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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 thousa...Show More

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Encore: Pitch Perfect

20:32 | Mar 29th

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.

Remix: Four Love Stories From The Wild World Of Reddit

58:23 | Feb 13th

In honor of Valentine's Day, we took our favorite love stories from previous episodes and created one epic love-centric monster mix. xoxo

Encore: And... It's Good!

36:34 | Feb 1st

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.

Bonus: Harvard Astronomer On Why Aliens Aren't Just Science Fiction

23:34 | Jan 29th

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 [...]

Stuck Between The Rock and Deep Space

38:55 | Jan 24th

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 [...Show More

Coming Soon... Our Sci-Fi Radio Drama

02:25 | Jan 22nd

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...

Cupcake

31:54 | Jan 17th

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," [.....Show More

Bonus: R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

31:02 | Jan 16th

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" [...]

Get Motivated

31:26 | Jan 10th

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 [...Show More

Encore: Something Wicked

27:52 | Jan 3rd

"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 [.....Show More

Encore: That Old Chestnut

32:36 | Dec 28th, 2018

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.

Humans Being Bros

24:30 | Dec 20th, 2018

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 [...]

All You Can Eat

27:47 | Dec 13th, 2018

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 [...]

The Deadly Double

35:35 | Dec 7th, 2018

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 [...]

Grateful Doe

26:18 | Nov 30th, 2018

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.”

Encore: The GOAT

29:52 | Nov 21st, 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 [...]

Dear Anon

30:53 | Nov 16th, 2018

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.

Brain Melt

25:43 | Nov 9th, 2018

Redditor Stephanie Graham started feeling a bit off in the third trimester of her pregnancy. Then, things got weird. Really weird.

The Greatest Squirt Gun Ever Built

27:51 | Nov 1st, 2018

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.

Bonus: Magic Mushrooms With Michael Pollan

12:53 | Oct 29th, 2018

Author Michael Pollan talks about all things magic mushrooms, including their potential for upending the brain's hierarchy and helping people cope with death.

Screamtime: Zombie Fungus

29:36 | Oct 25th, 2018

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 [...]

Screamtime: Roof Man

20:49 | Oct 18th, 2018

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.

Bonus: Australian Scientist Offers First-Hand Account Of Steve Irwin's Tragic Death

06:24 | Oct 16th, 2018

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.

Screamtime: Doom Jelly

35:49 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 [......Show More

Screamtime: Haunted House, Holy Water

24:38 | Oct 5th, 2018

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.

Turning Hate Into Humor

35:30 | Sep 28th, 2018

An elite unit of trolls is engaged in an existential battle against hate speech on the internet. This is their story.

Snacktime: 'Last Seen' Edition

14:21 | Sep 24th, 2018

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 [...]

The Great Mattress Conspiracy

36:17 | Sep 20th, 2018

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 [...Show More

Rome, Sweet Rome

27:41 | Sep 14th, 2018

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 [...]

Tim From Texas

29:06 | Sep 6th, 2018

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.

The Cursed Manuscript

32:06 | Aug 30th, 2018

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.

Buck It

28:03 | Aug 23rd, 2018

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.

Test Of Time

29:08 | Aug 16th, 2018

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 [...]

The Original Most Interesting Man In The World

28:02 | Aug 9th, 2018

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.

Season 2: First Listen

01:48 | Aug 6th, 2018

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.

Snacktime: Cake, Camels, and Catfish

21:39 | Aug 2nd, 2018

It's snacktime! Some more of our favorite quick-hits from Reddit.

Snacktime: A Trade Of Their Own

22:49 | Jul 27th, 2018

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 [...]

Steak And Potatoes

24:43 | Jul 19th, 2018

Two of Amory and Ben's favorite Reddit posts, both of which have to do with food.

Snacktime

18:48 | Jul 12th, 2018

This week's episode is pretty short and sweet -- Amory and producer Josh Swartz talk about their favorite Reddit posts.

Getting Home: Update

45:41 | Jul 5th, 2018

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.

Call of the Void

26:21 | Jun 28th, 2018

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.

Axeman's Jazz

30:03 | Jun 22nd, 2018

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. [...Show More

Still Breaking

35:55 | Jun 15th, 2018

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.

The Rest... Is History

31:14 | Jun 7th, 2018

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.

I, Ken Bone

24:39 | Jun 1st, 2018

We talk to the man, the meme, the legend: Ken Bone. What happens to a meme deterred? We find out.

In Memoriam

26:31 | May 24th, 2018

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.

Rice Bunny

25:28 | May 17th, 2018

How Chinese #MeToo activists are keeping the movement alive, despite government censorship.

Bonus: Yanny Vs. Laurel... Vs. Yaley?

16:53 | May 16th, 2018

We bring you a bonus episode that takes on the "Yanny vs. Laurel" debate that's dividing the Internet.

Schooled

23:19 | May 10th, 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.

Hail Corporate

24:44 | May 3rd, 2018

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.

That Old Chestnut

34:10 | Apr 26th, 2018

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.

Busted

27:31 | Apr 19th, 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.

Mission Improbable

29:30 | Apr 12th, 2018

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.

Fun Guy

25:20 | Apr 5th, 2018

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 [...]

Pitch Perfect

22:05 | Mar 29th, 2018

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.

Bill Hader Talks 'Barry,' Reddit And Why He's So Popular Online

22:49 | Mar 22nd, 2018

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."

The Dirty 6th

21:32 | Mar 15th, 2018

Excerpts from Amory and Ben's live AMA at SXSW, plus their conversation with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman.

Something Wicked

27:08 | Mar 8th, 2018

We dive into a famous Reddit mystery involving creepy post-it notes, an iffy landlord, and a stranger who saves the day.

There Was An Attempt

27:46 | Mar 2nd, 2018

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.

The GOAT

27:45 | Feb 23rd, 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 [...]

Kickin' It

35:29 | Feb 15th, 2018

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 [...Show More

Three Stories Of Love, On Reddit

25:50 | Feb 9th, 2018

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.

And... It's Good!: A Look Into Football On Reddit

35:51 | Feb 2nd, 2018

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.

Introducing 'Edge Of Fame' (And Norm Macdonald AMA)

05:02 | Jan 26th, 2018

Check out a new podcast from WBUR and the Washington Post called Edge of Fame.

The Vault

23:18 | Jan 26th, 2018

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.

Getting Home

35:03 | Jan 18th, 2018

When there was chaos in his life, Shane Correia had one constant -- his folder.

Endless Thread’s Debut Episode: No No No No Yes

27:30 | Jan 12th, 2018

In the first episode of Endless Thread, we bring you two stories of two incredible near-misses.

A First Listen

02:34 | Dec 4th, 2017

This audio trailer offers you a preview of the upcoming season of "Endless Thread," a new podcast by WBUR and Reddit.