This Podcast Will Kill You

Erin Welsh & Erin Allmann Updyke

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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so very many things that can. Each episode tackles a different infectious disease, from the history, to the biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Independently produced and edited by ...Show More

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Ep 22 Belladonna will dilate your mind: Crossover w/ IDOP

1:04:42 | Mar 19th

Are you ready to dilate your mind? Or at least your eyes? We hope so, because that means you’re ready for another Poisoncast episode! This week we’re joined by our friend Matt Candeias from In Defense of Plants to chat about Atropa belladonna, a leth...Show More

Ep 21 Measles: The Worst Souvenir

1:13:33 | Mar 5th

You’ve seen the recent headlines and heard the news reports, but they’re only part of this deadly virus’s story. This week we’re covering the rest. We take you on a one-of-a-kind tour of measles, exploring how this vaccine-preventable virus can wrigg...Show More

Ep 20 Prions: Apocalypse Cow

1:26:55 | Feb 19th

This week's episode is nothing like any of our past episodes, and there will never be another quite like it. How can we be so sure, you ask? Because this week, we're covering prions, the terrifying, genetic material-less infection that is 100% fatal ...Show More

Ep 19 Scurvy: Thanks a lot, evolution.

1:01:53 | Feb 5th

Arr, mateys, climb aboard for a swash-buckling tale of when the high seas were full of disease! Today we’re covering a non-infectious but no less terrifying scourge that has wrecked millions of lives and sent even the bravest of sailors quivering in ...Show More

Ep 18 Hantavirus: The Real Rat Race

1:06:30 | Jan 22nd

What do Korea, Slovenia, Finland, and the southwestern US all have in common? If you guessed Hantaviruses, you’d be quite correct. Today we bring you all the details on hantaviruses, from the deadly and terrifying hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, to th...Show More

Ep 17 Oh No Tetrodo: Crossover w/ TBOSP

1:10:29 | Jan 8th

Are you hungry for braaaaiiiinnnnssss? Or for fugu at the very least? We hope so, because this week we’re talking zombies and tetrodotoxin. In this crossover episode with Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton from The Biology of Superheroes Podcast, we trace the...Show More

Ep 16 Scratch and Sniff Diphtheria Membrane

1:01:02 | Dec 24th, 2018

This episode is so good that we’re putting it out a full day early. Pour yourself a quarantini and cozy up with us as we tell you a story of a bacterium that slowly strangles children to death, a scientific quest that helped shape the understanding o...Show More

Ep 15 MRSA: Make Resistance Susceptible Again

1:08:06 | Dec 11th, 2018

We've gotten pretty graphic on this podcast before, but this episode takes it to a whole new level. The omnipresent Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that wears many faces. Often that face is harmless, but Staph has the power to invade and infect ...Show More

Ep 14 Rabies: Don't dilute me, bro

1:06:37 | Nov 27th, 2018

After a long hiatus we are back with a much anticipated look at one of the most feared diseases of all time: rabies. We cover everything from its evolutionary history to its massive case fatality rate, from why it makes you slobber so much to how Pli...Show More

Don’t Tread on my Monkshood: Crossover w/ IDOP

1:03:24 | Feb 27th, 2018

What's the difference between a physician and a pretender, a magician and a poisoner? That's a question we'll try and answer in today's episode! We are very excited to bring you our first botanical poison crossover episode with our good friend Matt C...Show More

Bonus Episode HIV/AIDS

31:58 | Jan 30th, 2018

The cherry on top of our first season, this bonus episode features more of Frank, Hillel, and Brryan's stories. Frank and Hillel, who live on opposite coasts of the US, share what it was like for them to live through through the AIDS crisis in the 19...Show More

Ep 12 HIV/AIDS: Apathy Will Kill You

1:29:10 | Jan 23rd, 2018

This is it, y'all: the season finale. This week we’re talking about HIV/AIDS, one of the biggest pandemics of modern times. We were fortunate enough to speak with three individuals who have had vastly different experiences with HIV/AIDS. Frank Iamell...Show More

Ep 11 Ebola: The New Kid on the Block

1:01:30 | Jan 16th, 2018

Let's face it. This is the episode you've been waiting for. Are you ready for one of the most publicized epidemics of the century? Because we're ready to tell you about it. Ebola has been in the scientific consciousness since 1976, but why did it tak...Show More

Ep 10 Yellow Fever: Is there a Hamilton song about this?

58:05 | Jan 9th, 2018

Today we're talking about yellow fever, a disease with a history as colorful as its name, and a vector as pretty as a picture (depending on whom you ask, I suppose). From an epidemic that decimated Memphis, Tennessee in the late 1800s, to the develop...Show More

Ep 9 Tuberculosis: A Slow Burn

59:00 | Jan 2nd, 2018

Today, we’re taking a page straight out of Dickens and talking about tuberculosis- a disease as rich in history as it is in bloody sputum. We'll travel the path of an individual Mycobacterium tuberculosis as it makes it way down the respiratory tract...Show More

Ep 8 ABRACADABRA - Go Away Malaria!

59:44 | Dec 19th, 2017

It's both a disease of dinosaurs and a plague of people. A gin and tonic might make you forget how much those bites itch, but it won't protect you much from this mosquito-borne monster. That's right people, today we're talking about malaria! We're su...Show More

Ep 7 Hit Me With Your Best (Polio) Shot

1:01:37 | Dec 12th, 2017

A scientific rivalry for the ages, a president with a closely kept secret, and a summertime with no pool time. What do all these things have in common? Well step right up and take a listen- today we're talking about polio, that virus that just won't ...Show More

Ep 6 Plague Part 2: TGFA

40:24 | Dec 5th, 2017

We're back with another episode all about plague-TGFA: Thank Goodness For Antibiotics! Today we'll focus on the status of plague in the modern world: where it is, where it isn't, and what we can do about it. And as always, we'll let you know whether ...Show More

Ep 5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT

59:44 | Nov 28th, 2017

That's right y'all... Today we're talking the GMOAT: The GREATEST MORTALITY OF ALL TIME: BLACK DEATH. This episode we'll cover the biology and history of one of the most epic diseases of all time- Yersinia pestis the causative agent of plague. It's s...Show More

Ep 4 The S#*T Show

49:40 | Nov 21st, 2017

That's right.. this is the s#!t show! Today we talk cholera- the bacterial disease that makes you liquid-poop your pants (and then some). Travel back in time with us to when London was a sewage-filled cesspool until the Original John Snow stepped in ...Show More

Ep 3 Gnarlypox

57:57 | Nov 14th, 2017

This week we pay tribute to one of the gnarliest diseases of all time, and the only human disease that's ever been eradicated (thus far). That's right, people- we're talking smallpox! It's gonna get grody. Smallpox has a depressing history, a fascina...Show More

Ep 2 Skin in the Game, Horse in the Race

54:18 | Nov 7th, 2017

This week we tackle leprosy. That biblical (or is it?) infection that, believe it or not, is still with us today. Leprosy has an ancient history that exemplifies some of the worst of human behavior, and its present day status may surprise you.

Ep 1 Influenza Will Kill You

56:27 | Oct 31st, 2017

In Episode 1 we're talking all things flu, just in time for the start of flu season! We'll dive into the 1918 influenza pandemic that killed literally millions of people, then talk about the state of influenza in the world today, and tell you everyth...Show More

Episode 0 - TPWKY Season 1 Trailer

01:23 | Oct 23rd, 2017

Welcome to This Podcast Will Kill You, your new favorite way to learn about disease biology, history, and stuff to gross out your dinner party guests. Join us October 31st for Episode 1 of Season 1- "The Plagues You Know"!