Cover art for podcast Ephemeral


53 EpisodesProduced by iHeartPodcastsWebsite

The best source on our cultural identity is not the official, historical record — ask any anthropologist, it’s the town dump. Ephemera — those things that were just barely saved, and in some cases not saved at all — emanate with secrets we can only glimpse and mysteries we can never completely answe… read more

53 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Loyalty Freak Music

June 6th, 2022


Longtime Ephemeral listeners may recognize the music of chameleon artist Rrrrrose Azerty, although it can be a little tricky. They use twenty different aliases, produce music in every genre, and have released over 200 …

Ed Wood II

May 23rd, 2022


We continue our deep dive in the life and work of director Ed Wood with an exploration of Wood's later years and his posthumous rise to fame. Then the hosts of Ephemeral sit down together to geek out about their …

Ed Wood I

May 9th, 2022


1959's Plan 9 From Outer Space has been called "the worst film of all time," its creator Edward D. Wood Jr. "the worst director." But Plan 9 and the …

Star Ads

April 25th, 2022


Audio ephemera collector Bob Purse returns to talk about more radio ads, this time from a source that remains a mystery. 


Radio Ads

April 11th, 2022


The history of advertising over the air, featuring Cynthia B. Meyers, author of A Word from Our Sponsor: Admen, Advertising, and the Golden Age of …

BONUS: Video Game Saves

March 28th, 2022


Video games create a marvelous world for players to live in and explore. But given the ephemeral nature of video game saves, these worlds can cease to exist in the blink of an eye. In today’s episode, we explore the …

Video Games II

March 21st, 2022


We wrap our historical dive into video games with the modern age of gaming, from Playstation to Xbox to Nintendo. Then, we sit down with iHeart's nerdiest gamers to discuss why our favorite games mean so much to us. …

Video Games I

March 7th, 2022


From Pong to Elden Ring, video games have dominated the interactive entertainment world for over half a century. We explore gaming's humble …

Walking and Silence

February 21st, 2022


In our chaotic, noisy world, how does one find silence? Not only quiet surroundings, but inner silence. The second part of our conversation with …


February 14th, 2022


What draws us off the beaten path? The first of a two-parter featuring polar explorer and author Erling Kagge. 

Learn more about your ad-choices at

Moog Synthesizers

January 24th, 2022


In the 1950's, engineer Bob Moog started to tinker and build his own electronic instruments. Little did he know that his invention, the Moog …


January 10th, 2022


With an unprecedented amount of new stuff being made, bought and sold everyday, we’re more likely than ever to throw things away. But where is away? …


December 26th, 2021


It's a Williams family Christmas in search of Romeo Muller's last film, 1992's Noël .


 Learn more about your …

Winter Solstice

December 20th, 2021


Across the globe and back to antiquity, this changing of season has been recognized in ritual, story and song. Featuring Carolyn McVickar Edwards, …

Romeo Muller & Rankin/Bass

December 6th, 2021


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Frosty the Snowman. The Little Drummer Boy. All of these iconic holiday specials have something in common: they were …


November 22nd, 2021


This episode of Ephemeral is on drugs. Featuring Ethan Nadelmann, founder of the Drug Policy Alliance and host of the podcast Psychoactive.

Learn …


November 8th, 2021


These days, tattoos are everywhere. But no so long ago, tattoo was an underground art form. And before that, tattoo was a cultural touchstone for …

Inside Canon Alberic's Scrap-Book

October 25th, 2021


An interview with author Helen Grant about M. R. James, the real village of Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, and the wonders of Victorian ghost stories.

Learn more about your ad-choices at

Canon Alberic’s Scrap-Book

October 25th, 2021


An English tourist looking for hidden treasures in untrodden corners of France finds more than he bargained for.

Learn more about your ad-choices at

See for …

Herk Harvey

October 11th, 2021


Herk Harvey spent decades directing educational films, but he is best remembered for his lone feature, 1962's Carnival of Souls. Featuring interviews …


September 27th, 2021


The art of drag has seen a rapid rise in popularity since the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2009. But drag has been around for centuries; …

37 Days of Peril

September 13th, 2021


On September 9, 1870, while surveying the Yellowstone wilderness, Truman C. Everts was separated from his party with no horse, no food and little …

Video Stores II

August 30th, 2021


Continuing our monthlong look at video store culture, the Ephemeral team takes a field-trip to pay their late fees. Featuring Dan Herbert, author of

Video Stores I

August 16th, 2021


The rise and fall of the video rental store. Featuring Daniel Herbert, associate professor at the University of Michigan and author of Videoland: …


August 2nd, 2021


Lights in the sky, craft in the air, and extraterrestrial encounters. Featuring author Toby Ball, host of the podcast Strange Arrivals.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Alan Akaka

July 26th, 2021


Our musical interview with steel guitar ambassador, teacher, performer, and legend Alan Akaka. For more context on the steel guitar and its place in Hawai'ian history, listen to our episode entitled "Kika Kila."

Learn …

I Can Never Let You Leave Me

July 12th, 2021


Ten songs that skipped a generation. Featuring the music of composer and performer Lorrie Doriza and her grandfather Tony Rais.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Camp Bryn Afon

June 28th, 2021


One Summer in 1965 frozen in time. Featuring audio ephemera collector Bob Purse.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


June 21st, 2021


For some artists, the only opportunity to share their work with the world is to do it all themselves. Featuring Matt Werth, proprietor of the RVNG …

Archival Records

June 14th, 2021


Reigniting music under appreciated in its day. Featuring Matt Werth, proprietor of the RVNG Intl. record label, and the music of Peter Ivers.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Laughing Record

June 7th, 2021


There are many laughing records, but there is only one Laughing Record. Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


William Grant Still

May 31st, 2021


The music of William Grant Still is as versatile as it is beautiful. So why don't we hear it more often? Featuring Still's granddaughter, journalist, …

Alice Guy

May 24th, 2021


The first and for seventeen years only female filmmaker was Alice Guy. Featuring her biographer, author and historian Janelle Dietrick.

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Acoustic Fossils

May 17th, 2021


What does this place sound like? Featuring Jacob Job, sound recordist and research associate for Colorado State University’s Sound and Light Ecology …

Five Paintings

May 14th, 2021


The Woolsey wildfires of 2018 devastated Southern California. But some history survived, including five priceless works of art. Introducing Ephemeral

Kika Kila

May 10th, 2021


How an invention from the Hawai'ian islands changed the world. Featuring Hawai'ian musician and educator Alan Akaka and historian John Troutman, curator of American music at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum …

Trailer: Season Two

May 3rd, 2021


New episodes air on Mondays beginning May 10th. Check out the trailer for a preview of what’s to come!

Learn more about your ad-choices at

See for privacy …

Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 26th, 2019


With so much to be grateful for this year, we wanted to express our thanks by sharing some of our favorite, never-before-aired clips from four …

The Haunted Orchard

October 28th, 2019


A traveller seeking solitude finds it at an old farmhouse in which everything seems forgotten and yet remembered. Written by Richard Le Gallienne. …

Handmade Records

September 30th, 2019


Why put music on plastic in 2019? Featuring Seth Nicholas Johnson of Haunted Birthday Records and the music of Elias Mason & June Yorke, …

The Tallest Rock

August 28th, 2019


A strange left turn in the story of Merigail Moreland. 

Learn more about your ad-choices at

See for privacy information.

Taped Over Interview: Matt Frederick

July 22nd, 2019


A conversation with our producer Matt on family, recording, and all things ephemeral. Learn more at

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Taped Over

July 15th, 2019


Who records your family’s history? Learn more at

Learn more about your ad-choices at

See for privacy information.

Sounds of Silence

July 8th, 2019


Four minutes and thirty three seconds that changed the course of music history. Featuring musicologist & composer Kyle Gann. Learn more at


July 1st, 2019


WWI, women’s suffrage, and one of the most important inventions of the 20th century: the telephone. Interview with historian Elizabeth Cobbs, author …

Sketch + Puzzle

June 24th, 2019


How much paper is printed every day? Who's designing it and who's keeping on tabs on how much we have? Featuring interviews with crossword constructor Matt Gaffney and Steven Peterman of The Sketchbook Project. Learn …


June 17th, 2019


What if you had a song stuck in your head, but had no way to find out anything about the artist? The mystery of an unlabelled record unravels …


June 10th, 2019


In their four story brownstone at the corner of Fifth Avenue & 128th Street, the Collyer brothers sealed themselves up through the Great …


June 3rd, 2019


At the outset of commercial television, there were just four networks. Three you’ve heard of – they are still around today. The fourth is almost entirely forgotten. Featuring an interview with media historian David …


May 27th, 2019


You’re telling me people actually like this old stuff? What is ephemera and why is it worth studying? Interview with Sarah Wasserman, professor of …


May 20th, 2019


What makes American music American? If the history book is written, what chapters are missing? Featuring music researcher Ian Nagoski of Canary Records. Learn more at

Learn more about your ad-choices …


May 20th, 2019


Found objects – misplaced artifacts of mysterious origins – can be sources great of inspiration. Learn more at

Learn more about your ad-choices at


Trailer: Answering Machine

May 13th, 2019


Lost materials, dropped threads, forgotten stories. Ephemera in the way that it’s intertwined in our lives. All those things, tangible and …

Loading ...

Are you the creator of this podcast?

Verify your account

and pick the featured episodes for your show.

Listen to Ephemeral


A free podcast app for iPhone and Android

  • User-created playlists and collections
  • Download episodes while on WiFi to listen without using mobile data
  • Stream podcast episodes without waiting for a download
  • Queue episodes to create a personal continuous playlist
RadioPublic on iOS and Android
Or by RSS
RSS feed

Connect with listeners

Podcasters use the RadioPublic listener relationship platform to build lasting connections with fans

Yes, let's begin connecting
Browser window

Find new listeners

  • A dedicated website for your podcast
  • Web embed players designed to convert visitors to listeners in the RadioPublic apps for iPhone and Android
Clicking mouse cursor

Understand your audience

  • Capture listener activity with affinity scores
  • Measure your promotional campaigns and integrate with Google and Facebook analytics
Graph of increasing value

Engage your fanbase

  • Deliver timely Calls To Action, including email acquistion for your mailing list
  • Share exactly the right moment in an episode via text, email, and social media
Icon of cellphone with money

Make money

  • Tip and transfer funds directly to podcastsers
  • Earn money for qualified plays in the RadioPublic apps with Paid Listens