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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so very many things that can. Each episode tackles a different infectious disease, from the history, to the biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Independently produced and edited by co-hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, graduate students in disease ecology, ‘This Podcast Will Kill You’ makes infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation. Season one, ‘The Plagues You Know’, covers some of the most famous (or infamous) plagues and pestilences of humankind.

This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so very many things that can. Each episode tackles a different infectious disease, from the history, to the biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Independently produced and edited by co-hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, graduate students in disease ecology, ‘This Podcast Will Kill You’ makes infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation. Season one, ‘The Plagues You Know’, covers some of the most famous (or infamous) plagues and pestilences of humankind.
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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so very many things that can. Each episode tackles a different infectious disease, from the history, to the biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Independently produced and edited by co-hosts Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke, graduate students in disease ecology, ‘This Podcast Will Kill You’ makes infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation. Season one, ‘The Plagues You Know’, covers some of the most famous (or infamous) plagues and pestilences of humankind.

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Episodes

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

2/27/2018
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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 Candeias of the awesome podcast and website, In Defense of Plants. This week, we'll talk about Wolfsbane, or Monkshood, or Aconitum, or any of its various common names. The point is, get ready to learn about a pretty gnarly poison, its history,...

Duration:01:03:24

Bonus Episode HIV/AIDS

1/30/2018
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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 and 90s. Brryan and Hillel also share their experiences living with HIV today. We were incredibly moved by all three of their stories and are so honored to get to share them with you. We hope you enjoy it! If you'd like to hear more from...

Duration:00:26:08

Ep 12 HIV/AIDS: Apathy Will Kill You

1/23/2018
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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, who took care of many of his friends throughout the epidemic, Hillel Wasserman, who has been living with HIV since 1987, and Brryan Jackson who was diagnosed with AIDS when he was only 5 years old. In this episode, you'll get a glimpse into...

Duration:01:46:47

Ep 11 Ebola: The New Kid on the Block

1/16/2018
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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 outbreak of epic proportions for you, dear listeners, to hear about it? Well, listen closely for the answer. Special guests this episode include badass scientists Lauren Cowley, Nell Bond, and Sarah Paige, who will share their first-hand...

Duration:01:41:52

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

1/9/2018
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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 of the vaccine, to where the offending mosquito hangs out today, we'll cover everything you need to know about this disease. Like for example did you know that A. Ham The Man himself was infected?! Yeah, me neither. Let's learn things...

Duration:01:00:41

Ep 9 Tuberculosis: A Slow Burn

1/2/2018
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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 its victim and waits patiently, hidden and untouchable. We’ll learn why Nicole Kidman's skinny physique was so en vogue in Moulin Rouge, talk about ‘The Royal Touch’, which isn’t quite as creepy as it sounds, cover enough of Koch's postulates...

Duration:00:57:58

Ep 8 ABRACADABRA - Go Away Malaria!

12/19/2017
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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 excited to tell you about this parasite since it's one of EAU's personal favs (are we allowed to have favorite horrible diseases?). Come along as we travel back millions of years to explore malaria's wee beginnings, trace its path as it...

Duration:01:02:10

Ep 7 Hit Me With Your Best (Polio) Shot

12/12/2017
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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.

Duration:01:01:04

Ep 6 Plague Part 2: TGFA

12/5/2017
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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 not to put on your scaredy pants.

Duration:00:43:06

Ep 5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT

11/28/2017
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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 epic topic in fact, that you'll have to tune in next week to catch up on the current status of plague around the world!

Duration:01:01:59

Ep 4 The S#*T Show

11/21/2017
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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 save the day and created the field of epidemiology. But is cholera a thing of the past? Not so much.

Duration:00:49:55

Ep 3 Gnarlypox

11/14/2017
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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 biology, a moderately uplifting present, and a precarious future. We'll cover it all.

Duration:01:00:56

Ep 2 Skin in the Game, Horse in the Race

11/7/2017
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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.

Duration:00:54:23

Ep 1 Influenza Will Kill You

10/31/2017
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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 you need to know about how the flu virus works.

Duration:01:08:45

Episode 0 - TPWKY Season 1 Trailer

10/23/2017
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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"!

Duration:00:01:42