The Episodic Table of Elements
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As element collectors, may we all one day be as fortunate as Frank Harold Spedding.
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.
We've met mythological light-bearers before, but this one possesses a decidedly nobler spirit.
Decades of complex geopolitical chaos ultimately result in one afternoon's rather embarrassing hospital visit.
Sometimes, the most interesting aspect of an element has nothing to do with chemistry at all.
It's the most common flint you'll find, except it's not actually flint at all.
Let's uncover element 57, and find out why the "rare earths" are neither rare nor earths nor an empire.
When you really want to suck all the air out of a room, barium will help you out.
We'll trace the history of the most important caesium-based technology all the way back to its original roots: a stick.