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Introducing Without Fail

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Today we talk to Alex Blumberg about his new podcast "Without Fail" and then, he shares with us his interview with movie producer Nina Jacobson. In it, Nina talks through her biggest failures and most surprising successes.

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#126 Alex Jones Dramageddon

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#102 Long Distance Parts 1 & 2

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A telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman.   

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#104 The Case of the Phantom Caller

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#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate

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A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul. 

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#97 What Kind Of Idiot Gets Phished?

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#125 All My Pets

July 26th, 2018

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#124 The Magic Store

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#123 An Ad for the Worst Day of Your Life

June 21st, 2018

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#122 The QAnon Code ⚡️⚡️

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#79 Boy in Photo [Rebroadcast]

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#121 Pain Funnel

May 18th, 2018

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#120 INVCEL

May 10th, 2018

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How a shy, queer Canadian woman accidentally invented one of the internet’s most toxic male communities.

Introducing The Habitat

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Today we bring you the first episode of Gimlet’s new show “The Habitat.”  The true story of six volunteers picked to live on a fake planet.

#119 No More Safe Harbor

April 20th, 2018

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Last month, the government shut down backpage.com, a site where people advertised sex with children. We talk to a group of people who say that was a …

#118 A Pirate In Search of a Judge

March 15th, 2018

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One day, Cayden received an email from their internet provider that said "stop pirating TV shows or we'll cut off your internet!" Cayden had no idea what they were talking about. So Alex decided to investigate.

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#117 The World's Most Expensive Free Watch

March 1st, 2018

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#116 Trust the Process

February 15th, 2018

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This week, we meet a dominatrix who dominates computers, instead of just people. Plus, the story of a man who hatches a plot to destroy a beloved NBA team, using the best advantage he has — the fact that he’s their …

#115 The Bitcoin Hunter

January 25th, 2018

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#114 Apocalypse Soon

January 18th, 2018

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#113 Reply All's Year End Extravaganza

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Our finale for the year! We solve some unsolved mysteries, call up some of our favorite people, and answer questions about stories listeners are …

#112 The Prophet

December 15th, 2017

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After Andrea is attacked by a stranger in Mexico City, she just wants to figure out who the guy was. Investigating this question drops her right into the middle of one of Mexico’s biggest conspiracies.

#111 Return of the Russian Passenger

December 7th, 2017

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Presenting: Heavyweight

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#110 The Antifa Supersoldier Spectacular

November 16th, 2017

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#109 Is Facebook Spying on You?

November 2nd, 2017

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This year we’ve gotten one question more than any other from listeners: is Facebook eavesdropping on my conversations and showing me ads based on the things that I say? This week, Alex investigates.


Further Reading

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#108 The Skip Tracer, Part II

October 19th, 2017

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#107 The Skip Tracer, Part I

October 19th, 2017

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#106 Is That You, KD?

September 28th, 2017

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#105 At World's End

September 21st, 2017

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Phia helps a listener track down a mythical, vanished video game.

 





#104 The Case of the Phantom Caller

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#103 Long Distance, Part II

August 3rd, 2017

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#102 Long Distance

July 27th, 2017

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This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman.

 


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#101 Minka

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#100 Friends and Blasphemers

June 29th, 2017

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An online diary used by American teenagers confronts a strange and terrifying enemy.

#99 Black Hole, New Jersey

June 15th, 2017

39:06
A mysterious thief has been using the internet to steal a bizarre array of items - watches, scooter parts, clown costumes. This week, Alex heads straight towards his hideout.

#98 Fog of Covfefe

June 8th, 2017

35:40
The last person on earth who has not heard about covfefe walks into a studio, and a strange journey begins.

#97 What Kind Of Idiot Gets Phished?

May 18th, 2017

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#96 The Secret Life of Alex Goldman

May 4th, 2017

30:31
Alex agreed to let PJ hack his phone, giving him 24/7 uninterrupted surveillance over his life. This week, everything you can learn about someone who completely surrenders their privacy.

#95 The Silence in the Sky

April 27th, 2017

40:41
A group of elite scientists prepare for the last conversation humans might ever have. Plus, we meet a corporate attorney who mediates family Thanksgivings.

#94 Obfuscation

April 12th, 2017

38:23
This week, we debut a new segment designed to help you calibrate your anger in a changing world. Plus, how to cloak yourself from all the people who are now allowed to see your internet browsing history.

#93 Beware All

April 6th, 2017

39:56

#92 Favor Atender: The Return

March 23rd, 2017

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In the United States, the idea of having a conversation with the President is pretty outlandish. But in Latin America, it’s a regular occurrence. The …

#91 The Russian Passenger

March 16th, 2017

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Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes.

Email us at replyall@gimletmedia.com and use the subject "theory" if you think you can provide us additional information.


#90 Matt Lieber Goes to Dinner

March 2nd, 2017

30:59

#89 Worldstar

February 23rd, 2017

28:45

#88 Second Language

February 9th, 2017

32:40

#87 Storming the Castle

February 2nd, 2017

37:09

#86 Man of the People

January 19th, 2017

45:19

#85 The Reversal

January 18th, 2017

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#84 Past, Present, Future 2

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#47 Quit Already (REBROADCAST)

December 15th, 2016

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#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate

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Introducing Crimetown

November 24th, 2016

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On today's episode of Reply All we are bringing you the first episode of Gimlet’s new show Crimetown. Crimetown is by the creators of HBO’s The Jinx. This season is about organized crime and corruption in Providence, …

#82 Hello?

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#81 In the Tall Grass

November 4th, 2016

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One man tries to unite America. One Frog threatens to tear it apart.

#80 Flash!

October 27th, 2016

41:40

#29 The Takeover (REBROADCAST)

October 20th, 2016

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#79 Boy in Photo

October 13th, 2016

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To reach a port, we must set sail.

#78 Very Quickly to the Drill

September 29th, 2016

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Alex and PJ chase down the strangest tips from our Weird Ads hotline, and at the bottom of the rabbit hole they find the Mother of All AdWords Scams.



#77 The Grand Tapestry Of Pepe

September 22nd, 2016

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#76 Lost in a Cab

September 8th, 2016

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Liz lost her camera in a cab, so she went to the New York City Taxi website to submit it to their lost and found database. At least, that's what she thought she did. Alex investigates and finds a big business behind the …

#75 Boy Wonder

September 1st, 2016

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Barry develops a small but very inconvenient health problem, which becomes so persistent and pernicious that it feels as if someone put a curse on him. Sruthi Pinnamaneni goes deep on a decades-long medical mystery.


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#74 Making Friends

August 25th, 2016

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#73 Sandbox

August 11th, 2016

32:30
One twin decides to plug her internal organs directly into the internet so the other twin can monitor her. Plus, PJ and Alex talk to a listener whose heart was broken by last week's episode.

#72 Dead is Paul

August 4th, 2016

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#71 The Picture Taker

July 28th, 2016

50:23
Rachel was a faithful user of a photo storage website called Picturelife, until one day all of her photos disappeared. As she investigated, she …

#70 Stolen Valor

July 14th, 2016

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PJ dives into the world of military impostors and the vigilantes who hunt them. Plus, a dispatch from Dallas.

#69 Disappeared

July 7th, 2016

36:23
This week a man decides to sabotage the entire internet. Plus, PJ discovers the secret code he’s accidentally been speaking, and learns about the people who created it.

#68 Vampire Rules

June 16th, 2016

33:48
It’s an old story. Two people date, they break up, they both go on Tinder. And on Tinder, one of them stumbles across an incredibly creepy photo, …

#67 On the Inside, Part IV

June 9th, 2016

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Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, and he says he’s been misunderstood because of his autism.  This week, we bring …

#66 On the Inside, Part III

May 27th, 2016

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Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at his trial, and speaks to …

#65 On the Inside, Part II

May 19th, 2016

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Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at Paul's life before …

#64 On the Inside

May 12th, 2016

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#63 1000 Brimes

April 27th, 2016

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#62 Decoders

April 21st, 2016

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Reporter Rukmini Callimachi is always looking for new ways to eavesdrop on ISIS operatives online. Recently, she got a new look into how ISIS members might be using the internet to coordinate their attacks. Plus, a new …

#61 Baby King

April 14th, 2016

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#60 A Simple Question

March 31st, 2016

39:16

#59 Good Job, Alex

March 24th, 2016

33:22

#58 Earth Pony

March 17th, 2016

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This week we learn the truth behind Carl Diggler, the internet's most successful election forecaster. And a special Yes Yes No featuring …

#57 Milk Wanted

March 10th, 2016

39:45
There are parents in the US desperate for breast milk and others who have too much milk and end up pouring it down the sink. Reply All Producer Phia Bennin wades into the world of breast milk markets, and discovers a …

#56 Zardulu

February 25th, 2016

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#55 The Line

February 18th, 2016

36:35
This week we have a story about a big group of people with the same questions. Difficult, complicated, heartbreaking ones. These people all have one …

#54 Apologies to Dr. Rosalind Franklin

February 11th, 2016

11:26
This week, we fix an embarrassing oversight.

#53 In The Desert

February 4th, 2016

33:29
Strangers keep coming to Mike and Christina’s house looking for their stolen cell phones. Nobody knows why. We travel to Atlanta to find out what’s …

PSA: Hidden Trove

January 27th, 2016

4:20
Hi. We're off this week, but we have a little secret: We actually used to have another podcast about the internet for 38 episodes, called TLDR. So If you've already listened to all of Reply All, why not give TLDR a try? …

#52 Raising The Bar

January 21st, 2016

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Leslie Miley went from being a college dropout to Twitter's only black engineer in a leadership position. So why did he quit? Also a brand new Yes …

#51 Perfect Crime

January 14th, 2016

31:49

#50 The Cathedral

January 7th, 2016

40:24
Amy and Ryan Green’s one-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer and begins an agonizing period of treatment.
And then, one night in the hospital, Ryan …

#49 Past, Present, Future

December 16th, 2015

48:40
This week, updates on some of the stories we've done over the past year, some bonuses and surprises, and the most beautiful song ever written about …

#48 I Love You, I Loathe You

December 7th, 2015

39:34
On this week's episode, a new Yes Yes No, and we revisit our "Undo, Undo, Undo" segment to find out listeners most cringeworthy accidental messages.


#47 Quit Already!

November 30th, 2015

35:47
Everybody has that one Facebook friend who just won't stop posting their political opinions. This week, we talk to one of those Facebook friends, …

#46 Yik Yak Returns

November 15th, 2015

36:38
Yik Yak is an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. In the first part of this week's show, we revisit a story we did in January,  about how the app brought out a …

#45 The Rainbow Pug

November 10th, 2015

39:21
This week, Jade Davis loses her dog on the internet, and we go looking for it.

After you listen to the episode, here is a place to visit: http://rainbowpugs.limo 

#44 Shine On You Crazy Goldman

November 3rd, 2015

41:53
A website for people who are way too high. Plus, could LSD unlock our better selves? Does PJ even have a better self? We investigate.

You can find …

#43 The Law That Sticks

October 26th, 2015

28:14
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a law. It's been on the books for almost 30 years. And it makes totally mundane online behavior illegal.

#42 Blind Spot

October 12th, 2015

37:24
Hope is a photographer. One day her body begins to betray her. It starts with her eyes.

#41 What It Looks Like

October 5th, 2015

31:35
Jamie Keiles is a writer who decided to photograph something that’s practically invisible. Her story plus a new Yes Yes No.

Read Jamie Keiles' article about Instagram here: …

#40 The Flower Child

September 22nd, 2015

34:16
Ripoff Report is one of the original complaint websites. It’s basically the work of one person, a man whom the internet describes as a kind of mythical villain, a Keyser Söze who wields power from behind his janky …

#39 Reply All Exploder

September 16th, 2015

35:29
This week, one of our favorite podcasts, Song Exploder, takes over Reply All. Host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder about coming up with our theme song. Then, we air one of our very …

#38 Undo, Undo, Undo

September 7th, 2015

28:08
On this week's episode of Reply All, we do a Yes Yes No with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's Invisibilia, and we discuss the one message you've …

#37 Taking Power

September 1st, 2015

32:44
Chris complained about his cable company on Twitter. He was surprised to get a phone call demanding he delete the tweets or else be banned from the service. PJ looks into the story, and things get much stranger. Plus, a …

#36 Today's The Day

August 25th, 2015

31:42
On this week's episode of Reply All, PJ and Alex go outside.



#35 One Strike

August 10th, 2015

32:43
This week, 10 Minutes On Craigslist is back! Preston has posted the same ad to Craigslist over 300 times. He speaks to Sylvie Douglis about why he keeps posting.

And in the second half of the show: Barry Crimmins is an …

#34 DMV Nation

August 4th, 2015

24:59
Even though technology evolves at a rapid clip, US government agencies seem trapped about a decade in the past. PJ talks to technologist Clay Johnson …

#6 This Proves Everything + The Best Hold Music in the World

July 29th, 2015

27:14
Keith Calder is known in some circles for his work as an independent film producer. In other, much bigger circles, Keith’s known for having the same last name as Eleanor Calder. She’s a model who dates One Direction’s …

#33 @ISIS

July 20th, 2015

33:04
Rukmini Callimachi covers Islamic terrorism for the NY Times, and she seems to have access that other reporters just don't have. Part of the way she gets that access is by communicating with Islamic extremists online. …

#32 The Evilest Technology On Earth :-)

July 13th, 2015

26:16
On July 5th, a hacker leaked hundreds of gigabytes of information stolen from a company that sells surveillance software to some of the most …

#31 BONUS: The Reddit Implosion Explainer

July 9th, 2015

16:07
We meant to take a week off, but we just couldn't help ourselves. Our entire episode this week is a Yes Yes No about the recent (and massive) dustup …

#30 The Man In The FBI Hat

June 29th, 2015

32:59
When successful internet entrepreneur Robert Hoquim died, the people who knew him found out they actually didn't know him at all.

For more about John …

#29 The Takeover

June 23rd, 2015

25:57
Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible - a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existent office.

This week's episode was reported by Karen …

#28 Shipped to Timbuktu

June 15th, 2015

35:08
An email to the wrong address sends us hurtling into the world of professional cookie advisors. 

Leopold's website: 
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#27 The Fever

June 2nd, 2015

27:26
This week, producer Stephanie Foo tells a story about dating online that is unlike any we've ever heard before.

Sponsors:
Xero (http://www.xero.com/podcasts)
Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com)
Stamps.com …

#26 Craigslist, Horsley's List

May 24th, 2015

31:40
Craigslist is the internet’s classifieds section, but it’s also one of its more shadowy corners, where the ads are anonymous and ephemeral. So we …

#25 Favor Atender

May 18th, 2015

27:38
In the United States, the idea of having a conversation with the President is pretty outlandish. But in Latin America, it's a regular occurrence. The …

#24 Exit & Return, Part II

May 12th, 2015

26:21
This week, we conclude Shulem Deen’s story.  In part I, we heard how the internet led him on a path where he was exiled from his community and …

#23 Exit & Return, Part I

May 5th, 2015

32:44
Shulem Deen was a 22-year old and ultra-religious, a Hasidic Jewish person, when he bought a computer and signed up for America Online in 1996. Until …

#22 BONUS: The Man Who Refused To Email

May 4th, 2015

19:09
A special bonus Email Debt Forgiveness Day themed episide! First, PJ talks to Buzzfeed San Francisco Bureau chief Mat Honan about his decision to abandon personal email entirely, and his agonizing fear that it makes him …

#5.5 Jennicam Revisited

April 27th, 2015

25:27
In 1996, 19-year-old Jennifer Ringley started the Jennicam, a 24-hour online chronicle of her life. Seven years later, she disappeared entirely from …

#21 Hack The Police

April 20th, 2015

29:43
When Higinio Ochoa got out of prison for hacking in September of 2014, one of the terms of his parole was that he is not allowed to use any internet …

#20 I Want To Break Free

April 13th, 2015

30:24
Yes Yes No returns, and the story of two people who created a company designed to ghostwrite people’s emotionally difficult emails.

Don’t forget to …

#19 Underdog

April 4th, 2015

27:30
Marnie the Dog is one of the most famous dogs on Instagram. Two years ago, she was near death at an animal shelter in Connecticut, now she has 1.2 …

#18 Silence And Respect

March 29th, 2015

30:13
In 2012, a woman named Lindsey Stone posted a picture she took as a joke to her Facebook page. A month later, she was under attack from all corners of the internet, out of a job, hounded by the press. The internet had …

#17 The Time Traveler And The Hitman

March 22nd, 2015

27:20
In 1997, John Silveira wrote a joke classified ad in a tiny publication called Backwoods Home Magazine asking if anyone wanted to travel back in time with him. A lot of people took him seriously. What do you do when …

#16 Why Is Mason Reese Crying?

March 15th, 2015

33:32
For Jonathan Goldstein, YouTube offers endless nostalgia, but he always finds himself returning to the same subject - a precocious child actor from …

#15 I've Killed People And I Have Hostages

February 28th, 2015

21:59
Blair Myhand is a police officer in the sleepy, 42,000 person town of Apex, NC. One night, he received an unusually disturbing phone call where a …

#14 The Art of Making and Fixing Mistakes

February 21st, 2015

28:06
A social media mistake for the record books, and a quiet saint of Wikipedia. 

#13 Love is Lies

February 15th, 2015

25:55
A woman starts dating again at 60 after her marriage falls apart. We follow her into a world of millionaire import/export moguls and fifteen-year old …

#1 - An App Sends A Stranger To Say I Love You (Updated)

February 8th, 2015

22:34
What happens when a woman sends a stocky blond stranger to tell her ex she loves him. (Updated with a new interview!)

#12 Back End Trouble

February 1st, 2015

26:53
The entire internet decides to look at one famous butt at the same time. One man has to ensure that the website hosting Kardashian butt pictures …

#11 Did Errol Morris' Brother Invent Email?

January 24th, 2015

19:02
There was a lot that Errol Morris never knew about his brilliant, distant older brother Noel. Decades after Noel's death, Errol read an internet …

#10 The French Connection

January 18th, 2015

23:50
In the early 80's, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a $200 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. It was called …

#9 The Writing On The Wall

January 10th, 2015

24:04
Yik Yak is a an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. At Colgate University in upstate New York, the …

#8 Anxiety Box

January 8th, 2015

18:35
Sometimes, on his way to work, a feeling of pressure begins thumping in Paul Ford’s chest. His breaths shorten. They speed up. And sometimes, in …

#7 This Website Is For Sale

December 29th, 2014

21:58
This week we enter the mysterious, Byzantine underworld of domain sales, where people make money speculating on the website naming market. A few …

#6 This Proves Everything

December 21st, 2014

22:23
Depending on who you ask, Keith Calder is either a 35-year old film producer, or one of the players in a vast international conspiracy designed to …

#5 Jennicam

December 15th, 2014

19:30
In 1996 Jennifer Ringley started Jennicam.org, where she recorded and broadcast her entire life, 24/7. It made her famous. And then, one day, she disappeared from the internet entirely. What'd she figure out about the …

#4 Follow The Money

December 8th, 2014

23:09
Writer Chiara Atik has a hobby -- spying on the financial transactions of friends and strangers. She thinks that Venmo, more than any other social media site, is the place you can find actual, accidental truth online. …

#3 We Know What You Did

December 3rd, 2014

20:54
Twenty years ago, Ethan Zuckerman did something terrible on the internet. And he's still living with the consequences.

#1 A Stranger Says I Love You

November 24th, 2014

22:19
What happens when a woman sends a stocky blond stranger to tell her ex she loves him. 

#2 The Secret, Gruesome Internet For Doctors

November 24th, 2014

22:26
An app called Figure One wants to be Instagram, but for doctors. Why would doctors need their own Instagram? We spy on the secret & disgusting …

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November 6th, 2014

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