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T. R. Appleton presents
The Episodic Table of Elements
A chemistry podcast about the fascinating true stories behind each element on the periodic table.
October 18, 2021
88. Radium: Several Sordid Affairs
Out of all the characters who encounter radium in this episode, the only one to emerge unscathed is the guy who comes face-to-face with Satan.
September 13, 2021
87. Francium: Nothing To Do With Cats
You don't have to have a degree to do science, but it helps.
August 23, 2021
86. Radon: It’s Coming From Inside The House
You know something's amiss when you set off the radiation alarms while walking in to the nuclear power plant.
August 2, 2021
85. Astatine: Pathological Science
The story of astatine takes us to Alabama, Dacca, Romania, Vienna, and California, but definitely not Switzerland.
July 5, 2021
84. Polonium: The Distinguished Alumna Of Warsaw’s Flying University
Sadly, it's no longer possible to purchase this lethally radioactive element for fifteen cents and a cereal boxtop.
June 14, 2021
83. Bismuth: The Friendly Oddball
The periodic table shows the natural patterns and trends among the elements. Bismuth does not abide.
May 24, 2021
82. Lead: Irrational Self-Interest
We just can't seem to stop chasing the sweet, sweet taste of element 82.
April 26, 2021
81. Thallium: It Rides A Pale Horse
In which we learn how reading mystery novels might very well save a life.
April 12, 2021
80. Mercury: Fatally Toxic And Probably In Your Mouth
Even if you hate tuna, have flawless teeth, and only use digital thermometers, humans have historically not been shy about getting a mouthful of mercury.
March 29, 2021
79. Gold: Lump Sum
All other metals step aside, because today we deal with the king of elements.
March 15, 2021
78. Platinum: A Tous Les Temps, A Tous Les Peuples
Sometimes, being set in stone isn't permanent enough.
March 1, 2021
77. Iridium: T. Rex And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alvarez noticed a great disturbance in the rocks, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
February 8, 2021
76. Osmium: It Stinks!
This entire episode serves as cautionary advice to anyone seeking to add osmium to their element collection.
January 25, 2021
75. Rhenium: A Love Of Two Brains
Witness an incredible, unbreakable bond between two who couldn't be more alike. We'll also learn about a married couple.
January 11, 2021
74. Tungsten: What Is The Atom We Love?
All right, everybody settle down. Welcome to the weekly meeting of the National Association Of W Lovers.
December 28, 2020
73. Tantalum: Mystery Meat
Once more, the periodic table drags us to hell -- this time by way of ancient Greece.
December 14, 2020
72. Hafnium: The Isomer Bomb
The science suggests hafnium can't be used to create a gamma ray bomb, but that won't stop the U.S. government from trying.
November 16, 2020
71. Lutetium: Swampland Centaurs
Let us ensure we remember the lanthanide series before we leave it behind once and for all.
November 2, 2020
70. Ytterbium: White Gold
When Johann Bottger failed to turn lead into gold, porcelain made a pretty good consolation prize.
October 19, 2020
69. Thulium: Out Of The Way
We'll go to the land of the ice and snow... and figure out exactly where that is, too.