About This Episode
A strange, and surprisingly funny, brew of poisons, parasites and infectious diseases is on tap at The Bell House in Brooklyn when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman welcome guests Mark Siddall, the Leech Guy, and comedians H. Jon Benjamin and Jessica Williams. You’ll learn the difference between poison and venom, why magic mushrooms are safer than blowfish sushi, and how plants protect themselves by using cinnamon, vanilla, caffeine and nicotine as insecticides. You’ll also find out more than you might ever want to know about snakes, spiders, tapeworms, pinworms, bedbugs, and the parasites that live in your eyelashes. And that’s before Mark brings up the really scary stuff: Malaria and Ebola, and why mosquitoes and fruit bats aren’t the only things we have to worry about when it comes to protecting ourselves from infectious diseases.
Previously recorded live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
NOTE: All-Access subscribers can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: StarTalk Live! Parasites and Poisons at The Bell House.