Endless Thread

By WBUR and Reddit

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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
Infectious, Pt. 4: Anatomy Of An Outbreak
00:44:31
Even considering the winding road of scientific advancement and the new expressway that is the internet, what the heck happened in Clark County? With reporting from the ground in Washington and Oregon, we take the fourth episode of our vaccine series to trace the societal pathogens, identify the symptoms, and try to prescribe a solution to what some are calling a “canary in the coal mine” for a near future of eroding herd immunity and increasing threats of outbreak for all kinds of diseases in the U.S.
May 23, 2019
Infectious, Pt. 3: Going Viral
00:46:40
You can’t tell the story of today’s anti-vaccine — or “vaccine hesitant”— movement without telling a story of technology and social media. Part 3 of our "Infectious" series looks at the spread of anti-vaccine messaging online and how the Internet and social media have made it possible for vaccine-related misinformation and hoaxes to reach further and faster than ever before.
May 16, 2019
Infectious, Pt. 2: The Flintstone Dilemma
00:38:42
There was a time when the measles were common enough to be a source of comedy on TV shows like "The Flintstones." So how did we go from joking about the measles to reports on the news about a growing international measles emergency? In the second episode of our "Infectious" series, we embark on a search for truth, aided by a renowned pediatrician and several prominent anti-vaccine activists. Along the way, we look at how vaccines actually work, fallout from the swine flu pandemic, and the highly controversial -- but unproven -- link between vaccines and autism.
May 03, 2019
Infectious, Pt. 1: Scabs, Pus, And Puritans
00:37:07
The problem with being healthy is that you completely forget what it feels like to be sick. In 2019, many people assume that the history of vaccination is recent history -- maybe a few centuries of innovation starting in the late 1700s. The truth is much more convoluted: centuries of ancient customs developing slowly into a cycle of extremes -- scientific innovation followed by fear, rejection, and sometimes, violence. In the first episode of our special series, 'Infectious,' we explore this recurring cycle and how it echoes still in 2019.
May 03, 2019
'Endless Thread' Presents: 'Infectious'
00:02:38
"Endless Thread" presents "Infectious: The Strange Past and Surprising Present of Vaccines – and Anti-Vaxxers."
Apr 26, 2019
Bonus: Jon Favreau, Live At CitySpace
00:42:54
T-minus one week until Endless Thread returns with new episodes! In the meantime, let's talk politics -- because Ben recently interviewed Jon Favreau, co-host of "Pod Save America" and former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, live onstage at WBUR's CitySpace. In this bonus episode, we all have a front-row seat...
Apr 26, 2019
Bonus: Endless Thrones
00:21:47
In advance of the season 8 premiere of HBO's "Game of Thrones," we talk to one of the head moderators of r/gameofthrones and to a couple of in-house GOT nerds to hear some of their fan theories and predictions for the show's final season.
Apr 12, 2019
Encore: Pitch Perfect
00:20:32
In celebration of the start of the MLB season, we revisit our baseball-themed episode from last year, featuring everything from Snoop Dogg... to a very unlucky mourning dove.
Mar 29, 2019
Remix: Four Love Stories From The Wild World Of Reddit
00:58:23
In honor of Valentine's Day, we took our favorite love stories from previous episodes and created one epic love-centric monster mix. xoxo
Feb 13, 2019
Encore: And... It's Good!
00:36:34
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 01, 2019
Bonus: Harvard Astronomer On Why Aliens Aren't Just Science Fiction
00:23:34
Superstar astronomer Avi Loeb discusses mysteries surrounding the interstellar space object known as 'Oumuamua, why it could be a probe sent by an alien civilization, and how the scientific community should be more willing to acknowledge and embrace uncertainty.
Jan 29, 2019
Stuck Between The Rock and Deep Space
00:38:55
News of a mysterious interstellar object flying through our solar system inspired Redditors to collaboratively pen a perfectly cheesy sci-fi action movie. And now, we bring that movie to life as an audio drama. Presenting... "Stuck Between The Rock and Deep Space."
Jan 24, 2019
Coming Soon... Our Sci-Fi Radio Drama
00:02:25
This Friday, Endless Thread releases one of its wackiest, most ambitious episodes yet: a sci-fi radio drama based on a movie script, based on a Reddit thread about a mysterious interstellar object. Hold on to your butts...
Jan 22, 2019
Cupcake
00:31:54
Chris and Kim have been married for 13 years and things have been going really, really well. So well, in fact, that they wondered... what's next? Their answer: consensual non-monogamy. They think of their additional sexual partners as "cupcakes," sweet additions to the healthy, hearty "meal" that is their marriage.
Jan 17, 2019
Bonus: R. Kelly Vs. The Savages
00:31:02
The release of Lifetime's 6-part documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" has sparked new conversations about the R&B singer -- at the water cooler, on social media, and of course, on Reddit. This episode comes to us from WBUR's "Edge of Fame" podcast, who spoke to a family that claims R. Kelly is holding their daughter hostage. It includes some upsetting details, so discretion is advised.
Jan 16, 2019
Get Motivated
00:31:26
Jared Wells was ready to accept death just one year ago. But a year in the gym with a bodybuilding legend has totally changed his perspective on life... and his body, of course. Plus, Ben and Amory share their 2019 resolutions and recruit Redditors to help them accomplish their goals. Read more about Jared here: https://www.reddit.com/r/GetMotivated/comments/85xfn6/image_thank_you_getmotivated/?st=JQEH8X32&sh=a8a167b6
Jan 10, 2019
Encore: Something Wicked
00:27:52
"Our landlord isn't letting me talk to you, but it's important we do." This text was written on one of several creepy post-it notes that mysteriously appeared in Redditor u/RBradbury1920's apartment. Who wrote them? Why? And how were they getting there? We get to the bottom of this famous Reddit mystery...
Jan 03, 2019
Encore: That Old Chestnut
00:32:36
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.
Dec 28, 2018
Humans Being Bros
00:24:30
A Santa who went above and beyond. Emotionally-exhausted parents who received a well-timed helping hand. A surprising invention that warms the heart... and body. We celebrate the season of giving by highlighting some of the kindness shared on Reddit -- including, the story that actually inspired the creation of Endless Thread!
Dec 20, 2018
All You Can Eat
00:27:47
Chicken patrol. Tiny plates. Purses lined with plastic bags. We peek behind the curtain of the strange world of all-you-can-eat buffets, from the strategies buffet owners use to protect their profits, to the hungry customers who try to game the system.
Dec 13, 2018
The Deadly Double
00:35:35
A Redditor finds a mysterious dice game in his grandparents’ basement. It reads “The Deadly Double: A Game to Play at Your Own Risk.” The Endless Thread team helps him investigate the game and finds surprising connections to Pearl Harbor, the FBI and The New Yorker.
Dec 07, 2018
Grateful Doe
00:26:18
An unidentified man died in a car crash in 1995 with Grateful Dead ticket stubs in his pocket. Twenty years later, Reddit sleuths helped solve the case of the “Grateful Doe.”
Nov 30, 2018
Encore: The GOAT
00:29:52
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.
Nov 21, 2018
Dear Anon
00:30:53
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.
Nov 16, 2018
Brain Melt
00:25:43
Redditor Stephanie Graham started feeling a bit off in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Then, things got weird. Really weird.
Nov 09, 2018
The Greatest Squirt Gun Ever Built
00:27:51
One of the bestselling toys of all-time, the Super Soaker, was invented by a rocket scientist nicknamed "The Professor." This is the story of the man, the legend: Lonnie Johnson.
Nov 01, 2018
Bonus: Magic Mushrooms With Michael Pollan
00:12:53
Author Michael Pollan talks about all things magic mushrooms, including their potential for upending the brain's hierarchy and helping people cope with death.
Oct 29, 2018
Screamtime: Zombie Fungus
00:29:36
Imagine a fungus that could infiltrate your whole body, turn you into a puppet, and grow right out of the top of your head. Actually, you don't have to imagine it -- IT'S REAL. It's called Cordyceps, and fortunately, it only has this effect on insects... for now.
Oct 25, 2018
Screamtime: Roof Man
00:20:49
Paranormal activity has haunted Darcy throughout her life. But it wasn’t until a nighttime ritual with her daughter turned spooky that she wondered what else might be at play.
Oct 18, 2018
Bonus: Australian Scientist Offers First-Hand Account Of Steve Irwin's Tragic Death
00:06:24
Australian scientist Jamie Seymour was friends with the famous "Crocodile Hunter," Steve Irwin. He was even there when Irwin was fatally stung by a stingray in 2006. Jamie sat down with Ben to reflect on that experience and Irwin's legacy.
Oct 16, 2018
Screamtime: Doom Jelly
00:35:49
Imagine sitting in a hospital room for 24 consecutive hours in the most agonizing pain you can possibly imagine. You feel a sense of impending doom. You have a feeling this won’t end well. Then, the pain subsides and you walk away. Jamie Seymour has had that experience eleven different times. He’s a leading expert on one of the world’s most frightening creatures and he’s paid the price.
Oct 11, 2018
Screamtime: Haunted House, Holy Water
00:24:38
When Alex was in high school, he and his best friend used to break into abandoned houses. Alex was a tough guy, giving people hell. Until one night, in one of those abandoned houses... hell gave him something back.
Oct 05, 2018
Turning Hate Into Humor
00:35:30
An elite unit of trolls is engaged in an existential battle against hate speech on the internet. This is their story.
Sep 28, 2018
Snacktime: 'Last Seen' Edition
00:14:21
We’re popping into your feed to share a project we think you’ll love. It’s a new podcast called “Last Seen,” about the largest unsolved art heist in history -- the theft of 13 irreplaceable pieces of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Sep 24, 2018
The Great Mattress Conspiracy
00:36:17
Why are there so many Mattress Firm stores? How did they end up catty-corner across intersections and in the same shopping centers? Are the mattresses full of money? Reddit users start to dig deeper into these Mattress Firm conspiracy theories, and we team up with Business Insider's "Household Name" to conduct an investigation of our own.
Sep 20, 2018
Rome, Sweet Rome
00:27:41
Could a unit of Marines destroy the entire Roman Empire if they traveled back in time? That is the question that inspired the now-legendary Reddit thread that turned James Erwin from an anonymous commenter into a Hollywood screenwriter. His once-in-a-lifetime opportunity did not go exactly as planned.
Sep 14, 2018
Tim From Texas
00:29:06
Tim Rose was driving home in February 2015 when he got into a car accident. He was mostly fine, though he went to the hospital just to be safe. That's where things took a turn. He turned to Reddit for help and his life hasn't been the same since.
Sep 06, 2018
The Cursed Manuscript
00:32:06
A 17th century monk using a nom de plume pens what could have been the blockbuster of its time: a teenage boy embarking on an epic voyage to the Americas. But, due to a series of bizarre circumstances, it was never published... until now.
Aug 30, 2018
Buck It
00:28:03
A Reddit comment about a chance encounter on a train inspires Ben to get hypnotized and Amory to face her fears in front of an audience at an open mic.
Aug 23, 2018
Test Of Time
00:29:08
Did you ever receive a love note in elementary school? What happened to the person who wrote it to you? Or what about that person you went to a music festival with in your early 20s? In this episode, we feature two extraordinary stories about relationships that have withstood the test of time.
Aug 16, 2018
The Original Most Interesting Man In The World
00:28:02
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
00:01:48
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
00:21:39
It's snacktime! Some more of our favorite quick-hits from Reddit.
Aug 02, 2018
Snacktime: A Trade Of Their Own
00:22:49
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
00:24:43
Two of Amory and Ben's favorite Reddit posts, both of which have to do with food.
Jul 19, 2018
Snacktime
00:18:48
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
00:45:41
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
00:26:21
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
00:30:03
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
00:35:55
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
00:31:14
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
00:24:39
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
00:26:31
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
00:25:28
How Chinese #MeToo activists are keeping the movement alive, despite government censorship.
May 17, 2018
Bonus: Yanny Vs. Laurel... Vs. Yaley?
00:16:53
We bring you a bonus episode that takes on the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate that's dividing the Internet.
May 16, 2018
Schooled
00:23:19
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
00:24:44
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
00:31:50
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
Busted
00:25:11
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
00:27:10
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
00:23:00
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
00:19:45
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
00:20:29
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
00:21:32
Excerpts from Amory and Ben's live AMA at SXSW, plus their conversation with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.
Mar 15, 2018
Something Wicked
00:27:08
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
00:27:46
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 GOAT
00:27:45
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
00:35:29
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
00:25:50
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!
00:35:51
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)
00:05:02
Check out a new podcast from WBUR and the Washington Post called Edge of Fame.
Jan 26, 2018
The Vault
00:23:18
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
00:35:03
When there was chaos in his life, Shane Correia had one constant -- his folder.
Jan 18, 2018
No No No No Yes
00:27:30
In the first episode of Endless Thread, we bring you two stories of two incredible near-misses.
Jan 12, 2018
A First Listen
00:02:34
This audio trailer offers you a preview of the upcoming season of "Endless Thread," a new podcast by WBUR and Reddit.
Dec 04, 2017