Caustic Soda

The podcast of the weird, gross, and disturbing.

Back one last time.

In honor of Greg Bole

and care at BC Cancer

Episode Archive


Ball lightning, “dark lightning,” petrified lightning, Lichtenberg figures, dramatic lightning strikes through history and how to avoid being struck by lightning. Plus pop culture! Music: “Ain’t

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The Brain

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Caustic Anatomy Class

Caustic Anatomy ClassThe BrainThe HeartBonesKidneysCaustic Regular Dr. Rob Tarzwell joins Joe, Toren, and Kevin in the premiere episode of our new series: “Caustic Anatomy Class”, this

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Joe, Toren, and Kevin take a Caustic look at “love”. We discuss the obsessive “limerence”, Helen of Troy, Abelard &

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Rabies science and symptoms, old timey remedies, dog death squads in China, rabid whale speculation, the Milwaukee Protocol and Shitty Jobs: Louis Pasteur rabies vaccine

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This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Caustic "Icide Guide"

Caustic “Icide Guide”Regicide, Part 1Regicide, Part 2PatricideInfanticideGenocide, Part 1 of 2Genocide, Part 2 of 2EcocideSuicideFratricideHospiticideKevin, Toren, and Joe continue our “Caustic Icide Guide” with “Hospiticide”.

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Kids Who Kill

The Kobe child murders, The Sasebo slashing, Eric Smith, the “Teacup Poisoner,” The Boston Boy Fiend, William York, Mary Bell, Amarjeet Sada, Carl Mahan, The

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Belle Gunness

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Evil Dames In History

Evil Dames In HistoryCountess Elizabeth BathoryIlse KochGriselda BlancoBelle GunnessEvil Dames in History continues as Kevin, Toren, and Joe look at “professional widow” Belle Gunness. Murder,

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Allan Newell returns once again to discuss Sarah Emma Edmonds, Klaus Fuchs, the Rosenbergs, honeypots, and the acoustic kitty. Also a pop quiz on spy

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Fandamonium 2014

What do we do when we need a last-minute replacement show? A “Followups” episode created entirely from your suggestions and questions! In addition to new

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Hunting Spiders

Our micro-series on spiders concludes with a look at the goliath bird eater, the funnelweb, the vampire spider, spider traumatic insemination and various tarantulas. Also

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Web Building Spiders

Gavin “They’re Not Insects They’re Arachnids” Pitts joins us in studio for our epic micro-series on spiders. First up: the weird and wonderful world of

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