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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

McGruff Takes a Bite Out of Crime Pt. 1

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

04 Oct 2022 · 37 minutes
Slate Plus Exclusive: The Making of This Season

Host Willa Paskin talks about topics versus narratives, translating fabulists, and creating a sound landscape for the world of Mae... more

23 Aug 2022 · 1 minute
The “Sex” Scandal That Made Mae West

In the early 1930s, Mae West’s dirty talk and hip swiveling walk made her one of the biggest movie stars... more

16 Aug 2022 · 46 minutes
The First Alien Abductees

When you think of an alien abduction, what do you picture? Humanoid creatures, medical experiments, lost memories retrieved through hypnosis?... more

09 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers

Rod McKuen sold multiple millions of poetry books in the 60s and 70s. He released dozens of albums, was a... more

02 Aug 2022 · 48 minutes
The Mall is Dead (Long Live the Mall)

What do we lose if we lose the mall? 70 years into their existence, these hulking temples to commerce are... more

26 Jul 2022 · 45 minutes
Summer 2022 Teaser

Decoder Ring is coming back with a new season featuring a whole new set of questions.... Like, is the shopping... more

19 Jul 2022 · 1 minute
The Storytelling Craze

When did everyone become a storyteller? Decades after George Lucas and Steve Jobs made storytelling a big business, every company... more

17 May 2022 · 41 minutes
“We Got Ourselves a Convoy”

In the 1970s, a song about protesting truckers topped the music charts in multiple countries, and kicked off a pop... more

10 May 2022 · 35 minutes
The Sideways Effect

In 2004, the indie flick Sideways was released in just four theaters, but it had a big impact, earning five... more

03 May 2022 · 39 minutes
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