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Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special.

Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special.
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San Francisco, CA

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Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special.

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@reddit

Language:

English


Episodes

Storyboard: When I Came Out

6/14/2016
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Six perspectives on coming out, told firsthand from Reddit users—and employees—in a new segment called Storyboard. A special Pride Month edition of Upvoted. If you’re in the Orlando area and would like to donate blood, you can make an appointment with OneBlood (1-888-936-6283). You can also help by donating money to Equality Florida's Pulse Victims Fund at gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund. Stay tuned for the premiere of season 2 of Upvoted in July.

Duration: 00:11:48


038: Hold On

10/1/2015
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/u/m3rlino is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss her upbringing, the death of her step dad, moving in with her father, addiction, how she was sent to an all women’s pentecostal discipleship program, the rules of the program, the restaurant all the students worked at, fundraising, and assimilating back into society. Relevant Links: /u/m3rlino’s Casual AMA This episode is sponsored by Squarespaceand Ziprecruiter.

Duration: 00:41:05


037: Reddit in Watercolour

9/24/2015
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/u/shitty_watercolour is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing, how he started doing paintings on reddit, welcoming celebrities on AMAs, how he started getting paid commissions, depression, growing as an artist, his recent novelty account art battle with /u/awildsketchappeared, and his upcoming project /u/Poem_for_your_sprog. This episode is sponsored by Squarespaceand Ziprectuiter. Relevant Links: /u/Shitty_Watercolour’s AMA...

Duration: 00:36:16


036: Willie Barcena

9/17/2015
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Willie Barcena is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing, career, development deals, the art of comedy, experience on cruise ships, couples counseling, and what he hopes for in his legacy. This episode is sponsore by Ziprecruiter. Relevant Links: Willie Barcena’s Website] I Gotta Be Honest on Netflix

Duration: 00:31:27


035: Real Life First Person Shooter

9/10/2015
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David Reynolds (/u/DavidMReynolds) and Shaz Abdullah (/u/dartmoorninja) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss game of thumbs, zombies, their church residence, meeting Steven Spielberg, Dartmoor, their trailer for the Raindance Festival, Kickstarter, First Person Shooter and Level 2. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace. Relevant Links: Realm Pictures Website Game of Thumbs Zomblies First Person Shooter Realm Pictures Raindance Trailer Underwater Realm...

Duration: 01:14:03


034: The Story of Matthew VanDyke

9/3/2015
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Matthew VanDyke (/u/MatthewVanDyke) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing; his motorcycle trip through North Africa as well as the Middle East, why he fought in the Libyan Revolution, his experience in Libyan prison, his experience in the Syrian Revolution, his documentary films about these experiences, and his new organization fighting Isis in Northern Iraq, ‘Sons of Liberty International’. Alexis also reads “The Magic Man” by /u/Samjez. This...

Duration: 00:45:53


033: A Tale of Two Fighters

8/27/2015
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/u/Minifig81 and Ben Nguyen (/u/Ben10MMA) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. With /u/Minifig81 we discuss how he got into fighting spam on reddit, moderates 138 subreddits, and why he spends so much time on reddit. With Ben Nguyen we discuss growing up in South Dakota, how he got into fighting, dropped out of college to pursue a career in MMA, trained in Thailand, met his wife, his infamous fight with Julz Jackal, and what lies ahead. Alexis also reads “Salt and...

Duration: 00:31:54


032: The Great North American TIFU

8/20/2015
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Elyot Grant (/u/elyot) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss how Elyot created Prismata, how he dropped out of graduate school at MIT, his epic TIFU, how reddit came to the rescue, the Prismata Kickstater, and Lunarch Studios has planned for the future. Alexis also reads Where the Red Sands Blow by /u/quantumfirefly. This piece was third place in last month's Upvoted Writing Contest in /r/writingprompts. This episode is sponsored by Backblaze and Igloo....

Duration: 00:47:56


031: The Heroine of Heroin

8/13/2015
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Tracey Helton (/u/traceyh415) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss her depression growing up, how she became addicted to heroin, life as a homeless heroin addict, being the subject of the HBO documentary ‘Black Tar Heroin’, how she got clean, her involvement in harm reduction, how she got involved in r/opiates on reddit, Naloxone, and how she saved the lives of over 120 users by sending naloxone to those with no access. This episode features Tracey Helton...

Duration: 01:02:21


030: The Wave

8/6/2015
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Heather (/u/sailingshort) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss Heather’s upbringing, how she discovered sailing after high school, how she started working on tall ships in New Zealand, how her ship almost sank on a trip at sea, how the crew banded together, and how this experience led to her to fall in love with her husband, a carpenter on the ship during this traumatic event. This episode features Heather /u/sailingshort and Jesse Simms (/u/actionjesse)....

Duration: 00:49:36


029: reddit Builds Bionics

7/30/2015
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Cameron Norris (/u/cameronwevolver) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Cameron’s upbringing, how his interest in bionics developed, working with Wevolver, his offer to help /u/doctorspacemann, how redditors banded together to help him, and the crowdsourcing of reddit Builds Bionics. This episode features Cameron Norris /u/cameronwevolver, Neela Janakiramanan, and Yev Pusin (/u/yevp). This episode is sponsored by Audible, Stamps.com, and Backblaze. Relevant...

Duration: 00:50:44


028: Teeth & Ink

7/23/2015
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/u/tomato_juice99 and the Shartmander are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. In the story of /u/tomato_juice99 we discuss how he developed teeth problems, reached out to reddit, connected with Dan Noorthoek, the reddit community’s contribution, and his incredible transformation. In the Shartmander’s story we discuss who he is, the story behind his tattoo, all the Shartmander merchandise, and his brief internet fame. This episode features /u/tomato_juice99, /u/danhook,...

Duration: 00:46:57


027: Unidan

7/16/2015
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Unidan (/u/unidanx) is the focus of this week’s Upvoted by reddit. We discuss how he fell in love with science; his comedic development; discovering reddit; reddit fame; his ban; the aftermath; harassment; what he is currently been up to; and what he has learned from the experience. This episode is sponsored by Ting, Casper, and Stamps.com. Relevant Links Unidan on Mega Memecast Unidan’s AMA David Attenborough’s AMA Edward Snowden’s Unidan Jackdaw Joke /u/unidanx’s Collegiate Alliance...

Duration: 00:48:54


026: About Last Week

7/9/2015
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The events of last week are the focus of this week’s Upvoted by reddit. We talk about what we did wrong; our failure in communicating properly with moderators; what we plan to do in the near future; and what we have learned. I am joined by Chad Birch (/u/deimorz) to discuss his background as a reddit moderator; working at reddit; his recent AMA in r/modnews on Tuesday, and what his new role as the mod tools engineer entails. Relevant Links: /u/deimorz AMA about Mod Support /u/ekjp’s...

Duration: 00:25:28


025: A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes

7/2/2015
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/u/mach-2 and /u/rhoner are the focus if this week’s Upvoted by reddit. They discuss racism in the united states; the murder of Freddie Gray; racism in reddit; Youtuber, Kain Carter’s video addressing the Baltimore Riots; Mach-2’s post; the recent announcement banning harassing subreddits; hitchhiking; Today Me, Tomorrow You; and the human potential for generosity. This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse). This episode is sponsored by Ting and MeUndies. Relevant...

Duration: 01:10:03


024: reddit Turns Ten

6/25/2015
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Steve Huffman (/u/spez) and Alexis Ohanian (/u/kn0thing) discuss the founding of reddit. They discuss Tags vs Subreddits; star rating systems; faking users; the debate on comments; the RTM button; how reddit was originally built on LISP; the front page; recommendation engines; the Google Acquisition offer; Chris Sacca; their meeting with Yahoo; Aaron Swartz; free speech; and their hopes for reddit in the next 10 years. This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse). This...

Duration: 01:48:12


023: Inside The Warlizard Gaming Forum

6/18/2015
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Warlizard is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss legend of The Warlizard Gaming Forum; The Warlizard Chronicles; the origin of The Warlizard Gaming forum; Warlizard’s greatest pranks; his writing; scorpions; how he used reddit to staff events; and what his reddit fame really means. This episode features Warlizard (/u/warlizard), Double Dick Dude (/u/doubledickdude), Michelle Visage (/u/mvisage), RuPaul (/u/IAmRuPaul), and Ice T (/u/IceMFingT). This episode...

Duration: 00:47:49


022: The Button

6/11/2015
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The Button is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss The Button’s inception; flairs; the reddit office pool on when The Button would end; the data garnered from The Button; the Pressiah; and what happened when The Button ended. This episode features Josh Wardel (/u/power_language), Chris Dary (/u/umbrae), Lilly Oh (/u/hellohobbit), Joe Gallagher (/u/joephuds), and Justin Bassett (/u/drunken_economist). This episode features Just A Second More by /u/is_cookie. This...

Duration: 00:39:14


021: A Neutral Net Part 2

6/4/2015
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The social impact of the Indian Net Neutrality debate is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. This is the last of our two part series on this subject. We discuss the original TRAI paper, r/india’s involvement in the debate, how redditors got involved, AIB’s video, Internet.org’s change in policy and where the debate currently is. This episode features Nikhil Pahwa (/u/atnixxin), /u/rahulthewall, /u/_dexter, /u/parlor_tricks, and Marvin Ammori (/u/amarv1n). This episode...

Duration: 00:33:12


020: A Neutral Net Part 1

5/28/2015
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The Indian Net Neutrality debate is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss what net neutrality is, how the debate grew in the United States, how fighters of internet freedom mobilized public opinion, how the battle in the states was won, the growth of the internet in India, the importance of mobile in the discussion, zero rated systems, and internet.org. This episode features Marvin Ammori (/u/amarv1n), Nikhil Pahwa (/u/atnixxin), and Jesse Simms (/u/actionjesse)....

Duration: 00:42:28

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