This Podcast Will Kill You
By 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 co-hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, graduate students in disease ecology, ‘This Podcast Will Kill You’ makes infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation. Season one, ‘The Plagues You Know’, covers some of the most famous (or infamous) plagues and pestilences of humankind.
||CleanDon't Tread on my Monkshood: Crossover w/ IDOP||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 Cand||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode HIV/AIDS||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 198||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 12 HIV/AIDS: Apathy Will Kill You||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 Iamelli||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 11 Ebola: The New Kid on the Block||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 take a||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 10 Yellow Fever: Is there a Hamilton song about this?||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 developmen||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 9 Tuberculosis: A Slow Burn||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 trac||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 8 ABRACADABRA - Go Away Malaria!||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 super||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 7 Hit Me With Your Best (Polio) Shot||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 q||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 6 Plague Part 2: TGFA||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 or||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT||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 suc||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 4 The S#*T Show||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 to||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 3 Gnarlypox||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 fascinatin||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 2 Skin in the Game, Horse in the Race||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.||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp 1 Influenza Will Kill You||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 everything||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0 - TPWKY Season 1 Trailer||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"!||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Come for the biology and stay for the great chemistry
This is a great podcast. The Erins do a really good job of making sure you understand the science behind different diseases, but also do a nice job of enhancing everything with interesting facts and historical context. They do this all while still keeping it conversational and entertaining. Definitely worth a listen!
On the edge of my seat!
such an interesting take on disease! i loved the dynamic between the Erins and it was easy to tell they knew their stuff.
Great first episode. Looking forward to learning more about history and disease!