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Author: Gimlet

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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.
77 Episodes
ELT answers an age-old question: When you have to use a public toilet, should you sit on the seat? A team of microbiologists weigh in. Plus, the rise, fall, and re-rise of cargo shorts. Guests: Microbiologist Jack Gilbert; comedian Prashanth Venkataramanujam; cargo pantsologist Joe Hancock; Wall Street Journal reporter Nicole Hong. Special thanks to caller Jenny and the biology experts we surveyed: Jason Tetro, William Schaffner, Chuck Gerba, Rob Dunn, Jenny Hayden, Steffanie Strathdee, Liz Scott, Kimberly Page, and Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello.
When did organ music and baseball become an item? ELT talks to some pro organ players to find out how organs and ballparks got together. Plus, meet Nancy Faust — the legendary organist who brought trolling to modern baseball music.Guests: Steven Ball, organist and Director of Sacred Music at The Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis, Missouri; Josh Kantor, organist for the Boston Red Sox; Nancy Faust, retired organist for the Chicago White SoxThanks to caller Robert. Thanks also to Judy Scott.You can see a photo of Nancy's donkeys on twitter and instagram.
What Lurks Under Our Cities?

What Lurks Under Our Cities?


ELT goes underground to meet the creatures living in our subways and sewer systems. Plus, the 411 on another underground underdog: prairie dogs.Guests: Urban evolutionary biologist and rat expert Jason Munshi-South; animal behavioral scientist Jennifer Verdolin.Thanks to caller Jessica, and to all the listeners who demanded prairie dog facts. 
For most of human history, tooth care has been pretty bare bones. How did we go from charlatans pulling teeth in a public square, to the modern dentist’s office? ELT exposes the roots of tooth care. Plus, meet the technician who makes movie stars’ teeth look terrible. Guests: Dental historian and retired dentist J. Henry Clarke; historian Richard Barnett. Thanks to callers Amanda and Tess for the questions. 
Does swearing make you more powerful? Caller Mark’s dad thinks a well-timed “word of power” is the key to efficient yardwork. ELT asks a swearing expert about that theory. Plus, we talk to someone who turns the “mother f*ckers” into “manhole covers” for the TV versions of movies. Guests: Cognitive scientist Ben Bergen, author of What the F***; Gwen Whittle, supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound. Thanks to caller Mark for the monkey flippin’ question, and to Mark’s dad Steve. 
Through the 1800s, babies in the U.S. were dressed in gender neutral clothing — you couldn’t tell the girls from the boys based on their outfits. So why did parents start color-coding their kids in pink and blue? Plus, ELT’s long quest to get a sports team to have a flamingo as their mascot is finally over… or is it? Guests: textiles and clothing historian Jo Paoletti; cultural historian of medicine, gender, and the body Hanne Blank; and Kuba Krzyzostaniak, Director of Fan Engagement for Forward Madison FC. Thanks to caller Elle Ve and Paige — and to scholars Elizabeth Sweet, Katherine Parkin, and Valerie Steele.
When you fly do you really need to put your phone in airplane mode? Should you fear the tray table? What’s happening in the cockpit while you’re fighting over the armrest? Two airline pilots answer your burning air travel questions. Guests: Pilot Sandy Williams of Skydive Deland; Pilot Nick Anderson of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast. Thanks to everyone who called in with their airplane questions. 
If you found millions of dollars worth of buried treasure, what would you do next? Take it to the bank? Sell it on eBay? Call 60 Minutes? ELT unearths the tale of the largest buried treasure ever found in North America. Plus, practical tips for dealing with newfound millions, and a nationwide treasure hunt, ELT-style.Guest: David J. McCarthy, numismatist.Special thanks to listeners Kurt, Elizabeth, Travis, Vicki, Nikki, Kimberly, Robert, and Rachel for helping us with our treasure hunt. And thanks to listener David for the question.
Who decides what a cheerleader looks like? Or sounds like? In part two of a two-part episode, ELT digs into the complicated legacy of an American archetype.Guests: Natalie Adams, cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama; Sharita Richardson, cheerleading researcher, instructional coach at North Carolina A&T State University, and founder of Black Girls Cheer. Thanks to caller Jessica for the question. Special thanks to Vonciel Baker, one of the original seven Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and to Dee Brock, former manager of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
How did one style of cheerleading come to dominate in so many American schools? In part one of a two-part episode, ELT flips through the history of cheerleading and meets the man who held cheerleading in the pompom of his hand.  Guests: Cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama Natalie Adams; Barbara Hazlewood; Thanks to caller Jessica for the question. 
Comments (47)

Danger Durian

is this a reupload?

Jul 9th


Danger Durian I've heard it before

Jul 9th

James Robert Maurer

I would love to listen to more. I cannot stand the music. It runs an otherwise perfectly good podcast. I hope the producers read this.

Jun 20th

Christopher Ortega

No bueno

Jun 5th

Pija Giandra

this episode is incoherent, boring, uninteresting, and not to mention I never liked Mr Nye in the first place. so this episode is just one big pile of not good things for me. hope this never happen again

Jun 5th

Rianne V

This was so much fun, thanks!

May 23rd

Allison Rose

Totally worth the wait! I love this podcast and Iooking forward to the next episode! ❤️

May 21st

Al Bealing

Interesting episode. I really don't like the horrible synthesised beepy music tho. Otherwise great.

May 8th

Juan Jc

this has to be the most useless and dumb ep you guys ever made. Damn that was a waste of time!

Apr 20th

Kattabek Ibraimov

11 minutes. wasted 11 minute on this cringy stuff.

Apr 1st

Đặng Trang

I wonder if the beavers are harmed in the process?

Feb 21st

Robert Brinkley

i listen to a lot of podcasts and i love this one but the ratio of adds to content is not adding up so i willbe unfollowing

Feb 19th

Roger Payano

MIND BLOWN 🤯 ... Wendy & Flora on one episode??? #DadJokeGreatness

Feb 15th
Reply Mfz

this episode is awesome

Feb 1st

Mia Oppelstrup

Bongs alert! when you discover this podcast you can't listen to just one ep :)

Jan 11th

Jen P Oak

Doug screaming,.. I’m dead 😂😂😂😂

Jan 9th

Javier Vega

thank you that was amazing being Puerto Rican myself it brought me memories thank you so much have a blessed day

Dec 17th

Emily Somach


Dec 12th


amazing podcast

Dec 4th

NAZZ Watson

wait, did he say wife?

Dec 4th

Jonas Grumbie

when I hear the guest's voices, I'm always wishing they had a more podcast friendly voice, until I recall the one time I heard myself on the radio. Sorry about my judgy attitude, podcast guests.

Dec 4th
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