Actors/Scientists Delve into the Periodic Table

It was Oregonians only (lucky me!) for PBS’s limited release of The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements in fall 2014. A national premiere is now at hand—mark your calendar for your local station’s broadcast.

My previous post “The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements” described the three-hour series, along with my thoughts on two of the three episodes that I was able to watch. I’ll be making an effort to catch the episode I missed, which will have actors portraying Dmitri Mendeleev and Marie Curie, with re-enactments of their work and discoveries.

The Mystery of Matter blog reveals:

The Mystery of Matter: Search for the Elements will have its national premiere next month on public television. PBS will be "feeding" all three hours of the series to its member stations from 8-11 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 19. Some stations will air the series that night as a single three-hour block, while others will tape the feed and air the series later.

While many stations are still deciding when to schedule the series, so far we know it will air Aug. 19 in the following cities:

Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Hartford, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Raleigh-Durham, Salt Lake City, San Antonio

Please check back here later for an update, or contact your local PBS station to find out when the series will be airing where you live.

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Erica Jacobsen | Sun, 08/23/2015 - 17:44

Erica Posthuma-Adams added The Mystery of Matter as a ChemEd XChange pick: and mentions "crafting lesson plans around different clips from episode one."

What did other teachers think?

I didn't even get to watch the episode I missed on Curie and Mendeleev. It may have been because the limited premiere was in Oregon, but my area had no showings of it at all. However, I noticed today that full episodes can be seen at with a listed expiration date of 9/19/15.