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
24 Zika: Rumors and Rumours
Apr 16 • 65 min
Zika virus may not have as long and storied a history as many diseases we’ve covered, but in a short time it has managed to make a big impression. Today we’ll talk about how Zika wriggled its way out of obscurity and cover its journey from a mosquito’s…
23 Opening a can of Hookworms
Apr 2 • 71 min
Today we’re taking a bite out of hookworm, our first macroparasite. We start, as all hookworm journeys must, from the dewy grass, where larvae burrow into your exposed flesh and make their long and winding way to your guts, where the eggs of a fortunate…
22 Belladonna will dilate your mind: Crossover w/ IDOP
Mar 19 • 64 min
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 lethal…
21 Measles: The Worst Souvenir
Mar 5 • 73 min
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 wriggle…
20 Prions: Apocalypse Cow
Feb 19 • 86 min
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 and…
19 Scurvy: Thanks a lot, evolution.
Feb 5 • 61 min
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 their…
18 Hantavirus: The Real Rat Race
Jan 22 • 66 min
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 the…
17 Oh No Tetrodo: Crossover w/ TBOSP
Jan 8 • 70 min
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…
16 Scratch and Sniff Diphtheria Membrane
Dec 24, 2018 • 61 min
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 of…
15 MRSA: Make Resistance Susceptible Again
Dec 11, 2018 • 68 min
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…
14 Rabies: Don’t dilute me, bro
Nov 27, 2018 • 66 min
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 Pliny…
Don’t Tread on my Monkshood: Crossover w/ IDOP
Feb 27, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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, 2018 • 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 Poop Show
Nov 21, 2017 • 49 min
That’s right.. this is the poop 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”!