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Endless Thread

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other jaw-dropping stories online and IRL.

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MEMES, Part 11: I've heard this before

In this episode, we cross-examine memes and their relevance, and look at a surprising hypothesis that draws a through-line from TikTok to much farther back in history––all the way to the very beginning of human culture. Ultimately, we investigate why memes are such an obsession right now, and whether we...

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33:56Dec 10, 2021
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MEMES, Bonus: Overly attached girlfriend

Laina Morris leaned in big-time when a video that began as a parody entry in a Justin Bieber fan contest turned into the epic meme Overly Attached Girlfriend in 2012. Laina continued making videos until 2019, when she stopped, in part due to depression and anxiety. We hear more about...

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16:49Dec 7, 2021
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MEMES, Part 10: Makmende

Western media told countless stories about Kenya's viral music video character known as “Makmende.” They called Makmende “Kenyan Chuck Norris,” or a sound-alike of his famous line, “Make my day.” But, according to the music artists, none of these characterizations are accurate. We explore American myopia, and the peril and...

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36:02Dec 3, 2021
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MEMES, Part 9: I'm not done yet

Anybody old enough to remember infomercials has probably seen the work of TV pitchman Billy Mays. But younger people still know his face and squeaky OxiClean personality. While Mays died years ago, he’s lived on in meme form. We ask his son Billy Mays III, his biggest frenemy, and others...

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46:52Nov 19, 2021
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MEMES, Part 8: The scream

If you typed “inauguration” into your web browser around 2017, you likely saw an image of a person screaming "NOOOO!". That person was Jess, who didn’t know was that they were being filmed during Trump's inauguration. Within hours, this became the scream heard ‘round the world. Four years later, Jess...

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34:02Nov 12, 2021
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MEMES, Part 7: Dead giveaway

In 2013, four white musicians turned a news clip featuring a Black man, Charles Ramsey, into a song. The meme erupted, but when Ramsey discovered it, he couldn’t tell if it was flattery or mockery. We examine The Gregory Brothers and the lives of Ramsey and other Black “unintentional singers”...

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38:21Nov 5, 2021
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