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.

Have a story idea? Send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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  

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

Joel Patterson - Assistant Producer, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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

Zack Seward - Innovations Reporter, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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

Elisabeth Perez-Luna - Executive Producer of Audio Content for WHYY, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Jeanette Woods - Coordinating Producer of Community Content, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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

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

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  

Christine Dempsey - Vice President, Chief Content Officer, 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.  

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