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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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Who Owns the Tooth Fairy?

We pride ourselves on being grounded, rational beings, but flitting amongst us is a mystery: the Tooth Fairy. This flying... more

10 May 2023 · 38 minutes
Why You Can’t Find a Damn Parking Spot

Parking is one of the great paradoxes of American life. On the one hand, we have paved an ungodly amount... more

03 May 2023 · 37 minutes
The Artist Who Was Both Loved and Disdained

We bring you a special episode from Sidedoor, a podcast about the treasures that fill the vaults of the Smithsonian.... more

26 Apr 2023 · 37 minutes
The Curious Case of Columbo's Message to Romania Part 2

Last week, we put on the proverbial raincoat and made like Columbo to investigate Peter Falk’s claim that he recorded... more

19 Apr 2023 · 40 minutes
The Curious Case of Columbo's Message to Romania Part 1

Not too long ago an old clip surfaced of Peter Falk on David Letterman, in which he told an intriguing... more

12 Apr 2023 · 43 minutes
Spring 2023 Teaser

Decoder Ring is back with a new season of cultural mysteries to crack. We'll kick things off with a proper... more

05 Apr 2023 · 1 minute
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
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