15 episodes

Welcome to The Poisoncast, a podcast dedicated to explaining the deadly science behind toxins, venoms & chemicals. Travel deep inside the human body and learn just how these fascinating and dangerous molecules can kill you.

The Poisoncast Scott Barnett, Ph.D.

    • Life Sciences

Welcome to The Poisoncast, a podcast dedicated to explaining the deadly science behind toxins, venoms & chemicals. Travel deep inside the human body and learn just how these fascinating and dangerous molecules can kill you.

    Poison Control Center - The Poisoncast #13

    Poison Control Center - The Poisoncast #13

    On this episode we speak to Dr. Kelly Johnson-Arbor, co-director of the National Capital Poison Center.

    • 44 min
    POISONCAST UPDATE

    POISONCAST UPDATE

    Where has the podcast gone? Find out with this quick update!

    • 2 min
    Strychnine - The Poisoncast #12

    Strychnine - The Poisoncast #12

    On this episode of The Poisoncast learn how strychnine causes death. Unknown to most people, this toxin has historically been used as both a poison and a therapeutic. Learn why.

    • 33 min
    VX Nerve Agent - The Poisoncast #11

    VX Nerve Agent - The Poisoncast #11

    On this episode of The Poisoncast learn how VX nerve agent kills you. It involves acetylcholine and it does not dissapoint on the terrifying scale.

    • 30 min
    Death Cap Mushroom - The Poisoncast #10

    Death Cap Mushroom - The Poisoncast #10

    On this episode of The Poisoncast learn what makes the Death Cap mushroom (Amanita phalloides) arguably the deadliest of mushrooms. Travel inside the liver with us to see how the diabolical toxin takes you down.

    • 17 min
    Poison Oak - The Poisoncast #09

    Poison Oak - The Poisoncast #09

    On this episode of The Poisoncast learn how Urushiol, the active ingredient in poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac, injures you. It's unlike any toxin we've discussed thus far, and you'll love it!

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

Rusty Crophopper ,

Great show

Love the more in depth look into mechanisms and biochemical interactions.

Travelling Squid ,

Best. Podcast. Ever.

This is one of the first podcasts I ever tried and the one that keeps me trying more podcasts. Scott’s enthusiasm for the poisons, venoms, and toxins makes him a pleasure to listen to. I don’t under stand the second tier of higher science, but it’s still fun to listen to and I end up learning a lot of stuff.
And the Black Mamba episode was fun for additional trivia information watching the new Jumanji movie. 😂

TheGreatBambinoOf2015!!! ,

Amazing show!

I like how Scott breaks the show down. He does an amazing job explaining the science while keeping it interesting and exciting.
Please make more episodes or start a new podcast, you’re built for this!

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