Lauren Redniss

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout

Original air date: April 13, 2012

Marie Curie was a polish physicist and chemist. She coined the term radioactivity, is considered the ‘Mother of Modern Chemistry’ and was honored with two Nobel prizes.

Her relationship with her husband Pierre was an infamous and romantic covalent bond.

Pierre Curie was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, radioactivity and a Nobel laureate.

He died too early.

Then Marie Curie discovered another electric love connection which reverberated Europe. He was married.

Curie was ostracized and turned lose like a free radical.

Her life of attachment and attractions is the subject of my guest’s biography.

The author, Lauren Redniss, is a graphic biographer and she designed every element of the book. Most of the art was created using a process called cyanotype printing which gives the drawings an ethereal glow. She also designed the spine, the typeface and the cover.

She teaches at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City and her writing and drawings for the New York Times were Pulitzer nominated. Radioactive was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award.

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