About The Pulse
Heard weekly on WHYY, The Pulse focuses on stories at the heart of health, science and innovation in the Philadelphia region.
At any moment, you can almost hear the hum of thousands of brains in our region - powering research, innovation, investment, and better medical care. At hundreds of universities, research centers, hospitals and think tanks, people perform world-class work each day. They prevent disease, preserve energy, stall death, develop treatments and build healthier cities.
The Pulse tells these stories from ground level, where issues hit home with patients, providers, researchers and families. Join the Pulse team every Friday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. (rebroadcast) on WHYY-FM and online.
The Pulse features in-depth reports on health and science issues, along with a set of regular segments, including:
- Patient Files — First-person accounts of coping with health conditions and the health system.
- So, What Do You Do? — It's like listening in on an interesting dinner-party conversation, as top scientists and health professionals explain what they really do all day.
- Pain in the Neck — Delving into why the health system has so many annoying habits and quirks, and what can be done to fix them.
- Citizen Science — Tales of how ordinary people can help advance scientific knowledge.
- The Scientist Update - An editor of the national science publication reviews the latest in research.
- Whatever Happened To ...? — Updates on the health and science stories that once riveted our attention.
The Pulse team:
"Hosting a Health and Science show allows me to talk about everything - from baking a perfect dinner roll to freezing kidneys, or blowing up asteroids headed for a collision course with earth. What else could a woman ask for?"
Maiken is an award-winning reporter who has covered behavioral health since 2008, before that, she produced several weekly radio shows for WHYY. She's hosted The Pulse since its launch in 2013.
"After covering healthcare for more than a decade, it's nice to get outside occasionally and find a few stories away from the twisty hallways and fluorescent lighting of the local hospital."
In recent years, Taunya has been tracking community efforts to improve health by overhauling the places where people live, work and play. That reporting resulted in a series called "Designs on Health" about the influence of neighborhood and the power of place.
Taunya is a senior writer for The Pulse. She's a member of "Health Care in the States," a collaborative of public radio journalists organized by National Public Radio and Kaiser Health News to expand coverage of the Affordable Care Act. She produced the WHYY series "In the Gap" on the divide that separates African Americans from better health.
Before joining WHYY, Taunya worked from the statehouse in Harrisburg, for public radio in Baltimore, and as a science writer in Washington, D.C. She holds a masters degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
"I get to visit tons of cool places for work, from jellyfish-infested waters to bat caves hundreds of feet underground. As a radio reporter, I try to transport my listeners to these places and tell them stories of what's shaping our world."
Carolyn started at WHYY in 2010. She made her debut behind the microphone at National Public Radio in Washington, DC, and has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Seattle, Berlin and Cape Town. When she's not exploring for work, she's doing it for fun, on bike, on foot, or with the aid of planes, trains and automobiles.
Elana Gordon is a member of WHYY's Health & Science team and reporter for the station's health and science show, The Pulse. She has a knack for health policy but has covered everything from the business of end-of-life counseling to the science of a popular overdose antidote to how the MRI machine can be a source of musical inspiration. She's a fellow with the NPR and Kaiser Health News Reporting Project on Health Care in the States, and her work has been featured on programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Kaiser Health News, and PRI's The World.
Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Gordon worked at a health clinic and then covered the health beat at KCUR 89.3FM in Kansas City, Mo. She holds a dual degree in political science and music from Barnard College. It was there that she first caught the radio bug as an occasional host for the music program, In All Languages, on WKCR 89.9 FM
"I'm regularly shocked by the amount of passion and energy people will dedicate to very strange and silly ideas."
Todd Bookman covers innovation in the fields of health and science for WHYY. He previously reported for New Hampshire Public Radio. His stories have been heard on Morning Edition, Here & Now, All Things Considered, Only A Game and Studio 360.
Before journalism, Todd spent nearly a decade working with non-profits large and small, including a very short stint as one of the people who hold a clipboard and ask you for money on the street.
"There's no better reporting team at the center of health, science and innovation coverage than this one, no better region to be reporting it from and no better time to tell these important stories."
Megan joined WHYY in 2007 as a producer and reporter for the former nightly TV news program, "Delaware Tonight." In 2010, she helped launch WHYY's community news initiative on NewsWorks.org and worked for three years as editor of the Manayunk, Roxborough and East Falls NewsWorks page. She's been with The Pulse team since the show's launch in 2013.
"The beauty of a show about health, science, and innovation is that it encompasses just about any story you want to tell—from Presidential races to how to save Earth from an asteroid impact."
Joel is the managing editor and producer whose past work includes directing live broadcasts of APM's Marketplace and leading explorations of the world's archipelagos in search of surf as Editor in Chief of SURFER Magazine. He joined the Pulse the week it launched in 2013.
"I had been a print journalist for years, when as a student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism I discovered radio production. It was literally love at first sound. It took me a few years to do a feature for National Public Radio and I haven't stopped since."
Elisabeth Perez-Luna worked as a journalist and independent radio producer for NPR and other networks for years and has been at WHYY since 1999 where she is now WHYY's Executive Producer of Audio Content. She produces special series, programs and features for radio and web. Elisabeth has received numerous awards for her national and regional radio documentaries, news features, sound portraits and environments. Her passion for telling and getting the story have taken her to unusual places, including the most toxic areas of the old Holmesburg prison.
"From doing interviews in a 197 degree steam room, to figuring out how a theremin works, to retracing the path of a 16th century yellow fever outbreak - reporting and producing for The Pulse allows me to indulge my curiosity about the world. Which is a good thing, since as a child my first words were 'how come'? "
Jeanette Woods is a Coordinating Producer of Community Media at WHYY and has been reporting and producing radio features and segments for NewsWorks Tonight and The Pulse since joining the staff in May 2011. She has worked nationally and internationally as a field producer, image researcher, writer, reporter and producer for public television, public radio and online media.
Her career includes production at WGBH, WAMU, National Geographic, Blackside, Inc., Discovery Communications and interactive media design for The National Science Teachers Association.
She is the producer of the WHYY podcasts "The Remix" and "Tribble Nation."
Charlie enjoys fixing things for The Pulse. Sometimes he makes it worse and that usually sounds better. Before joining the show he recorded orchestras, archived NPR tape from the 70s and canoed the length of the Delaware river.
The Scientist is the magazine for life science professionals, dedicated to covering a wide range of topics central to the study of cell and molecular biology, genetics, and other life-science fields. Through innovative print articles, online stories, and multimedia features, the magazine explores the latest scientific discoveries, trends in research, innovative techniques, new technology, business, and careers. Written by prominent scientists and professional journalists, articles in The Scientist are concise, accurate, accessible, and entertaining. Kerry Grens, an associate editor at The Scientist and WHYY/Newsworks alum, will join the Pulse regularly to update you on the latest in research.
NJ Spotlight is an online news service that delivers insight and information on issues critical to New Jersey, with the aim of informing and engaging the state's communities and businesses. It is nonpartisan, independent, policy-centered, and community-minded. NJ Spotlight's health reporter, Andrew Kitchenman, will file occasional reports for The Pulse. For more, visit njspotlight.com.
SciStarter is the place to find out about, take part in, and contribute to science and technology through local and international recreational activities and research projects. The Philadelphia-based organization, founded by Darlene Cavalier, will help The Pulse chronicle opportunities and successes for citizen science. For more, visit scistarter.com.