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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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Episodes

Selling Out

In 2001, Oprah Winfrey invited Jonathan Franzen to come on her show to discuss his new novel The Corrections. A... more

06 Aug 2021 · 50 minutes
Tattoo Flash

Time does funny thing to everything, but especially to tattoos. Today, four stories about tattoos whose meanings have shifted with... more

27 Jul 2021 · 50 minutes
The Tootsie Shot

You know the Tootsie Shot. It’s that shot from the movies: a really busy midtown street, protagonist smack in the middle of it... more

20 Jul 2021 · 39 minutes
Who Killed The Segway?

In the year 2000, Dan Kois was a junior book agent working on selling a secretive book proposal called IT, a... more

13 Jul 2021 · 45 minutes
The Sign Painter

Ilona Granet was a New York art-scene fixture who won the praise of the art world when she put up... more

06 Jul 2021 · 58 minutes
That Seattle Muzak Sound

If you love the show and want to support us, consider joining Slate Plus. With Slate Plus you can binge... more

29 Jun 2021 · 44 minutes
The Invention of Hydration

To say that hydration is an invention is only a slight exaggeration. Back in the 1970’s and ‘80s, no one... more

22 Jun 2021 · 37 minutes
The Soap Opera Machine

Welcome to a brand new season of Decoder Ring! On this episode, we investigate the wild world of soap operas... more

15 Jun 2021 · 52 minutes
Decoder Ring Presents The Sporkful’s Mission: ImPASTAble

Right now Decoder Ring is working on a full season of new episodes coming this June, but in the meantime... more

15 Mar 2021 · 31 minutes
The Blue Steak Experiment

What took blue food so long to catch on? Today it’s all over the freezer aisle, in candies for kids,... more

21 Dec 2020 · 41 minutes
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In the year 2000, Dan Kois was a junior book agent working on selling a secretive book proposal called IT, a codename for... more