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A Lookback At Endless Thread's First Season: The Archive And The Gallery

Who has four thumbs, a newfound love for subreddits we didn’t know existed, and 25 podcast episodes made with the help of some awesome fellow redditors? THESE GUYS.

(Check out the gallery here.)

It’s been a really interesting and, frankly, inspiring first season for Endless Thread, made at Boston’s NPR News Station, WBUR, in partnership with Reddit. Even though we came with some Reddit experience (Ben, daily visitor to the edgy stuff, Amory, a fan of baby elephant gifs, we are still amazed at how many amazing stories get told on this site every day that fit perfectly into the podcast format. If you’re not already familiar with us, a peek at one of our AMAs will help.

The mission of Endless Thread has been to tell stories from Reddit, with the help of real redditors, that can be enjoyed by anyone. We also think of it as "By redditors, with the help of redditors, for everyone." As we’ve made weekly episodes in service of that mission, we’ve had the chance to explore a pretty broad spectrum of communities. We’ve talked to Samantha and Laura about how r/transgender changed their lives. We freaked each other out with the help of u/kakkerlak and the story of the mysterious post-it notes. We talked about an arctic doomsday vault. We hoarded nuts . We made terrible puns about fungi. We spent a day touring Rochester and its open drug market with u/XandertheGhost, who told us how he used r/opiatesrecovery to help him kick heroin and stay clean (by the way, he says he’s still clean and headed to grad school). We even got u/JaguarGator9 to break down his mind-blowingly nerdy obsession with the Superb Owl halftime show. We’ve also met up with redditors in Boston, which has been really fun.

Real talk though: We have still barely scratched the surface of what we want to do with this show. You’ve sent us tips and ideas we haven’t tackled yet. And there are more coming onto our episode production list (+100 at this point) almost every day.

Which is part of why we took some time off in July, to plan ahead and do some in-depth reporting on our second batch of episodes. Call it the fresh batch, call it Season Two, whatever you want to call it — we’ll be back with full episodes starting August 10. In the meantime, we hope you’ll take the time to go through the show’s 25 episodes, and listen if you haven’t already.

One of the most important parts of Endless Thread’s mission is that it has redditors at its core. And one of the under-covered aspects of the show is the fact that every week, the ET team finds a relevant piece of artwork on Reddit and asks the OP if we can feature it on our website. Each piece we choose is special in its own way, but looking at the spectrum of art when the pieces are all together is a real treat. So feast your eyes, and hit us up if you need anything or have ideas while we’re in the old podcast lab.

--The Endless Thread team.

No No No No Yes
"Overboard," in acrylic. Rob Callister, callisterart.com. On reddit as /u/callisterart
"Overboard," in acrylic. Rob Callister, callisterart.com. On reddit as /u/callisterart
Getting Home
Hope, digital. /u/Kryptonian_Germ
Hope, digital. /u/Kryptonian_Germ
The Vault
Doorway, digital. /u/milksperfect
Doorway, digital. /u/milksperfect
Gator Roll
"Close Your Eyes While You Kiss Me" by u/N94GAMES. Digital.
"Close Your Eyes While You Kiss Me" by u/N94GAMES. Digital.
Kickin' It
"Album Cover" Mixed Medium by /u/Jarrett089i
"Album Cover" Mixed Medium by /u/Jarrett089i
The GOAT
mackinaw island bike rides; drypoint print 8x12in (u/leahmarie315)
mackinaw island bike rides; drypoint print 8x12in (u/leahmarie315)
Something Wicked
"Demons" by u/MXLXTXV
"Demons" by u/MXLXTXV
Drinking The Hader-ade
Hader, digital, by Redditor u/peachy901. Find more of their artwork at instagram.com/ODeathCreative
Hader, digital, by Redditor u/peachy901. Find more of their artwork at instagram.com/ODeathCreative
Pitch Perfect
Rawlings baseball glove / 0.1 unipin pen / 594 mm x 841 mm (Redditor krishartas/http://www.krishartas.com.au)
Rawlings baseball glove / 0.1 unipin pen / 594 mm x 841 mm (Redditor krishartas/http://www.krishartas.com.au)
Fun Guy
"Fungus," colored pencil on paper, by u/Beara. Online at www.beara.space and on Instagram as @yo_beara
"Fungus," colored pencil on paper, by u/Beara. Online at www.beara.space and on Instagram as @yo_beara
Mission: Improbable
"Rush." Oil on 25"x 25" canvas. (Jenny Hoard/jenniferhoard.com)
"Rush." Oil on 25"x 25" canvas. (Jenny Hoard/jenniferhoard.com)
That Old Chestnut
"Happy Little Green Tree," 8x10 watercolor, by u/EdensQuill
"Happy Little Green Tree," 8x10 watercolor, by u/EdensQuill
Schooled
School Trippin' by u/LukeRobson. Find him online at https://www.stoddartist.com and on Instagram at @stoddartist.
School Trippin' by u/LukeRobson. Find him online at https://www.stoddartist.com and on Instagram at @stoddartist.
Rice Bunny
Pixel Bunny, Digital, 150x100 pixels. (u/Qyzyz)
Pixel Bunny, Digital, 150x100 pixels. (u/Qyzyz)
In Memoriam
"Life after death," digital illustration, 7000x10,000. (Courtesy u/iamrtb)
"Life after death," digital illustration, 7000x10,000. (Courtesy u/iamrtb)
I, Ken Bone
Ken Bone in watercolor, 11x16, by u/Future_Mrs_Nic_Cage. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @lisa_bizzle
Ken Bone in watercolor, 11x16, by u/Future_Mrs_Nic_Cage. Find her on Instagram and Twitter @lisa_bizzle
The Rest... Is History
Rainbow 3D hand, crayon, 8 x 11" by u/TheRainbowFairy
Rainbow 3D hand, crayon, 8 x 11" by u/TheRainbowFairy
Still Breaking
"Digital age submersion," Digital, 8333x4167, by u/_spec
"Digital age submersion," Digital, 8333x4167, by u/_spec
Axeman's Jazz
By u/rk_art.
By u/rk_art.
Call Of The Void
Untitled. By u/creativeadam
Untitled. By u/creativeadam
Snacktime
"Sharing Snacks." Digital, 1400x1050 px. u/TheMelonOfPines
"Sharing Snacks." Digital, 1400x1050 px. u/TheMelonOfPines
Snacktime: Steak And Potatoes
"Steak and Potatoes", watercolor on paper, 5"x5" by u/suckatlife
"Steak and Potatoes", watercolor on paper, 5"x5" by u/suckatlife
Snacktime: A Trade Of Their Own
"Baseball Nights," oil on panel, 2' x 4' by u/geyserpj
"Baseball Nights," oil on panel, 2' x 4' by u/geyserpj
Snacktime: Cake, Camels And Catfish
by @turbanatorkhetrapal (Instagram)
by @turbanatorkhetrapal (Instagram)
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