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Endless Thread

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Endless Thread, a new podcast from WBUR and Reddit, delves into Reddit’s vast communities to explore some of the most compelling stories the internet has to offer.

Endless Thread, a new podcast from WBUR and Reddit, delves into Reddit’s vast communities to explore some of the most compelling stories the internet has to offer.

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United States

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WBUR

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Endless Thread, a new podcast from WBUR and Reddit, delves into Reddit’s vast communities to explore some of the most compelling stories the internet has to offer.

Language:

English


Episodes

Snacktime: A Fairy Tale Proposal

2/13/2020
In honor of Valentine's Day, Amory tells Ben a snack-size story about a feast-size grand gesture that has left millions of people all over the world wishing they could re-do their marriage proposals.

Duration:00:20:24

Double Life

1/30/2020
92-year-old Robert Middelmann uncovered a secret about himself when he was very young. Keeping it was a matter of life and death. But, after many years, Robert decided to share that secret, along with the rest of his extraordinary life story, online. It all started in Nazi Germany…

Duration:00:38:23

Snacktime: Snektime

1/23/2020
Ben and Amory dissscusss sssome facsssinating ssstories about sssnakes.

Duration:00:10:33

'I Was Abducted'

1/16/2020
Monique has always known she was abducted as a child, but specific details about what happened, and why, have been elusive. It wasn’t until she posted to Reddit that she found real leads and painful memories started flooding back.

Duration:00:33:09

Snacktime: Bushfires and Books

1/9/2020
Ben and Amory discuss a Reddit deep-dive about the Australian wildfires and one man's very, very long reading list.

Duration:00:13:06

Where Are They Now (Updates!)

1/2/2020
Ben and Amory get updates from a few previous guests. Then, they invite the hosts of the podcast "Food, We Need To Talk" into the studio for a final debrief on their 2019 New Year's resolutions.

Duration:00:19:32

Encore: Dear Anon

12/26/2019
What do Bill Gates, finding your soul mate, and charting a new life path have in common? Reddit Gifts! The world's largest anonymous gift exchange has led to some unexpected outcomes.

Duration:00:33:00

Nick, Jess, and David

12/20/2019
Three autistic Redditors talk to us about their view of the world, their view of autism, and their hopes for greater representation in society.

Duration:00:44:19

Snacktime: Feeling Adrift

12/12/2019
Ben shares a story about a real-life grand theft auto adventure and Amory tells the story of a dad whose new hobby may only be scratching the surface of something deeper.

Duration:00:19:36

Free To Be Childfree

12/5/2019
r/childfree is one of the fastest growing communities on Reddit and it's for people who do NOT want children. They don't want to be told why they should have them, how much they'll regret it if they don't, and how "selfish" they are for not "contributing to society." This choice is becoming more common, yet it's still questioned ferociously. We hear from some of these people and explore how this Reddit community offers support when friends and family don't.

Duration:00:43:23

Underunderstood: The 9/11 Hoax That Wasn't

11/27/2019
While we’re busy stuffing our faces over Thanksgiving, we thought we’d share a story you’ll love from another great podcast: Underunderstood. They look into a photo that frequently goes viral on Reddit to figure out, once and for all, whether or not it’s a hoax. Their conclusion is satisfying and weirdly touching.

Duration:00:36:44

To the Max (Headroom)

11/21/2019
On November 22nd, 1987, two TV stations in Chicago had their broadcast signals hijacked by someone wearing a Max Headroom mask. In the years since, Redditors have played an integral role in getting to the bottom of this case. Who dunnit? Why? How? We dig into the story.

Duration:00:38:37

Bonus: Glitter's Connection To Forensic Science

11/14/2019
Get ready for some extra sparkle on the heels of last week’s deep dive into “The Great Glitter Mystery.” Retired Forensic Scientist Ed Jones has one of the world’s largest glitter collections. And his side hobby has served him well over the years – glitter helped him solve a murder case back in 2001.

Duration:00:10:30

The Great Glitter Mystery

11/7/2019
Endless Thread solves one of the internet’s most compelling unresolved mysteries. Inspired by a New York Times feature about glitter last year, Redditors have obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter – information which glitter-makers have now famously refused to divulge. No one has been able to find any answers…until now!

Duration:00:42:24

Endless Dread: Imaginary Friend

10/29/2019
When Kellie's 3 year-old daughter told her about her new imaginary friend, Kellum, she didn't think too much of it. But gradually, Kellum started to feel less and less... imaginary. Kellie and her daughter, Madison, tell us everything.

Duration:00:28:51

Snacktime: Even More Dread

10/24/2019
Endless Dread continues with two more spooky stories, one about “The Smiling Man” and one about an unsettling recording from a sleep app.

Duration:00:16:55

Endless Dread: Olga of Kiev

10/17/2019
Olga of Kiev executed one of the most bone-chilling revenge tours in history after her husband, Igor, was murdered. Then, with a burning city in her wake, she converted to Christianity and became a saint.

Duration:00:31:40

Snacktime: Endless Dread

10/10/2019
We kick off this year’s series of spooky stories in the lead-up to Halloween with tales about a frightening curse and a memorable first date.

Duration:00:16:23

Loot Crates

10/3/2019
Loot crates are virtual prize boxes available for purchase in video games, containing mystery items like customizations, powerful weapons, or rare gear. They are also the subject of the most downvoted Reddit comment of all-time, the crux of a debate about the definition of gambling, and a window into the history of human evolution.

Duration:00:29:31

Snacktime: Restoration

9/26/2019
Alex found an old and very rare family photo. The only problem? It was damaged to the point that the faces were completely unrecognizable. So...he turned to Reddit.

Duration:00:10:39