Episode 110: Essential Elements - Air

New York Skyline. Image courtesy of Flickr user Sev!.

New York Skyline. Image courtesy of Flickr user Sev!.

This week we continue our first series within Distillations. In this 4-part series we are looking at the four classical elements, one per show—earth, air, water, and fire. Today’s episode is about air. Probably one of the least thought about elements in our day-to-day lives, as it is ubiquitous and is both in and around us. First, we learn about the history of air. When and how did we figure out what “air” actually was? Then, producer Jim Burress tells us about volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, and how they affect the air we breathe.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
01:11 A Brief History of Air
05:14 Breathing Toxic Soup
12:45 Closing Credits


Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes “breathe,” by none and “Earthen,” by Mud Octave. 

This week’s image is courtesy of Flickr user Sev!.

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