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 40m. Bisher sind 40 Folge(n) erschienen. Alle 4 Wochen erscheint eine Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 3 hours 34 minutes


Tattoo Flash

Today, four stories about tattoos whose meanings have shifted with the passage of years, decades, or centuries.



The Tootsie Shot

You know the Tootsie Shot. Why is it so sticky?



Who Killed The Segway?

This is the story of the invention and development of a potentially revolutionary device, how the hype got out of control, and how that speculation helped birth the modern internet.



The Sign Painter

What happens, to an artist—to anyone—when they’re good enough, but that’s not enough?



That Seattle Muzak Sound

Muzak, the purveyors of elevator music, had become a complete joke by the 1990’s when it found many of the players in the Seattle grunge scene working in its offices.


 2021-06-29  44m

The Invention of Hydration

How did bottled water transform itself from a small, European luxury item to the single largest beverage category in America?


 2021-06-22  37m

The Soap Opera Machine

We investigate the wild world of soap operas through the lens of one legendary, decades-long, ripped-from-the-headlines storyline.


 2021-06-15  52m

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Where did all the water bottles come from?


 2021-04-22  1m

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