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2 Girls 1 Podcast

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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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179 The Psychology of Online Sex Work

July 26th, 2021


The Internet has removed gatekeepers for most forms of media, porn certainly among them. The rise of Only Fans and direct-to-consumer sex work has …

[Encore Episode] 170 #FreeBritney (April 12, 2021)

July 19th, 2021


We are recording some excellent episodes this week and figuring out summer schedules.. In the meantime, we thought it would be useful to revisit the …

178 Otherkin

July 5th, 2021


Science and society have established that gender and sexuality are fluid. And fetishes can certainly cross into some furry territory. But what about species?

A large community of people identify not as human, but as …

177 Enterprising Furries Are Unlocking the Future of Cybersex in VR

June 28th, 2021


It's common knowledge that pornography pushes technology forward, so it's no surprise that the future of cybersex is being hacked together today by …


June 21st, 2021


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175 Vore

June 14th, 2021


We often refer to attractive people as "snacks" and talk about "eating someone up." But vore enthusiasts take those feelings to the next level. The fetish is about consuming others, or being consumed, but it's …

Introducing "Green Eggs & Dan"

June 7th, 2021


We're taking the week off, but we're excited to share another fantastic show on the Podglomerate network called Green Eggs & Dan, where comedian/writer/restaurateur Dan Ahdoot talks to some fascinating (and often …

174 LARPing

May 24th, 2021


People have been role-playing on the Internet since...the very birth of the Internet itself. And out of the tabletop and digital versions sprang …

173 The Satanic Temple (with co-founder Lucien Greaves)

May 17th, 2021


Any mention of "Satan" is sure to elicit pearl-clutching from the religious right. But The Satanic Temple, a purely secular and non-theistic …

[Encore Episode] 121 Gone Wild Audio (February 24, 2020)

May 10th, 2021


Due to scheduling conflicts, we've got an encore for you this week, and it's one of our most popular episodes of all time! Enjoy, or re-enjoy!

172 Video Game Speedrunners (with world-record holder Niftski)

May 3rd, 2021


For years, 4 minutes and 55 seconds was the fastest a human being could beat "Super Mario Bros." for the NES. After every technique, glitch, and warp …

171 Ken M

April 26th, 2021


Dumb comments at the bottom of news articles and Facebook posts are a dime a dozen. But for the last 10 years, Ken M has turned misinformed Internet …

Join us in the 2G1P Facebook Group!

April 19th, 2021


Our show is about Internet communities, but it's also a community of its own! Our listeners help us make the show, and we're expanding the discussion to an official 2G1P Facebook Group, where you can hang out with us, …

170 #FreeBritney

April 12th, 2021


In 2007, Britney Spears was placed under a conservatorship, relinquishing control of her finances to her father. This legal arrangement is typically …

Introducing "Table Flipping"

April 5th, 2021


We're taking this week off, but we wanted to check in and share an episode of another great podcast on our network called Table Flipping.

Table Flipping shamelessly celebrates “guilty pleasure” TV and praises the women …

169 Why the Creator of Nyan Cat Could Have Made Millions, But Didn't

March 29th, 2021


In 2011, Chris Torres drew a pixelated cat with a Pop Tart body and a rainbow shooting out of its butt. It raised $100 for a charity in Texas.

10 years later, it's not only one of the Internet's most iconic images …

168 Dogecoin and the Decentralized Dance Party

March 22nd, 2021


Since 2013, The Doge meme has made us laugh, cry, and stare longingly into the beautiful eyes of a Shiba Inu. Like most memes, it’s an image put into …

167 Ships of the Northern Fleet

March 15th, 2021


The cult steampunk adventure book series "Ships of the Northern Fleet" has inspired a TV show, graphic novels, and even a breakfast cereal. But the …

166 How 'Blaseball' Fans Help Create the Game They Love

March 8th, 2021


Bored during the pandemic? Maybe you should try betting fake money on a league of simulated baseball teams where imaginary players like Jessica …

165 Consensus-Based Reality: How Blockchain Communities Could Change the World

March 1st, 2021


When people talk about Bitcoin and blockchain tech, the conversation typically moves to the price of commodities and the hype around trading them. But the actual blockchain movement is about so much more.

Alli and Jen …

164 Why Disinformation Spreads So Quickly in Online Communities

February 22nd, 2021


While we love Internet communities, it's clear that some can seed and spread weaponized information at breakneck speeds. Platforms facilitate this, but social dynamics are also at work here. And if there's any hope of …

163 The_Donald

February 15th, 2021


Here on 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST, we typically cover online communities that make a positive impact on the internet through their creativity or inclusivity. …

[Encore Episode] 111 @MugJerry and the Quest for Instagram Justice (December 8, 2019)

February 8th, 2021


We've got some great new episodes in the pipeline for you, but while we wait, here's an encore of one of our favorites, originally published on …

162 Something Awful

February 1st, 2021


Since 1999, the website Something Awful has been an Internet culture tastemaker, and this closed community is still going strong two decades …

161 Buy Nothing

January 25th, 2021


Want to save money, help your neighbors, and create less waste all at the same time? The Internet can help. Specifically, the "Buy Nothing" communities that have sprouted up in thousands of cities and towns around the …

160 How the Internet Is Changing Language (with Linguist Gretchen McCulloch)

January 18th, 2021


If you're concerned that LOLspeak and text messages are ruining language, fear not, grammar nerds! This week, Alli and Jen speak with linguist, …

159 Blasphemy Fetishes

January 11th, 2021


It won't shock most psychologists (armchair or professional) that figures of authority and oppression in early childhood can lead to kinks in …

158 COVID Long Haulers

January 4th, 2021


The media tends to present 2 kinds of COVID-19 patients: Those who make a full recovery, and those who die.

But there's a massive group of people who …

Your Response to Our 4chan Episode

December 28th, 2020


Our interview about 4chan culture elicited the most listener response in the shortest period of time, so we want to share a lot of it.

Alli, Jen and …

157 Reddit Gifts (Internet Secret Santa)

December 21st, 2020


If you'd like the brighten the day of an Internet stranger, look no further than Reddit Gifts, the yearly online celebration where more than 100,000 Secret Santas swap gifts around the world. Alli and Jen talk with …

[Encore Episode] 113 ClausNet: The Social Network for Santas (December 22, 2019)

December 14th, 2020


It's been a busy week, so we're sharing one of our favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. We'll be back next week with more fun!

-Originally …

156 4chan: The Birthplace of All Memes

December 7th, 2020


4chan is often maligned by the media and mainstream culture as a hive of hate speech and hackers, but it's far more complex. 4chan culture is unique …

[Encore Episode] 94 Sweepers (Originally Published July 2019)

November 30th, 2020


Happy Thanksgiving! We're taking a breather this week and re-sharing another one of our favorites, this one originally published in July of 2019. We …

155 Modern Families Are Easier to Make Thanks to the Internet

November 23rd, 2020


21st century families come in all shapes and sizes. And while dating apps have helped people from all different backgrounds and locations get together, there hasn't been an online system in place for non-romantic …

154 Financial Domination (Allie Eve Knox Returns!)

November 16th, 2020


Professional dominatrix and cam model Allie Eve Knox returns to discuss her particular area of expertise, Financial Domination (aka FinDom), the …

153 OnlyFans Culture (with Allie Eve Knox)

November 9th, 2020


Adult video entertainment used to involve film crews and distribution companies. These days, performers can log in, create personalized videos for …

152 Political Humiliation with Empress Delfina

November 2nd, 2020


Domination and humiliation aren't new in the world of fetishes, but one online sex worker has found a particularly compelling niche: Shaming and …

151 Why Tech Companies Won't Let You Fix Your Own Stuff (Steve Porter, TronicsFix)

October 26th, 2020


Back in the day, if your computer or an appliance broke down, you could pop open the case, unscrew the faulty part, and order a replacement from the …

150 Virtual Funeral Services (Gathering Us)

October 19th, 2020


Grief is never easy, but it's especially hard if you can't be with your loved ones in person. COVID-19 has made funerals incredibly complicated in recent months, but the online service Gathering Us has been planning for …

149 QAnon Casualties: How to Save a Loved One From Conspiracy Cults

October 12th, 2020


The Internet empowers everyone to find a like-minded community online. It also facilitates misinformation and conspiracy thinking at breakneck …

[Encore Episode] 55 How Composer Kevin MacLeod Makes a Living Giving All His Music Away For Free (Originally Published October 22, 2018)

October 5th, 2020


We're working on something big for next week, so here's another one of our favorite encore episodes from back in the day.

Original Notes:

If you've …

148 Unnecessary Inventions

September 28th, 2020


Matty Benedetto is a product designer by training, but his sense of humor led him to a life of hilarious content creation instead.

Benedetto builds …

147 One In an ARMY (BTS / K-Pop Fandom Charity)

September 21st, 2020


Global K-pop music sensation BTS’ charity efforts with Unicef and other foundations has empowered fans to make positive change in the world.

The BTS …

146 Solo Female Traveler Network

September 14th, 2020


While traveling alone in Mexico, Amanda Black was robbed. She felt violated, scared, and didn't know where to turn in a foreign county with no …

145 Get a Pen Pal

September 7th, 2020


Email, texting, and social media have made our world smaller. But have we lost something in the age of instant messages?

Maksim Jovovic created the website Get A Pen Pal, a place to match with someone interesting from …

144 What Makes a Great Online Community?

August 31st, 2020


Online communities (sometimes the only communities we have during a pandemic) can be magical places. Friendships forged, insights shared, and fun had …

[Encore Episode] 46 The Women Editing Thousands of Wikipedia Articles in a Quest for Gender Parity (Originally Published Aug 20, 2018)

August 24th, 2020


This episode was originally published on August 20, 2018 (2 years ago, whoa!)

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 …

143 The space cemetery in 'EVE Online'

August 17th, 2020


Alli and Jen speak with Jason Marshall, a veteran player of the MMO 'EVE Online' about the game's 15-year-old player-run space graveyard.

The Molea …

142 How Does Wikipedia Actually Work?

August 10th, 2020


We all use Wikipedia on a daily basis, but do you really know how humanity’s largest organized body of knowledge gets made? Alli and Jen talk with Bill Beutler, a longtime Wikipedia editor and the author of The …

141 The Church of Universal Suffrage

August 3rd, 2020


Alli and Jen speak with Tim Jacobs, the founding minister of The Church of Universal Suffrage, a legally recognized religion that hosts “weekly meditation on the nature of voter suppression,” and observes every voting …

140 Flea Market Flippers (With Rob & Melissa Stephenson)

July 27th, 2020


eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Craigslist ... there's no shortage of apps to buy and sell random stuff.

But if you live and breathe these marketplaces, you can identify opportunities to buy low and sell high. What …

139 "Darknet Diaries" with Jack Rhysider

July 20th, 2020


Alli and Jen talk with Jack Rhysider, the creator and host of the hit podcast Darknet Diaries which tells “true stories from the dark side of the Internet.”

Or as Matt likes to call it, This American Life for hackers.

138 "Animal Talking" with Gary Whitta

July 13th, 2020


Screenwriter and games journalist Gary Whitta joins Alli and Jen to talk about his experimental late night celebrity talk show "Animal Talking," which is live-streamed entirely inside of Nintendo's "Animal Crossing: New …

[Encore Episode] 54 Tay Zonday (Originally Published October 15, 2018)

July 6th, 2020


Matt is still on vacation, but we have a great encore episode for you. How Tay Zonday survived being 'Patient Zero' of viral YouTube.

Originally Published: October 15, 2018

Way back in 2007 Tay Zonday uploaded the …

[Encore Episode] 87 Birds of North America (Originally Published June 10, 2019)

June 29th, 2020


Matt is on vacation this week, so we're re-sharing one of our favorites from last year. Enjoy!

Bird watching probably conjures images of an old, …

137 Second Life Sex Workers

June 22nd, 2020


Cybersex is as old as the Internet itself. But as virtual spaces become more sophisticated, so too has sex work. Second Life is more of a "technology …


June 15th, 2020


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135 Cheap Old Houses

June 8th, 2020


Alli and Jen talk with Elizabeth Finkelstein, a preservation expert and the creator of Cheap Old Houses, a wildly popular Instagram account that …

134 WeRateDogs (@dog_rates / Matt Nelson)

June 1st, 2020


With more than 14 million followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, WeRateDogs is on a mission that everyone on planet Earth can get behind: …

133 A Group Where We All Pretend to Be Ants in an Ant Colony

May 25th, 2020


On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog. Or, an ant for that matter. And there are nearly 2 million people, all working together, pretending to …

132 Online Standup Comedy With Josh Gondelman

May 18th, 2020


There's a lot to laugh at on the Internet, but standup comedy — a distinctly in-person art form — is facing challenges in a time of self-isolation. …

131 Dating in 'Animal Crossing'

May 11th, 2020


Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken over the world in self-isolation, and become a virtual place of normalcy, even for non-gamers. But what if …

130 Building College Campuses in Minecraft

May 4th, 2020


College classes and graduations around the world are being canceled or administered remotely, but many enterprising students have taken to the …

129 Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens

April 27th, 2020


More than 600,000 people (mostly college students) are using a Facebook group to come together and bond over how bad taking classes on Zoom is. This …

128 Medical Fetishes (MedFet)

April 20th, 2020


Amid worldwide shortages of personal protective equipment (medical PPE), someone at the UK's National Health Service reached out to the medical fetish retailer MedFetUK, hoping to find a stock of masks or scrubs. …

127 The Spot: 1995's Online Reality Show

April 13th, 2020


In 1995, at the height of cultural mania around 90210, Melrose Place, and MTV's The Real World, the Internet as we know it today was just getting …

126 Self-Isolation Checkin

April 6th, 2020

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125 Chris Dancy, The Mindful Cyborg

March 30th, 2020


In 2008, database engineer Chris Dancy weighed 320 pounds, smoked two packs and drank 36 cans of Diet Coke every day. He was being paid a lot of money to be — in his words — “a real pile of shit.”

But as modern social …

124 Biohackers

March 23rd, 2020


There are two types of "biohackers" in this world: People who are optimizing their bodies for peak performance, and...cyborgs.

The cyborgs are putting …

123 What If YouTube Had Failed in 2006?

March 16th, 2020


An entire generation has grown up in a world where uploading hours of 4K video to the Internet is not only common, but expected. But, what if the …

[Encore Episode] 51 The Birth of Online Dating (September 24, 2018)

March 9th, 2020


We're proud to share this encore episode of #2G1P featuring Gary Kremen, the inventor of online dating. Learn how a fateful purchase order in the …

122 Civ Battle Royale

March 2nd, 2020


Sid Meier’s Civilization is a storied video game franchise built on an epic premise: Build a civilization to stand the test of time.

Typically, a …

121 Gone Wild Audio

February 24th, 2020


Porn on Reddit should come as no surprise. But nearly 400,000 listeners subscribe to r/GoneWildAudio, a community for high quality, audio-only erotic …

120 Genyus Network is a safe social space for stroke survivors

February 17th, 2020


Caleb Rixon was a 24-year-old musical theater actor in his prime, who had just landed a major role in a production of Chicago.

He hit the gym to …

119 How one woman hacked online dating to find the perfect partner

February 10th, 2020


Quantitative futurist Amy Webb was fed up with online dating in 2005. The questionnaires and algorithms on sites like Match and OKcupid that were supposed to connect like-minded people and form lasting relationships …

118 Sign Language Is Rapidly Evolving in VR

February 3rd, 2020


Deaf users of immersive social platforms like VRchat can face a tough time communicating. Unlike other social media, VR spaces rely on verbal and physical communication rather than text. And sign language with …

117 Urban Exploring

January 27th, 2020


Sneaking into abandoned buildings and filming urban decay may not be the newest trend, but obsession with so-called “urban exploring” and “abandon porn” has skyrocketed alongside the widespread accessibility of social …

116 The man who sold shares of himself on the Internet

January 20th, 2020


In 2008, Mike Merrill divided himself into 100,000 shares and offered them to the Internet for $1 a pop. After the initial wave of friends and family bought in, online strangers began to acquire shares of Mike⁠ — a …

115 Lissa Explains it All

January 13th, 2020


In 1997, an 11-year-old girl set up a website with HTML tutorials and guides for Neopets. Within a few years, "Lissa Explains it All" was serving …

114 Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

January 6th, 2020


Romance novels get a bad rap, probably due to a history of stereotypical characters, plots, gender roles, and an all-around "trashy" look on …

[Encore Episode] 42 Bronies

December 30th, 2019


Happy New Year from 2G1P! We're taking a break this week, but wanted to re-share another one of our favorite episodes: Bronies! Enjoy and we'll see …

113 ClausNet: The Social Network for Santas

December 23rd, 2019


Portraying Santa Claus in the modern era takes a village. What's the best way to whiten your eyebrows? Growing a beard, or applying one? How jolly is

112 The Cottage Industry of Custom VR Sex Avatars

December 16th, 2019


The rise of powerful, free 3D modeling software has emboldened a cottage industry of VR enthusiasts to create custom sex avatars for virtual porn. …

111 @MugJerry and the Quest for Instagram Justice

December 9th, 2019


The Instagram account turned multi-million dollar media company @FuckJerry is notorious for stealing funny tweets, memes, and other content from …

[Encored Episode] 82 God

December 2nd, 2019


We're taking the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we hope you enjoy one of our favorite episodes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a conversation …


November 25th, 2019


This week, we prank Jen, when her boyfriend Adam pretends to be an adult baby who knows a little too much about her personal life. Get ready for some …

109 The Teens of TikTok

November 18th, 2019


TikTok came on the social media scene relatively recently (2016), and teens have flocked to it. The Chinese-made lip-syncing video app boasts 500 …

108 Virtual Reality Therapy Sessions

November 11th, 2019


The anonymity of the Internet has long made it a place for confessions and bonding with strangers you'll never meet IRL. Virtual reality kicks it up a notch. Social spaces like VRchat allow strangers to inhabit the same …

107 'World of Warcraft' Reunions

November 4th, 2019


When World of Warcraft came on the scene in 2004, it redefined the potential for massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Players not only spent …

106 Deepfakes (with Sham00k)

October 28th, 2019


Deep fakes, a process that uses AI and machine learning to place someone’s face on another’s body with Hollywood-level results, have been …

[Encore Episode] 01 Is 'Furry' a Sexual Orientation? (Published Oct 2, 2017)

October 21st, 2019


We're taking the week off due to unforeseen scheduling mishaps, but wanted to share one of our favorite classic episodes that longtime listeners and …

105 Virtual Reality: Sex, Marriage, and the Future of Relationships

October 14th, 2019


Virtual reality might still be for early adopters, but as headsets get smaller and social norms evolve, more people are meeting, hanging out, having …

104 One Red Paperclip (Kyle MacDonald)

October 7th, 2019


In 2005, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald traded a red paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. From there, he wanted to see how many times he could "trade …

103 Selling $80 Used Tissues on the Internet

September 30th, 2019


Stand-up comedian Mekki Leeper wanted to see if he could convince the Internet to buy a fake wellness product. With some slick branding, fake …

102 Reborns

September 23rd, 2019


Reborns are baby dolls with hyper-realistic features. So real, in fact, that bringing them out in public will often fool strangers into thinking …

101 How to Make Real Money With Amazon's Mechanical Turk

September 16th, 2019


Amazon's Mechanical Turk service has a mixed reputation. Some see it as a way to turn found time into easy spending money. Others view it as crowd-sourced slave labor.


While the majority of Mechanical Turk workers make …

100 Years of 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST!!!!!1!!!

September 9th, 2019


Can you believe we've been podcasting for a CENTURY? Thanks for sticking with us on this journey of discovery and Internet magic. Here's a look back at our favorite moments.

Your comments, calls, suggestions, emails, and …

99 International Dating Apps

September 2nd, 2019


Anyone in a long distance relationship will tell you how hard it can be. And dating or marrying across countries comes with a huge list of expenses and immigration headaches. While people from different countries meet …


August 26th, 2019


Welcome to a new episode format we like to call: ASK YOU ANYTHING, where we ask Internet-famous people awkward questions in a sad attempt to …

97 Crowdsourcing Mental Healthcare with 7 Cups

August 19th, 2019


More than 300,000 volunteers are standing by right now, 24/7, ready to listen if you need to talk to about depression, anxiety, self-harm, or just …

96 Why is there so much Sonic the Hedgehog porn?

August 12th, 2019


There's plenty of sexy fan art for any movie, show, or game imaginable, thanks to Rule 34. But there's something about Sonic the Hedgehog that lends …

95 Fake Facebook Events

August 5th, 2019


It's become clear that nearly all information you come across on Facebook (or any social media for that matter) should be consumed with skepticism. …

94 Sweepers

July 29th, 2019


Tom has been to the Super Bowl multiple times. He goes on free cruises yearly, has ridden on the Daytona 500 track at 200 miles per hour, traveled …

93 Macrophilia

July 22nd, 2019


Macrophilia is a surprisingly popular fetish involving sexual fantasies about giants — specifically, giant women. Being at the mercy of giants, or …

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, 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

56:45 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.

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 -- 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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