This Podcast Will Kill You

This Podcast Will Kill You
Stories of infectious disease history, biology, and how they have shaped society, served with a stiff drink
Don’t Tread on my Monkshood: Crossover w/ IDOP
Feb 27 • 63 min
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…
Bonus Episode HIV/AIDS
Jan 30 • 31 min
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 1980s…
12 HIV/AIDS: Apathy Will Kill You
Jan 23 • 89 min
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,…
11 Ebola: The New Kid on the Block
Jan 16 • 61 min
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 an…
10 Yellow Fever: Is there a Hamilton song about this?
Jan 9 • 58 min
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 development…
9 Tuberculosis: A Slow Burn
Jan 2 • 59 min
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 of…
8 ABRACADABRA - Go Away Malaria!
Dec 19, 2017 • 59 min
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…
7 Hit Me With Your Best (Polio) Shot
Dec 12, 2017 • 61 min
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 quit.
6 Plague Part 2: TGFA
Dec 5, 2017 • 40 min
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…
5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT
Nov 28, 2017 • 59 min
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 such an…
4 The S#*T Show
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
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…
3 Gnarlypox
Nov 14, 2017 • 57 min
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 fascinating…
2 Skin in the Game, Horse in the Race
Nov 7, 2017 • 54 min
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.
1 Influenza Will Kill You
Oct 31, 2017 • 56 min
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…
Episode 0 - TPWKY Season 1 Trailer
Oct 23, 2017 • 1 min
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”!