Distillations #91 – Marvels and Ciphers

We created this show to highlight a temporary exhibit at CHF’s museum all about the crazy and sometimes creepy achievements of alchemists and chemists through the ages. Segments on Viagra, an alchemical drawing come to life, and a 19th-century political cartoon. (It’s actually way more interesting than it sounds!) Image of Rudolph Pariser in front…

Distillations #90 – Useful Waste

If you actually like Jell-O, you probably don’t want to listen to this show. We talk about this and other industrial waste products that have somehow become useful to us – including Vaseline and ancient carbon black. Image of Quick and Easy Jell-O Wonders, a cook book published circa 1930. CHF Collections/Gregory Tobias.