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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

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
The Madness Behind ‘The Method’

When we think of method acting, we tend to think of actors going a little over the top for a... more

26 Apr 2022 · 47 minutes
“F--k Everything, We're Doing Five Blades”

In the early 2000s, an arms race broke out in the world of men’s shaving. After decades with razors that... more

19 Apr 2022 · 42 minutes
Spring 2022 Teaser

Decoder Ring is coming back with a new season featuring a whole new set of questions…and some good surprising answers.... more

12 Apr 2022 · 1 minute
Custer's Revenge

Custer's Revenge is widely considered one of the worst video games ever made. Originally released as part of a series... more

23 Dec 2021 · 47 minutes
Decoder Ring
The Most Famous Poet No One Remembers
Decoder Ring