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PJ Vogt, Audacy, Jigsaw

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, & Vogue. No question too big, no question too small. On Search... more

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Episodes

Do political yard signs actually do anything?

It’s an election year and so Search Engine’s campaign desk is answering the questions you really want answers to: all... more

12 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 2)

In part two of our story, we watch the state of New York try to pull off something we rarely... more

05 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 1)

In 2021, New York legalized cannabis for adults. It was supposed to be the start of a legal market, led by... more

29 Mar 2024 · 52 minutes
A big announcement from Search Engine plus, "What's in your cocaine?"

We've launched a new premium feed called Incognito Mode. It includes bonus episodes of Search Engine and some other very... more

22 Mar 2024 · 13 minutes
How do we survive the media apocalypse?

Something strange, new, and unsettling is happening in media right now. Huge institutions, both newspapers and online outlets, are being... more

15 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Who's behind these scammy text messages we've all been getting?

"Hi David, I’m Vicky Ho. Don’t you remember me?" An investigative reporter travels halfway around the world to find out who... more

08 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
How do you make an addictive video game?

This episode will change how you look at games. We talk to Ben Brode, the designer behind Hearthstone and Marvel... more

01 Mar 2024 · 53 minutes
Where did all the roaches go?

Cockroaches were a scourge that scuttled through the cracks and crevices of homes all throughout America. And then one day,... more

23 Feb 2024 · 42 minutes
What are we gonna do about all these cats?

A question that has launched a battle between bird-loving ecologists and ardent, cat-defending activists. What should we do about an... more

09 Feb 2024 · 53 minutes
How do you survive fame?

Actor Molly Ringwald joins us to talk about a time in her life when her job was to pretend to... more

02 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Why are there so many chicken bones on the street? (Part 2)

This week, the shocking finale of our investigation into who -- or what -- has been leaving chicken bones strewn across the... more

26 Jan 2024 · 35 minutes
Why are there so many chicken bones on the street? (Part 1)

A team of investigators with an unusual set of skills joins us this week to solve a mystery that haunts... more

19 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
When do you know it’s time to stop drinking?

This week, a question a podcast has no business trying to answer. We talk to writer A.J. Daulerio about his own... more

12 Jan 2024 · 1 hour,
Am I the victim of an international sushi scam? (Part 2)

We bring you the shattering conclusion to our investigation into whether a New York City sushi restaurant is swapping their... more

15 Dec 2023 · 42 minutes
Am I the victim of an international sushi scam? (Part 1)

We investigate unsettling rumors that fish purveyors may be mislabeling fish to save a buck. Our path leads us deep... more

08 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
Who should be in charge of AI?

This week, the story of a very brief, very absurd revolution at the world’s leading artificial intelligence company, OpenAI. And... more

01 Dec 2023 · 56 minutes
Why don’t we eat people?

A question from a four-year-old tips us into an investigation of one of our most fundamental taboos: cannibalism. With help... more

17 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Bull of Wall Street

Every day in Manhattan, about 1,000 people will stand outside in a long line waiting for their chance to take... more

10 Nov 2023 · 51 minutes
Why'd I take speed for twenty years? (Part 2)

In part two of our story about ADHD medications, we approach the question from a different angle. We meet a doctor... more

03 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
Why'd I take speed for twenty years? (Part 1)

One of the millions of millennials given prescription stimulants to treat ADHD decides to quit. And afterwards wonders -- how... more

27 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
Is there a sane way to use the internet?

Ezra Klein joins Search Engine this week to answer a question that's increasingly confounded us: how do I use the... more

20 Oct 2023 · 59 minutes
Heavyweight x Search Engine

Search Engine is VERY EXCITED to share the news that Heavyweight, one of our favorite shows, is now available wherever... more

09 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
The Fond Du Lac Apartment Mystery

Why would the government give Korianne a coupon for a free apartment that she can’t find? We have a question... more

06 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
Where did the 8 billion dollars go?

This week, the story of former crypto wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried. The government alleges he stole over eight billion dollars from... more

29 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Why are we still buying diamonds?

They’re shiny rocks that we’ve somehow agreed embody romance and eternity. But diamonds, it turns out, are not as rare... more

22 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Why’s it so hard to figure out how many people watch Stranger Things?

Maya Hawke, of Stranger Things, would like to know why won’t Netflix just tell her how many people watch the show?... more

15 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
Does anyone actually like their job?

... Or, am I being lied to by a Brooklyn-based musician? At twenty-five, I had a question for The Hold... more

01 Sep 2023 · 43 minutes
Why are drug dealers putting fentanyl in everything? (Part 2)

We speak to Luis, a former fentanyl dealer and user who tells us why a dealer might want to put... more

18 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
Why are drug dealers putting fentanyl in everything? (Part 1)

Isn't it bad business to kill your own customers? In part one of our answer to this question, we talk... more

11 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
Why can’t we just turn the empty offices into apartments?

Our quest for answers this week sends us over a hundred years into the past. We learn about the invisible... more

04 Aug 2023 · 46 minutes
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Ezra Klein joins Search Engine this week to answer a question that's increasingly confounded us: how do I use the internet now?... more