Endless Thread

74 EpisodesProduced by WBUR and Reddit

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 n… read more

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Infectious, Pt. 3: Going Viral

May 16th, 2019

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 …

Infectious, Pt. 2: The Flintstone Dilemma

May 3rd, 2019

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 …

Infectious, Pt. 1: Scabs, Pus, And Puritans

May 3rd, 2019

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 …

'Endless Thread' Presents: 'Infectious'

April 26th, 2019

2:38

"Endless Thread" presents "Infectious: The Strange Past and Surprising Present of Vaccines – and Anti-Vaxxers."

Bonus: Jon Favreau, Live At CitySpace

April 26th, 2019

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 …

Bonus: Endless Thrones

April 12th, 2019

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 …

Encore: Pitch Perfect

March 29th, 2019

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.

Remix: Four Love Stories From The Wild World Of Reddit

February 13th, 2019

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

Encore: And... It's Good!

February 1st, 2019

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 …

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

January 29th, 2019

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 …

Stuck Between The Rock and Deep Space

January 24th, 2019

38:55

News of a mysterious interstellar object flying through our solar system inspired Redditors to collaboratively pen a perfectly cheesy sci-fi action …

Coming Soon... Our Sci-Fi Radio Drama

January 22nd, 2019

2:25

This Friday, Endless Thread releases one of its wackiest, most ambitious episodes yet: a sci-fi radio drama based on a movie script, based …

Cupcake

January 17th, 2019

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 …

Bonus: R. Kelly Vs. The Savages

January 16th, 2019

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 …

Get Motivated

January 10th, 2019

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 …

Encore: Something Wicked

January 3rd, 2019

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? …

Encore: That Old Chestnut

December 28th, 2018

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 …

Humans Being Bros

December 20th, 2018

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 …

All You Can Eat

December 13th, 2018

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 …

The Deadly Double

December 7th, 2018

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 …

Grateful Doe

November 30th, 2018

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 …

Encore: The GOAT

November 21st, 2018

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 …

Dear Anon

November 16th, 2018

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 …

Brain Melt

November 9th, 2018

25:43

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

November 1st, 2018

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.

Bonus: Magic Mushrooms With Michael Pollan

October 29th, 2018

12:53

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

Screamtime: Zombie Fungus

October 25th, 2018

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 …

Screamtime: Roof Man

October 18th, 2018

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.

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

October 16th, 2018

6:24

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 …

Screamtime: Doom Jelly

October 11th, 2018

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 …

Screamtime: Haunted House, Holy Water

October 5th, 2018

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, …

Turning Hate Into Humor

September 28th, 2018

35:30

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

September 24th, 2018

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 …

The Great Mattress Conspiracy

September 20th, 2018

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 …

Rome, Sweet Rome

September 14th, 2018

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 …

Tim From Texas

September 6th, 2018

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 …

The Cursed Manuscript

August 30th, 2018

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 …

Buck It

August 23rd, 2018

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.

Test Of Time

August 16th, 2018

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 …

The Original Most Interesting Man In The World

August 9th, 2018

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 …

Season 2: First Listen

August 6th, 2018

1:48

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. 

Snacktime: Cake, Camels, and Catfish

August 2nd, 2018

21:39

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

Snacktime: A Trade Of Their Own

July 27th, 2018

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 …

Snacktime: Steak And Potatoes

July 19th, 2018

24:43

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

Snacktime

July 12th, 2018

18:48

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

Getting Home: Update

July 5th, 2018

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 …

Call of the Void

June 28th, 2018

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 …

Axeman's Jazz

June 22nd, 2018

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 …

Still Breaking

June 15th, 2018

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.

The Rest... Is History

June 7th, 2018

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.

I, Ken Bone

June 1st, 2018

24:39

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

In Memoriam

May 24th, 2018

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 …

Rice Bunny

May 17th, 2018

25:28

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

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

May 16th, 2018

16:53

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

Schooled

May 10th, 2018

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 …

Hail Corporate

May 3rd, 2018

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 Old Chestnut

April 26th, 2018

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 …

Busted

April 19th, 2018

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.

Mission Improbable

April 12th, 2018

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 …

Fun Guy

April 5th, 2018

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 …

Pitch Perfect

March 29th, 2018

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.

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

March 22nd, 2018

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 …

Dirty 6th

March 15th, 2018

21:32

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

Something Wicked

March 8th, 2018

27:08

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

March 2nd, 2018

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.

The GOAT

February 23rd, 2018

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 …

Kickin' It

February 15th, 2018

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 …

Gator Roll

February 9th, 2018

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.

And... It's Good!

February 2nd, 2018

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 …

Introducing Edge of Fame (and Norm Macdonald AMA)

January 26th, 2018

5:02

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

The Vault

January 26th, 2018

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 …

Getting Home

January 18th, 2018

35:03

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

No No No No Yes

January 12th, 2018

27:30

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

A First Listen

December 4th, 2017

2:34

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

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