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This Podcast Will Kill You

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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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4.8 out of 5 stars from 19.4k ratings
  • Makes complex medical topics understandable

    Example is the Turner Syndrome episode- I have a sister with this chromosomal disorder and I understand it so much better after listening!

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    United States2 months ago
  • Amazing podcast!

    The research and content in this podcast is brilliant!!! Thank you for making out so interesting and not too complicated or “sciency” so I can still understand it. Really is the most fascinating podcast I’ve ever listened to. I hope you don’t run out of diseases any time soon! 🦠

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    Australia2 months ago
  • Pure excellence, in-flew-Enza.

    I started listening to this podcast during the height of Covid lockdown but the recent influenza episode is my favorite. I am not in the medical field but I've always been captivated by flu pandemics and have devoted more than normal hours of free time reading historical and scientific articles on the topic. Avian flu makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, so I was particularly excited for this episode. It was fabulous. I loved the historical background on pandemics from long ago c... more

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    Kate JN
    United States2 months ago
  • I love the marriage of compassion and fascination that the hosts wield in their approach to disease. The ways diseases work are endlessly interesting, but these women never forget that beyond the amazement, it's people (and sometimes animals) that have to deal with them. Love it!

    Podcast Addict
    2 months ago
  • So informational!!

    Thank you Erins! You guys put so much time and effort into this podcast! it is the best podcast ever, educational and funny at the same time! A note to all the haters, if you don’t like it then don’t listen! Abortion IS healthcare! The Erins are wonderful people, so there is no reason to bring them down! Thank you again and keep up the excellent work!

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    brains on fan
    United States2 months ago

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