A little over a century ago, plastic was born out of a test tube in a chemist’s garage and, in just a few generations, this material has grown to define our world. This season, we bring together diverse perspectives to tell the complex and nuanced story of plastics in the US. Through materials like PVC and products like Tupperware, we explore how plastics have transformed our bodies, our culture, and our environment.
Trailer: Trace Material Season 2
In Season 2 of Trace Material we're telling the social history of plastics in the US.
April 6, 2021
Episode 1: The Fourth Kingdom
In our first episode we’re taking you on a trip to the Fourth Kingdom, the synthetic world born of test tubes and laboratories.
June 15, 2021
Episode 2: Mi Sueño Tupperware
This week, we're in the suburbs in 1950s America exploring the world of Tupperware.
June 29, 2021
Episode 3: Part 1: The House of Documents
Listen to the first installment of our two-part exploration into polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
July 14, 2021
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Episode 4: Part 2: Out of the Factory
Listen to the second installment of our two-part exploration into polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
July 27, 2021
Episode 5: Dance Against the Incinerator
What happens to your plastic fork when you throw it away? Where does it go? And who does it affect?
August 10, 2021
Episode 6: The Guilt Eraser
The nation’s first plastic bag ban set off panic in the plastics industry. How did they respond?
August 24, 2021
Episode 7: Our Plastic Future
What does the future hold for plastics? Who is going to shape that future?
September 8, 2021
Episode 8: The Social History of Plastics
We're recapping all we've learned about plastics in this season of Trace Material
September 21, 2021
Episode 9: BONUS: Trace Material Live! with Pete Myers
In our first ever live taping of Trace Material, we sit down with Pete Myers to discuss the future of plastics.
November 19, 2021
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