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The front page of the Internet--also known as Reddit--is making noise. Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the site's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives. A collaboration between WBUR and Reddit.
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In 2008, college student Kevin Toomey was cruising around Columbus, Ohio, listening to AM radio, when a jingle for Rotolo's Pizza came on. It was love at first listen, and it set him on a 13-year quest to find out who wrote and performed the jingle. In this Snacktime episode, Amory tells Ben about Kevin and his pizza jingle quest, which -- finally -- has a delicious conclusion.
Today's episode brings together three of our favorite things: mysteries, cultural deep-dives, and Dungeons & Dragons. It's an episode of Cautionary Tales, a podcast from Pushkin that tells stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos of the past -- pointing out valuable lessons for us from all the dithering, death and destruction.
In this Snacktime episode, Ben and Amory talk about vaccine passports in Texas and the out-of-this-world contents of a mysterious box.
In this Snacktime episode, we explore a post made on r/HobbyDrama about how some local plant-trading Facebook groups have had their wholesome hobby corrupted by an alleged scammer.
We're cooking up a new season of Endless Thread as we speak, dear listeners. But in the meantime, we realized we could probably all use a snack to hold us over. In this episode, we hear about a Redditor who created a fake press pass and found himself in a war zone, and another who accidentally assembled an army of crows. 
The subreddit r/WallStreetBets has been at the center of a national story this week involving GameStop and a couple of angry hedge funds. To help us understand what’s happening, we call up Planet Money co-host Robert Smith. Then, we speak to Redditor u/Hungry_Freaks-Daddy who hopped on board the GameStop train earlier this week and says he has nothing to lose.  Support Endless Thread: wbur.org/socks
Today, we present episode one of Anything for Selena, a new podcast from WBUR and Futuro Studios. Growing up along the US-Mexico border, Maria Garcia felt torn between her two identities as Mexican and American. But then, something changed her life. She discovered Selena — the Mexican-American pop icon who proved she didn’t have to choose. In the premiere episode of “Anything for Selena,” host Maria Garcia explores how Selena helped Maria find her own place in the world. About The Show: In "Anything For Selena," Host Maria Garcia takes listeners on a deeply personal journey into the life and legacy of the Mexican-American popstar Selena Quintanilla. She shares how Selena's music and unapologetic sense of identity helped her find her own place in the world. And it explores how Selena's legacy continues to spark important conversations around race, class, and body politics.
In the aftermath of a violent mob storming the U.S. Capitol building, we got back in touch with Indi Samarajiva. Indi's a writer who lived through the end of the Sri Lankan civil war, and he was featured in "Things Are Bad," an episode we released last October in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election. The team caught up with Indi again to ask him about his thoughts on last week's events. Donate now: wbur.org/socks
A Special Announcement

A Special Announcement

2021-01-0746:411

Endless Thread is currently on break cooking up our next season, but we're getting back in touch with a special announcement. Donate Now: wbur.org/socks
While we're on break working on a new season, we recommend checking out Decoder Ring. In each episode, Decoder Ring explores a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters. Today we're presenting one of their recent episodes: "Mystery of the Mullet." The mullet, the love-to-hate-it hairstyle is as associated with the 1980s as Ronald Reagan, junk bonds, and break dancing. But in at least one major way, we are suffering from a collective case of false memory syndrome. In this episode, the Decoder Ring team tracks the rise and fall of the mullet, and also the lexical quandary at its heart: who named the mullet?
Endless Thread is on break so we're sharing one of our favorite episodes from the past year. We published it back on Juneteenth 2020 after asking for stories that caught our listeners' attention at the height of the George Floyd and Breonna Taylor police brutality protests around the country. The episode was recently included in a roundup of “100 Outstanding Podcasts From 2020” from The Bello Collective.
A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane

2020-12-0438:072

It's that time of the year again: Endless Thread is going on a winter break. But don't miss us too much. We'll be back in 2021 with a fresh, new, weird, and wonderful version of the show. Before we say goodbye for now, we check in with some of our favorite guests of episodes past. Episodes updated include: Get Motivated: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/01/11/get-motivated Infectious, Pt 1: Scabs, Pus, and Puritans: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/05/03/scabs-pus-puritans Brain Melt: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2018/11/09/brain-melt Nick, Jess, and David: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/12/20/autistic-redditors-explain-autism Shipwrecked: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2019/06/14/shipwrecked Dear Anon: https://www.wbur.org/endlessthread/2018/11/16/dear-anon
Chicken patrol. Tiny plates. Purses lined with plastic bags. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Endless Thread re-releases "All You Can Eat," an episode that peeks behind the curtain of the strange world of all-you-can-eat buffets, from the strategies buffet owners use to protect their profits to the hungry customers who try to game the system. Listen until the end for an update with Jordan, the Redditor and restaurant consultant featured in the original episode, to hear an insider's perspective on how the pandemic is changing the food industry.
Niall Needs A Friend

Niall Needs A Friend

2020-11-1938:185

A month ago, we received an email that really caught our attention. It was from a listener in Ireland named Niall, who has been feeling isolated during the pandemic. He was wondering if we could help him make some new friends. So... the Endless Thread team got to work.
Today You, Tomorrow Me

Today You, Tomorrow Me

2020-11-1323:569

10 years ago, Justin found himself on the side of the road with a blown out tire. Hours went by and no one stopped to help. But just as he was about to give up, something happened that changed Justin forever.
Low Stakes Hot Takes

Low Stakes Hot Takes

2020-11-0628:225

We all have that one opinion — that firmly held, low stakes, non-political belief. You know the one. It's usually met with (low stakes) outrage whenever you dare to say it out loud. Well, we asked you, our listeners, to share your low stakes hot takes with us and, oh boy, did you deliver.
Ben and Amory swap terrifying tales from Reddit, featuring an uninvited house guest and a doctor with an unusual fetish. Happy Halloween!
Bonus: 'Brainwashed'

Bonus: 'Brainwashed'

2020-10-2826:151

This past Spring, Endless Thread released a series called “Madness: The Secret Mission for Mind Control and the People Who Paid the Price.” If you missed it, you should go back and listen! A new series from CBC Podcasts, "Brainwashed," offers fresh perspective on the same topic: a powerful doctor who conducted disturbing, CIA-funded mind-control experiments on patients at a prestigious psychiatric hospital in Montreal. We recently talked to the host of "Brainwashed," Michelle Shepherd, for this bonus episode. We wanted to compare notes with another reporter who has gone deep on this story and swap takeaways.
Things Are Bad

Things Are Bad

2020-10-2233:077

With increasing political divide and heightened civil unrest in the United States, many fear that it will culminate in a second civil war. We explore the likelihood of that scenario and hear from someone who thinks America is already in the midst of collapse.
In the spirit of Halloween, the Endless Thread team shares spooky stories from Reddit, including the origins of a classic horror movie SFX, the creepy world of r/backrooms, and the mystery surrounding three photos found on someone’s phone.
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Victoria Hughes

I found this series from your interview with the makers of the Brainwashed podcast.

Nov 1st
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Victoria Hughes

Good luck getting the current US administration to be accountable for anything. They aren't even holding themselves accountable for the pandemic.

Nov 1st
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buffaloguy1991

check out "it could happen here" by Robert Evans as well. excellent mini series on the subject

Oct 23rd
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Cindy R

this gave me great anxiety.

Sep 9th
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Okamifan1 Productions

What a classic mystery... Well done podcast too.

Aug 17th
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wanderluther

You hate Harry Potter?? 😡😠

Aug 11th
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Bea Kiddo

It sounds to me that the Harry Potter kid knows she’s not a witch and the parents need to face reality. As huge fan of the Harry Potter stories, I know that kid is smarter than her parents. They need to lay off the poly juice potion 😉and let their kid do and be the good that comes from the Harry Potter stories but without the stories now.

Aug 1st
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Bea Kiddo

It sounds to me that the Harry Potter kid knows she’s not a witch and the parents need to face reality. As huge fan of the Harry Potter stories, I know that kid is smarter than her parents. They need to lay off the poly juice potion 😉and let their kid do and be the good that comes from the Harry Potter stories but without the stories now. ✌🏻

Aug 1st
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Bea Kiddo

It sounds to me that the Harry Potter kid knows she’s not a witch and the parents need to face reality. As huge fan of the Harry Potter stories, I know that kid is smarter than her parents. They need to lay off the poly juice potion 😉and let their kid do and be the good that comes from the Harry Potter stories but without the stories now. ✌🏻

Aug 1st
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Bea Kiddo

It sounds to me that the Harry Potter kid knows she’s not a witch and the parents need to face reality. As huge fan of the Harry Potter stories, I know that kid is smarter than her parents. They need to lay off the poly juice potion 😉and let their kid do and be the good that comes from the Harry Potter stories but without the stories now. ✌🏻

Aug 1st
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ellen cox

Thought this would be an especially interesting series since I'm listening to this during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic... I appreciate the hosts' presenting the myriad views associated with vaccinations... As a parent with an immunocompromised child, I get *intensely frustrated* 😬 when folks refuse to make choices (e.g., wearing a facemask in 2020) that ultimately benefit the community as a whole. I find these refusals to be, at best, disappointing, but also self-centered & repugnant because of the blatant disregard for the *impact* their actions could have on innocents...

Aug 1st
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Nellie Fly

impressive, eh? 🤙👼

May 7th
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Jonella DeLimas

I completely disagree with the scientist's analysis of the thought process or desire to jump from a high place. Why wouldn't it just be something that is more instinctual based on our evolution? Why would people stand at a high place and get the alarm that there in danger, step back and then go to the process of thinking why did I step back oh it must have been because I wanted to jump that's ludicrous and that unscientific. Jung spoke about the shadow. Reach further, dig deeper.

Mar 18th
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Alissa Maxwell

I just discovered this pod, this week. I've been bingeing and learning so much. Last Seen brought me here. Observation: Amory is a puzzle. She has the buttery voice of a Disney voice over talent, the wit of an old soul, yet she doesn't understand basic pop culture references from as recently as the late 90s, so my assumption is she's very young.

Mar 9th
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Christopher Band

Not listening to something made by a Disney.

Dec 1st
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Mike B

"hate speech" aka stuff that hurts your fragile feelings...

Nov 10th
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Chris Matz

Thank you guys for your hard work! That was amaz ing!

Aug 23rd
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Ryan O

Snack time in the woods , final sound is a modified car audio system, they do competitions for who can get the highest decibels for like 1.5 secs

Aug 17th
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Mae Lee Arant

gop bought and sold

Jul 23rd
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Mae Lee Arant

he voted for trump. the "overall" comment washed away a myriad of sins

Jul 23rd
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