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Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring
Slate Podcasts

Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit;... more

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Slate Plus Exclusive: The Making of This Season

Host Willa Paskin and producer Katie Shepherd discuss how this season of Decoder Ring came together. Slate Plus members have access... more

09 Jan 2023 · 1 minute
The Mailbag Episode

We’re really lucky to get a lot of listener emails, suggesting topics for the show. In this episode, we’re going... more

27 Dec 2022 · 39 minutes
Encore: ‘You’ve Got Mail’ Got It Wrong

(This episode originally aired in March 2020.) The 1998 romantic comedy You’ve Got Mail, starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, is... more

20 Dec 2022 · 41 minutes
Cellino & Barnes, Injury Attorneys, 800-888-8888

Ross Cellino and Steve Barnes were two Buffalo-based lawyers who became the literal poster-men for personal injury advertising. They poured... more

13 Dec 2022 · 40 minutes
How Preppy Became Streetwear

We bring you a special episode from the Articles of Interest podcast hosted by Avery Trufelman about the incredible reach... more

06 Dec 2022 · 37 minutes
The New Age Hit Machine

For this episode, a story from Slate senior producer Evan Chung about how Yanni, John Tesh and a number of... more

29 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
The Butt and the Bustle

For about two decades towards the end of the Victorian era, in the 1870s and 1880s, a large bustle-enhanced bottom... more

22 Nov 2022 · 46 minutes
The Truth About #TheDress

In the history of viral images, #TheDress has got to be in the top 10. This unassuming photo of a... more

15 Nov 2022 · 38 minutes
Fall 2022 Teaser

Decoder Ring is back with a new season of juicy topics, like.... Remember the viral phenomenon and optical mind-blower known... more

10 Nov 2022 · 1 minute
McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Crime Pt. 2

McGruff the Crime Dog arrived on the scene at the dawn of the 1980s, just as a firehose of anti-drug... more

12 Oct 2022 · 47 minutes
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Slate Plus Exclusive: The Making of This Season
Decoder Ring