My Favorite Malady: A Mütter Museum Podcast

My Favorite Malady: A Mütter Museum Podcast

Join science goths Mike and Nancy from the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, as they talk about their favorite historical medical maladies, mysteries, people and events. Prepare to be disturbingly informed!


January 29, 2021 11 mins

A quick check-in this week, with some feedback on our SUDS episode courtesy of our favorite local medical examiner, and where we are (figuratively but also literally) with our newest museum exhibition, Unseen. Also, we're hiring a digital content intern! Come play with us...

Our newest exhibit, Unseen, is opening next Friday, 5 February 2021! Come check it out!

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In this exciting episode, Nancy and Mike talk night hags, why monsters are sexist, babies that don't love hookah, Nancy's sister (a different one this time) and how she treats her gentleman callers, rebuilding your deck, dancing yourself to death, and Ireland, for some reason.

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January 8, 2021 11 mins

WE ATEN'T DEAD and if you got that reference, congrats, you are also a giant nerd. We check in very quickly to let you know where we've been, and when the museum is reopening! Plus, a brief discussion of the Philadelphia accent, men yelling at or at least near Nancy, and our friends over at the Science History Institute and a really cool outdoor exhibit that they have up.

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In this fortnight's exciting episode we talk about how having a terminal lung disease makes you sexy, and also a very early, really extremely uncomfortable imaging technology, with special guest Hannah Polasky, MSc of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Also, we talk about salad tongs for babies, really unhappy places to get burned, hair dye, makeup, more hair dye, Tombstone, e-girls, and why you might want to learn the tensi...

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November 20, 2020 10 mins

Another mini episode with corrections, updates, and events. We talk about our impending COVID-related shutdown, an upcoming event where Nancy gets electrocuted, our friend Jill Knapp's amazing rendition of that song that's stuck in my head forever now, and a few other things.

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In this fortnight's exciting episode, we talk chimney sweep's scrotum (and a bonus malady, mule spinner's scrotum!), and how you can donate your body to us or other cool places after you die. This week we welcome special guest Rhiannon Watson, forensic toxicologist, formerly of the body farm at *CENSORED*.

We also discuss Swiss-German home invasions, the origins of common everyday expressions, arsenic poulti...

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November 6, 2020 23 mins

In this week's minijawn we have corrections and clarifications Also we discuss the three genders: smoking, flaming or glowing poop.  As well, we go over why the bodies in Poltergeist (and many other movies) were actually real human skeletons, and not replica props as most would think, buying Bone Clones, Jean M Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear series and its relation to a young science goth's sexual education, at-home sk...

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In this fortnight's exciting episode we talk about:  Necrosis of the jaw due to phosphorous poisoning, and a controversial 20th century psychiatrist. Also, playing with matches, heavy metal, glow-in-the-dark poop, not the guitarist from Queen, why Nancy used to smell like egg farts, labor rights, lobotomies, slavery, racism, that which bedevils the days of man, more racism, brain stimulation that isn't ASMR, conversion th...

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October 23, 2020 5 mins

Some feedback on our last episode, plus invitations to upcoming events, and also a teaser for the next full episode of My Favorite Malady!

Show notes:

Not a whole lot this week! Just this link to our upcoming events page:

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In this fortnight's exciting episode, we talk with special guest Dr. Marcia D. Nichols of the University of Minnesota Rochester about food courts, handwashing, why you would dress a sexy frog in pink taffeta pants, the supernatural power of the female imagination, and why delivering babies when you're covered in cadaver goo is bad for everyone, but mostly the ladies. Nancy tells us all about 14-foot-tall greenish-purple p...

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October 8, 2020 12 mins

Some corrections, clarifications, invitations to upcoming events, and also a teaser for the next full episode of My Favorite Malady!

Show notes:


The Dark Archives!

Watch The Exorcist with Science on Tap!

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On this fortnight's exciting episode: Nancy's sister catches a disease from World War 1, so we make fun of her! Also, Mike talks about getting an uncommon disease that made an ER doctor very excited. Finally, we discuss the joys of mixing caffeine and alcohol, and bone flutes. The Oxford comma was very important in that last sentence.

Thanks to Dr. George Wohlreich and Dr. Bennett Lorber for helping all of this c...

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Thanks for tuning into the premiere of My Favorite Malady with Mike & Nancy, a Mütter Museum podcast!

On this week's exciting episode: The mysteries of Blackwater Fever. Cocktails! Colonialism! Racism! The Vatican! Also, why there were entire clubs in 17th-century London for people with no noses? Spoiler alert: Because sex reasons. Also also, we talk corned beef hash and the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.


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