists to developing fusion energy? And what are the roadblocks standing in the way?
1 month agoListen 18:51
Officials said a July 'second wave' had hit Philly with scant evidence, later admitting they'd called “a slight rise in cases" a wave to help avoid "uncontrollable spread."
2 months agoListen 26:16
Emily Smith, an epidemiologist married to a preacher, has been able to reach evangelicals in a way others can’t, by meeting them where they are.
2 months agoListen 11:39
For years, sufferers of EHS have maintained that the electromagnetic fields around us are dangerous. A handful of scientists agree.
2 months agoListen 23:01
Frank W. Abagnale Jr. is famous for cons documented in the blockbuster “Catch Me If You Can.” But science writer Alan Logan says the real grift is Abagnale’s entire story.
2 months agoListen 10:23
A large proportion of incarcerated people have their chronic conditions diagnosed while in prison. But experts say quality care can be hard to get.
2 months agoListen 12:58