Food tasters, Wiley’s poison squad, tetra ethyl lead, pesticide-contaminated lunches, a new botulinum toxin, and the usual pop culture. Plus – what’s the lethal dose of various toxins? With Dr. Jenna Moccia, part 2 of 2!

Music: “Spooky Scherzo” by Sam Fonteyn



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  • Karen

    The episode of American Experience (PBS) called The Poisoner’s Handbook is well done and quite relevant to this episode –

  • Ish

    Follow Up fodder (just saw this on reddit):

    I can’t even.

    • Toren

      Cue Bel Biv Devoe song

  • Andrew Wortman

    FYI: The Doctor Who episode you discussed in the podcast was The Two Doctors, not The Five Doctors. The Two Doctors featured Colin Baker’s Doctor crossing over with Patrick Troughton’s Doctor. It was a staple of the Colin Baker era of the show that the Doctor was more… brutal – hence poisoning Shockeye with cyanide.

  • AncientHistoryChick

    I really enjoy these podcasts, but this week’s subject matter reminded me to finally go to the comments section and write this:

    Anything you reference that is considered ancient history (c. 3000 BCE – 700 CE) is usually entirely incorrect or based on misinterpreted information (this is coming from an ancient historian). I am not blaming you because the world and especially the internet are full of incorrect things on ancient history.

    I think it would be so nice to do a podcast on what I study (as you have brought many fascinating subjects up yourselves during the show): emperors, orgies, slaves, death, gladiators, etc. You consult other experts to make sure your information is more or less accurate, you can do the same for ancient history which is full of accurate information that is even better than the mythic lies that have been passed down to our present culture.

    • Toren

      We are definitely planning a gladiators episode – how do we contact you?

  • Brenton

    I was hoping for a section on antidotes – maybe that’s discussed in an episode on poisons?

    • Generaleesimo

      We did a POISON episode early in Season 1, which touched on that, but it was very early in our run so might not have been as thorough as we would have been in subsequent seasons. Until a re-do of POISONS seems like a good idea, I’m afraid antidotes will stay on the back burner.

      • Brenton

        Perhaps a stand-alone antidote episode? I know, doesn’t really make sense. But there’s such a rich history of antidotes in pop culture – not sure about history.

        Thanks for the reply.

  • AncientHistoryChick

    Hi Toren, I have sent you guys an email with my contact information.