"Glitter" by u/SneakyBunny84

Encore: The Great Glitter Mystery

Endless Thread revisits this episode from 2019 that solved one of the internet’s most compelling mysteries. Inspired by a 2018 New York Times feature about glitter, people obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter. No one had been able to find any answers … until the...

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40:19Jul 9, 2021

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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("Joust," u/longlivelenin7)

Rein It In!: Competitive Jousting Meets The Black Market

On this week’s Snacktime, Ben tells Amory about the still-very-much-alive sport of jousting and how it relates to a pretty wild story about a Redditor’s ex, a snowy white steed getting repossessed, and equine semen fraud.

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20:52Jun 25, 2021
Courtesy of Twenty Thousand Hertz

Endless Thread Presents: Twenty Thousand Hertz

Is your voice your own? Not anymore. This week on Endless Thread, we present "Deepfake Dallas," courtesy of our friends over at Twenty Thousand Hertz, a podcast revealing the stories behind the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds. Find out how someone, using artificial intelligence, can make an algorithm that...

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24:14Jun 18, 2021
("Oranges" by Sumit Gill)

Snacktime: A Refreshing Trend For Troubled Times

From knitting to making bread, many of us found new ways to relax during the pandemic. For some, this happy place came in the form of a shower orange. In this episode of Snacktime, Ben tells Amory about what this new trend is all about, plus the story of how...

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20:55May 21, 2021
("Kool-aid and Frozen Pizza" by Melissa Fice)

Pizza Is My Life: The Mystery of A Columbus, Ohio Pizza Jingle

In 2008, college student Kevin Toomey was cruising around Columbus, Ohio, listening to AM radio, when a jingle for Rotolo's Pizza came on. It was love at first listen, and it set him on a 13-year quest to find out who wrote and performed the jingle. In this Snacktime episode,...

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29:41May 7, 2021
Cautionary Tales from Pushkin.fm

Endless Thread Presents: Cautionary Tales

Today's episode brings together three of our favorite things: mysteries, cultural deep-dives, and Dungeons & Dragons. It's an episode of Cautionary Tales, a podcast from Pushkin that tells stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos of the past -- pointing out valuable lessons for us...

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39:02Apr 23, 2021
Pedestrians pass a GameStop store on 14th Street at Union Square, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in the Manhattan borough of New York. Robinhood and other online trading platforms are moving to restrict trading in GameStop and other stocks that have soared recently due to rabid buying by smaller investors. GameStop stock has rocketed from below $20 to more than $400 this month as a volunteer army of investors on social media challenged big institutions who has placed market bets that the stock would fall. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Explainer: What Is Going On With GameStop And r/WallStreetBets?

The subreddit r/WallStreetBets has been at the center of a national story this week involving GameStop and a couple of angry hedge funds. To help us understand what’s happening, we call up Planet Money co-host Robert Smith. Then, we speak to Redditor u/Hungry_Freaks-Daddy who hopped on board the GameStop train...

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40:31Jan 29, 2021