Pick Your Poison

Pick Your Poison
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October 13, 2018

Covert spies painting nerve agents on doorknobs? It's not the only way to poison someone. We hear stories of radioactive paint, formaldehyde-spiked baby formula, and a beautiful garden full of plants that could kill you.

"Poison Squad" Volunteers taking in a dinner with a side of Borax.
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Science writer Deborah Blum on the government scientists who made the case for food regulation by "eating dangerously."

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11:47
A poison garden
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Amy Stewart is a serious gardener with a side gig – writing about all the plants that could kill you.

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06:38
Poison tea
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Kathryn Harkup is a chemist with an expertise in poison. She’s made a close study of a famous poisoner that employed everything from arsenic to cyanide to knock off close to 300 (fictional) victims: Agatha Christie, the mystery writer.

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12:05
A glowing radium clock.
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How painting radium on watches and instrument dials killed more than 50 young women working in Ottawa, Illinois.

Pick your poison
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Throughout history, we've been surrounded by substances that seemed benign and innocent in our food, in our gardens, in our medicine cabinets — until we realized they could be slowly killing us.

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October 31, 2018