The Episodic Table of Elements premiered on January 1, 2018, and we’ll be exploring the tales behind one new element every Monday. We’re exploring the periodic table in order of increasing atomic number: Episode 1 is hydrogen, episode 2 is helium, and so on. This is more than just convenient, but I hope you’ll agree as you listen that it makes narrative sense, too.
A great place to start, if you’re new to the show, is Episode 0: Everything The Light Touches. It’s a very short episode that provides an overview of the show and introduces you to the wild-eyed belligerent scientist who first saw a vision of the periodic table in a dream.
Each episode will be accompanied by comprehensive show notes for additional context for anyone who’s curious — there’s always something left on the cutting room floor; often as much original material as is present in the actual show. Plus, I’ll make complete transcripts of each episode available, complete with citations.
I work hard to cite my sources accurately and completely, not just so people can check my facts, but also to provide a jumping-off point for anyone who would like to do further research. However, my citation style is extremely informal and straightforward, since I’m not being published in scientific journals or anything. My apologies to any students, but there are several websites out there that can automate that work for you.
The Episodic Table of Elements is written, hosted, and produced by T. R. Appleton, with music by Kai Engel. Research Librarian Derrick Burton provides support as Consulting Producer. If you have anything you’d like to say, please feel free to get in touch!