Caustic Soda

Caustic Soda

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The podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing!


Fanfare Finale
Mar 28, 2016 • 209 min
Almost six years to the day of our first ever podcast, Mike, Toren, Joe and Kevin are bringing their journey through the absolute worst the world of science, history, and pop culture has to offer to an end. Veteran Guestpert Dr. Rob joins us for the first…
Elephants, Part 2 of 2
Mar 21, 2016 • 65 min
The caustic look at elephants continues with elephant attacks, beehive fences, Jumbo, Topsy’s execution, plus news and pop culture!
Elephants, Part 1 of 2
Mar 14, 2016 • 82 min
Yvonne Morrin joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to talk elephants, starting with a mammoth pop-quiz and a ton of caustic elephacts: musth, the Phajaan ritual, and elephant artificial insemination. Part 1 of 2.
Droughts
Mar 7, 2016 • 74 min
Caustic Hosts Joe, Toren, and Kevin get thirsty discussing the causes and effects of droughts including tumblefirenados, the Syrian Civil War, Indian and Chinese famines, the California Water Wars, Lake Karachay, a super-dry extremophile, the horrors…
Killer Plants
Feb 29, 2016 • 74 min
Carnivorous plants, strangling kelp, giant hogweed, gympie-gympie, falling saguaros, manchineel trees, coconuts, and more!
Caligula, Part 2 of 2
Feb 22, 2016 • 50 min
Kevin, Joe, and Toren conclude Caligula’s history, an exploration of explanations for his behavior, plus pop culture! Music: “The Killing Type” by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Caligula, Part 1 of 2
Feb 15, 2016 • 63 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe discuss Evil Dude in History Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, aka “Caligula”. Part 1 of 2 — the early years and rise to power.
Arson
Feb 8, 2016 • 73 min
Allan Newell rejoins the hosts with his firefighter helmet on to discuss the seven motives of arsonists, Herostratus, the Happy Land Fire, the Clarence Roberts mystery, the Sydney Ghost Train Fire, the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments…
Libraries
Feb 1, 2016 • 81 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin “check out” the caustic side of libraries, including both Melvil Dewey’s classification system and the man himself, the librarian who took over China, librarian sex habits, “for sex see librarian”, the Brave Sage of Timbuktu, plus…
Mines (Warfare)
Jan 25, 2016 • 77 min
Toren, Kevin, and Joe discuss mines of every description including naval mines, helicopter mines, fougasses, nuclear mines, the Camp Bonifas Golf Course and mine-detecting flowers. Plus what to expect when you step on a blast mine.
Running, Part 2 of 2
Jan 18, 2016 • 54 min
The podcast marathon continues as Dr. Katie, Joe, Toren, and Kevin talk about the Badwater Ultramarathon, the Canadian Death Race, Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, and Oscar Pistorius’ career and deadly Valentine.
Running, Part 1 of 2
Jan 11, 2016 • 57 min
Dr. Katie Marshall is back with Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about the horrors of running. They compare human and animal running speeds, the horrors the running inflicts on your body (plus some benefits), the man vs. horse marathon, the beer mile,
Fungus
Jan 4, 2016 • 63 min
Season seven of Caustic Soda begins with pathogenic fungi, prototaxites, spelunker’s lung, fungal eye and yeast infections, magic mushrooms, the death suit, and cordyceps. Plus news and pop culture!
New Year
Dec 28, 2015 • 93 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin ring in the end of another season of Caustic Soda with a look at the arbitrary time of year we chose as the end. We’ll look at how calendars work, new year around the world and in history,
Special Blend with Adam Pateman
Dec 21, 2015 • 73 min
Comedian Adam Pateman joins us to discuss diving accidents, dead whale carcasses, losing one’s sense of smell, cannibalism on the Franklin Expedition, a doomed expedition to Africa, plus which is the lesser of two evils - being sprayed with skunk water…
Kidneys
Dec 14, 2015 • 79 min
Dr. Rob is back for for a Caustic Anatomy Class on kidneys! We’ll cover kidney disease, hear Toren’s own kidney stone story in full detail, the largest kidney stones ever reported, kidney stones in history, the effects of kidney-blows,
Vigilantes
Dec 8, 2015 • 84 min
Vigiles, Sombra Negra, Jonathan Idema, Bernhard Goetz, The Lavender Panthers, the Fierce Missouri Bald Knobbers and Anonymous hacktivism, and more!
Hurricanes, Part 2 of 2
Nov 30, 2015 • 50 min
Our caustic look at hurricanes concludes with hurricane hunters, Hurricane Katrina, Typhoon Haiyan, the insultingly nitpicky appearance of the 1970 Bhola Cyclone In The News, plus pop culture! Part 2 of 2.
Hurricanes, Part 1 of 2
Nov 23, 2015 • 60 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back to talk about Big Wind: hurricanes! We’ll cover the biggest and most destructive ever, including the Great Red Spot on Jupiter, plus a Public Service Announcement, the Great Hurricane of 1780, and Galveston,
Hippos
Nov 16, 2015 • 66 min
Hippo attacks and how to avoid them, hippo castration, hippo ranching, hippo news and pop culture.
Epilepsy
Nov 9, 2015 • 87 min
Dr. Rob Tarzwell is back with Joe, Kevin, and Toren to discuss epilepsy. We’ll look at the science of the condition, what to do if you witness a seizure, notable epileptics in history, a seizure while falling 10,000 feet, plus news and pop culture!
Golems
Oct 31, 2015 • 82 min
Author Don Debrandt joins Toren, Kevin, and Joe to discuss golems of all varieties in our 2015 Hallowe’en special.
Time Travel, Live at VCON 40
Oct 26, 2015 • 70 min
While Toren and Kevin were at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival, Joe was at VCON 40 talking “Time Travel” with Eric Fell, Barbara Beall, Joe Haldeman and Mr. Dr. Greg Bole!
Special Blend with Jeffrey Combs Live at HPL Film Festival
Oct 19, 2015 • 57 min
Celebrated actor Jeffrey (Re-Animator, Star Trek DS9) Combs joins Toren, Kevin and guest-host Warren Banks to talk bad books, space warfare, ghosts, film set accidents, plus a very special Lesser of Two Evils!
Science Denial
Oct 12, 2015 • 88 min
Joe, Kevin, and Toren discuss the denial of Galileo’s look-for-yourself findings, Ebin Byers’ “Radithor” addiction, “Deutsche Physik”, yet another evil tobacco cover-up, AIDs denialist Christine Maggiore, the Flat Earth Society,
Prisons, Part 2 of 2
Oct 5, 2015 • 53 min
Toren, Kevin, and Joe continue discussing Prisons with Riker’s Island, Diyarbakir Prison, Gitarama Central Prison, Camp 22, The Shining Path, For-Profit Prisons and the Kids for Cash Scandal, plus news and pop culture!
Prisons, Part 1 of 2
Sep 28, 2015 • 63 min
Toren, Joe, and Kevin lock themselves up in the studio to discuss locking people up in prisons, prison garb, panopticons, prison slang, a “So You’re Going To Prison” PSA, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, The London Bridewell, Prison Hulks,
Josef Mengele, Part 2 of 2
Sep 21, 2015 • 55 min
Kevin, Toren and Joe continue their look at the Nazi doctor Josef “Angel of Death” Mengele with his post-war movement plus news (yes, news!) and pop culture.
Josef Mengele, Part 1 of 2
Sep 14, 2015 • 54 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back in Evil Dudes in History with a two-part look at Josef Mengele. In this episode it’s his life and the horrors he perpetrated, from his early days in the SS to his terrible experiments at Auschwitz,
Military Animals
Sep 7, 2015 • 70 min
War elephants, anti tank dogs, moose cavalry, carrier pigeons, donkey bombs, rocket cats, bear moats, bee hive missiles, explosive rats, the PDSA Dickin Medal and the dolphin arms race. Plus pop culture.
Urine
Aug 31, 2015 • 73 min
Bed-wetting treatments, urine in the animal kingdom, the urine wheel, uromancy, phosphorous alchemy & urine therapy. Plus when is it safe to drink your pee?
Deserts
Aug 24, 2015 • 77 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin discuss the science and history of deserts, animal desert adaptations, the desert ordeals of David “Jack” Sillito, Noel St. Malo Juul, and Chris Ryan, what happens when the “Marathon des Sables” — a Sahara-based ultramarathon — …
Bad Laws, Part 2
Aug 17, 2015 • 50 min
Jim Crow Laws, the Nuremberg Laws, Bill C-51, Sudanese apostasy and the common sundae. Plus news & pop culture. Part 2 of 2.
Bad Laws, Part 1
Aug 10, 2015 • 45 min
The Bloody Code, transportation to Australia, prohibition of nonbelievers to office, sexist laws, laws against homosexuality and blasphemy laws. Part 1 of 2.
Special Blend with Richard Harmon
Aug 3, 2015 • 91 min
Actor Richard Harmon from “The 100” joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe for a special blend of caustic subjects: Killer robots, cockfighting vengeance, mascot murder, enslaved Thai fishermen, the youngest cryogenic subject ever, polar bear vs. dolphin,
Mountain Misadventure, Part 2
Jul 26, 2015 • 39 min
Corpses on Everest, Everest Day, Beck Weathers’ survival story, plus pop culture. Part two of two.
Mountain Misadventure, Part 1
Jul 20, 2015 • 55 min
Altitude sickness, frostbite, Ötzi the mummy, the Murder Wall, and other mountaineering deaths. Part one of two. Music: “Marching ‘Round the Mountain” by Pete Fountain Images
Weird Wars, Part 2
Jul 13, 2015 • 47 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back with part two of “weird wars!”. This episode features The Anglo-Zanzibar War, The War of the Golden Stool, The War of the Stray Dog, The Football War, plus news and pop culture!
Weird Wars, Part 1
Jul 6, 2015 • 56 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe take a look at history’s weirdest wars. Tales from the Third Mithridatic War, The Siege of Yongqiu, The War of the Bucket, the Sham Battle, the War of Jenkins’ Ear, the Battle of Den Helder, The Pastry War, and The Pig War.
HIV/Aids, Part 2
Jun 29, 2015 • 41 min
The history of HIV/AIDS, ‘slow puncture’ in South African prison gangs, possible cure and pop culture! Part 2 of 2 with special guest BJ Allan. Music: “Close Your Eyes” by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and His Orchestra Images
HIV/AIDS, Part 1
Jun 22, 2015 • 46 min
BJ Allan joins us to talk about the science and history of HIV and AIDS. Music: “I’ll Never Be the Same Again” Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson & his Orchestra Charity O’ The Week: Doctors Without Borders Links Giant Microbes - HIV
Cinematastrophes – Brain Damage & Street Trash
Jun 15, 2015 • 94 min
Toren, Joe, and Kevin are joined by The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast’s Paul Chapman for a special “Cinematastrophe” episode, where we force ourselves to review the most caustic cinema we can find. In our inaugural episode it’s two 80’s horror comedy cl…
Bones
Jun 8, 2015 • 80 min
Joe, Kevin, and Toren are joined again by Dr. Rob Tarzwell for another Caustic Anatomy Class, this time on bones! We look at the structure and evolution of bones, the world’s biggest, smallest, and most-broken, several weird bone diseases,
Wildfires
Jun 1, 2015 • 84 min
Allan Newell joins us to discuss the science and history of wildland fires including the Ash Wednesday bushfires, the Peshtigo Fire, The Big Burn, the Great Miramichi Fire, Black Saturday, and the Kursha-2 Fire. Also - fire tornadoes!
Special Blend with Barbara Beall
May 25, 2015 • 86 min
Actress, comedian, and former live-show guest Barbara Beall is finally in-studio with Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about a grab-bag of caustic topics including the Ortolan Bunting recipe, an Australian double-whammy of deadly nature,
Sexism, Part 2
May 18, 2015 • 60 min
Who’s taking the red pill? Debunking sexist evolutionary psychology, sexism in science, menstruation, sexual assault victim blaming, women in refrigerators, the Bechdel test plus Star Trek! With Dr Jenna, Deanna and Jarrah. Part 2 of 2.
Sexism, Part 1
May 11, 2015 • 55 min
Dr Jenna Moccia returns with special hosts Jarrah Hodge and Deanna Ogle for a particularly hysterical look at sexism. Part 1 of 2. Music: “Sobbin’ Women” by Howard Keel et al Charity O’ The Week: International Planned Parenthood Federation
Ivan the Terrible, Part 2
May 4, 2015 • 72 min
The Caustic look at Ivan the Terrible continues with the Massacre of Novgorod, swollen cods, and the Time of Troubles, plus news and pop culture, and our thoughts on where Ivan falls on the Caustic Soda Evilometer!
Ivan the Terrible, Part 1
Apr 27, 2015 • 66 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe are back with more Evil Dudes in History. This time it’s Russian Tsar Ivan IV Vasilyevich: “Ivan the Terrible”. In Part 1 we talk about the early years and middle years of this outrageous tyrant.
Alzheimer’s Disease
Apr 20, 2015 • 77 min
Dr. Rob joins Joe, Toren and Kevin to look at Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. We look at dementia through history, how shockingly recently we’ve understood that this is a disease at all, signs of Alzheimer’s, fake bus stops,
Fearsome Fish
Apr 13, 2015 • 68 min
Gavin Pitts returns to discuss the Goonch catfish, needlefish, sailfish, swordfish, moray eel, pacu, barracuda, anglerfish, snakehead, stingrays and the not-so-dreaded candiru! Music: “Three Little Fishies” by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra Links
Heroin, Part 2
Apr 6, 2015 • 48 min
Our look at heroin continues with trafficking, the Golden Triangle, a public service announcement, the “North London Turk”, GG Allin, plus a selection of pop culture including The Man with the Golden Arm, Trainspotting, The Barbarian Invasions,
Heroin, Part 1
Mar 30, 2015 • 57 min
Kevin, Joe, and Toren take an extended look at the drug known as junk, dope, smack, shot, shit, and h: Heroin. In part one we cover heroin’s history, methods of use, lesser-known effects such as toxic leukoencephalopathy,
Garbage
Mar 23, 2015 • 69 min
Landfills, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, crap on Mount Everest, Smokey Mountain, garbage around the world and trashy history. Plus pop culture! Music: “I’m Waiting for the Junkman” by Ella Fitzgerald Images
Turtles
Mar 16, 2015 • 84 min
Mr. Dr. Greg joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to discuss the shell out of turtles. We’ve got a pop quiz, information about neck-folding, butt-based breathing, Vietnam’s great grandfather turtle, Discworld’s Great A’Tuin, Gamera and the turtles of Pokemon.
It Burns! It Burns! Caustic Updates
Mar 9, 2015 • 95 min
Caustic Updates featuring Chris Woods from Horsetrack Hooligans! It’s a grab bag of updates on past episodes, including body modification, art, plus a new Lesser of Two Evils! Music: “Looking on the Bright Side of Life” by Al Bowlly Links
The Heart
Mar 2, 2015 • 68 min
Dr. Rob Tarzwell is back with Joe, Toren, and Kevin to get to the heart of the matter of… the heart. We’ll discuss its structure, a brief history of heart knowledge, look at early “pluggable” and “luggable” pacemakers,
Lightning
Feb 23, 2015 • 73 min
Ball lightning, “dark lightning,” petrified lightning, Lichtenberg figures, dramatic lightning strikes through history and how to avoid being struck by lightning. Plus pop culture! Music: “Ain’t a Fit Night Out for Man Nor Beast” by Noble Sissle
The Brain
Feb 16, 2015 • 61 min
Caustic Regular Dr. Rob Tarzwell joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin in the premiere episode of our new series: “Caustic Anatomy Class”, this episode focusing on the master control of it all: the brain! We’ll talk about the history of brain knowledge,
Love
Feb 9, 2015 • 70 min
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Joe, Toren, and Kevin take a Caustic look at “love”. We discuss the obsessive “limerence”, Helen of Troy, Abelard & Heloise, Bosko & Admira, two horribly criminal plans to keep a lover In The News,
Rabies
Feb 2, 2015 • 75 min
Rabies science and symptoms, old timey remedies, dog death squads in China, rabid whale speculation, the Milwaukee Protocol and Shitty Jobs: Louis Pasteur rabies vaccine lab assistant. Plus pop culture, a rabies pop quiz and what to do if you’re bitten…
Hospiticide
Jan 26, 2015 • 85 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe continue our “Caustic Icide Guide” with “Hospiticide”. We talk about the Glencoe Massacre, Gertrude Baniszewski, Sam Cook, Phil Spector, Dorothea Puente plus news and pop culture! Music: “At An Arabian House Party” by Raymond Sco…
Kids Who Kill
Jan 19, 2015 • 82 min
The Kobe child murders, The Sasebo slashing, Eric Smith, the “Teacup Poisoner,” The Boston Boy Fiend, William York, Mary Bell, Amarjeet Sada, Carl Mahan, The Slender Man, and Jon Venables and Robert Thompson. Plus pop culture.
Belle Gunness
Jan 12, 2015 • 91 min
Evil Dames in History continues as Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at “professional widow” Belle Gunness. Murder, insurance fraud, arson, evil glares, and… Guitar Hero? Music: “Diggin’ Up The World (Acoustic)” by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets
Espionage
Jan 5, 2015 • 75 min
Allan Newell returns once again to discuss Sarah Emma Edmonds, Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, honeypots, and the acoustic kitty. Also a pop quiz on spy terminology plus pop culture! Music: “Shhh, It’s a Military Secret” by Glenn Miller Images
Fandamonium 2014
Dec 29, 2014 • 66 min
What do we do when we need a last-minute replacement show? A “Followups” episode created entirely from your suggestions and questions! In addition to new segments on Gaming, Stalin, Radiation, and Sports Injuries, we answer Soda Jerk questions,
Hunting Spiders
Dec 22, 2014 • 60 min
Our micro-series on spiders concludes with a look at the goliath bird eater, the funnelweb, the vampire spider, spider traumatic insemination and various tarantulas. Also news and pop culture - all with guespert Gavin Pitts! Music: “Stop,
Web Building Spiders
Dec 15, 2014 • 81 min
Gavin “They’re Not Insects They’re Arachnids” Pitts joins us in studio for our epic micro-series on spiders. First up: the weird and wonderful world of web-building spiders, including the brown recluse and black widow. Plus news,
Lesser of Two Evils Live at the Northwest Podcast Festival
Dec 8, 2014 • 82 min
On October 4th, 2014, because you demanded it, Toren, Joe and Kevin appeared live at the Northwest Podcast Festival with four hilarious friends to choose between two horrible fates. Barbara Kozicki and Ian Boothby take on Harmful Supersitions vs Acid…
Followups XVI
Dec 1, 2014 • 75 min
Sneaky Dragon’s David Dedrick assists as we talk about a great grandmother brawl, a hoarder in Connecticut, a Spaniard who attacks his family after having a dream about ostriches, a testicular cancer survivor who pushes a giant ball around the US,
Pregnancy & Childbirth, Part 2 of 2
Nov 24, 2014 • 67 min
We continue our look at pregnancy and childbirth by looking at puerperal fever, how to perform an emergency birth, birth risks in history, the invention of forceps, “Twilight Sleep”, weird birthing aids, plus news and pop culture!
Pregnancy & Childbirth, Part 1 of 2
Nov 17, 2014 • 73 min
In the most terrifying topic we’ve covered yet, Dr. Jenna Moccia (and her own special silent guest!) joins Kevin, Joe, and Toren to look at child bed fever, c-sections, morning sickness, eclampsia, and all the other weird and gross stuff that comes fro…
Tigers
Nov 10, 2014 • 74 min
Poaching, tiger attacks, escaped tigers, killing tigers to show off wealth, as well as tigers in pop culture. Also “Myth or Fiction? Tiger parts in quackery” and how to survive a tiger attack. Music: “Tiger Rag” by The Mills Brothers
Freezing
Nov 3, 2014 • 78 min
Cryobiologist Dr. Katie Marshall joins Joe, Kevin, and Toren to talk about the horrible side of turning water into ice. We cover nucleation, amorphous ice, flash-freezing humans, paradoxical undressing and terminal burrowing, promession burial,
Witches and Witchcraft
Oct 27, 2014 • 64 min
Witch dunking, familiars, the witches’ cradle, burning at the stake, the Wiccan code of ethics, familiars, African witch camps and witchcraft accusations in the modern world. Plus pop culture! Music: “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” by Glenn Miller (1939…
Gaming
Oct 20, 2014 • 85 min
Joe, Kevin, and Toren are joined by Critical Hit Show Dungeon Master Eric Fell to look at the caustic side of games and gaming! We discuss “Senet”, the 5000 year old Egyptian board game, the anti-Dungeons & Dragons group “BADD”,
Evil Duos: The Borgias, Part 2 of 2
Oct 13, 2014 • 51 min
Continuing with the Borgias we discuss cantarella poison and the fall and death of the Borgias. Also, which is the lesser of two evils: being poisoned by Alexander or stabbed and strangled by Cesare? Plus pop culture. Part 2 of 2.
Evil Duos: The Borgias, Part 1 of 2
Oct 6, 2014 • 48 min
How evil were Rodrigo and Cesare Borgia? Hear that and more on this 15th Century Holy Father and cruel son as Kevin, Toren, and Joe continue the Evil Duos in History series of Caustic Soda ! Part 1 of 2. Update: Hey,
Fratricide
Sep 29, 2014 • 94 min
Brother kills brother in the next episode in our “Icide-Guide”: Fratricide! Kevin, Joe, and Toren cover Ashoka, the Ottoman Empire, fratricidal animals, the myth of Osiris, Cain and Abel, Medea, Hodur, Richard III, and A History of Violence.
Aliens
Sep 22, 2014 • 86 min
Fraser Cain from Astronomy Cast helps us discuss the Drake Equation and Fermi Paradox, close encounters, alien abduction insurance, the feasibility of several kinds of alien invasions and aliens in the news.
Harmful Superstitions
Sep 15, 2014 • 82 min
Toren, Joe, and Kevin talk about the psychology of superstition, harmful superstitions around the world, the unlucky numbers 13 and 4, sati, albino body-harvesting superstition, and more! Music: “I’m Making Believe” by Ella Fitzgerald and The Ink Spot…
Chemical Warfare, Part 2 of 2
Sep 8, 2014 • 57 min
The Mustard Disaster at Bari, VX, atropine poisoning, The Dugway Sarin Incident, the Halabja Massacre, the Ghouta chemical attack, and the dew of death — lewisite contamination cleanup in Spring Valley. With Allan Newell.
Chemical Warfare, Part 1 of 2
Sep 1, 2014 • 47 min
Emergency responder and history buff Allan Newell and the guys talk about the types and reasons for chemical warfare, chemical weapons in history including soul-hunting gas, quicklime, hellebore roots, chlorine and phosgene gas.
Hate Crimes
Aug 25, 2014 • 68 min
The science of hate in the human brain, 9/11 revenge killings, racial, homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, as well as the Museum of Tolerance. Also American History X, Boys Don’t Cry, Milk and the X-Men.
Followups XV
Aug 18, 2014 • 84 min
Soda Jerk Prime 2014 Cameron Potter, who claimed the “Jonestown Massacre” level of our Season 5 Fundraiser (be a guest on the show) joins Kevin, Joe, and Toren to discuss a range of topics including Tornadoes, Oklahoma, Fisticuffs (and Apes!),
The Other Senses
Aug 11, 2014 • 76 min
Proprioception, interoceptors, equilibrium & vertigo, gravitropism, thermoreception in pit vipers and jewel beetles, electroreception in sharks and platypus, magnetoreception, phantom limbs, and synesthesia. Pop culture too!
Sight, Part 2 of 2
Aug 4, 2014 • 46 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin conclude “sight” with historical vision-correction quackery, news, blind movie reviews, porn for the blind, and a look at a pop culture! Music: “I’m Beginning To See The Light” by Ella Fitzgerald Links Blind Film Critic
Sight, Part 1 of 2
Jul 28, 2014 • 55 min
Joe, Kevin, and Toren take a look at looking, including how vision works, and the “supervision” of tetrachromacy. Then the amazing eyes of the animal kingdom, including giant squid and the mantis shrimp, plus the full-body “eye” of the Ophiocoma Wendti…
Touch, Part 2 of 2
Jul 21, 2014 • 53 min
Hugs! Also, tickle torture, the “death touch,” touch in plants, Temple Grandin and the squeeze machine, the effects of ciguatera poisoning, news and pop culture. Part 2 of 2 Music: “That Old Feeling” by Guy Lombardo & His Orchestra Images
Touch, Part 1 of 2
Jul 14, 2014 • 49 min
The ‘Senses’ series continues with tactile perception, aka touch. In part one we discuss tactile disorders, sensory illusions and haptics. Part 1 of 2. Music: “Feelin’ No Pain” by Red Nichols Images
Smell
Jul 7, 2014 • 91 min
Dr. Nina Quiskamp joins Toren, Joe, and Kevin as our Five(ish) Senses series continues with “Smell”! We’ll talk about how plants can detect scents, smell in the animal kingdom, how our noses work, various smelling dysfunctions and how one influenced B…
Hearing
Jun 30, 2014 • 79 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin continue the Five(ish) Senses series this week with Hearing. We’ll cover how our bodies take in and process sound waves, the various causes of hearing loss, Hyperacusis, hearing in the animal kingdom, the Greater Wax Moth,
Taste, Part 2 of 2
Jun 23, 2014 • 56 min
Our Five(ish) Senses series continues with the second part of “Taste”. Kevin, Joe, and Toren look at taste in the animal kingdom, the dangers of bitter orange, miracle fruit, vomit fruit, Scientist/Taster Carl Wilhelm Sheele ,
Taste, Part 1
Jun 16, 2014 • 55 min
In the first of our multi-part series on the senses, Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at umami, Scoville Heat Units and the world’s hottest peppers, Burning Mouth Syndrome, supertasters, plus the effect of vision on taste and the weirdness that is phenylthio…
Mass Hysteria
Jun 9, 2014 • 60 min
Toren, Joe, and Kevin are back with a look at the “collective delusions of threats”, or mass hysteria, including the June Bug Epidemic, Tanganyika laughter epidemic, The West Bank fainting epidemic, The Dancing Plague, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon,
Nuclear Accidents, Part 2 of 2
Jun 2, 2014 • 51 min
Nuclear Accidents continues with Three Mile Island, the Kyshtym Disaster, the Fernald Feed contamination, the SL-1 meltdown, the Soviet sub K-431 refueling disaster, the Zaragoza radiotherapy accident, Chernobyl and Fukushima,
Nuclear Accidents, Part 1 of 2
May 26, 2014 • 58 min
Bob Apthorpe, nuclear engineer, defense waste cleanup & severe accident analyst, joins us to talk about nuclear meltdowns and other accidents involving radioactivity. We discuss scavenged radioactive materials recycled for building, the NRX Incident,
Suicide
May 19, 2014 • 129 min
TRIGGER WARNING: Some of the images and videos below are GRAPHIC, and of course the episode deals with suicide entirely. Dr. Rob joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to talk about the act of taking your own life: suicide. We’ll discuss the Werther effect,
Diving Accidents, Part 2
May 12, 2014 • 43 min
Jonathan Martin and the guys discuss diver’s squeeze, the death of David Shaw, the “Diver’s Cemetery,” the Byford Dolphin diving bell accident, plus news and pop culture. Part 2 of 2. Music: “Stop and Breathe” by The Invasives.
Diving Accidents
May 5, 2014 • 47 min
Diver extraordinaire Jonathan Martin joins us to discuss the types and hazards of diving, including decompression sickness (the “bends”), nitrogen narcosis, high pressure nervous syndrome, and isobaric counterdiffusion. Plus Rice Krispie neck,
Dennis “BTK” Rader
Apr 28, 2014 • 84 min
It’s time for Kevin, Toren, and Joe to return to their Evil Dudes In History series, this time looking at Dennis “Bind, Torture, Kill” Rader. His bad spelling and grammar, dog euthanizations, and oh yeah, several horrible murders.
Leeches
Apr 21, 2014 • 75 min
The wonderful world of leeches includes bloodletting, leech collectors, the tempest prognosticator, hirudotherapy, how to properly remove a leech, plus news and pop culture. Music: “Leeches” by Toren Atkinson Lyrics I heard you scream
Benign Tumors
Apr 14, 2014 • 75 min
Dr Rob returns to talk about the terrible tumors - or at least the non-cancerous ones. Includes molar pregnancies, teratomas, fetus in fetu, gourmand syndrome, and -omas of all kinds. Music: “I’ve Found A New Baby” by Lionel Hampton Links
Griselda Blanco
Apr 7, 2014 • 82 min
Kevin, Joe, and Toren are back again with a look at our next Evil Dame In History: Cocaine Godmother Griselda Blanco. Motorcycle hits, hits on children, her massive cocaine habit, arrests and the shenanigans that got her free.
Flatulence
Mar 31, 2014 • 65 min
Pull our finger, Soda Jerks! Instead of pretending fooling people is comedy this April Fools we’re celebrating the gross that makes you laugh: flatulence! Why we fart, why it smells, and faaaaaarts innnnn spaaaaace!
Grenades
Mar 24, 2014 • 85 min
Grenados, jam tin grenades, the Mills bomb, potato masher, jumping hand grenades, hornet’s nest grenades and chemical hand grenades. Plus falling on a grenade and a public service announcement on how to survive a frag grenade attack.
Whales
Mar 17, 2014 • 81 min
Mr. Dr. Greg Bole rejoins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about the marine mammals called whales. We’ll play “Whale or No Such Thing”, talk about exploding whale autopsies, the story of the real-life inspiration for Moby Dick: “The Essex”,
Abortion, Part 2 of 2
Mar 10, 2014 • 46 min
Abortion in the news and in pop culture. Plus a Public Service Announcement on Pregnancy Crisis Centers. With guespert Katie Scoular. Part 2 of 2! Music: “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby.
Abortion Part 1 of 2
Mar 3, 2014 • 53 min
Katie Scoular returns to discuss the ins and outs (mostly outs) of abortion. We look at some basic pregnancy facts, the different types of abortion (safe and unsafe), fetal viability, abortifacients, and abortion in history. Part 1 of 2.
Child Labor
Feb 24, 2014 • 59 min
This week, Joe, Kevin, and Toren discuss child labor. They’ll discuss the eleven worst countries for child labor, the prevalence of child labor in chocolate production, tobacco, video games, and in mining. Plus: Oliver Twist and some curiously comedic …
Clowns
Feb 17, 2014 • 68 min
Coulrophobes beware! We talk about killer and suicidal clowns, including John Wayne Gacy, clown assassinations, and of course, Juggalos. Plus dangerous clowns in pop culture! Music: “Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)” by Andy Russell
Lice
Feb 10, 2014 • 90 min
Gavin Pitts joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe again via Skype to talk head lice, body lice, public lice, Strigiphilus Garylarsoni, Aristotle’s “spontaneous generation” theory, the lice-spread typhus outbreak in the first World War, perukes,
Toxicity Part 2 of 2
Feb 3, 2014 • 57 min
Food tasters, Wiley’s poison squad, tetra ethyl lead, pesticide-contaminated lunches, a new botulinum toxin, and the usual pop culture. Plus - what’s the lethal dose of various toxins? With Dr. Jenna Moccia, part 2 of 2!
Toxicity
Jan 27, 2014 • 66 min
Dr Jenna Moccia joins us to talk nightshade, strychnine, curare, arsenic, ricin, cyanide, botulinum, chemotherapy, the 1858 Bradford Sweets poisonings, the 1971 Iraq mercury grain poisonin, plus the largest mass poisoning of a population in history.
Shipwreck!
Jan 20, 2014 • 71 min
Part three of our Maritime Mishaps series continues with a look at complete loss of water-going vessels: Shipwrecks! We’ll look at the wrecks of the Swedish “Vasa”, the Admiral Nakhimov, the MS Estonia, Tek Sing, Le Joola,
Marooned
Jan 12, 2014 • 67 min
We discuss several instances of people cast away to deserted islands in history, and provide a PSA on how to survive! We also analyze Robinsonades such as Robinson Crusoe (on Earth and on Mars), Swiss Family Robinson, Lost in Space, Lord of the Flies,
Lost At Sea
Jan 6, 2014 • 76 min
This week, Joe, Kevin, and Toren look at getting stuck out on the open ocean. We’ll cover the several dangers of being lost at sea, as well as tales of survivors of some of the longest (and grossest) “unplanned extended ocean vacations” such as the Bai…
Ecocide
Dec 30, 2013 • 80 min
Joanna Gaskell joins us to discuss dead zones, the deforestation of Easter Island, the Dust Bowl, the Great Sparrow Campaign, the desiccation of the Aral Sea, the draining of the Mesopotamian Marshes, and mountain top removal mining.
Trench Warfare
Dec 23, 2013 • 78 min
Jordan “Funk Hole” Pratt joins us to discuss WWI’s Western front, The Battle of the Trench, The Battle of the Crater, trench foot, dysentery, chlorine and mustard gas, self-inflicted wounds, trench raids plus news and pop culture.
Followups 14
Dec 16, 2013 • 83 min
Gentleman Heckler, Dungeon Master, and future Space Cabbie Eric Fell joins Joe, Kevin and Toren to talk about the antechinus, death via coital defenestration, escamole, asian giant hornets and more! Music: “First of May” by Jonathan Coulton
Addiction
Dec 9, 2013 • 78 min
Dr. Rob joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about the reason people just can’t stop: Addiction! We’ll look at the difference between use, abuse, misuse, and dependence, Alexander the Great’s murderous alcoholism, “Rat Park”,
Hominins
Dec 2, 2013 • 75 min
Mr. Dr. Greg Bole is back to discuss our close human relatives: Hominins! Australopithicus, Homo erectus, Neanderthal, Homo floresiensis, their tool-use, cannibalistic behaviors, and skull-bashing ways. We’ll look at some name-game-changing new finds …
Chemical Accidents
Nov 25, 2013 • 75 min
Firefighter Allan Newell joins us to discuss the dirty details of toxic spills and other chemical accidents including the Seveso Disaster, the Binghamton State Office Building contamination, the Baia Mare cyanide spill,
Genocide, Part 2 of 2
Nov 18, 2013 • 48 min
In part 2 of 2 we discuss the Armenian Genocide, Herero Wars, and Indonesia vs East Timor. Plus news and pop culture! Trigger Warning: Rape, outrageous violence. Music: “After You’ve Gone” by Django Reinhardt Images Links
Genocide, Part 1 of 2
Nov 11, 2013 • 50 min
This episode is rated ‘T’ for TRIGGER ALERT. In part 1 of 2 on genocide, we discuss Genghis Khan and Tamerlane, The Tasmanian “Black Wars” and the Maori invasion of the Moriori. Music: “Wipe ‘Em Off” by Clarence Williams & the Seven Gallon Jug Band
Vampires, Part 2 of 2
Nov 4, 2013 • 50 min
In Part 2 of our Caustic look at Vampires we turn to recent news and pop culture, covering a vampire-inspired killer and recent vampire finds in Venice and Bulgaria featuring bricks-in-mouths and poles-through-chests.
Vampires, Part 1 of 2
Oct 28, 2013 • 58 min
Just in time for Halloween, it’s the first part of a blood-gorged Caustic Soda Vampire episode. In part one Toren covers several vampire “facts” in a pop quiz, Joe and Kevin join in talking about just what it takes to be considered a vampire.
Followups 13 Live at VCON 38
Oct 21, 2013 • 77 min
Mur Lafferty and John Kovalic join us to discuss electrocution, toys that kill, funerals, burns, motor vehicle accidents, sleep disorders, and sports injuries. Plus - which is the lesser of two evils: being electrocuted in a pool or killed trying to pa…
Body Modification
Oct 14, 2013 • 86 min
Live at EmilyCon in Vancouver, Chris “Sandstorm” Woods returns to discuss tattoos, branding, scarification, tightlacing, genital beading, scleral tattooing, piercing, suspension, lip plates and cranial deformation.
Evil Duos in History: Hindley & Brady vs. The Makins
Oct 7, 2013 • 69 min
It’s a duo of evil duos! We compare Ian Brady and Myra Hindley - who (among other things) murdered children in 1960’s Manchester - to John and Sarah Makin, who murdered up to 13 babies in late 1800’s Sydney. Includes a Lesser of Two Evils!
Floods
Sep 30, 2013 • 95 min
Kevin, Toren and Joe take a look at what happens when you get too much of a good thing like water - Floods! They’ll paddle down the two Grote Mandrenkes to Johnstown, Pennsylvania to China’s many great floods.
Nukes!
Sep 23, 2013 • 90 min
This week Joe, Kevin, and Toren are joined by Dr. Rob Tarzwell for a look at nuclear weapons. From “The Gadget” to Fat Man & Little Boy to the incredible destructive power of the fusion-powered “H-Bomb”, plus the world’s smallest nuclear weapon - the D…
Mummies
Sep 16, 2013 • 82 min
Various kinds of mummies are discussed, including ancient Egyptian methods, bog mummies, saponification, and electroplating. Plus the mummies of Guanajuato, Chiesa dei Morti, Luang Pho Dang, and plenty of pop culture.
Stalin, Part 2 of 2
Sep 9, 2013 • 55 min
Kevin, Toren, and Joe continue their look at Joseph Stalin with WWII-era horribleness, news about the return of a Georgian monument to Stalin and pop culture with Children of the Revolution, Animal Farm, and more!
Stalin, Part 1 of 2
Sep 2, 2013 • 63 min
This week in Evil Dudes in History it’s Joseph Stalin: the “Man of Steel” responsible for even more deaths than in Zack Snyder’s movie! We’ll talk about his rise to power, daring thefts, murders, the “Road of Bones” and so much more horribleness that w…
Bad Advertising
Aug 26, 2013 • 61 min
Babies in cellophane, lead for kids, bad advertiser turned propagandist Edward Bernays, Tom Vu, the Marlboro Man, Joe Camel, Pizza Hut’s moon advertising plan, and more! Sorry for the slight lateness of this one — we had a pretty severe tech problem …
Cruise Ships
Aug 19, 2013 • 75 min
Steven Schwartz returns to discuss all of the horrible things that happen on cruise ships, including fires, collisions, murders, sexual assaults (trigger warning!), suicides, medical malpractice, disease, and Mal de Debarquement Syndrome.
Megafauna
Aug 12, 2013 • 75 min
Can you clone a mammoth and have it build a pyramid? Baz Edmeades of megafauna.com joins us to talk about prehistoric elephants, hell pigs, terror birds, giant ground sloths, marsupial lions, hippopotamus wombats, moas, sabretooth cats,
Infanticide
Aug 5, 2013 • 60 min
Rolling into flaming pits, roasting in bronze statues, or just leaving them exposed to the elements, there’s a plethora of ways to kill infants. Joe, Toren, and Kevin look at infanticide across history and in the animal kingdom,
Space Hazards
Jul 29, 2013 • 87 min
From our live Space Disasters (in 3D!) event at at EXP Restaurant in Vancouver, B.C. where we were joined by Sneaky Dragon and One Minute Medical School! In this episode we’ll discuss Kessler Syndrome, the cold depths of space, vacuum exposure,
Duels
Jul 22, 2013 • 73 min
Lisa Gemino joins us to talk judicial dueling, naked dueling, famous duelists like La Maupin and Lord Minimus, plus how dueling in a carriage and in balloons worked (or didn’t work). Also Magic: The Gathering and duels in film!
Acid
Jul 15, 2013 • 85 min
Adam Barlev joins Toren, Kevin, and Joe for a look at the caustic chemicals known as “acids”. Hydrofluoric, Sulfuric, Muriatic, and more. Toren reveals the details of the Sausage-Vat Murders and the Acid-Bath Murderer. Plus acid attacks in the news,
The End of the Universe
Jul 8, 2013 • 76 min
AstronomyCast’s Fraser Cain joins Toren, Joe and Kevin to talk about The End of All Things — the death of the entire Universe. Everything, everyone, even the very atoms themselves! The Big Crunch, The Big Chill, dark energy,
Mining Disasters
Jul 1, 2013 • 69 min
The science and main causes of mining disasters, and a closer look at specific mining accidents, including the 1913 Senghenhydd Pit Disaster, the 1966 Aberfan Disaster, the 1972 Honkeiko Colliery, the 1975 Chasnala Mine Disaster and the Springhill Mini…
Wasps and Hornets
Jun 24, 2013 • 83 min
Gavin Pitts is back with Joe, Kevin, and Toren to discuss wasps, from the world’s smallest of the amoeba-sized Fairy Fly to the Asian Giant Hornet! Plus the difference between wasps, hornets, ants and bees,
Patricide
Jun 17, 2013 • 71 min
This chapter of Caustic Soda’s “-icide guide” explores the psychological reasons as to why children kill their fathers. In history we discuss Beatrice Cenci, Richard Dadd, the Menendez Brothers, Chris Porco, and the Tochigi Case. Also,
The Caustic Soda Live EXPerience (May 12, 2013)
Jun 10, 2013 • 76 min
Live from the EXP Restaurant and Bar in Vancouver, BC, it’s The Caustic Soda Live EXPerience! Recorded May 12, 2013 in front of a packed-house, Joe, Toren, Kevin and follow-up aficionado Warren Banks cover a variety of stories,
Ninja, Part 2 of 2
Jun 3, 2013 • 46 min
In the news: ninja festival and marijuana thieves. Pop culture includes: Snake Eyes, You Only Live Twice, Miami Connection, Shinobi No Mono, American Ninja, and of course Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Plus Nels Anderson gives us the scoop on Mark of th…
Ninja
May 27, 2013 • 56 min
Nels “Mark of the Ninja” Anderson joins us to discuss facts and controversy surrounding history, technology, and countermeasures of shinobi no mono! Part 1 of 2. Music: “Oh Mein Papa” by Pegi Hayama Images Links Mark of the Ninja
Falling
May 20, 2013 • 94 min
Joe, Toren, and Kevin take a look at plummeting to your death (and other outcomes) from heights both great and ridiculously small. We go from history’s Gemonian Stairs to the 1912 Eiffel Tower “Parachute Coat” incident to the most impressive falls from…
Alchemy
May 13, 2013 • 70 min
Joanna Gaskell of the Standard Action web series joins us to discuss the history and “science” of alchemy, including the philosopher’s stone and elixir of life, transmutation of elements, the universal solvent, homonculi, famous alchemists and frauds.
Regicide, Part 2
May 6, 2013 • 52 min
Regicide continues — surprisingly — in the news with the Nepalese royal massacre! From there we jump right into the regicide-filled world of A Song of Ice And Fire/Game of Thrones. Spoiler alerts aplenty if you haven’t been keeping up to the END of B…
Regicide, Part 1
Apr 29, 2013 • 52 min
Green Ronin Publishing’s Chris Pramas joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe to discuss the deaths of royalty like Mary, Queen of Scots and Charles I as well as Shaka Zulu’s mother issues and more! Music: “After You’ve Gone” by Bing Crosby Images Links
Bed Bugs
Apr 22, 2013 • 70 min
Entomophile Andrew Scott joins us to talk about Cimex lectularius including a science quiz, traumatic extravaginal insemination, old timey bed bug treatments, plus news, pop culture and tips on how to avoid bed bug infestation at home and when travelin…
Marijuana
Apr 15, 2013 • 64 min
Joe, Kevin, and Toren discuss marijuana’s many odd nicknames, effects, history of use, and some of the outrageous anti-marijuana propaganda of the 20th Century. After the break it’s time for the weirder side of stoner movies,
Ilse Koch
Apr 8, 2013 • 83 min
The second in our ongoing Evil Dames in History series features “The Beast of Buchenwald”, Ilse Koch. Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at this concentration camp terror, the claims of her bizarre leather work, as well as Ilse Koch inspirations in pop culture…
Pranks, Practical Jokes, and April Fools
Apr 1, 2013 • 67 min
The history of April Fools Day and other mischievous occasions, famous pranks gone wrong, practical jokes in the news and in comics, cartoons, movies and video games. Music: “Just Kiddin’ Around” by Artie Shaw Images Links
Malaria
Mar 25, 2013 • 81 min
Dr. Jenna joins Joe, Kevin, and Toren to look at the mosquito-borne peril of malaria. We discuss the life cycle of the this protist parasite from mosquito to human and back again, tales of a recent outbreak,
Biblical Apocalypse, Part 2
Mar 18, 2013 • 42 min
In part two of our look at the biblical apocalypse, we discuss news and pop culture, including “Left Behind,” “The Omen,” “End of Days.” and “The Rapture.” Special guest Robert M. Price! Music: “Someone Stole Gabriel’s Horn” by Spike Hughes
Biblical Apocalypse, Part 1
Mar 11, 2013 • 59 min
Our apocalypse series continues with noted biblical scholar Robert M. Price discussing the biblical apocalypse! Noah’s flood, The rapture, tribulation, second coming, millennium and last judgment are all explained so simply that even Toren can understa…
Followups 11
Mar 4, 2013 • 81 min
Zoophiles and penile cancer, recto-vaginal fistula, coughing up cancer, window vomiting, an improvised giant egg weapon, a failed assassination attempt caught on tape and… shitdick. Music: “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton
Urban Fires, Part 2
Feb 25, 2013 • 41 min
Part two of this episode on urban fires deals with the Kiss nightclub fire in Brazil, The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, Bradford Stadium fire, and the Great Chicago Fire. Guest firefighter Allan Newell critiques the fire science in such films…
Urban Fires – Part 1
Feb 18, 2013 • 49 min
In part one of this two-part episode, firefighter Allan Newell returns to discuss the science and classification of fire, the Great Fire of Rome, the Great Fire of London, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire, Coconut Grove fire and the Great Fire of Meireki. …
Jellyfish
Feb 11, 2013 • 86 min
Mr. Dr. Greg Bole is back with Toren, Joe, and Kevin to discuss jelly fish and their amazing gelatinous friends! Immortal jellyfish, the intense pain of some jellyfish stings, and a live tasting of jellyfish!
Hunting Humans
Feb 4, 2013 • 80 min
The most dangerous game! Drag hunting, paintball, tons of pop culture, plus the true horrible story of Robert Hansen. Alsoplus: Which is the lesser of two evils, hunting down someone close to you, or hunting someone you’ve never met?
Four Horsemen – Death
Jan 28, 2013 • 82 min
The Grim Reaper, Ereshkigal, the pale rider… it’s the fourth horseman (or woman, as you’ll hear) in a series of four: DEATH! This episode Joe, Toren, and Kevin take on the anthropomorphic personification of death throughout history and popular cultur…
Depression
Jan 21, 2013 • 72 min
What is the cause of depression? Are incidents of depression increasing? Can you cure depression with a bullet? None of these questions will be answered to your satisfaction, but Dr. Rob will nonetheless help dispel much of the myths and misinformation…
Four Horsemen: War
Jan 14, 2013 • 75 min
The personification (and deification) of War is the focus of our third “Horsemen” episode. Ares, Belatu-Cadros, Murugan, Morrigan, and of course the actual Red Rider himself, the Horseman of War! Music: “This Is Worth Fighting For” by The Ink Spots …
Bats
Jan 7, 2013 • 71 min
Bat expert Yvonne Morrin joins us to talk about those weird and scary-to-some nocturnal flying mammals. Rabies, bat fellatio, guano, bat bombs, histoplasmosis, white nose syndrome, and of course the sanguivorous vampire bat!
Four Horsemen – Famine
Dec 31, 2012 • 70 min
“Famine” is part 2 in our Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse series. We discuss the Russian Famine of 1601, The Irish Potato Famine, the Holodomor, the Great Leap Forward, and more. Plus: what does it feel like to starve to death?
Bad Books
Dec 24, 2012 • 76 min
We tried to bind this episode in human flesh but the MP3 codec’s lossiness kept causing it cancer. This episode, Toren, Joe, and Kevin talk about Dr. Spock’s bibliographic death-toll, anti-Jewish hoax The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,
Pestilence
Dec 17, 2012 • 62 min
In part one of our four part series on the Horsemen of the Apocalypse we discuss various gods of pestilence, plague amulets, pest houses, plague doctors, and of course news and pop culture. Music: “When the Saints Go Marching In” Fats Domino
Improvised Weapons
Dec 10, 2012 • 59 min
Violence expert Lisa Gemino returns to discuss shivs, French nails, Millwall bricks, donkey jawbones, thrown animals, petrol bombs and many other improvised weapons. Plus news and pop culture. Music: “Holiday Fun” by Richard Myhill Images
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Dec 2, 2012 • 78 min
Allan Newell brings his firefighter expertise to discussions on notable car wrecks, risk compensation, the car industry’s built-in-hazards, the Mont Blanc tunnel fire, El Camino de la Muerte, collection fuel from crashed tankers,
Journalism, Part 2 of 2
Nov 26, 2012
Steven M. Schwartz is back for the second part of our caustic look at Journalism. “Shrieking harpy” Nancy Grace, terrorist victim Daniel Pearl, Janet Cook, sock-puppets, Network, Transmetropolitan and more! Music: “It Ain’t Right” by Artie Shaw
Journalism, Part 1 of 2
Nov 19, 2012
Honest-to-goodness journalist Steven M. Schwartz joins Kevin, Joe, and Toren to talk about the caustic side of news gathering. We discuss bad journalists (who spy on people and tamper with evidence) and when bad things happen to good journalists.
Rhinoceros
Nov 12, 2012
All things rhinoceros including poaching, attacks on people, woolly rhinos and Operation: Crash. Plus pop culture and the Lesser of Two Evils: being attacked by a rhino or by 99 cats? Music: “Action Stations” by David Lindup Charity: http://www.
Followups 10
Nov 5, 2012
We got requests for a more gross and offensive follow up episode, and we delivered. Pop culture artist Chris Woods joins us to talk about female genital mutilation in Swedish art, green Klu Klux Klan uniforms, Darth Vader four-ways, virgin boy eggs,
Ghosts
Oct 29, 2012
In today’s episode, Toren, Joe, and Kevin are joined by Chris “Stewie” Stewart for a look at the spiritual remains of the dearly departed: Ghosts! We talk about The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall, Puzzlingly Terrified Ghost Hunters,
Toys That Kill
Oct 22, 2012
Deadly toys discussed include Steven’s Model Dockyard Locomotive, Slip ‘n’ Slide, lawn darts, Cabbage Patch Snack Time doll, the Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab, Flubber, Silly String, Koba Kick, Hang Ten Mini-Hammock, Bucky Balls, Water Balz,
Dogs
Oct 15, 2012
Sit! Lie down! Roll over! Now sacrifice your face for our safety! Good boy! In this episode of Caustic Soda, Joe, Kevin, and Toren fetch the weird and the gross about man’s best friend: the domestic dog. We’ve got dog-on-human and human-on-dog weirdnes…
The Post-Apocalyptic World
Oct 8, 2012
Live from VCON 37 in Surrey BC, the regular nerds talk about life in the post-apocalyptic wasteland with the help of Hugo Award-winning author and Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee Connie Willis and Nebula Award-winning science fiction author and a…
Smuggling
Oct 2, 2012
Sorry we’re late. We had trouble getting this episode over the border! This week involves animals, drugs, and even drugs in animals! Kevin, Toren, and Joe are joined by the mysterious “Agent Smith” to take a look at the ups and downs — let’s face it m…
Mormonism
Sep 24, 2012
Brigham Young University faculty member Stuart Parker helps us discern Mormon doctrine from folklore as we discuss Joseph Smith’s assassination, the Mountain Meadows massacre, retroactive baptism, polygamy and racism in both the mainstream and splinter…
Bubonic Plague
Sep 17, 2012
Joe, Toren and Kevin are joined by Dr. Jenna to talk about not just the bubonic, but all things yersinia pestis-y: Bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic plagues! We discuss the three “great” plagues of history as well as modern occurrences and outbreaks a…
Followups 9
Sep 10, 2012
Follow ups, listener mail and updates on spina bifida, screech, cannibalism, running amok, cyclopea, parasitic barnacles, snake venom party drug, mesoamerican shrunken heads, drunk driving decapitation, Wesley Warren Jr’s scrotal lymphodema,
Booby Traps
Sep 3, 2012
Panji, door, spike, tiger, and whip traps, military applications and those more… “personal”. From Vietnam to Hollywood to video games, Kevin, Toren, and Joe take a caustic look at booby traps! Plus: booby traps in the recent news!
Body Snatchers
Aug 27, 2012
Mortsafes, Chinese Corpse Brides, and stealing corpses for profit — Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at the creepy world of the body snatcher! Music: “All Of Me” by Frank Sinatra Images Videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5jxpZ8A8kE
Psychosis
Aug 20, 2012
Dr Rob returns to explain post-partum psychosis, Capgras delusion, Fregoli delusion, alien hand syndrome, wendigo psychosis, koro syndrome, Paris syndrome, reduplicative paramnesia, Alice in Wonderland syndrome, plus loads of pop culture.
Feral Children
Aug 13, 2012
Toren, Joe and Kevin discuss Leopard Boy, “Baby Hospital”, Peter The Wild Boy, the Wild Child of Champagne, Tarzan and more children raised by animals — or raised as animals by people we’re declaring worse than animals.
Countess Elizabeth Bathory
Aug 6, 2012
Our first entry in the “Evil Dames in History” series has the hosts separating mact from fyth on the supposed “blood countess” Elizabeth Bathory. Includes star kicking and other tortures she inflicted on her servants, plus her trial, death and legacy!
Sibling Rivalry
Jul 30, 2012
Mister Doctor Greg Bole - B.Sc. (Biology) and Ph.D. (Evolution and Ecology) - joins us to talk about sibling rivalry in the animal kingdom, which of course includes that most savage and destructive animal - homo sapiens. Includes siblicide,
Zombies, Part Two
Jul 23, 2012
Robin Thompson is back for part two of our look at zomb…b… braaains… braaaaaaainsssss….
Zombies, Part 1
Jul 16, 2012
How do zombies and science connect? Very tenuously. “Zombie Jesus” creator and zombie connoisseur Robin Thompson is our fourth man this week. We discuss zombie-creating recipes, alleged Haitian zombie cases, zombiewalks, Cotard’s syndrome,
Followups 8
Jul 9, 2012
Chris “Stewie” Stewart joins us for brain tapeworms, murder by testicle crushing, cannibal cook cultists and more in our latest grab-bag “Followup” episode! Plus: Which is the lesser of two evils - having your testicles crushed over a parking space,
Cold War (Part 2)
Jul 2, 2012
The Cold War part two of two, with guest Allan Newell, includes: the nuclear arms race; Project: Ice Worm, LSD & the CIA; bungled Fidel Castro assassination attempts. Plus news and pop culture including Dr Strangelove, Manchurian Candidate,
Cold War (Part 1)
Jun 25, 2012
Allan Newell joins us to talk about as many caustic facets of the cold war that we could fit into a 2 hour mini-series. In part one we talk about the origin and players, then get into Igor Gouzenko and the space race,
Censorship
Jun 18, 2012
Live from the Roundhouse Community Centre and the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, Toren, Joe, and Kevin are joined by Cinema Sewer’s Robin Bougie to talk about censorship. Book burnings, the Seven Dirty Words, the Danish Mohammed cartoons,
Music
Jun 11, 2012
For our “music” episode, Canadian comedy legend Sean Cullen joins us to talk about music-inspired riots, castrati, music as torture, Norwegian black metal and backmasking. Plus movies, TV, and Lesser of Two Evils: would you rather be a castrato or have…
Science Blunders
Jun 4, 2012
Dr. Rosie Redfield joins Joe, Kevin, and Toren to talk about NASA and the Shadow Biosphere, blinded scientists all over the place, extreme solutions to illegal parking, and one of our favorite sciencey shows goes terribly awry.
Vlad the Impaler
May 28, 2012
In another installment of our “Evil Dudes in History” we explore the history and legend of the Wallachian voivod Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for the most famous vampire of all time. Plus: Which is the lesser of two evils: being impaled Vlad style,
Vietnam War
May 21, 2012
Horsetrack Hooligans podcaster and Vietnam War movie afficionado Jordan Pratt joins us to talk about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, The Battle of Hue, Operation: Rolling Thunder, cluster bombs, napalm, fragging, the My Lai massacre, tunnel rats,
Horses
May 14, 2012
In this episode: Przewalksi’s horse, quartering, Caligula’s horse Incitatus, diving horses, Clever Hans, horse racing, and that’s just the first half!
Sleep and Sleep Disorders
May 7, 2012
Sexsomnia sells! Dr Rob joins us to talk about a whole host of sleep disorders including chronic insomnia, sleep paralysis, night terrors, Kleine-Levin syndrome, narcolepsy, exploding head syndrome, homicidal somnambulism, sleep apnea,
Blunt Weapons
Apr 30, 2012
Sticks and stones will break your bones, and so will a heck of a lot of other things! Lisa Gemino joins Toren, Joe, and Kevin for a look at all kinds of blunt weapons from sticks to maces to truncheons!
The Sun
Apr 23, 2012
We are joined by solar physicist Dr. Ian O’Neill of Discovery News and astroengine.com as we discuss solar flares, coronal mass ejections, the Carrington event, red giants and white dwarfs, and tornadoes on the sun! All this plus pop culture.
Caustic Soda Live Extravaganza 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Not one, not two, but three guests join Toren, Joe, and Kevin for a live podcast event in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, March 25, 2012! We welcome Dr. Rob, Dr. Jenna, and Chris “Stewie” Stewart back on for a plethora of gruesome topics including the Demon C…
Ebola
Apr 9, 2012
Dr. Jenna Capyk joins us to discuss the lighter and darker side of ebola. Spoiler alert: it’s mostly dark. Plus news and pop culture, plus Lesser of Two Evils: ebola versus serving on a slave ship. Music: “Fever” by Little Willie John Images
Sports Injuries
Apr 2, 2012
Kevin, Joe and Toren bring you organized sporting riots in France, a multi-billionaire ancient sports hero, hockey skates to the throat and all sorts of painful sporting insanity! Music: “Bear In A Ladies Boudoir” by Cliff Edwards Images
Ghost Towns
Mar 25, 2012
Some of the most wretched and caustic ghost towns are discussed, including “blue sky mine” Wittenoom, Picher’s chat piles, Oradour-sur-Glane’s nazi massacre legacy, the dioxin-tainted roads of Times Beach, Centralia’s ongoing coal fire, and more.
Sexually Transmitted Infections Part 2: Syphilis
Mar 19, 2012
RN Katie Scoular returns for the science and rather unpleasant history of that old Neapolitan bone-ache: syphilis. Plus news & pop culture. Music: “Hot Nuts” by Williams Washerboard Band Charity o’ the Week: http://www.optionsforsexualhealth.
Hoarding
Mar 12, 2012
Joe, Kevin, and Toren have gathered up so much information on compulsive hoarding in this episode it’s threatening to tip over and crush us all under its weight! Food hoarders, animal hoarders, cosmic-powered hoarders — they’re all here!
Followups 6
Mar 5, 2012
Ian Boothby, The Simpsons comics writer and co-host of Sneaky Dragon podcast, joins Kevin, Joe and Toren to talk about cyclopean albino sharks, crab parasites, octopus wrestling, prehistoric krakens, the Glore Psychiatric Museum, cement butt implants,
Cocaine
Feb 27, 2012
Kevin, Joe, and Toren cover cocaine-laced products with papal approval, cocaine intake options, some personal insight on cocaine addiction from a friend of the show, plus cocaine-centric songs and movies! In case you hadn’t figured it out,
Burns
Feb 20, 2012
The secret world of burns is investigated with the help of veteran firefighter Allan Newell. How does one distinguish the four degrees of burns? What’s the ‘rule of nines?’ How did burning at the stake work? Also news and pop culture.
True Bugs
Feb 12, 2012
Forensic entomologiest Gavin Pitts joins the hosts to talk about the hemiptera order of insects, more commonly known as ‘true bugs.’ Assassin bugs, chagas disease, bat bugs and water bugs that take down reptiles, amphibians,
Tsunami
Feb 6, 2012
This episode Joe, Kevin, and Toren look at the giant waves known as tsunami. You’ll hear about the biggest and deadliest waves known to man, incredible stories of survival during one of nature’s deadliest disasters, and tsunami vs. kittens!
Demons
Jan 29, 2012
Succubi, oni, pishacha - call them what you will. Whether they’re scapegoats for serial killers or epilepsy, demons have been a part of human culture for aeons. The boys talk history, news and pop culture, plus as a special bonus: practical tips on how…
Pol Pot
Jan 23, 2012
Continuing the Evil Dudes in History series, Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at Cambodian Communist leader Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. Music: “Call Me Irresponsible” Images Videos Pol Pot (can’t embed, sorry) Links Photos from S21
Cholera
Jan 16, 2012
This episode’s got it coming out of both ends! Toren, Kevin, Joe are joined by Almost Dr. Jenna to talk about cholera. Death by vomit and diarrhea, cholera cots, mummies, and how procrastination led to the world’s first artificial vaccine!
Film Fatale
Jan 9, 2012
Comedy Film Nerd Graham Elwood joins Kevin, Joe, and Toren to talk about the perils of making moving pictures - film tragedies! The Crow, The Ten Commandments, The Twilight Zone and more horrible, horrible occurrences just so we could be entertained fo…
Kidnapping
Jan 2, 2012
Express kidnappings, the “millionaire tour,” the Lindbergh baby, the Cudahy kidnapping, Chowchilla school bus incident, and more. Plus news, pop culture, how to survive a kidnapping and “The Lesser of Two Evils” - would you rather be kidnapped for rans…
Quackery
Dec 26, 2011
Step right up, Soda Jerks! What the boys at Caustic Soda have for you today is going to REinvigorate, REvitalize, REVULGARIZE you with their astounding look at the world of QUACKERY! It’s a homeopathic, detoxifying,
Wolf Attack!
Dec 19, 2011
Death by wolf! Toren, Joe and Kevin discuss the many wolf attacks throughout history, the “sex lock”, and the mighty Dire wolf! Music: “The Wolf Wobble” by Joe Venuti Images Links Elfquest Movies 300 Toren: 4/10 Kevin: 8/10 Joe: 8/10
Rasputin
Dec 11, 2011
Continuing the “Evil Men In History” series Joe, Kevin, and Toren check out Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin. Just how evil was this Russian that was so hard to kill it took stabbing, poisoning, shooting, drowning and then burning to make him completely sto…
Doomed Expeditions – Part 2
Dec 5, 2011
Toren, Joe, and Kevin are back with guest Jessica Pink for the second half of the podcast of DOOOOOOM! Music: “Funeral March” by Frederic Chopin Images DOOM-O-METER RATINGS (out of 10) The Karluk Disaster Toren: 5 Kevin: 2 Joe: 3 Jess: 5
Doomed Expeditions Part 1
Nov 28, 2011
Jessica Pink joins us to talk about our top seven doomed expeditions, in which we find out why you shouldn’t name your ship “Terror,” how not to treat helpful aborigines, how many captains it takes to spoil the expedition,
Brainwashing and Mind Control
Nov 21, 2011
Join Kevin, Joe, and Toren with guest Dr. Rob Tarzwell as they discuss MK Ultra, Psychic Driving, LSD, and High Energy Electroconvulsive Therapy! Plus Lesser of Two Evils: would you rather get ocular myiasis or lose your memory and identity from psychi…
Bad Cop, Bad Cop
Nov 14, 2011
In our “Bad Cop, Bad Cop” episode, we look at some of the most corrupt, venal, and downright outrageous abuses of police power past and present, as well as the best of the worst cop movies and TV shows. Music: “Jangled Nerves” by Fletcher Henderson …
Cancer
Nov 7, 2011
Cancer! Dr. Rob returns as our expert for the big ‘C’. We discuss how jabbing radioactive beads in your prostate works, how mustard gas led to chemotherapy, “soot wart,” and common cancer myths. All this plus “Lesser of Two Evils” (would you rather hav…
Halloween
Oct 31, 2011
Costumes, the confusing origins of Halloween customs, Devil’s night, old-fashioned candy vs. chocolate bars, candy-poisoning urban legends and of course Halloween movies and television specials! Music: Ogdru Jahad by The Darkest of the Hillside Thicke…
Axes of Evil
Oct 24, 2011
A brief history of axes and notable murders, news items, movies, comics and “The Lesser of Two Evils”: murder by axe or murder by sword? Music: “Butcher Pete” by Roy Brown Images Movies So I Married an Axe Murderer Toren: 7/10 Joe: 7/10
Flies ‘n’ Maggots
Oct 17, 2011
Caustic Soda is a labor of larva! Get to know the bot, tsetse, tumbu, bat and coffin fly, not to mention screw worm, sheep ked and ant decapitator. Also - what is myiasis? All this plus flies and maggots in pop culture and current events.
Dystopias (Recorded Live at VCON)
Oct 10, 2011
Special guests science fiction legend Larry Niven and Buffy/Angel/Firefly editor Lisa Lassek join Kevin, Joe, and Toren at Vancouver’s VCON! We cover the dysfunctional tech society of Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil”, the system-spanning Alliance of Firefly,
Bacteria
Oct 3, 2011
E-Coli, Salmonella, gut bacteria social networks (no, really!) and lots more infectious awesomeness! Jenna Capyk joins Kevin, Joe, and Toren for a podcast so chock full of prokaryotes it’s our longest yet!
Followups 5
Sep 26, 2011
It’s Fünf for the whole Familie! More shark, crocodile AND bear attacks, self surgery, decapitations, Chinese internet addiction boot camps, art made of pee and poo, armadillo leprosy. All this plus witch’s nipples!
Sexually Transmitted Infections Part 1: Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and HPV
Sep 19, 2011
Caution, cyprianophobes! Katie Scoular doles out the facts on three of the most common STIs: the slang, the history, and the science. Plus news, pop culture and “The Lesser of Two Evils.” Music: “Once In Love With Amy” by Ray Bolger Images
Scorpions
Sep 12, 2011
What you don’t know about scorpions can kill you! The biggest, the oldest, the deadliest, plus scorpions in biological warfare! Music: Raymond Scott “Twilight in Turkey” Images Videos Movies Scorpion King Toren: 5/10 Kevin: 3/10 Joe: 4/10
Small Arms
Sep 5, 2011
Mike T. joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about small arms — firearms carried by an individual soldier. From the “grenade on a stick” beginnings of the fire lance all the way to caseless ammunition, Caustic Soda covers the history and science of the…
Human Sacrifice
Aug 29, 2011
Our Human Sacrifice episode features vikings, Aztecs, Incans, Olmec sacrifical bogs, the Peruvian temple of doom, the Decapitator god, Egyptian & viking burial rites, Mound 72, the torso in the Thames, General Butt Naked,
Robespierre
Aug 22, 2011
This week Caustic Soda returns to “Evil Men In History” with a discussion of Maximilien Robespierre, source of the French Revolution’s “Reign of Terror”! Music: “Unstoppable” by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets Images
P.O.W. Camps
Aug 15, 2011
Horsetrack Hooligans’ Jordan Pratt joins us to talk about P.O.W. Camps from the Civil War to Guantanamo Bay. MUSIC: Roy Rogers “Don’t Fence Me In” Images Movies The Great Escape Kevin: 7/10 Joe: 6/10 Jordan: 7/10 Toren: 7/10 Victory
Tobacco
Aug 8, 2011
First hand, second hand and third hand smoke, tobacco enemas and medicinal use of smoke, plus all the usual detrimental health effects of tobacco, not the least of which is giant exploding cigarettes in Thailand. Music: “Smoke, Smoke,
Submarines
Aug 1, 2011
Toren, Kevin, and Joe once again welcome Chris Woods for a look at submarines, from the early days of the man-powered Turtle to the nuclear powered Nautilus. German wolf-packs, blue-on-blue engagement, emergency blows,
Near Earth Objects
Jul 25, 2011
Fraser Cain of Universe Today and Astronomy Cast joins Toren, Joe and Kevin to talk about meteors, comets and asteroids including the Torino Impact Hazard Scale, the Tunguska blast, the Chicxulub impact event and the Dawn Mission to not one but two ast…
Tuberculosis
Jul 18, 2011
Tuberculosis! It’s not just for lungs any more! Almost Dr. Jenna Capyk joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about the disease infecting one-third of the world’s population. Learn why those infected with TB were once thought to be vampires,
Electricity
Jul 11, 2011
Shock talk with special guest Derek Mack. We discuss the different kinds of burns and bodily harm caused by electricity, the war of the currents, macroshock vs microshock, electric eels, plus the usual news & pop culture.
Rats
Jul 4, 2011
Scurrying, skittering, and scampering into your ears, it’s the Caustic Soda rats episode! Toren, Joe, and Kevin look at the brown rat and black rat. Infanticide, rat-based murder and torture, and the “Ratamari Damacy” gruesomeness of “Rat Kings”,
Assassinations
Jun 27, 2011
Politically motivated murders! Hashshashin, Julius Caesar, Abraham Lincoln, the failed assassination of Teddy Roosevelt, the assassination that started World War I and more! Music: “When That Man is Dead and Gone” by Glenn Miller Images Links
Fisticuffs
Jun 20, 2011
Lisa Gemino joins the Caustic Soda crew to talk about “punchy kicky stuff”. The one-inch punch, MMA, Houdini, Tinku, Krav-Maga, Panantukan, “buttons” and more! Music: “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head” by Dean Martin Images Links
Followups IV
Jun 13, 2011
Sagawa the cannibal, Bruno the bear, a slavery-based syphilis cure, Hitler’s death, and LSD cults and SQUIIIIDSSS INNNNNNN SPAAAAAAAAACE! It’s an entire episode full of caustic updates with special guest Johnstone Metzger!
Ted Bundy
Jun 6, 2011
America’s most well-known serial killer-rapist-necrophile is Caustic Soda’s next Evil Man In History. Kevin, Toren, and Joe discuss Ted Bundy, the “sadistic sociopath who took pleasure from another human’s pain and the control he had over his victims,
Slime
May 30, 2011
Snottites, star jelly, caca de luna, hagfish slime, marine mucilage, sneeze modellers, snail slime cream, and all things slimy! Our iRiff of “The Blob” is getting some last-minute polish. We’ll have it up soon! Music: “The Thing” by Phil Harris
Funerals
May 23, 2011
Caustic Soda puts the fun in funeral! Guest Arinn Dembo joins us to talk neanderthal cave burials, cremains, martyriums, slave sacrifice, wife-burning, The Great Death Pit, viking ship burials, Tibetan sky burial, corpse demons,
Tanks A Lot!
May 16, 2011
Toren, Joe, and Kevin are joined by Kerberos Productions’ Martin Cirulis to talk about landships,or “tanks”. We’ll hear about Britain’s attempts to hide this new weapon from their enemy while simultaneously naming it,
Cults
May 9, 2011
Joe, Toren, and Kevin are joined by Rebecca Dart to talk about cults! We talk about Brother XII, who claimed to be the Egyptian god Osiris, Shoko Asahara and his sarin gas using cult “Aum Shinrikyo”, The Order of the Solar Temple,
Leprosy
May 2, 2011
Microbiologist Jenna Capyk joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin to talk about Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy. What the heck is it? Does it cause your body parts to fall off? Are there any other animals that can get leprosy?
Jack The Ripper
Apr 25, 2011
Today Toren, Joe, and Kevin take a look at the most famous serial killer in history: London, England’s very own Jack the Ripper. Music: Guy Lombardo “Annie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” Images Videos Links
Crocodilians
Apr 18, 2011
The science and history of the biggest and baddest man-eating, death-rolling crocodiles and alligators. Plus how to survive a crocodile attack and “Lesser of Two Evils:” would you rather be attacked by a crocodile or have an iron bar shot through your …
Mudslide
Apr 11, 2011
Watch out, mysophobes! History’s worst mudslides, the world’s largest mud volcano, and man-made lakes that failed epically, All this plus how to survive a mudslide plus “Lesser of Two Evils”: would you rather be caught in a mudslide or have to eat a he…
Hitler
Apr 4, 2011
How did Hitler rise to power? Why did he hate the jews? What was the Night of Long Knives? Did Hitler invent blow-up dolls, fart during staff meetings and try to bring back Paganism? Who was the British soldier that refused to kill Hitler when he had t…
Followups / Year One Poll
Mar 28, 2011
Has it really been a year already? Kevin, Joe and Toren are joined by Australia’s Steve Parker for a look back at our first year of podcasting. We’ll see what your favorite episodes were, as well as the grossest,
Alcohol
Mar 21, 2011
Dr. Rob Tarzwell guests. Dipsomania, alcohol poisoning, drunken war elephants, weird and disgusting potables from around the world, sherry enemas PLUS the Caustic Soda drinking game! Music: Images Videos Movies Arthur Joe: 6/10
Hoaxes
Mar 14, 2011
NOT A HOAX! Guest host Chris “Kerberos Productions” Stewart reveals the truth about Operation: Mincemeat and other WWII magic, Piltdown Man, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, The Cottingley Fairies, The Cardiff Giant,
Blizzard
Mar 7, 2011
The worst blizzards in history including The Storm of the Century, The Cleveland Superbomb, the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888, and The Great Die Up, Also, how to survive a blizzard plus some Iron Man villain. Music: Leroy Anderson “Mah-Na Mah-Na”
Dinosaurs
Feb 28, 2011
What were the biggest, baddest and weirdest dinosaurs? Did killer algae take them out? What’s the deal with brontosaurus? Was T-Rex a cannibal? Who fought in the ‘bone wars?’ What kind of car does Predator X eat?
Killer Robots
Feb 21, 2011
Caustic Soda, robot fighters! We pit our powerful podcasting techniques against robotic threats like the biomass consuming EATR, firearm-wielding TALON and SWORDS, the frighteningly named Multiple Kill Vehicle and iRobot’s “Warrior” model.
Slavery
Feb 14, 2011
Slavery is alive and well in today’s world, and the CS crew pulls no punches. Slaves regaining their freedom in Aztec society, British slaves on the Barbary Coast, Somaly Mam’s escape from Cambodia, forced child labour on African cocoa farms,
Blood
Feb 7, 2011
Guest Dr. Rob Tarzwell talks bloodletting, transfusions gone wrong, toxic shock, hemophilia, ebola, polycythemia, lymphoma and other blood disorders. Also, frozen heads made of blood and the Zero G Period! Music: “Heartaches” Ted Weems Images
Followups II
Jan 31, 2011
The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ guitarist Warren BANKS! joins the crew to do another round of follow-ups and listener mail, including: Japanese cannibal checks himself out of mental institution; parasitological museum (a hot date spot); poisoning…
Seven Deadly Sins: Lust
Jan 24, 2011
The Caustic Soda crew talks about vagina dentata, cross-species mating attempts in the animal kingdom, Captain America with a burrito in his pants, the difference between men and womens’ sex drives, how many viagra it takes to kill a Moscow man,
Art
Jan 17, 2011
Supreme artist of the omniverse Chris Woods joins the crew to talk about murderabilia, Honore Fragonard’s flayed dancing babies, art as torture, Theodore Gericault’s severed heads, huge turd catastrophes, and macabre artists like Goya, Fuselli,
Bonus Content – Body Worlds Book Contest Winner Announcement
Jan 16, 2011
Toren, Joe, and Kevin give a few shoutouts to the fans that entered our Body Worlds Book Contest and then make the draw to see who the lucky winner is! Congratulations to Will Anderson from Wyoming! Your Body Worlds book is on its way!
Seven Deadly Sins: Envy
Jan 9, 2011
The science of schadenfreude! The Texas-Cheerleader-Murdering-Mom! Tonya Harding! Drug-induced fatal car accidents! All this plus exploding breast implants! In our 6th episode on the seven deadly sins, Caustic Soda looks at the green-eyed monster: Envy…
Crime Scene Investigation
Jan 3, 2011
Author Don Debrandt gives his expert testimony on Crime Scene Investigation techniques such as body farms, anthropometry, dactyloscopy, entomology, and the ever-exciting forensic accounting division “Questionable Documents”.
Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath
Dec 27, 2010
In our fifth (and extra-explicit) installment of The Seven Deadly Sins, we discuss road rage (and “Carma”), catharsis, destructotherapy, “going postal,” the true story of the Count of Monte Cristo, the Hulk,
A Very Caustic Christmas
Dec 20, 2010
Was the star of Bethlehem a supernova? What raunchy pagan festivals did Christianity co-opt for Jesus’ birthday? How many butchered children did Saint Nick resurrect, and who was St Nick’s demonic sidekick? Is Santa Claus just Odin One-Eye rebranded?
Seven Deadly Sins: Pride
Dec 13, 2010
Caustic Soda is PROUD to present our newest installment on the Seven Deadly Sins: Pride. We discuss body dysmorphic disorder, comorbidity,cankles, foot binding, stiletto heels & Morton’s neuroma, botched plastic surgery, liposuction death,
Bears
Dec 6, 2010
Bears! Polar bears, grizzly bears, brown bears, black bears, panda bears and yes, we even talk about poohs! You’ll hear about bears eating faces, butchering families, and guarding marijuana grow-ops. So they’re not all bad.
Seven Deadly Sins – Sloth
Nov 28, 2010
Thaasophobics, never fear! We did a lot of work looking at sloth (and sloths!), idleness, apathy, avolition, aboulia and laziness! The result is here for your enjoyment and disgust. Music: Lazy River by Louis Prima Less of Two Evils: Sloth vs.
Explosions
Nov 22, 2010
Today we talk about explosions. High and low, big and… well, mostly big. Frightening, deadly and completely uncontrolled! Music: Kablam by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets Images Videos The Rock Kevin: 7/10 Joe: 6/10 Toren: 5/10
Seven Deadly Sins – Greed
Nov 15, 2010
Chris “Sword of the Stars” Stewart joins us to discuss the fourth circle of Hell, Marcu Licinius Crassus’ realty schemes, El Dorado, war profiteering, Ponzi schemes, Ford & the nazis, Uncle Scrooge and the poor little rich boy.
Deformity
Nov 7, 2010
Kerberos Productions’ Chris “Stewie” Stewart joins us to talk about physical deformities. Ribeiroia, sirenomelia, and a whole bunch of other complicated and disturbing words are discussed! Music: Gooble-Gobble from Tod Browning’s Freaks.
Seven Deadly Sins – Gluttony
Nov 2, 2010
Part one of our seven part series on the Seven Deadly Sins: GLUTTONY! With special guest Chris “Stewie” Stewart. How do you cook a cockatrice? What is hyalophagia? Do some animals eat until they explode? Who was ‘The King Who Ate Himself to Death?
Caustic Soda at Bodyworlds
Oct 25, 2010
Recorded on-location at the Telus World of Science Bodyworlds exhibit, Caustic Soda takes a look at the fascinating, gruesome world of the human body. A big thanks to Pam Saunders for not only organizing our visit but leading us through and answering a…
Sex (Part 2)
Oct 18, 2010
Cinema Sewer’s Robin Bougie is still with us as we talk about penile plethismograph, 3 day coke-caused priapism, tubgirl, Lemon Party and concrete enemas! Bonus content - watch our Caustic Soda Podcast 2 Girls 1 Cup Reaction Video!
Sex (Part 1)
Oct 12, 2010
Robin Bougie joins Kevin, Toren, and Joe for a special sexy (and therefore EXPLICIT) episode. What are phimosis and paraphimosis? How about penis fencing and docking? How do you get pandas in the mood? How the heck can porcupines mate with all those qu…
Decapitation
Oct 4, 2010
Is there life after decapitation? Can chickens really live without a head? After listening to this week’s “Decapitation” episode please blink your eyes three times to tell us you’re still conscious! Events
Follow-Ups
Sep 27, 2010
What is toxoplasmosis? Who is the ‘Tyrant Leech King?” How much memory in an isopod? Does Hercules fight with his thighs? Are MacDonaldland characters endorsing a life of crime? How many Philistine foreskins did Saul want David to collect in exchange f…
Fecal Matters
Sep 20, 2010
Warning: This podcast is full of shit! Drop the kids off at the pool, lay some brown carpet, make some trouser chili, take a load off your mind, put Number Two in command of the bridge, relax and enjoy! Hey,
Earthquake
Sep 13, 2010
Don’t panic, get under a nearby load-bearing doorway and cover your head — it’s time for earthquakes on Caustic Soda! Music: Theme to an Earthquake by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. Today’s episode is brought to you by ToyHutt.com.
Iraq War
Sep 5, 2010
Pack up your MREs, grab your weapon and kiss your best girl or boy goodbye — Caustic Soda is heading to war! Special guest Jordan Pratt joins us from the Speedway Squad podcast and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets to add some knowledge and to hand…
Apes!
Aug 30, 2010
Get your filthy ears on us you damn dirty listeners! It’s time for Caustic Soda’s APES episode! Song: Abba Dabba Dabba Honeymoon by Hoagy Carmichael Images Videos
Self Surgery
Aug 22, 2010
What do you do if you’re the only doctor on a Soviet Antarctic expedition and your appendix starts acting up? If you’re not a wuss, you operate on yourself like Leonid Rogozov! If you’re a Caustic Soda host,
Killing Spree
Aug 16, 2010
Caustic Soda’s talking about killing sprees and we’re not gonna stop! It’s a killing spree spree! Today you’ll hear about the ‘yellow son of a bitch’ who inspired Natural Born Killers, grenades in China, the oddly dressed rich idiot who killed 35 peopl…
Buried Alive
Aug 8, 2010
“I’ve done far worse than kill you. I’ve hurt you. And I wish to go on… hurting you. I shall leave you as you left me, as you left her. Marooned for all eternity, in the center of a dead planet… buried alive. Buried alive.” - Khan Noonien Singh
Tentacles
Aug 2, 2010
Cephalopods! Today the Caustic Soda crew takes a look at octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and all their tentacular, ink-spewing, camouflaging glory! Images Links Legging it: Evasive octopus who has been allowed to look for love Video
Air Disasters!
Jul 26, 2010
Caustic Soda’s going down in flames with our latest episode - Air Disasters! Special guest Lucas Black joins us all the way from the UK via the magic of the Interwebs (and Skype and our engineer Mike). We look at some of the world’s worst aviation disa…
Psycho Therapy
Jul 19, 2010
Today on Caustic Soda your hosts Kevin, Joe, and Toren are joined once again by Dr. Rob. We discuss the gruesome, horrible “treatments” from the past and present. Lobotomies, electro-convulsive therapy, beatings and trepanning — there’s a long history…
Tornado!
Jul 12, 2010
The Fujita Scale pop quiz, tornado myths, the most deadly tornadoes in history, notable twister survivors, and the astonishing first eye witness testimony from inside a tornado! Also pop culture. Images Links Fujita Scale
Swords
Jul 5, 2010
Katanas, claymores, rapiers, bat’leths and more! We look at man’s once-favorite tool for killing each other, its history, science, and variations. Also swords used in home defense, swords in the news and pop culture.
Space Warfare
Jun 28, 2010
That’s no moon! Kereberos Productions’ Martin Cirulis joins the Caustic Soda crew as we venture into the final frontier and fight things we find there! This week’s intermission song is The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ “Frogstar”. Images
Jehovah
Jun 21, 2010
Dr. Rob Tarzwell joins us once again as we look at the the wrathful, jealous, angry, drunken (ok, we have no direct evidence of drunkeness) God of the Old Testament: Jehovah! Images Links Testament: Roleplaying in Biblical Era
Food
Jun 14, 2010
Join Kevin, Joe and Toren as we look at some of the grossest things we eat. Hakarl, casu marzu, kopi luwak, popcorn worker’s lung, ambelopoulia, bird’s nest soup, breatharianism, lysteriosis, monkey brains, sweaty cowboys, double down sandwiches,
Sinkhole!
Jun 6, 2010
Recorded before the rest of the world went “holy crap look at that sinkhole in Guatamala!” here’s the timely Sinkhole episode of Caustic Soda! We’ve also got a lot of follow-ups to previous episodes! Pay special attention to Joe “Huge Doctor Who Fan” F…
Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?
May 31, 2010
They’ll envenom your heart and hug you until you can’t breathe. Join Toren, Joe and Kevin as they look at the creepiest of crawlies — snakes! Links Man Hit On Head With Snake Jean Hare and lover Charles Darnell charged over python snake death …
The Perfect Murder
May 24, 2010
Join the Caustic Soda crew and special guest Chris Stewart as we kill (comedically) and get away with it! Serial Killers, murder-suicide, and the legal misconceptions around murder trials. Images Links Claus von Bülow Jack the Ripper
Yar! Pirates!
May 17, 2010
“Yar! Pirates!” Special Guest Chris Pramas of Green Ronin Publishing, creator of Freeport: City of Adventure and writer for Pirates of the Burning Sea, on keelhauling, the career of Black Bart, Captain Morgan’s “ship bomb”,
Poison
May 10, 2010
Warning: Consumption of this podcast may cause increased knowledge, laughing fits, and a mild queasiness. Our topic is poison! Poisonous frogs and mushrooms as well as famous victims of poisoning are featured and much much more!
Cannibalism
May 3, 2010
Join us at the table and chow down on a podcast full of tender, succulent information. Our main course today is “long pig”, aka “human flesh”! How does it taste? Who are some of history’s most infamous cannibals?
Volcano!
Apr 26, 2010
What’s it like to be horribly killed by a volcanic eruption? What’s a cryovolcano? How would you score on the volcano pop quiz? Find out in the hottest episode yet of Caustic Soda yet. Pompeii, Mt St Helens, Krakatoa - you got nothin’ on us!
Black Holes
Apr 19, 2010
Hard Science by Soft People! Kevin, Joe and Toren dare to probe the secrets of a black hole and emerge with their underpants on the outside of their clothes. Musical guests: The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets perform “The Math Song.” LINKS
Radiation!
Apr 11, 2010
Dr Rob Tarzwell guests to tell us the intimate, unpleasant details of radiation. Get your iodine pills and your lead shields prepped for this extra-long episode of Caustic Soda! For our musical interlude, we honour the Fallout 3 video game by playing …
Two Tickets to Parasites
Apr 5, 2010
Caustic Soda Episode 2: “Two Tickets to Parasite” AKA “Things That Make You Go EUGHHHH” - Joe, Kevin and Toren talk about liver flukes, ichneumon wasps, guinea worms, the life cycle of the facehugger and the chestburster,
Caustic Soda Episode 1 – Shark Attack
Mar 29, 2010
Caustic Soda’s first podcast is now online with their first episode: Shark Attack! Join your hosts Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham as they look at the gruesome and fascinating world of sharks attacking! This episode’s pinup,