37 episodes

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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    • 4.9, 852 Ratings

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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4.9 out of 5
852 Ratings

852 Ratings

FilthyNebs ,

This podcast will thrill you

This podcast is the G.O.A.T. Each topic is endlessly entertaining (and terrifying?) in its own way - the cholera episode had me in stitches, the hookworm episode kept me on my toes (literally, never want my bare feet on the ground again), and my jaw dropped so many times during the Encephalitis Lethargica episode that it may as well have dislocated from my face entirely by the end of it.

TPWKY makes deadly diseases way more fun than they should be, and it’s phenomenal 👌

rileywb ,

This Podcast Will Kill You Review

This Podcast Will Kill You is an informative conversational podcast. The hosts, Erin Allman-Updyke and Erin Welsh are both educated in the fields of disease ecology and epidemics. As a listener, you learn a lot about the scientific aspects of their selected topics. The podcast began as an outlet for two graduate students to share their love of medical mysteries with other scientific minds, and eventually turned into a successful podcast with a curious and growing fan base. The two hosts are friends and spend portions of the podcast joking around with each other. This dynamic helps make the podcast more engaging as the topics they cover are usually complicated and emotionally charged. The light humours atmosphere they create provides breaks from the scientific theory which holds the listeners attention.
The first episode aired on October 31, 2017. The show uploads new episodes every couple of weeks. I decided to listen to the podcast in hopes of learning about topics in which I am uneducated in. The hosts discussions of Lyme disease and cystic fibrosis were both terrifying and insightful.
Episode 35 of the This Podcast Will Kill You discusses Lyme disease, which is one of the world’s most common and complex tick-borne illnesses. The disease is spread to the host by an infected tick that has latched themselves onto the hosts’ body. The bacterium known as Borrelia is then released into the host, which causes a severe immune reaction to the unknown pathogen. The infected individual becomes exposed to a variety of symptoms, such as a distinctive rash which appears in the shape of a bullseye.
Episode 34 analyzes the genetic disorder, cystic fibrosis. The disorder is caused by mutations the genes that makeup the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein. This protein is involved with the production of sweat, mucus and digestive fluids. The hosts explain that the mutated protein cause the aforementioned fluids to become thicker than normal. Which results in lung, pancreas and digestive system malfunctions.
The hosts follow the same format each episode. The podcast starts with story of a firsthand account of someone who has lived or is current living with the illness which they further explain in the episode. This gives the listener a sense the challenges and symptoms an infected person deals with. Next, the symptoms of the disease or disorder are outlined, and how your body is affected from a biological standpoint. Afterwards, the history of each disease/disorder is explained. This includes how and when the disease was first reported and how the first scientists were able to recognize a reoccurring pattern of infections within the affected people. Updyke and Welsh then discus the current cures and how those cures were found for each topic. Each episode ends with a current update on the disease’s’ status and the possible preventative measures you can take to keep yourself safe and healthy.
The advertising in these two episodes were directed entirely towards a female demographic. There are three advertisements per episode. Notable advertisements were for Stitch Fix, which is a personal stylist service that ships outfits to the customers home. Also, Wine Club which is a wine subscription service which wine is mailed to your house. The two hosts read the advertisements from a script and you can hear how disengaged they are. The advertisements are targeted at the correct demographic, young adult females, but left me feeling isolated. I wanted to skip the advertisements because they were not applicable to me. The choice of advertisements discourages male listeners which turns off nearly half of the population. Overall, the advertisements are not related to the contents of the podcast, though they do apply to the same demographic which the hosts are a part of.
The podcast receives a 4/5-star rating. The hosts abilities to explain complex topics in depth while still holding the listeners attention allows for the listener to learn information about topics that are typically uninteresting or dull. It is also a nice change of pace to have younger adults explaining these topics instead of older people who are hard to relate to.

musictheatre ,

Fascinating! Gross! SO Cool!

I love this show! The Erins always make interesting, well-researched episodes.

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