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The Episodic Table of Elements
26 minutes | 2 hours ago
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.
19 minutes | 21 days ago
76. Osmium: It Stinks!
This entire episode serves as cautionary advice to anyone seeking to add osmium to their element collection.
14 minutes | a month ago
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.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
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.
13 minutes | 2 months ago
73. Tantalum: Mystery Meat
Once more, the periodic table drags us to hell -- this time by way of ancient Greece.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
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.
15 minutes | 3 months ago
71. Lutetium: Swampland Centaurs
Let us ensure we remember the lanthanide series before we leave it behind once and for all.
15 minutes | 4 months ago
70. Ytterbium: White Gold
When Johann Bottger failed to turn lead into gold, porcelain made a pretty good consolation prize.
15 minutes | 4 months 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 | 5 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 | 6 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 | 6 months ago
67. Holmium: This Magnet Moment
Holmium: Equally beloved by theoretical physicists and Jedi Knights.
10 minutes | 7 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 | 7 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 | 8 months ago
64. Gadolinium: Three Wise Men
Like Luke Skywalker, today's tale takes a farmboy to greatness.
1 minutes | 8 months ago
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14 minutes | 8 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 | 9 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 | 9 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 | 10 months ago
60. Neodymium: Anarchy And Order
Decades of complex geopolitical chaos ultimately result in one afternoon's rather embarrassing hospital visit.
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