Episode 1 of our new season, produced and presented in October 2018 by Susan Stone.
Professor Agata Lisiak teaches us all about the world’s most famous physicist, Marie Skłodowska Curie. And writer David Wagner talks briefly about a forgotten German doctor, reformer and writer, Anna Fischer-Dückelmann.
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Here’s Marie Curie herself:
And here she is on that big banknote:
The famous shed where she and Pierre worked:
A page from her notebooks, so radioactive they’re now stored in locked boxes:
A rare NYT obit:
Why not watch one of her two biopics? The Courage of Knowledge (2016) or the super-schmaltzy Madame Curie (1943).
Agata recommends various books that you might like to read:
Obsessive Genius by Barbara Goldsmith; Marie Curie and her Daughters by Shelley Emling; Making Marie Curie by Eva Hemmungs Wirtén; and the gorgeous graphic novel Radioactive by Lauren Redniss.
On to Doctor Anna Fischer-Dückelmann. Here she is:
Here are some NSFW images from her million-selling book…
Get David’s book Berlin Triptych. You really should. Or if you read German, we highly recommend Leben.
Our theme music is “Little Lily Swing” by Tri-Tachyon.
Thanks for listening! We’ll be back in November with our next episode.