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Author: Gimlet

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Spotify has ended our show. Thank you to everyone who listened, who left messages, who agreed to be interviewed, who shared their stories and their time. We loved making Every Little Thing with you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Has ELT ever been stumped? Producer Phoebe Flanigan tells us about the one that (almost) got away.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Janice accidentally flushed a favorite earring down the toilet and she wants to know where it ended up. Sewer experts Ted Gogol and Bruce Todd take us on a journey down the pipes, and historian Andrew Wallace Hadrill digs up a tale about the ancient jewelry that shared a similar fate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week we’re pulling on an old favorite, one leg at a time: When did pants become a thing? Clothing researcher Ulrike “Rike” Beck and historian Adrienne Mayor unravel how this relatively recent invention turned the clothing world upside down. With special guest Emily Spivack. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Why Do We Baby Talk?

Why Do We Baby Talk?


Listener Ben couldn’t stand baby talk — until he had a baby of his own. Now he can’t stop talking in a cutesy wootsy voice. Why did he go googoo for his baby, and is this something people do all over the world? Baby talk researcher Cody Moser breaks it down, and ecologist Mirjam Knörnschild tells us about another animal that talks to its young in a special widdle way. An earlier version of this episode misidentified one of the languages spoken. We've corrected the error. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we’re diving into a favorite episode. Caller Liana wants to know: How did goldfish come to dominate our fish bowls and pet stores? Pet historian Kasey Grier goes deep into the history of America’s favorite finned pet. Plus, goldfish freak Dave Mandley introduces us to the fanciest fish money can buy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Today’s episode comes from our friends at How to Save a Planet. They’re answering a question lots of ELT listeners have asked: What’s the deal with lawns? HTSAP’s Daniel Ackerman talks to lawn expert Peter Groffman, who shares some surprising findings from his 20 years studying lawns. Plus, some tips for creating a climate-friendly yard. To hear more climate-change stories that inspire, check out How to Save a Planet on Spotify. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Clay has a problem: when she hears bad news, she can’t help but smile. What’s causing Clay’s chagrined grin, and can she learn to tame it? Social psychologist Oriana Aragon tells us why Clay’s face might not mesh with her feelings, and professional smile-stifler Jacques Bailly spells out how he keeps a straight face. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Christy needs to know if she’s lying to her kid. She’s been reading a children’s book about chameleons to her daughter, and she’s wondering if it’s accurate. Chameleon expert Russell Ligon gives us the real story on chameleons and color change. Plus, biologist and head of Skype a Scientist Sarah McAnulty tips us off about nature’s top doyens of disguise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
A listener wants to know: is it time to expunge the sponge? We soak up some food science knowledge from experts Ian Shaw, Kathryn Boor and Renée Goodrich. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Kelli has an issue: whenever she daydreams about her crush, she sneezes. Kelli wants to know why her steamy thoughts trigger projectile snots, and whether other people fanta-sneeze. We dig around for answers with ear, nose and throat surgeon Mahmood Bhutta and neuroscientist and daydreaming expert Chantel Prat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We asked you for stories about your most extreme animal run-ins, and we got a flock of them. From a tangled antlers conundrum, to a toothy underwater panic, and a life-altering encounter with jellyfish, your animal stories made us laugh, sweat and want to stay on the boat. Thanks to Cory, Sara, Geoff and everyone who called in with a wild animal tale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we’re revisiting caller Sadera’s burning question: When there’s a wildfire, how do we figure out what caused it? Fire investigator Paul Steensland tells ELT what he searches for in the burnt landscape, and the clues that can lead him to the cause. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, a tangled tale from the archives. Kate, a “hair is life” kind of person, asks about the invention that keeps her hair out of her face. Hair stylist and archaeologist Janet Stephens takes us into the history of hair care, and scrunchie queen Rommy Revson tells the story of an invention that changed up-do’s forever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we’re resurfacing a favorite episode. Caller Jessica wants to know what lives under our city streets. Urban evolutionary biologist and rat expert Jason Munshi-South takes us into the subways and sewer systems of NYC to meet the creatures who live there. Plus, animal behavioral scientist Jennifer Verdolin delivers the 411 on another underground underdog: prairie dogs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
This week, we’re revisiting a favorite episode. Caller Elle wants to know: how did we decide that pink is for girls and blue is for boys? Textiles and clothing historian Jo Paoletti and cultural historian of medicine, gender and the body Hanne Blank tell us how pink and blue got gender-coded. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Lindsay wants to know: Why the flock do pigeons seem to prefer grimy city streets over picture-perfect pastures and wide open spaces? Urban wildlife researcher and pigeon stalker Elizabeth Carlen helps us get to the bottom of this perplexing paradox. Turns out, we’re partly to blame. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Caller Sarah had a question about the ghosts of birth control past. Lawyer-turned-historian Elizabeth Koester tells us a haunting tale about the Canadian woman who was arrested for talking about contraception and the man who wanted to see her put on trial. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
We asked you to share your most cherished voicemails, and you flooded the ELT hotline with hilarious and heartfelt messages. Thanks to everyone who shared their stories. And if you have a voicemail you can’t delete, it’s not too late to call and tell us about it. Call 833-RING-ELT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is approaching and we dug up one of our favorite episodes to celebrate. Terriers have won Best in Show at Westminster 48 times. Dachshunds? Never. Listener Yona wants to know why terriers triumph and dachshunds never get their due. Dog show judge Laurie Williams and dachshund-diehard Kim McCalmont take us behind the scenes of the dog show world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Comments (76)

Lettie Bug

it just sucks *SO BADLY* you've become only available on one platform....

Mar 18th

Lilly Goncalves

I too love with a psychopath. I'm always on the edge of my seat

Feb 2nd
Reply Mfz

moving ELT to spotify is a ridiculous move. spotify is not designed to listen podcasts.

Jul 1st
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Katie Nicole

please don't restrict your show to Spotify!

Jun 29th

ch3rry bomber

you guys missed "wisdom wasted"

May 13th

Yasmine C

This title makes me laugh 😂😂

Apr 25th

Kelba Louise

I get this. I have tried to describe it to my husband!

Apr 24th

Rebecca MA

Oh please please tell us about the voice at the end of each episode!!!

Mar 16th
Reply Mfz

this is awesome

Jan 14th
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Braden James Connars

If you don't dig this Cast- You're not paying attention.

Sep 19th

Carolyn Hochlowski

So wonderful!!!

Sep 14th

Candice Tumey

Beautiful episode Flora!

Sep 10th

Andrzej Bogdanowicz

So far I knew only Homecoming and Sandra, but I see that Gimlet has more great shows to offer. Really enjoyed this one, thanks!

Sep 5th

Jennifer Jones

Another way to get rid of earworms (for me anyway) is by listening to the song from start to finish. Mine tend to be triggered by cutting out in the middle of the song.

Aug 20th


baby shark needs to come with a trigger warning 🤬😂

Aug 20th

Carolyn Hochlowski

I love the crush being ended by the girl not getting the song!! So funny!

Aug 19th
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Mariah Small

I've actually had corn icecream in Mexico. it was this little local shop that made their own icecream with natural ingredients etc.. corn was one if their most popular ones and it tasted amazing. it had a vanilla vibe

Aug 13th
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Mariah Small

I love this show but I cant stand the beeping noises during the commercials. no problem with commericals just that beeping

Jul 26th

Alexander Gee

These cheesy plates sound less appetizing the more they try to fancy them up

Jul 23rd
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Garret Cornell

3 reposted episodes in a row...what a joke.

Jul 22nd
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