Chemical Dependence

A podcast about the incredible chemistry that surrounds you. Weekly episodes featuring a new chemical compound each week.
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Nov 1, 2016

Day 2 of #RealTimeChem week. New episodes every day this week!

Oct 31, 2016

It's #RealTimeChem week on Twitter. This week we're releasing 5 new episodes! Today's episode is on new developments in solar power using perovskites.

Aug 27, 2016

Karrikins are amazing little chemicals that promote plant growth after a fire!

Music by Jonathan Coulton

Aug 20, 2016

A brief history on adhesives, a quick discussion on how they work, and a sticky experiment you can try at home.

Music by Jonathan Coulton

Aug 13, 2016

"Everything is a chemical" is true, but does that matter?

Music by Jonathan Coulton

Aug 7, 2016

It can dye your hair, launch rockets, and make toothpaste for elephants. This week's episode is Hydrogen Peroxide.

Jun 25, 2016

Ever wonder why we call the Vitamins A, B, C? Well, there's a pretty awesome story behind the bland nomenclature.

Music by Jonathan Coulton

May 20, 2016

Get some Vitamin D from the sun! Music by Jonathan Coulton

Apr 17, 2016

What do door knobs, the International Space Station, Pepto-Bismol, and your silverware have in common? The Oligodynamic Effect, that's what! Music by Jonathan Coulton

Apr 10, 2016

Learn more about the funniest - and most confused - element. Music by Jonathan Coulton

Apr 1, 2016

This week we tackle what may be the most researched chemical of all time: Aspartame. Music by Jonathan Coulton.

Mar 25, 2016

Why do paper cuts have to hurt so badly?!?! Music by Jonathan Coulton

Mar 18, 2016

Inject in the right place it's a treatment. Inject it wrong it's a poison. Music by Jonathan Coulton

Mar 11, 2016

Formaldehyde: The scapegoat of the anti-chemistry crowd. Music by Jonathan Coulton

Mar 4, 2016

This week's chemical is nothing to sneeze at - we're talking about Black Gold. Piperine is the chemical responsible for familiar taste/smell of black pepper. Music by Jonathan Coulton. 

Episode produced in partnership with Compound Interest. Check out for some awesome chemistry info-graphics.

Feb 26, 2016

Flocculation. That's the theme of this episode.

Feb 19, 2016

We've got an explosive episode for you this week - we're talking about TNT. Music by Jonathan Coulton.

Feb 12, 2016

Learn about the history of two elements first discovered in space.

Feb 5, 2016

Got a tough stain to remove? It turns out that a better solvent is your solution. Music by Jonathan Coulton.

Jan 29, 2016

This week's chemical is Asbestos, which we all know causes cancer - but do you know about all its other historical uses?

Jan 21, 2016

Ever wonder how you can measure the sweetness of sugar? The answer's more obvious than you might think.

Jan 15, 2016

IUPAC recently approved the addition of 4 new elements to the periodic table. What does that mean and what will they be named?

Jan 8, 2016

Bromelain is the chemical responsible for the burning sensation if you've eaten too many pineapples. 

Dec 28, 2015

Methyl anthranilate is the chemical compound responsible for artificial grape flavor and...the "sweet" smell of decaying flesh?