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Old school gunpowder is really called black powder, and it was so crucial to the Revolutionary War effort that we went to great (and gross) lengths to try and make it. This week on Reactions, find out what exactly those lengths were.

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Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Samantha Jones, PhD
Scientific Consultants: Jimmie Oxley, PhD Jack Kelly
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