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This Podcast Will Kill You

By Exactly Right / Erin Welsh & Erin Allmann Updyke

Rank #1 in Medicine category

Science & Medicine
Medicine
Natural Sciences
History
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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match

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This podcast might not actually kill you, but it covers so many things that can. Each episode tackles a different disease, from its history, to its biology, and finally, how scared you need to be. Ecologists and epidemiologists Erin Welsh and Erin Allmann Updyke make infectious diseases acceptable fodder for dinner party conversation and provide the perfect cocktail recipe to match

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3400 Ratings
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MUST listen!

By Tayupple - Jan 19 2019
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This podcast is so good! These ladies not only teach you about various pathogens but they make it super interesting and fun! Can’t stop telling my friends about it.

Love it

By CJK-0523 - Jan 15 2019
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So informative AND entertaining! Love it :)

iTunes Ratings

3400 Ratings
Average Ratings
3199
88
42
23
48

MUST listen!

By Tayupple - Jan 19 2019
Read more

This podcast is so good! These ladies not only teach you about various pathogens but they make it super interesting and fun! Can’t stop telling my friends about it.

Love it

By CJK-0523 - Jan 15 2019
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So informative AND entertaining! Love it :)

Top 10 Episode of This Podcast Will Kill You

Rank #1: Ep 2 Skin in the Game, Horse in the Race

Nov 07 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. 

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Rank #2: Ep 5 Plague Part 1: The GMOAT

Nov 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! 

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Rank #3: Ep 3 Gnarlypox

Nov 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. 

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Rank #4: Ep 4 The Poop Show

Nov 21 2017
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That's right.. this is the poop show! Today we talk cholera- the bacterial disease that makes you liquid-poop your pants (and then some). Travel back in time with us to when London was a sewage-filled cesspool until the Original John Snow stepped in to save the day and created the field of epidemiology. But is cholera a thing of the past? Not so much. 

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Rank #5: Ep 11 Ebola: The New Kid on the Block

Jan 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 experiences with the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

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Rank #6: Ep 6 Plague Part 2: TGFA

Dec 05 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. 

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Rank #7: Ep 7 Hit Me With Your Best (Polio) Shot

Dec 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.    

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Rank #8: Ep 8 ABRACADABRA - Go Away Malaria!

Dec 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 shaped human evolution, take a short botanical detour to make that G & T, and end up where we first began--in 2017. Turns out that monster hasn't released humanity from its clutches quite yet.   

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Rank #9: Ep 10 Yellow Fever: Is there a Hamilton song about this?

Jan 09 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 together. 

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Rank #10: Ep 9 Tuberculosis: A Slow Burn

Jan 02 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 that you can give yourself an honorary microbiology degree, and oh so much more. 

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