The Episodic Table of Elements

The Episodic Table of Elements

Latest Episodes

35. Bromine: Come At Me
April 22, 2019

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

34. Selenium: A Fit Of Heat And Light
March 25, 2019

Throughout history, copying information has been arduous, messy, and even dangerous -- until one bored, depressed man figured out the secrets of selenium.

33. Arsenic: It’s Not Easy Being Green
March 11, 2019

Considering how synonymous this episode's element is with "poison," it's shocking how eager people have historically been to ingest the stuff.

32. Germanium: Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
February 25, 2019

Silicon gets all the press, but germanium was the real trailblazer of the Information Age.

31. Gallium: Caught Wet-Handed
February 11, 2019

Meet one of the periodic table's lesser-known liquid metals -- and beware some dangerous competition from a few felonious element collectors.

30. Zinc: The Lecture Circuit
January 28, 2019

Learn about some of Italy's most renowned chemists and how they inspired a most gruesome quest to conquer death.

29. Copper: Wires Crossed
January 14, 2019

We get lost in the woods with a couple of little guys in today's episode, and learn about a lesser-known American Civil War.

28. Nickel: Face Value
December 31, 2018

From religion to money to politics, nickel finds itself at the center of all kinds of awkward conversations. Featured above: Spencer M. Clark’s notorious portrait, which changed American money forever. Show Notes I Think It Tastes Pretty Good: RE: Pump...

27. Cobalt: Mischief Managed
December 17, 2018

Cobalt is a tricksy little element, which means the scientists who've dealt with it the most are some of the cleverest people to have ever walked the Earth.

26. Iron: As Above, So Below
December 03, 2018

Is iron a metal that's more valuable than gold, or are we forever trapped in its "hated shadow?"