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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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The release of Lifetime's 6-part documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" has sparked new conversations about the R&B singer -- at the water cooler, on social media, and of course, on Reddit. This episode comes to us from WBUR's "Edge of Fame" podcast, who spoke to a family that claims R. Kelly is holding their daughter hostage. It includes some upsetting details, so discretion is advised.
Get Motivated

Get Motivated

2019-01-1000:32:082

Jared Wells was ready to accept death just one year ago. But a year in the gym with a bodybuilding legend has totally changed his perspective on life... and his body, of course. Plus, Ben and Amory share their 2019 resolutions and recruit Redditors to help them accomplish their goals. Read more about Jared here: https://www.reddit.com/r/GetMotivated/comments/85xfn6/image_thank_you_getmotivated/?st=JQEH8X32&sh=a8a167b6
Encore: Something Wicked

Encore: Something Wicked

2019-01-0300:28:194

"Our landlord isn't letting me talk to you, but it's important we do." This text was written on one of several creepy post-it notes that mysteriously appeared in Redditor u/RBradbury1920's apartment. Who wrote them? Why? And how were they getting there? We get to the bottom of this famous Reddit mystery...
Encore: That Old Chestnut

Encore: That Old Chestnut

2018-12-2800:32:591

One of the nuttiest stories of near extinction and resurrection ever seen in the United States. It involves genetic engineering, warring factions of tree enthusiasts, and a mysterious, destructive power that started at the Bronx Zoo.
Humans Being Bros

Humans Being Bros

2018-12-2000:25:042

A Santa who went above and beyond. Emotionally-exhausted parents who received a well-timed helping hand. A surprising invention that warms the heart... and body. We celebrate the season of giving by highlighting some of the kindness shared on Reddit -- including, the story that actually inspired the creation of Endless Thread!
All You Can Eat

All You Can Eat

2018-12-1300:28:191

Chicken patrol. Tiny plates. Purses lined with plastic bags. We peek 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.
The Deadly Double

The Deadly Double

2018-12-0700:36:023

A Redditor finds a mysterious dice game in his grandparents’ basement. It reads “The Deadly Double: A Game to Play at Your Own Risk.” The Endless Thread team helps him investigate the game and finds surprising connections to Pearl Harbor, the FBI and The New Yorker.
Grateful Doe

Grateful Doe

2018-11-3000:26:582

An unidentified man died in a car crash in 1995 with Grateful Dead ticket stubs in his pocket. Twenty years later, Reddit sleuths helped solve the case of the “Grateful Doe.”
Encore: The GOAT

Encore: The GOAT

2018-11-2100:30:375

The Italian cyclist Gino Bartali could rightfully be called "the GOAT" -- the Greatest of All Time -- for his athletic achievements alone. But in this episode, we tip our hats to him as a humanitarian. During World War II, Bartali was living a double life. It involved the Catholic church, secret missions, Jewish refugees, and what may be the most honorable fake ID operation of all time.
Dear Anon

Dear Anon

2018-11-1600:31:17

What do Bill Gates, finding your soul mate, and charting a new life path have in common? Reddit Gifts! The world's largest anonymous gift exchange has led to some unexpected outcomes.
Brain Melt

Brain Melt

2018-11-0900:26:101

Redditor Stephanie Graham started feeling a bit off in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Then, things got weird. Really weird.
One of the bestselling toys of all-time, the Super Soaker, was invented by a rocket scientist nicknamed "The Professor." This is the story of the man, the legend: Lonnie Johnson.
Author Michael Pollan talks about all things magic mushrooms, including their potential for upending the brain's hierarchy and helping people cope with death.
Screamtime: Zombie Fungus

Screamtime: Zombie Fungus

2018-10-2500:30:233

Imagine a fungus that could infiltrate your whole body, turn you into a puppet, and grow right out of the top of your head. Actually, you don't have to imagine it -- IT'S REAL. It's called Cordyceps, and fortunately, it only has this effect on insects... for now.
Screamtime: Roof Man

Screamtime: Roof Man

2018-10-1800:21:291

Paranormal activity has haunted Darcy throughout her life. But it wasn’t until a nighttime ritual with her daughter turned spooky that she wondered what else might be at play.
Australian scientist Jamie Seymour was friends with the famous "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin. He was even there when Irwin was fatally stung by a stingray in 2006. Jamie sat down with Ben to reflect on that experience and Irwin's legacy.
Screamtime: Doom Jelly

Screamtime: Doom Jelly

2018-10-1100:36:471

Imagine sitting in a hospital room for 24 consecutive hours in the most agonizing pain you can possibly imagine. You feel a sense of impending doom. You have a feeling this won’t end well. Then, the pain subsides and you walk away. Jamie Seymour has had that experience eleven different times. He’s a leading expert on one of the world’s most frightening creatures and he’s paid the price.
When Alex was in high school, he and his best friend used to break into abandoned houses. Alex was a tough guy, giving people hell. Until one night, in one of those abandoned houses... hell gave him something back.
Turning Hate Into Humor

Turning Hate Into Humor

2018-09-2800:36:455

An elite unit of trolls is engaged in an existential battle against hate speech on the internet. This is their story.
We’re popping into your feed to share a project we think you’ll love. It’s a new podcast called “Last Seen,” about the largest unsolved art heist in history -- the theft of 13 irreplaceable pieces of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
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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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