The Mystery of Matter

Marie Curie | The Radium Craze

Clip: Episode 1

After Marie and Pierre Curie’s discovery of radium, the new element’s wondrous ability to glow in the dark inspired a worldwide craze — a rush of radium-laced products that promised to cure everything from impotence to hair loss. What few people realized — and the Curies were reluctant to admit — was the great harm this radioactive element could do.

Aired: 08/19/15

Rating: TV-G

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