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

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 3 hours 34 minutes

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Tattoo Flash


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


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   50m
 
 

The Tootsie Shot


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


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   39m
 
 

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.


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   45m
 
 

The Sign Painter


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


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   58m
 
 

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.


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 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?


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 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.


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 2021-06-15  52m
 
 

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Where did all the water bottles come from?


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 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


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 2021-03-15  31m
 
 

The Blue Steak Experiment


What took blue food so long to catch on?


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 2020-12-21  41m