Thursday, 16 April 2009

All you ever wanted to know about radium...

The Royal Society of Chemistry's journal Chemistry World is building up a unique collection of podcasts on the chemical elements. Each lasts three to five minutes and can be listened to direct, or downloaded either from the site or from iTunes.

I'm delighted to say that I've recently contributed the podcast on radium, which has just gone live. Of course it's not just the element itself - there's Marie Curie, American women dying from a mysterious cancer, and much more. Take a listen by clicking here (or using the player widget further down the page) or click here to subscribe (for free) in iTunes.

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  1. Hey, that's terrific! You've got a super voice for this stuff, too, Brian.

  2. I enjoyed the broadcast. You touched on many of the details, such as the Radium Girls and various consumer products, that I discuss in my book Something Out of Nothing: Marie Curie and Radium (FSG, 2006).
    Carla Killough McClafferty

  3. Amy - thank you so much!

    Carla - I haven't seen your book - the source of most of the information on Marie Curie and the applications of radium I used was The Curies by Dennis Brian, though I did also make use of a number of other sources.

    If your publisher is interested, I edit the popular science website which reviews such books - they can contact the site on