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Decoder Ring

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Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.


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38:17 | Feb 25th, 2019

Baby Shark is an megaviral YouTube video, an unstoppable earworm, a top 40 hit, a Eurodance smash, a decades old campfire song, and the center of an international copyright dispute. This month on Deco...Show More
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mm recommended:

This was hilarious and fun! I always wondered about the addictive Baby Shark song and its origins. I’m not sure if I believe the origins sto...Show More

43:50 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Jennifer Aniston’s story had it all: Heartbreak, secrecy, sex, betrayal. But what it also had was a new kind of tabloid: Us Weekly and its copycats. Brad Pitt leaving Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jol...Show More
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danny recommended:

Didn't expect an episode about Jennifer Aniston to be a thoughtful piece about feminism and journalism, but it was.

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37:10 | Apr 8th

How did poop get cute? On this episode of Decoder Ring we trace the rise of cute poop from the original Japanese poop emoji to more modern poop toys which rely on the Youtube algorithm to get seen and...Show More
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jhawthorne recommended:

Interesting deep dives into pop culture - kind of like a planet money for society

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