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.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 40m. Bisher sind 17 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 5 Wochen
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Gender Reveal Party


Jenna Karvunidis invented the gender reveal party, but now she has regrets.


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Bart Simpson Mania


In the early 1990's Bart Simpson became a breakout star while also becoming a target in the culture war, culminating in president George HW Bush speaking out against The Simpsons as an example of a degenerate American family.


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 2019-10-07  48m
 
 

Ice Cream Truck


Why is the ice cream truck business so bananas?


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 2019-08-12  41m
 
 

Pillow Talk


Over the last half century the decorative pillow has been crowding out our sitting and sleeping spaces, multiplying across our beds and couches decade by decade.


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 2019-07-15  30m
 
 

Chuck E. Cheese Pizza War


The King was an animatronic lounge singer who performed in Chuck E. Cheese locations in the 1980's and early 90's, but then he disappeared.


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 2019-06-11  48m
 
 

Videomate: Men


Videomate: Men is a VHS tape released in 1987 featuring 60 single men pitching themselves as dates to women on the other side of the TV screen, who could connect to these eligible bachelors from the comfort of their homes. Who thought this was a good idea?


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 2019-04-29  35m
 
 

Truck Nutz


Truck Nutz are a brand name for the dangling plastic testicles some people affix to the bumper or hitch of their vehicle.


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 2019-03-25  35m
 
 

Baby Shark


Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Decoder Ring we explore the strange history and conflicted future of the song, what makes it so catchy, and how it came to be.


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 2019-02-25  38m
 
 

The Grifter


For over a decade, Brett Johnson was a cyber criminal, a scammer, and a con man, but now he's a good guy, helping companies stop people like who he used to be. His story is the stuff of a prestige TV anti-hero drama, but real life is more complicated than a story.


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 2019-01-31  53m
 
 

Sad Jennifer Aniston


Is Jennifer Aniston Having Brad Pitt's Baby!??


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 2018-12-03  43m
 
 
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