Decoder Ring

Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 39m. Bisher sind 32 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 5 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 21 hours 52 minutes


Decoder Ring Presents The Sporkful’s Mission: ImPASTAble

Right now Decoder Ring is working on a full season of new episodes coming this June, but in the meantime we wanted to share this episode from our friends over at The Sporkful


 2021-03-15  31m

The Blue Steak Experiment

What took blue food so long to catch on?


 2020-12-21  41m

The Cabbage Patch Kids Riots

How did a children'a toy inspire such bad adult behavior?


 2020-11-23  36m

Jane Fonda's Workout, Part 2: Hanoi Jane's VHS Revolution

How did Hanoi Jane become Exercise Jane?


 2020-10-27  50m

Jane Fonda's Workout, Part 1: Jane and Leni

When Jane Fonda granted us an interview to talk about her famous workout tape, things didn't go as planned.


 2020-10-12  54m

Mystery of the Mullet

We track the rise and fall of the mullet, and the lexical quandary at its heart: who named the mullet?


 2020-08-14  50m

The Karen

The Karen, a white woman who surveys, inconveniences, and terrorizes, service workers and people of color is a relatively new term in the culture, but her character type has been with us for centuries.


 2020-07-13  40m

The Metrosexual

In 2003, the word "metrosexual", meaning a well-groomed heterosexual man, exploded all over the English lexicon. It invaded the news, TV, and even American politics.


 2020-06-11  38m

Gotta Get Down on Friday

Rebecca Black's music video for Friday was Youtube's most watched video of 2011, thrusting the thirteen-year-old Rebecca into a very harsh spotlight.


 2020-05-12  44m

Unicorn Poop

How did poop get cute? On this episode of Decoder Ring we trace the rise of cute poop from the original Japanese poop emoji to more modern poop toys which rely on the Youtube algorithm to get seen and sold.


 2020-04-08  37m