Episode 126: Best of Distillations #7

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We bring you some of our favorite segments from past Distillations episodes this week. First, James Voelkel tells us how the trial of a man nicknamed Palmer the Poisoner launched the field of forensics. Next, Gigi Naglak explains how maggots are used to treat infections. And finally, producer Josh Kurz finds out how placebos manage to fool the brain.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:32 Introduction
00:49 Palmer the Poisoner
04:15 Maggots
07:09 Modern Placebos: A Necessary Hoax?
12:31 Closing Credits


Thank you to James Voelkel and Margaret E. Wood who researched the shows we featured this week.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from Music Alley. Additional music includes “NaSoPiAlMo No. 5,” by Eponymous 4, “Halloween,” by The Coffinshakers, and “You Just Called Me A Bastard, Didn’t You?,” by Jeremy Jacobs.

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