Heard weekly on WHYY, The Pulse tells stories at the heart of health, science and innovation. 

Why do you wait forever in your doctor's office? Can we stop asteroids from smashing into Earth? What's with people's love of round numbers? Why do some of us cry after anesthesia? Why is The Cloud such an energy glutton? How much should an MRI cost, really?

The Pulse explores the questions that make people go, "Yeah, why is that?" It explains. It investigates. It has fun. It tells stories from ground level, where illness, healing and discovery are personal. The Pulse celebrates science, and covers breakthroughs with healthy skepticism.

Radio: A weekly hour-long audio experience that fits the standard NPR clock

Podcast: New sonic adventures every week

Web: Click bait for the curious. A hub for stories, audio segments, photos, videos, and audience engagement.

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The Pulse team:

Maiken Scott - Host and Behavioral Health Reporter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @MaikenScott

"Hosting a Health and Science show allows me to talk about everything - from baking a perfect dinner roll to freezing kidneys, or finding a giant dinosaur. What else could a woman ask for?"

Maiken has covered behavioral health since 2008, and has hosted The Pulse since its launch in 2013. Before that, she produced several weekly radio shows for WHYY.

Maiken is originally from Germany and remains passionate about soccer. Other than working in radio, she's owned a music rehearsal studio and tried her hand (for a few miserable years) in booking Indie Rock shows. She spent her first three months in this country sleeping on a box spring because she didn't know it wasn't a mattress.

Taunya English - Senior Health and Science Reporter,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it @taunyaenglish

"Health happens outside hospitals. So these days, I work to find stories away from the twisty hallways and fluorescent lighting of the local medical center—besides, I look better in natural light."

Taunya's audio and web series "Designs on Health" explored the influence of neighborhood and the power of place. She also produced "In the Gap," stories about the divide that separates African Americans from better health.

Before joining WHYY, she worked from the statehouse in Harrisburg, for public radio in Baltimore, and as a science writer in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn Beeler - Health and Science Reporter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @carolynbeeler

"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. 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. She has worked as a reporter in Chicago, Seattle, Berlin and Cape Town.

Elana Gordon - Health and Science Reporter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @Elana_Gordon

"I will sit through long and tedious drug regulation meetings, comb through dense medical studies and policy documents, boiling down what it all means, so you don't have to."

She loves medical history, discovering ghosts of the past. Sometimes that involves hanging out with leeches at the muter museum, Philadelphia's reknown spot for all this medically odd. Elana 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.

Prior to coming to Philadelphia, Elana covered the health beat at KCUR 89.3FM in Kansas City, Mo.

Todd Bookman - Innovations Reporter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @toddbookman

"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. He previously reported for New Hampshire Public Radio. Before journalism, Todd had a very short stint as one of the people who hold a clipboard and ask you for money on the street.

Megan Pinto - Executive Producer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

"Audio is not dead. We're here to prove it to you."

Megan started out as a TV news producer for WHYY in Wilmington, went on to help launch a hyperlocal news site for NewsWorks.org in 2010 and found her home in radio with the Pulse crew in 2013. When she's not cutting audio or booking interviews, she's at the beach increasing her freckle count, exploring new neighborhoods and restaurants in Philadelphia or traveling up to CT to visit family. 

Joel Patterson - Managing Editor, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @joelerson

"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.

Charlie Kaier - Broadcast Engineer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , @charliekaier

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.

Chris Satullo - Vice President of News and Civic Dialogue, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,

Our partners: 

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.

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.