Niall Needs A Friend: A Quest To Find Connection In Isolated Times
A month ago, we received an email that really caught our attention. It was from a listener in Ireland named Niall, who has been feeling isolated during the pandemic. He was wondering if we could help him make some new friends. So... the Endless Thread team got to work.
Today You, Tomorrow Me: Why A Decade-Old Reddit Comment Still Resonates Today
10 years ago, Justin found himself on the side of the road with a blown out tire. Hours went by and no one stopped to help. But just as he was about to give up, something happened that changed Justin forever.
Low Stakes Hot Takes: Presenting Our Listeners' Most Unpopular Opinions
We all have that one opinion — that firmly held, low stakes, non-political belief. You know the one. It's usually met with (low stakes) outrage whenever you dare to say it out loud. Well, we asked you, our listeners, to share your low stakes hot takes with us and, oh...
Hosted by Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, Endless Thread, a podcast from WBUR and Reddit, delves into Reddit’s vast communities to explore some of the most compelling stories the Internet has to offer, including revelations about our shared experience and powerful, personal stories. Also, cat videos. This is a show for Reddit connoisseurs, skeptics, and even the uninitiated.
Endless Dread: Get In The Halloween Spirit With Two Frightening Stories From Reddit
Endless Thread hosts Ben and Amory swap terrifying tales from Reddit, featuring an uninvited house guest and a fake doctor with an unusual fetish. Happy Halloween!
Creators Of WBUR's 'Madness' Series Talk To Host Of CBC's 'Brainwashed'
This past Spring, Endless Thread released a multi-part series called “Madness." It tells the story of a powerful doctor who conducted disturbing, CIA-funded mind-control experiments on patients at a prestigious psychiatric hospital in Montreal. Now, there's another show offering fresh perspective on the same topic. It's called “Brainwashed,” and it's...
A Bleak 'What If:' Is The US Headed Towards A Second Civil War?
With increasing political divide and heightened civil unrest in the United States, many fear that it will culminate in a second civil war. We explore the likelihood of that scenario and hear from someone who thinks America is already in the midst of collapse.
‘Endless Dread’ Returns With Spooky Stories From Reddit
In the spirit of Halloween, the Endless Thread team shares spooky stories from Reddit, including the origins of a classic horror movie SFX, the creepy world of r/backrooms, and the mystery surrounding three photos found on someone’s phone.
Bonding or Brainwashing? How A Girls Trip To The Mountains — And QAnon — Tore One Family Apart
Randi-Lynn thought she was going on a relaxing family vacation to the mountains. Just a few days later, she was hiding in a bathroom and frantically posting on Reddit, asking for help. The headline of her post? "I think I was brought on a girls trip to be brainwashed."
How One QAnon Believer Escaped The ‘Grand Unified Theory Of All Conspiracy Theories’
For nearly two years, a Redditor named Jitarth Jadeja got deep into QAnon, the Far Right conspiracy theory founded on the idea that President Trump is secretly waging war against a satanic cabal of pedophiles who control the world. “I was kind of an addict… All I could talk about...
Learning To Appreciate Arachnids With Reddit's "Spiderbro" Community
Spiders... even the word is unsettling for some of us. But the r/spiderbro community on Reddit is a place where you just might gain a new appreciation for arachnids -- from the petite and unassuming, to the big and hairy.
Unsent Letters: An Online Community Filled With Surprising And Moving Correspondence
The unsent letter. We all have one, half-composed in our heads or fully-formed as an email draft. If you’re really poetic, it might be on a piece of paper, yellowing in a drawer. Whatever form these letters take, they go unsent because they might be better left unsent... or because...
Someone's Got To Do It: Endless Thread's Ode To Odd Jobs
Do people say, "That's a thing??," when you tell them what you do for a living? Then you probably have an odd job. This week, Endless Thread tips its hat to you as we discuss the odd jobs of Redditors.
Tight Squeeze: The Claustrophobia-Inducing World Of Caving Yields Epic Rewards
You might not think about caves in the same breath as you do the deep ocean or outer space, but you probably should. There are approximately 70,000 caves in the United States alone, but the vast majority are inaccessible to the public. That means rare, delicate ecosystems have developed for...