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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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Free To Be Childfree

Free To Be Childfree

2019-12-0500:43:231

r/childfree is one of the fastest growing communities on Reddit and it's for people who do NOT want children. They don't want to be told why they should have them, how much they'll regret it if they don't, and how "selfish" they are for not "contributing to society." This choice is becoming more common, yet it's still questioned ferociously. We hear from some of these people and explore how this Reddit community offers support when friends and family don't.
While we’re busy stuffing our faces over Thanksgiving, we thought we’d share a story you’ll love from another great podcast: Underunderstood. They look into a photo that frequently goes viral on Reddit to figure out, once and for all, whether or not it’s a hoax. Their conclusion is satisfying and weirdly touching.
To the Max (Headroom)

To the Max (Headroom)

2019-11-2100:38:375

On November 22nd, 1987, two TV stations in Chicago had their broadcast signals hijacked by someone wearing a Max Headroom mask. In the years since, Redditors have played an integral role in getting to the bottom of this case. Who dunnit? Why? How? We dig into the story.
Get ready for some extra sparkle on the heels of last week’s deep dive into “The Great Glitter Mystery.” Retired Forensic Scientist Ed Jones has one of the world’s largest glitter collections. And his side hobby has served him well over the years – glitter helped him solve a murder case back in 2001.
The Great Glitter Mystery

The Great Glitter Mystery

2019-11-0700:42:243

Endless Thread solves one of the internet’s most compelling unresolved mysteries. Inspired by a New York Times feature about glitter last year, Redditors have obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter – information which glitter-makers have now famously refused to divulge. No one has been able to find any answers…until now!
When Kellie's 3 year-old daughter told her about her new imaginary friend, Kellum, she didn't think too much of it. But gradually, Kellum started to feel less and less... imaginary. Kellie and her daughter, Madison, tell us everything.
Snacktime: Even More Dread

Snacktime: Even More Dread

2019-10-2400:16:551

Endless Dread continues with two more spooky stories, one about “The Smiling Man” and one about an unsettling recording from a sleep app.
Endless Dread: Olga of Kiev

Endless Dread: Olga of Kiev

2019-10-1700:31:403

Olga of Kiev executed one of the most bone-chilling revenge tours in history after her husband, Igor, was murdered. Then, with a burning city in her wake, she converted to Christianity and became a saint.
Snacktime: Endless Dread

Snacktime: Endless Dread

2019-10-1000:16:553

We kick off this year’s series of spooky stories in the lead-up to Halloween with tales about a frightening curse and a memorable first date.
Loot Crates

Loot Crates

2019-10-0300:29:314

Loot crates are virtual prize boxes available for purchase in video games, containing mystery items like customizations, powerful weapons, or rare gear. They are also the subject of the most downvoted Reddit comment of all-time, the crux of a debate about the definition of gambling, and a window into the history of human evolution.
Snacktime: Restoration

Snacktime: Restoration

2019-09-2600:10:13

Alex found an old and very rare family photo. The only problem? It was damaged to the point that the faces were completely unrecognizable. So...he turned to Reddit.
Speak Memory

Speak Memory

2019-09-2000:28:144

Virtual assistants like Alexa and Siri know a lot about us – maybe TOO much about us. But when we’re gone, they also leave our loved ones with something to hold on to. In this episode, we explore how technology is helping preserve memories and changing our relationship to the past.
Snacktime: Who Is 'Batbrat?'

Snacktime: Who Is 'Batbrat?'

2019-09-1200:12:271

A Redditor named ‘batbrat’ has been quietly solving mysteries for years – identifying everything from a Victorian mourning ring from the 1800s to a single bone of a deer – and others have started to take notice. "Who are you?," one Redditor asked. In today's Snacktime, we find out...
God Is A Capitalist

God Is A Capitalist

2019-09-0500:36:178

Hillsong is an Australian megachurch famous for its hipster vibe, multi-platinum house band, and connections to celebrities like Justin Bieber, Chris Pratt, and Kevin Durant. But behind the flashing lights and thick-rimmed glasses is an ultra-conservative church with a dark past.
Ben and Amory swap recent Reddit gems about an obscure heavy metal band and a surprising Macaulay Culkin appearance at a comedy show.
Geedis

Geedis

2019-08-2200:44:005

What is Geedis? This is the question that thousands of internet sleuths have been trying to answer for more than two years. The strange, furry character and his buddies in The Land of Ta have remained a mystery of 80’s fantastical proportions. We go down the rabbit hole...and make an exciting discovery.
Snacktime: Into The Woods

Snacktime: Into The Woods

2019-08-1600:17:061

This Snacktime episode takes us to the woods, with revenge-filled confessions and mysterious sounds...
Gone Wild Audio

Gone Wild Audio

2019-08-0800:42:41

Audio erotica is blowing up right now, from Silicon Valley-backed startups to the rise of ASMR -- not to mention a huge growth in podcasts. But the hub for audio erotica can be found on Reddit in a community of more than 300,000 devoted fans and amateur performers. We dive into this world to understand audio erotica’s surprising moment in the cultural spotlight and the unexpected ways it’s transforming people’s lives.
Snacktime: LSD And Hot Sauce

Snacktime: LSD And Hot Sauce

2019-08-0100:16:571

Ben and Josh trade favorite Reddit stories about an Englishman whose bad LSD trip leads to a months-long French charade and a job seeker whose interview tactics leave him spitting fire...but not in a good way.
The Amber Room

The Amber Room

2019-07-2500:32:583

Once considered “the eighth wonder of the world,” the Amber Room was a treasure of kings and architectural marvel before being stolen by Nazis and lost to history. So…what happened? It all depends on who you ask.
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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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Mae Lee Arant

hate the glib overview of the animals killed and mounted for fun.

Jul 23rd
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Tadas Simokaitis

Ommmmggggggg. The clifffuckinghanger. 😂😂

Jul 1st
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Jason B

Interesting, but super biased. This should be titled, "In support of vaccination". Would be nice to hear a show without any bias. I would give this 1 out of 5 stars.

Jun 3rd
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Katey Garoutte

Ginger is a stupid bitch and shouldn't be given a platform to spread her nonsense.

Jun 1st
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Ruben

Can't wait till "Infectious" is finally over with. Getting tired of this going on and on and on...

May 28th
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carter mcalister

when you insinuate that somehow vaccine hesitancy is linked to racism your material immediately takes a propagandist dive...

May 27th
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Berendes381

I thought this might be an actual impartial look at both sides, but when you put one side into three categories; stupid, arrogantly stupid, or greedy, it pretty much throws impartiality out the window. Keep believing the government knows what's best for you and would never lie to you.

May 24th
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Ryan Wagoner

They used to have a great show discussing great moments on Reddit. Not so much anymore, acting out alien shows and vaccine theatre. Hoping they come back home for a couple more weeks before bailing.

May 17th
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Jeremy Fleming

I thought this topic was well covered and fairly potraied for the most part. The one thing I thought that was missing was hearing from parents of children who are vaccine injured or died from vaccines. I believe in vaccination but there are risks, as with any drug or medicine. People have a right to know the risks of vaccination as well as the risks of not vaccinating. Thanks.

May 9th
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Ruben

That was awesome! Make more of this episode!!!

Mar 25th
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Andrea Will

absolutely genius episode! an audio drama from multiple Reddit users is probably not an easy podcast to produce but WOW!

Jan 30th
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Anna Hendricks

For what it's worth, I thought those were great stand up jokes! Especially for your first time. Overall this was one of my favorite episodes I've heard so far (been listening in a random order). I wish I had the money to donate for a song, but I definitely shared with all my friends!

Dec 23rd
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lechuga

yo why am I listening to this at midnight?! it's spooky hours

Dec 5th
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niscope

I didn't listen to this when this podcast aired the first time so thanks for re-uploading. What an inspiring story.

Nov 28th
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