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Endless Thread's 2020 Listener Survey

The Endless Thread 2020 Listener Survey is here! Why should you be excited about this? By taking the survey, you're joining us on a mission to keep Endless Thread strong and to make it even better. You have a voice, and we want to hear it. Take the survey, and...

Jul 2, 2020

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.
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Mendl Weinstock (middle) and the llama he brought to his sister's (left) wedding (courtesy Mendl Weinstock)

Behind A Famous Reddit Post Asking For 'Dimensions Of An Adult Llama'

“What are the dimensions of an adult llama?” asked a Redditor called Mrs. Sam Handwich in the "No Stupid Questions" community. "I've been hired to make a tuxedo for a llama and I don't have it's measurements," she added. The Endless Thread team gets to the bottom of this now-famous...

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17:32Jul 17, 2020
 Members of the Compton Cowboys join a demonstration Sunday June, 7, 2020 in Compton, Calif., during a protest over the death of George Floyd who died May 25 after he was restrained by Minneapolis police. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Giddyup: Riding Groups Tap Into Long History Of Black Cowboys

Images of Black men and women riding horses at protests around the country have been going viral. But the history of Black cowboys goes all the way back to the creation of the American West. The Endless Thread team digs into this history, and looks at how Black riding groups...

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27:58Jul 10, 2020
The infamous pile of plates (Ben Johnson/WBUR)

Encore: We Want Plates + Pile Of Crockery

Endless Thread is re-releasing a crown jewel from the archives. It's the team's epic adventure to locate a mountain of dishware in the middle of the woods and, truly, it's even more ridiculous than it sounds. Sit back, relax, and dig in!

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69:30Jul 3, 2020
A young protester yells "Black Lives Matter" in the street near a Wendy's restaurant on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Atlanta. The restaurant was where Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by police. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Black Lives Matter IRL And Online

Over the last few weeks, Endless Thread has been asking for stories that have caught your attention as millions of people around the country and around the world have come together to protest systemic racism and police brutality. Today, Juneteenth 2020, we present some of those stories.

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28:31Jun 19, 2020
"Madness: The secret mission for mind control and the people who paid the price."

Bonus: Making 'Madness'

"Madness," Endless Thread's 5-part series about the history of CIA-funded mind-control experiments, involved a lot of research and a lot of interviews -- most of which you heard excerpts from in the series, but some of which… you didn’t. Or, at least, not everything the team wanted to share. In...

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24:44Jun 12, 2020
"Madness: The secret mission for mind control and the people who paid the price."

Madness, Part 5: The Unreachable Summit

Dr. Ewen Cameron died of a heart attack while climbing a mountain in the Adirondacks in 1967. So, we don’t have access to his thoughts on his own legacy. But we do have his son, Duncan Cameron. In the final installment of “Madness," we sit down with Duncan, and we...

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35:03May 22, 2020
"Madness: The secret mission for mind control and the people who paid the price."

Madness, Part 4: Pursuit Of Justice

In the early 1980s, victims of Dr. Ewen Cameron’s mind-altering experiments at the Allan Memorial Institute began a slow process of finding each other and building a case against the CIA for funding Cameron's work. The legacy of that case has played a key role in two separate lawsuits in...

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36:02May 15, 2020
"Madness: The secret mission for mind control and the people who paid the price."

Madness, Part 3: Subproject 68

MK-ULTRA was made up of 149 "subprojects" involving more than 80 academic institutions, prisons, and organizations. In this episode, we learn the dark history of MK-ULTRA and examine the origins of Subproject 68: Dr. Ewen Cameron's experimentation on patients at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal.

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35:38May 8, 2020