Maiken Scott is the host and executive producer of WHYY’s The Pulse — a national health and science radio show and podcast that explores the people and places at the heart of health and science. Since its launch in December 2013, The Pulse has crafted a unique, “ground-level” approach to telling compelling stories and breaking down complicated issues. The show airs on more than 75 public radio stations across the country and has a strong podcast following. For The Pulse, Scott has explored natural history museums as “time capsules for our planet,” Thomas Jefferson’s ill-fated attempts to study Native American languages, and why so many patients cry after waking up from anesthesia, just to name a few topics. She grew up in Karlsruhe, Germany (where Heinrich Hertz did his famous work on radio waves and an early version of the bicycle was invented), and moved to the U.S. in her early twenties. She studied journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia and also completed a graduate degree in American history there. Before hosting The Pulse, she was a reporter and producer at WHYY. She started as an intern at WHYY – and never left.