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The Episodic Table of Elements

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A chemistry podcast about the fascinating true stories behind each element on the periodic table.

A chemistry podcast about the fascinating true stories behind each element on the periodic table.

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United States

Description:

A chemistry podcast about the fascinating true stories behind each element on the periodic table.

Twitter:

@trappleton

Language:

English


Episodes

74. Tungsten: What Is The Atom We Love?

1/11/2021
All right, everybody settle down. Welcome to the weekly meeting of the National Association Of W Lovers.

Duration:00:24:24

73. Tantalum: Mystery Meat

12/28/2020
Once more, the periodic table drags us to hell -- this time by way of ancient Greece.

Duration:00:16:07

72. Hafnium: The Isomer Bomb

12/14/2020
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.

Duration:00:14:02

71. Lutetium: Swampland Centaurs

11/16/2020
Let us ensure we remember the lanthanide series before we leave it behind once and for all.

Duration:01:15:45

70. Ytterbium: White Gold

11/2/2020
When Johann Bottger failed to turn lead into gold, porcelain made a pretty good consolation prize.

Duration:00:19:41

69. Thulium: Out Of The Way

10/19/2020
We'll go to the land of the ice and snow... and figure out exactly where that is, too.

Duration:00:21:46

68. Erbium: Hyperlink

10/5/2020
Element 68 plays an important role in stitching together the World Wide Web -- for better or for worse.

Duration:00:25:08

Upcoming Schedule, Part II

9/14/2020
Hello, Listener. Under better circumstances, you would be learning about erbium right about now. Unfortunately, that episode is not quite ready yet. Between my day job and the possibility of a very big move in my near future, I simply haven't had enough time to create a quality episode according to my usual schedule -- and I probably won't be able to for the next couple weeks, either. However, I didn't want to just fall off the face of the earth. So I hope you'll accept my apologies for the...

Duration:00:01:27

67. Holmium: This Magnet Moment

8/24/2020
Holmium: Equally beloved by theoretical physicists and Jedi Knights.

Duration:00:15:54

66. Dysprosium: Hard To Get

8/10/2020
You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a windmill, baby, right round round round.

Duration:00:51:21

65. Terbium: The Joy of Tedium

7/27/2020
For more than one reason, element 65 makes the short list of "most annoying elements."

Duration:00:15:18

64. Gadolinium: Three Wise Men

7/13/2020
Like Luke Skywalker, today's tale takes a farmboy to greatness.

Duration:01:34:30

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7/6/2020
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Duration:00:01:42

63. Europium: The Age Of Enlightenment

6/22/2020
As element collectors, may we all one day be as fortunate as Frank Harold Spedding.

Duration:00:14:12

62. Samarium: Eponymous Honorarium

6/1/2020
We hear all sorts of incredible stories on this podcast, but today we'll meet the most unbelievable character of all time: A friendly bureaucrat.

Duration:00:17:10

61. Promethium: What A Friend We Have In Prometheus

5/18/2020
We've met mythological light-bearers before, but this one possesses a decidedly nobler spirit.

Duration:00:19:54

60. Neodymium: Anarchy And Order

5/4/2020
Decades of complex geopolitical chaos ultimately result in one afternoon's rather embarrassing hospital visit.

Duration:01:42:06

59. Praseodymium: Grandiloquent Sesquipedalianism

4/20/2020
Sometimes, the most interesting aspect of an element has nothing to do with chemistry at all.

Duration:01:12:40

58. Cerium: Light My Fire

4/2/2020
It's the most common flint you'll find, except it's not actually flint at all.

Duration:00:13:15

57. Lanthanum: Hidden In Plain Sight

3/23/2020
Let's uncover element 57, and find out why the "rare earths" are neither rare nor earths nor an empire.

Duration:00:18:48