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.

http://www.slate.com/decoderring

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 38m. Bisher sind 24 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 5 Wochen
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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.


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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.


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 2020-04-08  37m
 
 

Rubber Duckie


How did the humble rubber duck become an icon of bath time?


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 2020-03-19  26m
 
 

The Shop Around the Corner


The 1998 romantic comedy You've Got Mail starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is about the brutal fight between an independent bookstore, The Shop Around the Corner, and Fox Books, an obvious Barnes & Noble stand-in.


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 2020-03-02  38m
 
 

Friend of Dorothy


When Peter Mac was young, he found solace from his troubles in the voice of Judy Garland. He's now been a Judy Garland impersonator for 17 years.


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 2020-02-10  33m
 
 

The Stowe-Byron Controversy


When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote an exposé of Lord Byron's incestuous affair in 1869, it nearly destroyed The Atlantic Monthly, and threw the reputations of two literary icons into chaos.


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 2020-02-03  41m
 
 

Murphy's Law


Nick Spark fell down a rabbit hole tracking down the origins of Murphy’s Law, the ubiquitous phrase that says “If it can go wrong, it will go wrong”.


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 2019-12-09  38m
 
 

Gender Reveal Party


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


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 2019-11-06  40m
 
 

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
 
 
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