Caustic Soda is a weekly podcast about science, horrible news and humor hosted by Toren Atkinson, Kevin Leeson and Joe Fulgham. Each episode of Caustic Soda takes a gruesome, gory or otherwise horrible topic, such as shark attacks, parasites and radiation, and breaks it down into an easily-digestible bubbling paste of funny! The hosts discuss the topic’s origins, recent news and pop culture.
It’s hard science by soft people!
Toren Atkinson was raised on a “beefalo” farm in Chilliwack BC and is now the lead singer for the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired rock band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. He is the co-author and illustrator for the award-winning roleplaying gameSpaceship Zero. Toren has worked as an illustrator for games like Call of Cthulhu and Dungeons & Dragons since the mid 90s and studied comic production under Steve (Pounded/Queen & Country/Tales of the TMNT) Rolston. As an actor he’s appeared in Stargate: Atlantis and provided voices for video games like Sword of the Stars and Fort Zombie. Current projects include funny animal superhero property World Wildlife Federation of Justice.
Joe Fulgham is a 12th level Skeptic/4th Level Rogue. He steganographically encodes a complete personality backup in every podcast, assuring his eternal life. Joe is an active member of the Vancouver Skeptic community and enjoys making fun of people who believe improbable things.
Professionally, Joe has designed and coded web sites for many gaming greats — Alderac Entertainment Group, id software, Activision, and The Matrix Online. He has performed improv comedy as a founding member of The Robin Goodfellow Players, and avoided getting a real job for many years by acting in as much college theatre as he could.
Joe’s latest podcast is The Dreaming – The Sandman read-along podcast, an issue-by-issue examination of Neil Gaiman’s classic comic series “The Sandman”
Photo by Rene Blais Photography
Kevin Leeson is a Producer, Screenwriter, and Story Editor in the film and television industry. He has produced on projects featuring such diverse talents as Steve Austin, Daniel Stern, Mira Sorvino, Dolph Lundgren, and Toni Braxton. Kevin co-wrote and published a 6-issue limited comic book series “Outnumbered”, and was a contributor to the Shuster Award-adjacent Crime Anthology Graphic Novel “Acts Of Violence”. He is one of the co-hosts of the award-winning podcast “Caustic Soda”, and revels in finding the funny in the macabre inherent in the world around us.