2 Girls 1 Podcast

93 EpisodesProduced by The Podglomerate / The Daily Dot

Two actors who perform the weird Internet on stage dive into the deepest web wormholes with members of fringe online communities. Alli Goldberg and Jen Jamula have hilarious and humanizing conversations with furries, ticklers, balloon fetishists, professional cuddlers, adult diaper enthusiasts, and … read more

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92 Unicorn Moms

July 15th, 2019

Perfect moms and unicorns have one thing in common: They don't exist. That mantra has brought together a huge community of women who are sick of the judgmental bickering that plagues typical "mommy groups" on social …

91 Murderinos

July 8th, 2019

The true crime explosion ignited by podcasts like Serial and Netflix series Making a Murderer has spawned a massive ecosystem of murdery content. One of the biggest and most passionate fandoms on the Internet today …

90 If you think dating is hard, try doing it at 60

July 1st, 2019

There's no shortage of dating horror stories on social media. But dating in your later years — after a divorce, death, or other major life change — can be especially daunting. And while apps and services can take the …

89 Subverse: The porn video game that took Kickstarter by storm

June 24th, 2019

Adult content in video games is nothing new. Big budget franchises like Mass Effect and The Witcher series are noted for their character romances and …

88 The 8-Bit Guy

June 17th, 2019

David Murray is known to millions of fans as "The 8-Bit Guy." His YouTube channel covers the gamut of computers, consumer electronics, and gaming …

87 Birds of North America

June 10th, 2019

Bird watching probably conjures images of an old, retired guy sporting binoculars behind his country home. But Jason Ward is rapidly dispelling that …

86 Death Cafe

June 3rd, 2019

Death is a difficult topic no matter how you slice it, but cultivating a healthier outlook on end-of-life issues can have profound effects on …

85 r/AskOldPeople

May 27th, 2019

In an age where nearly all information is a Google or Wiki search away, it's easy to forget that real, first-hand experiences of what the world used to be like are right in our own families and communities. That's the …

84 Best of Nextdoor

May 20th, 2019

Nextdoor is the social network that connects people based on neighborhoods, rather than friend networks or common interests. Getting to know your IRL neighbors sure seems like a good idea. But at times, it combines the …

83 Searching for the Hidden Treasure of Forrest Fenn

May 13th, 2019

There's a box of treasure worth millions somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and a global online (and IRL) community is devoted to the search. The …

82 God

May 6th, 2019

For thousands of years, God has communicated with humanity via dusty tomes, prophets, and the occasional miracle. But it's 2019, and the Internet is way more efficient for reaching the flock. That's why God has spent …

81 How Linguist David J. Peterson Created the Dothraki and Valyrian Languages for 'Game of Thrones'

April 29th, 2019

When fantasy TV shows need an alien or elf to speak a fictional language, most writers make up a few foreign-sounding words to pad the script and move on. But that won't cut it when it comes to Game of Thrones, a show …

80 Feminist Memes Are a Banner of Social Change on Instagram

April 22nd, 2019

We don't always think of Internet memes as a force for serious social change. But the humor behind image macros and mashup content can be leveraged …

79 How Could Anyone Really Believe the Earth is Flat?

April 15th, 2019

A growing number of people believe that world governments and other shadow organizations are hiding the truth: that the Earth is not a globe, but a flat disc with a dome of stars above it. Despite overwhelming evidence …

78 Can Instagram save independent book stores?

April 8th, 2019

While it may feel like books face an existential crisis in the shadow of digital media, reading communities are alive and well in an unlikely social media sphere: Instagram. Showing off what you're reading with a fancy …

77 April Fools: 3 Chrome Extensions to Prank Your Friends

April 1st, 2019

On the list of "Things The Internet Is Useful For," lulz rank pretty highly (second only to porn, of course).
Online pranks are as old as the ARPANET …

76 Musketeers: The Global Elon Musk Super Fan Network

March 25th, 2019

Worldwide and obsessive fandom is nothing new, but it's usually reserved for pop stars, actors, YouTubers, and video games. It's rare for tech CEOs …

75 The Power of Parasocial Relationships in the Age of Loneliness

March 18th, 2019

When TV and radio brought the voices and images of public figures into our very homes, we began to feel kinship with people we've never actually met. But these one-sided "parasocial" relationships have kicked into …

74 Transhumanism and the Next Phase of Human Evolution

March 11th, 2019

As we become ever more physically entwined with our technology, and medicine extends our lives beyond anything our ancestors could imagine, we may …

73 Hire This Tinder Ghostwriter If You Suck at Online Dating

March 4th, 2019

Some people are great at taking flattering selfies and writing witty Tinder taglines. Others, not so much. That's where Meredith Golden comes in. For …

72 The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

February 25th, 2019

In 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas board of education suggesting that if Christian creationism is taught in schools, so should his …

71 Subtle Asian Dating

February 18th, 2019

If data-driven matchmaking platforms like Tinder have you down, consider an "old school" online dating method where your friends auction you off in a …

70 This Couple Fell In Love on MySpace and Now Make Their Living Being Adorable on the Internet

February 11th, 2019

Before Tinder, Grindr, J-Date and Christian Mingle, most of us just had a MySpace page and the dream of finding true love in a sea of extremely emo profile pics. Megan (from the U.S.) and Whitney (from the UK) started a …

69 How Facebook Helped a Woman With a Rare Disease Find the Freedom to Be Herself

February 4th, 2019

Most of the tales that come out of Facebook these days are about the attention sucking qualities that make it terrible for mental health and democracy. But there are shining beacons of hope where the platform has …

68 Everything you'll ever say, think, and write is already in this online library

January 28th, 2019

If you do enough math, you can generate every combination of letters and numbers possible. Most of the results will be gibberish, but they will also …

67 This "scientist" learned what women find attractive by A/B testing his beard on Tinder

January 21st, 2019

Apps like Tinder know a lot about you, but why should they horde all your dating data? In order to settle an argument, one man conducted an …

66 What the '90s Web Can Teach Us About the Future of the Internet

January 14th, 2019

The History of the Web is a weekly newsletter that began as a place for coders to reminisce about CSS and Bulletin Board software.  But it quickly …

65 How the transgender community found a safe haven on Discord

January 7th, 2019

Has the internet made things easier for the transgender community? That may depend on which corners of the web you hang out in. For Luna Baker (who transitioned from male-at-birth to female), a variety of digital havens …

64 This Couple Quit the Internet for 1 Month and Lived to Vlog About It

December 24th, 2018

Craig Benzine (better known as WheezyWaiter on YouTube) has been making online videos for a living since 2007.  That's a long time to be living and working on the Internet, and when he felt social media was sucking up …

63 Getting Plastic Surgery to Match Your Filtered, Perfect Selfies

December 17th, 2018

As media has shifted from broadcast to social, so too have our perceptions of beauty and self-confidence. Plastic surgeons are seeing their patients get younger, and who aspire to look more like their own highly curated …

62 The 'Universal Language' of Esperanto Is Thriving on the Internet

December 10th, 2018

Esperanto is a language invented 130 years ago with the goal of uniting the world under a simplified common tongue and creating everlasting peace. Spoiler alert: That never happened. But the Internet is rekindling the …

61 How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Board Game Industry

December 3rd, 2018

What if you could 3D print that new lamp, designed by an Internet stranger for free, rather than ordering it from Amazon? When 3D printing tech goes …

60 How One Guy Tricked the Internet Into Thinking His Shed Was London's Best Restaurant

November 26th, 2018

When Oobah Butler was hard-up for cash, he found a gig writing fake reviews for London restaurants he'd never been to. He fell into an abyss of forgeries on TripAdvisor that gave him an idea. What if he invented a fake …

59 Creepypasta and the Evolution of Internet Horror Storytelling

November 19th, 2018

Ghost stories around the campfire are as old as humanity itself, but spooky tales became memes unto themselves as the Web matured. Creepypasta (a …

58 Meet the unlikely duo fighting Facebook's rampant romance scams

November 12th, 2018

When Bryan Denny, a retired 26-year U.S. army veteran, started getting marriage proposals from strangers on Facebook, he knew something was up. …

57 Will Sex Robots Ever Replace Your Human Partner? (Probably.)

November 5th, 2018

Sex dolls have been around since at least the 17th century, but advances in AI and robotics are bringing them ever closer to meaningful …

56 Inside the terrifying rabbit hole of messed-up YouTube videos for kids

October 29th, 2018

If you leave a toddler alone with an iPad long enough, YouTube's algorithms will guide her down a deep, dark rabbit hole of strange, low-quality, and …

55 Composer Kevin MacLeod Somehow Makes a Living by Giving All His Music Away for Free

October 22nd, 2018

If you've ever sought a soundtrack for your home movies that wouldn't get removed by YouTube, chances are you've come across Kevin MacLeod's music. …

54 How Tay Zonday survived being 'Patient Zero' of viral YouTube

October 15th, 2018

Way back in 2007 Tay Zonday uploaded the original song "Chocolate Rain" to YouTube, and nothing happened. Then Digg and 4chan found it. And then …

53 Botnik's Algorithms Create TV Shows and Harry Potter Books Too Hilarious to Ignore

October 8th, 2018

Robots have a long way to go before they replace artists and writers...but they're getting closer. A collective known as Botnik is using algorithms, …

52 Bad Dragon: The Marriage of High Fantasy Art and Sex Toys

October 1st, 2018

Rule 34 is alive and well on the Internet, but the enterprising sex toy company Bad Dragon has taken it even further with their epic dildo designs …

51 The Birth of Online Dating

September 24th, 2018

Kids today have it easy, with their "swiping right" and their "J-dates." Back in the early '90s, you could barely send a profile pic to your crush. …

50 Re-inventing porn for women is more complicated than you think

September 17th, 2018

Porn is typically made by men for men, but women have needs, too -- and traditional porn doesn't always meet them. Alli and Jen talk with Michelle Shnaidman, founder of Bellesa.co, which creates porn videos, erotic …

49 This guy ate 100,000 calories in 4 days and lived to vlog about it

September 10th, 2018

Move over, food porn. Competitive eating is about slamming as many calories as possible, and there's a massive YouTube community around it. Erik the Electric's food challenge videos have been viewed 80 million times. …

48 Where Do Emoji Come From?

September 3rd, 2018

Most people think of emoji as trivial text message pictures. But creating them is a complex process debated by a consortium of tech giants. And as …

47 YouTube's Survivalist Community Is Prepping for the Worst - and You Should, Too

August 27th, 2018

Thousands of "Preppers" are amassing food, water, tools, batteries, and other essentials in their basements and bunkers. But for what? Alli and Jen …

46 The Women Editing Thousands of Wikipedia Articles in a Quest for Gender Parity

August 20th, 2018

For countless historical and social reasons, most of the people editing Wikipedia are white men. This has led to broad bias across the world's de facto repository of online knowledge. But a loose affiliation of women …

45 Twitter Is the Last Social Network Left for Nudists

August 13th, 2018

Most social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have firm restrictions on nudity. Twitter is much more lax, making it a digital haven for the nudist community. Taylor Lorenz, a journalist for the Atlantic, …

44 The Grandma Guildmaster of Ultima Online

August 6th, 2018

The multiplayer RPG "Ultima Online" came on the scene in 1997, and it remains a thriving, persistent world to this day, two decades later. Those who …

43 Rise of the Airbnb Superhost

July 30th, 2018

Airbnb has completely revolutionized tourism, but the legal and regulatory battles around whom you can rent your room to rage on. Alli and Jen speak …

42 Bronies: Combating toxic masculinity, one Little Pony at a time

July 23rd, 2018

The reboot of "My Little Pony" has reached fans far beyond the "little girls" demographic. Thousands of adult men self-identify as Bronies: Dudes who …

41 Bug Facebook: The Unlikely Social Media Home for Insect Lovers

July 16th, 2018

There are Facebook groups for everything -- even jumping spiders. Alli and Jen talk with bug enthusiast and writer Melissa McEwan about the passionate communities that form around insects, insect rights, and …

40 Ecosexuality: Because Mother Earth is the hottest MILF of all

July 9th, 2018

Most people love the Earth. But some people really LOVE the Earth. You know, in *that* way. Alli and Jen speak with Jennifer Reed, a PhD studying the rise of ecosexuality -- from performance art to sex with trees, and …

39 Who is Chuck Tingle? Meet the charming king of self-published gay erotica

July 2nd, 2018

Erotic author and online sensation Chuck Tingle joins us for a candid conversation about his inspiration for "Pounded In the Butt by My Own Butt" and "Space Raptor Butt Invasion," the idiocy of the Alt-Right, and how …

38 The psychological price we pay for social media

June 25th, 2018

Even while you're sleeping, your social media persona is engaging with the world. This "always on" mentality is shaping the psychology of a …

37 Jediism: A Star Wars religion for your real spiritual life

June 18th, 2018

Small collectives of Star Wars fans all over the world follow the spiritual path of the Jedi. But this isn't about fandom or cosplay. They live, …

36 Ten facts about internet history you probably don't know

June 11th, 2018

Matt cancels this week's guest and challenges Alli and Jen to the ultimate fan-requested trivia showdown. The stakes could not be higher.

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35 This AI-hosted podcast is here to kill us all

June 4th, 2018

Procedural generation is no stranger to media like video games, but it's especially compelling (and creepy) in podcast form. Alli and Jen talk to PhD programmer James Ryan, the creator of Sheldon County, a generative …

34 Who snopes Snopes?

May 28th, 2018

Snopes.com has been debunking urban legends and internet rumors since the mid '90s. But in an age of unprecedented disinformation coming from the highest authorities and most ubiquitous online platforms, how does a …

33 Reviewing airport carpets is the highest form of artistic criticism

May 21st, 2018

Carpets for Airports is a website and community devoted to critiquing the largest art form ever devised -- the sprawling fabric underfoot when you're rushing to catch a flight. Do airport carpets have artistic and …

32 The hidden cost of the exploding "Gig Economy"

May 14th, 2018

Freelancing is on the rise, thanks in large part to technology. The modern internet allows people to work from anywhere, and access short-term gigs …

31 We got your emails VOLUME 2

May 7th, 2018

A terrifying number of people have told us they listen to 2G1P to learn English. Please. THIS IS NOT AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM.

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30 Know Your Meme: Cataloging 10 years of internet culture

April 30th, 2018

Memes can be as trivial as a waffle falling over or as powerful as a social movement. But defining them, tracking their origins, mutations, and …

29 The story of Reddit's "Ask Me Anything"

April 23rd, 2018

From its humble beginnings on "Ask Reddit" to the day Obama dropped by, r/IAmA has been the place where anyone on the internet can talk directly to public figures, celebrities, and people with interesting jobs or …

28 The most terrifying questions people ask on 'Is It Normal?'

April 16th, 2018

Is It Normal? is a website where people anonymously share their uncertain proclivities about behavior, feelings, sex, and more, so strangers can vote on them. But what started as an experimental message board in 2004 …

27 Grandma Party Hotline

April 9th, 2018

Telephone party hotlines are a relic of pre-internet teenage shenanigans. But if you post a phone number on the web and ask a lovable grandma to record the outgoing voicemail ... lots of people will call it. And they'll …

26 A dating network for conspiracy theorists

April 2nd, 2018

If you believe 9/11 was an inside job, or that the cure for cancer is hidden by drug companies, it might be hard to broach these topics with a new …

25 We got your emails VOLUME 1

March 26th, 2018

Thanks for your tweets, emails, and voicemails! We love hearing from you, and wanted to respond to a few of our favorite electronic mail messages.

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24 Sugar Dating: Young women seeking men with money

March 19th, 2018

Young, attractive women dating older men with means is nothing new, but there is an online cottage industry that connects "Sugar Babies" with their …

23 Thousands of men on the internet really want to get pregnant

March 12th, 2018

The fight for gender equality must never rest, but there's one important thing women have that men will never experience: the joy (and excruciating pain!) of childbirth. But there are thousands of men online who are …

22 Bros before JNCOs: Where dudes help dudes master their look

March 5th, 2018

Women are exposed to fashion media at an early age, for better or worse. But where should men turn to refine their style for a new job or a first …

21 The Passions Network has every dating site you could imagine

February 26th, 2018

If you're tired of swiping on looks and clever pickup lines, why not go a niche as possible? The Passions Network connects singles based on extremely focused interests, like driving trucks, The Walking Dead, SCUBA, …

20 Adult babies and diaper lovers

February 19th, 2018

Age play (role playing as a child or baby) can be about comfort, re-connecting with your own childhood, or a fetish. Alli and Jen interview "Todd," …

19 Why are "Birds With Arms" so damn funny?

February 12th, 2018

There are subreddits for all sorts of important issues and online communities. And then there's r/BirdsWithArms, where the Internet's most talented …

18 The history of "shipping" in fan fiction

February 5th, 2018

Writing fanfic about your favorite fictional characters kissing goes back long before the internet. Alli and Jen interview Amanda Brennan, a meme librarian whose expertise in "shipping" (writing about fictional …

17 Inside the plastic world of Living Dolls

January 29th, 2018

The extreme makeup, fashion, and body modification of the Living Doll community is a sight to behold. Alli and Jen interview Vixie, who moderates …

16 Doing real archaeology inside video game worlds

January 22nd, 2018

As we spend more and more time inside digital worlds, documenting human behavior in virtual spaces has become an exciting new field of research. Alli …

15 What your Google search history really says about you

January 15th, 2018

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz studied data from Google, Pornhub, and other online platforms. He found that overt racism is alive and well in America, porn preferences are not what you'd expect, and many women are asking …

14 Inside the secret chat room where lawyers bitch about their clients

January 8th, 2018

Turns out attorneys are humans, too. Alli and Jen talk to Keith Lee, who created Lawyer Slack -- a private, lawyers-only chat room where attorneys …

13 The Fry Up Police

December 18th, 2017

A Facebook group with 50,000 members is all about posting pictures of British breakfast food so people can curse at you. Alli and Jen get the scoop behind one of the most hilarious and bizarre Facebook communities.

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12 How Reddit brings real science to millions

December 11th, 2017

In the era of fake news, climate deniers, and anti-vaxxers, productive discussion about peer-reviewed science can be hard to come by on the internet. Fortunately, the subreddit r/science (with 17 million subscribers) …

11 This dating app matches people on things they hate

December 4th, 2017

Most dating apps pair people based on looks or shared interests. Hater matches couples based on things they hate: Slow walkers, the Super Bowl, tall dudes at concerts. Does having a "hate" in common create a deeper …

10 ASMR: This episode will make you tingly

November 27th, 2017

Autonomous sensory meridian response (known as ASMR) is that tingly sensation on the back of your neck when you hear certain quiet sounds, like whispering or tapping. There's a huge community devoted to triggering your …

09 Interview with a (real?) vampire

November 20th, 2017

Thousands of people identify as "vampires" online, but the term is more complicated (and metaphorical) than horror movie stereotypes. Alli and Jen talk to self-identified vampire Anshar Seraphim about tasting human …

08 Today I F@*#ked Up

November 13th, 2017

Today I F@*#ked Up (or r/TIFU) is a place where people anonymously share their most terrible or embarrassing stories. It's also one of the most …

07 Professional cuddling could be the next yoga

November 6th, 2017

Making an appointment to be cuddled by a stranger might seem odd, but Adam Lippin -- the founder of Cuddlist.com -- believes therapeutic touch will be as common as yoga in the next few years.

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06 How to teach a preschool class for adults

October 30th, 2017

Ever wish you could go back in time and enjoy the innocence of being four years old? Alli and Jen talk to Michelle Joni, who teaches letters, shapes …

05 They quit their jobs to sell balloon sex toys

October 23rd, 2017

Jan and Maggie are the founders of Looners United, a community and online store for balloon fetishists. They tell Alli and Jen about poppers, non-poppers, and their journey of acceptance as a couple.

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04 What if we were all created by aliens?

October 16th, 2017

Did intelligent aliens design us in their own image thousands of years ago? That's what Raëlians believe. Alli and Jen speak with Felix Clairvoyant, a guide of the Raëlian movement, about ETs, the afterlife, nukes, …

03 The hairy truth behind "Tinder for beards"

October 9th, 2017

Alli and Jen get the lowdown on Bristlr, a dating app where you can find the bearded man of your dreams. John Kershaw builds app frameworks that connect beard lovers, new moms, and cow inseminators.

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02 Inside the touching world of online tickling

October 2nd, 2017

Alli and Jen speak with Richard Ivey, the creator of "My Friend's Feet," one of the first websites and online communities for tickling fetishists. Also: We are REALLY scared of aliens.

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01 Is 'furry' a sexual orientation?

October 2nd, 2017

Alli and Jen speak with Dominic Rodriguez, director of the documentary Fursonas, about life (and sex) as an anthropomorphic animal. Also: Why are …

Introducing 2 Girls 1 Podcast

September 15th, 2017

Two actors who perform the weird Internet on stage dive into the deepest web wormholes with members of fringe online communities. Alli Goldberg and …
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