Endless Thread

By WBUR and Reddit

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 Aug 2, 2018


The front page of the Internet--also known as Reddit--is making noise. Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the site's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities, collaborating with Reddit's 330 million users and over 140 thousand communities to find all kinds of jaw-dropping narratives. A collaboration between WBUR and Reddit.

Episode Date
The Original Most Interesting Man In The World
King David Kalākaua was the last king of Hawaii. But he was much more than that -- he was a traveler, a dreamer, a tech nerd. Or maybe he was fond of drinking, reveling and gambling. It depends on who you ask. But one thing he was not: Boring.
Aug 09, 2018
Season 2: First Listen
The Endless Thread team has been hard at work on a new season of episodes. Don't believe us? We have proof! Take a listen to our trailer for Season 2. 
Aug 06, 2018
Snacktime: Cake, Camels, and Catfish
It's snacktime! Some more of our favorite quick-hits from Reddit.
Aug 02, 2018
Snacktime: A Trade Of Their Own
In this "Snacktime" episode, we chow down on two stories that were sent to us by listeners. The first, a look at how baseball fans on Reddit mark Major League Baseball's annual July trade deadline -- with a trade of their own. Then, a story involving a husband and wife, dinner at the boss' house, and a steak getting thrown out the window... almost.
Jul 27, 2018
Snacktime: Steak And Potatoes
Two of Amory and Ben's favorite Reddit posts, both of which have to do with food.
Jul 19, 2018
This week's episode is pretty short and sweet -- Amory and producer Josh Swartz talk about their favorite Reddit posts.
Jul 12, 2018
Getting Home: Update
We listen back to the story of Shane Correia and get an update from him. Shane's life has been mostly chaos -- from domestic violence, to a murder conviction in his family, to homelessness. But he's had two constants: a folder and a turtle.
Jul 05, 2018
Call of the Void
When you’re in a high place, peering over a ledge or a drop off, do you ever get that super weird feeling that you should just...jump? This is a real scientific phenomenon. It has a name: The call of the void.
Jun 28, 2018
Axeman's Jazz
A serial killer dubbed "The Axeman" terrorized New Orleans in 1918-1919. One day, the local paper published a letter he'd written saying that he would strike again on a particular night. The only thing that would spare you... was listening to jazz. We dive into this popular TIL story from Reddit.
Jun 22, 2018
Still Breaking
Redditors discover a massive online conspiracy. A man risks life, limb and the ire of morning motorists to protect the ideal of a free and open internet.
Jun 15, 2018
The Rest... Is History
Every relationship has a story. Samantha and Laura's is extraordinary. In recognition of Pride month, we bring you a story of love in transition.
Jun 07, 2018
I, Ken Bone
We talk to the man, the meme, the legend: Ken Bone. What happens to a meme deterred? We find out.
Jun 01, 2018
In Memoriam
Death: It comes for all of us, eventually. This week we bring you two tales from Reddit about the Grim Reaper himself. One involves gravestones; the other, a "natural" way to think about burial.
May 24, 2018
Rice Bunny
How Chinese #MeToo activists are keeping the movement alive, despite government censorship.
May 17, 2018
Bonus: Yanny Vs. Laurel... Vs. Yaley?
We bring you a bonus episode that takes on the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate that's dividing the Internet.
May 16, 2018
It's May, which means most of the kids in school right now are thinking about the summer. And to celebrate, we've got two stories about some rather unfortunate school mishaps.
May 10, 2018
Hail Corporate
A man makes a terrible sculpture of his girlfriend...out of Soylent. (Guess what..."they are now separate.") He then makes a flyer to try to give that sculpture away. The flyer goes viral. Why-oh-why did he do it? We find out.
May 03, 2018
That Old Chestnut
One of the nuttiest stories of near extinction and resurrection ever seen in the United States. It involves genetic engineering, warring factions of tree enthusiasts, and a mysterious, destructive power that started at the Bronx Zoo.
Apr 26, 2018
Weed, dope, kush, reefer -- whatever you call it, marijuana is quickly becoming legal across the country. It's also bringing people together, on Reddit.
Apr 19, 2018
Mission Improbable
What do you do when you're about to fly home from Japan and you realize you've left your passport in your hotel 300 miles away? Or when you're looking for pals to run with you from England to Italy? Post to Reddit, of course.
Apr 12, 2018
Fun Guy
A lab at the University of Oklahoma wants your dirt -- really. A viral post on Reddit brought awareness to this fascinating program, which studies fungi from soil samples from around the country with the hopes of discovering new disease-curing medicines.
Apr 05, 2018
Pitch Perfect
With spring finally here and the MLB's opening day upon us, we're talkin' baseball -- the funny, the memorable, the peanuts, the hot dogs.
Mar 29, 2018
Bill Hader Talks 'Barry,' Reddit And Why He's So Popular Online
Funnyman Bill Hader has a new show, "Barry," about a depressed hitman who heads to Los Angeles for a job, and ends up taking acting classes. He talks about his career as a comedian and how his stage fright helped inspire the world behind "Barry."
Mar 22, 2018
Dirty 6th
Excerpts from Amory and Ben's live AMA at SXSW, plus their conversation with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.
Mar 15, 2018
Something Wicked
We dive into a famous Reddit mystery involving creepy post-it notes, an iffy landlord, and a stranger who saves the day.
Mar 08, 2018
There Was An Attempt
A small village in upstate New York faced a lot of criticism about its official seal. They decided to change it, but did it really make a difference? You might say... there was an attempt.
Mar 02, 2018
The Italian cyclist Gino Bartali could rightfully be called "the GOAT" -- the Greatest of All Time -- for his athletic achievements alone. But in this episode, we tip our hats to him as a humanitarian. During World War II, Bartali was living a double life. It involved the Catholic church, secret missions, Jewish refugees, and what may be the most honorable fake ID operation of all time.
Feb 23, 2018
Kickin' It
More than 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Alex from Brockport, New York, is determined not to be one of them. He's currently 5 months clean, after using heroin for 5 years, and Reddit is one of several resources that helped him get there. Ben and Amory go to Brockport to talk to Alex, and to the family and friends that supported him along the way.
Feb 15, 2018
Gator Roll
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Endless Thread brings you three love stories brought to you straight from Reddit. You’re not crying, your eyes are just sweating.
Feb 09, 2018
And... It's Good!
Hey football fans, ever heard of the Chicago Bears Principle? How about Winter Magic? Or the UFL? In this Super Bowl-themed episode, Redditors educate us on the stats, the halftime history books, and tackle football on wheels.
Feb 02, 2018
Introducing Edge of Fame (and Norm Macdonald AMA)
Check out a new podcast from WBUR and the Washington Post called Edge of Fame.
Jan 26, 2018
The Vault
This week, Endless Thread goes underground and back in time -- into what just might be the most important vault in the world. What's inside that vault? A treasure that originates with a Russian scientist during World War II.
Jan 26, 2018
Getting Home
When there was chaos in his life, Shane Correia had one constant -- his folder.
Jan 18, 2018
No No No No Yes
In the first episode of Endless Thread, we bring you two stories of two incredible near-misses.
Jan 12, 2018
A First Listen
This audio trailer offers you a preview of the upcoming season of "Endless Thread," a new podcast by WBUR and Reddit.
Dec 04, 2017