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The Episodic Table of Elements

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Episodes

54. Xenon: Ignoble Gas

2/10/2020
Truly strange things start to happen when you breathe this rarefied air.

Duration:00:27:51

53. Iodine: Purple Haze

1/27/2020
We'll pull in our elemental haul from the sea while Lady Jane Davy spits in the ocean.

Duration:00:25:16

52. Tellurium: To Hell You Ride

12/30/2019
Collecting elements can be risky business. Tellurium is one of those elements that poses a dire threat -- not to one's health, but to the element collector's reputation in polite society.

Duration:01:03:05

51. Antimony: Can You Return An Inheritance?

12/16/2019
It's like an Everlasting Gobstopper, but Willy Wonka is a fratricidal German monk.

Duration:00:52:13

50. Tin: Your Metal Pal Who’s Fun To Be With

11/25/2019
We've palled around with tin for thousands of years, but you should know that it's a fair-weather friend.

Duration:00:40:33

49. Indium: The Spectre Of Isaac

11/11/2019
The story of indium is pretty straightforward, but its namesake is practically impossible to pin down.

Duration:00:34:40

48. Cadmium: Don’t You Know That You’re Toxic?

10/28/2019
Cadmium will let you choose among a range of orange-ish hues, but it's some pretty awful news if you contract the "cadmium blues."

Duration:00:24:21

47. Silver: Our Own Image

10/14/2019
Silver is more than just a precious metal. It's also a reflection of ourselves.

Duration:00:46:57

46. Palladium: The Old Razzle Dazzle

9/23/2019
Those people who've been involved with palladium's history seem to harbor a dubious predilection for stretching the truth.

Duration:00:40:12

45. Rhodium: The Most Precious Metal

9/9/2019
For some people, rhodium's most important aspect is its high price. For others, it's absolutely priceless.

Duration:00:18:18

44. Ruthenium: The Glow Cloud

8/26/2019
Element 44 is technically not named for Russia... but perhaps it should be.

Duration:01:07:48

43. Technetium: Naturally Synthetic

8/12/2019
It's only after we gave up searching for this element that we found it out in the universe.

Duration:01:12:11

42. Molybdenum: Conventional Weapons

7/29/2019
Before we talk about one big gun, let's discuss 1,500 years of military technology.

Duration:00:33:08

41. Niobium: No More Tears

7/15/2019
We delve into elemental etymology today, and get to investigate a chemical phenomenon.

Duration:00:24:52

40. Zirconium: Burning Up, Melting Down

7/1/2019
Today, we reach the last element on the periodic table -- but only alphabetically speaking.

Duration:00:18:25

39. Yttrium: It’s A Quiet Village

6/17/2019
Welcome to the sleepy Swedish town of Ytterby. I hope you like it, because we'll be spending an awful lot of time there later in the series.

Duration:01:09:24

38. Strontium: Little Town

6/3/2019
Let's look past the bad reputation this element has to learn how it's an essential part of an idyllic childhood.

Duration:01:16:52

37. Rubidium: What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

5/20/2019
Rubidium is more explosive than the alkali metals above it on the table, but it's much more interesting when it's standing almost perfectly still.

Duration:00:48:00

36. Krypton: It’s A Metric

5/6/2019
Like argon, today's noble gas coincidentally features prominently in science fiction -- albeit in name only. But krypton also takes a place in the science factual story of international weights and measures.

Duration:00:12:35

35. Bromine: Come At Me

4/22/2019
Don't get too excited, because bromine is an element that brings the hammer down on both extreme emotions and extreme actions.

Duration:00:52:31