My wife and I caught the 7th episode of the Cosmos reboot tonight: how Clair Patterson, scientist from Iowa, dated the age of the Earth and campaigned against Big Business to eject lead from the modern environment.
I thought the episode avoided the worst of melodrama, and presented the story of Dr Patterson’s campaign against lead pretty evenly. Clearly, it’s not a substance to get lazy with. The animation of lead on small scales within the human body was particularly well done.
Scientists hired to be apologists for lead just show that human beings populate the realm of science. Such women and men are vulnerable to greed, intimidation, and other forms of human blindness and sin. But people of character are properly well-regarded. This was one of the best episodes yet, I thought.