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The Episodic Table of Elements
15 minutes | 14 days ago
71. Lutetium: Swampland Centaurs
Let us ensure we remember the lanthanide series before we leave it behind once and for all.
15 minutes | a month ago
70. Ytterbium: White Gold
When Johann Bottger failed to turn lead into gold, porcelain made a pretty good consolation prize.
15 minutes | a month ago
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.
19 minutes | 2 months ago
68. Erbium: Hyperlink
Element 68 plays an important role in stitching together the World Wide Web -- for better or for worse.
1 minutes | 3 months ago
Upcoming Schedule, Part II
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 delay in our regularly scheduled programming. Instead, today and for the following two Mondays, I'll post reviews of chemistry books that might interest an element enthusiast like yourself. It's not the same as a new episode, but I hope it counts for something while you wait for me to give erbium the attention it deserves and produce a proper episode. That episode will be published on Monday, October 5, by hook or by Crooke's tube. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and for being a listener.
12 minutes | 3 months ago
67. Holmium: This Magnet Moment
Holmium: Equally beloved by theoretical physicists and Jedi Knights.
10 minutes | 4 months ago
66. Dysprosium: Hard To Get
You spin me right round, baby, right round, like a windmill, baby, right round round round.
14 minutes | 4 months ago
65. Terbium: The Joy of Tedium
For more than one reason, element 65 makes the short list of "most annoying elements."
18 minutes | 5 months ago
64. Gadolinium: Three Wise Men
Like Luke Skywalker, today's tale takes a farmboy to greatness.
1 minutes | 5 months ago
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14 minutes | 5 months ago
63. Europium: The Age Of Enlightenment
As element collectors, may we all one day be as fortunate as Frank Harold Spedding.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
62. Samarium: Eponymous Honorarium
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.
19 minutes | 6 months ago
61. Promethium: What A Friend We Have In Prometheus
We've met mythological light-bearers before, but this one possesses a decidedly nobler spirit.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
60. Neodymium: Anarchy And Order
Decades of complex geopolitical chaos ultimately result in one afternoon's rather embarrassing hospital visit.
24 minutes | 7 months ago
59. Praseodymium: Grandiloquent Sesquipedalianism
Sometimes, the most interesting aspect of an element has nothing to do with chemistry at all.
16 minutes | 8 months ago
58. Cerium: Light My Fire
It's the most common flint you'll find, except it's not actually flint at all.
15 minutes | 8 months ago
57. Lanthanum: Hidden In Plain Sight
Let's uncover element 57, and find out why the "rare earths" are neither rare nor earths nor an empire.
14 minutes | 9 months ago
56. Barium: Glow-Getter
When you really want to suck all the air out of a room, barium will help you out.
30 minutes | 9 months ago
55. Caesium: A Brief History Of Time
We'll trace the history of the most important caesium-based technology all the way back to its original roots: a stick.
21 minutes | 10 months ago
54. Xenon: Ignoble Gas
Truly strange things start to happen when you breathe this rarefied air.
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