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Endless Thread
Endless Thread
WBUR

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories,... more

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Episodes

Looking for a Man, Finding a Record Deal

In April, a TikTok creator mused, "Did I just write the song of the summer?" Girl on Couch's "Looking for... more

14 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
Scamming the Scammers

Border Patrol is calling: A drug cartel has your bank information, so you need to transfer all your money to... more

07 Jun 2024 · 39 minutes
SwordTube, En Garde!

Sword influencers abound on YouTube. Those who specialize in the historic European martial arts, or HEMA, have gained legions of... more

31 May 2024 · 21 minutes
Gen Z wants you to take political action, one TikTok at a time

Gen Z is over it. The youngest generation of adults is inheriting a climate crisis, the ongoing fallout from a... more

24 May 2024 · 31 minutes
Catfish for dinner

After Taylor Paré was stood up on a date, she turned to TikTok. In a now-viral video, she claimed to... more

17 May 2024 · 23 minutes
Hype Cycle

The Vision Pro is Apple's new $3,500 virtual reality headset. Since its debut in February, users have found new ways to use this... more

10 May 2024 · 39 minutes
Episodes We Love: Doom Jelly

Imagine sitting in a hospital room for 24 consecutive hours in the most agonizing pain you can possibly imagine. You... more

03 May 2024 · 36 minutes
The Jackie Show

Our interactions with nature are increasingly mediated by technology. We scroll through wildlife feeds on TikTok. We use Instagram to... more

26 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Green Memes

In 2017, Rhett Barker and his friends needed a way to stay in touch after graduating college. They were ecology... more

19 Apr 2024 · 37 minutes
RIP Lil Miquela

In 2016, followers flocked to an Instagram user purporting to be Miquela Sousa, a 19-year-old Brazilian-American model, singer, and sometimes... more

12 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
Nerd Fight

The halls of science, known for prim propriety and careful debate, are feuding. A new theory of gravity challenges Einstein's... more

05 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Shaq Time: Is Shaq OK?

Shaquille O'Neal has some advice: "If you are going to retire, accept it. Enjoy your family," he recently said on... more

29 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
The Music Man, Part 2

In the second part of Endless Thread's investigation into a ubiquitous online piano academy, we dig into why some people... more

22 Mar 2024 · 40 minutes
The Music Man, Part 1

You may have seen this ad: A frenetic, wild-haired concert pianist says he can make any newbie a virtuoso in... more

15 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
Endless Thread introduces "Beyond All Repair", Amory Sivertson's new podcast

Last week, you heard Endless Thread co-hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson re-introduce you to how Amory's new podcast, Beyond... more

08 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Encore: Getting home

Endless Thread co-host Amory Sivertson spent three years unraveling a cold-case murder. Her reporting eventually became the forthcoming podcast series... more

01 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Endless Thread: The Musical

As Shakespeare once said...all the internet is a stage, and all keyboard warriors merely players. In this episode of Endless... more

23 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Dinner and a (Slide) Show

Instead of a typical first date — dinner and light conversation, maybe — he presented 29 slides about one of... more

16 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Recess Therapy's Julian Shapiro-Barnum is skeptical of kids becoming social media stars

The point of Julian Shapiro-Barnum's Recess Therapy, a video series where he interviews kids about life's bigger questions, was never... more

09 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Half a million eyes are on TikTok's "tunnel girl"

In 2022, a TikTok creator who identifies herself as "Kala" began digging. What followed was an increasingly viral series of... more

02 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
The schism at the end of the tunnel

The discovery of a secret tunnel attached to a Brooklyn synagogue earlier this month quickly went viral, fueling antisemitic conspiracy... more

26 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
Encore: The Faker

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office announced that it was investigating some suspicious robocalls urging residents not... more

24 Jan 2024 · 39 minutes
Where's the Beef?

What if vegetables are poison? What if, instead, humans evolved to consume an animal-based diet of steak, liver, brain, testicles,... more

19 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
The Minnesota Timberwolves score NBA fandom in Brazil, but there's a kink

Rodrigo Barbosa runs social media for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves Brazilian fan club. He's fluent in Brazil's particularly zany brand... more

12 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
This episode is a sign from the universe

Manifestation, astrology, tarot — during tumultuous times, people are more likely to look for answers from the universe, and social... more

05 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Encore: Today You, Tomorrow Me

As we approach the new year, we revisit a story with a timeless message. Ten years ago, a man was stuck... more

29 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
Introducing Click Here: "Israel, Gaza and all the light you cannot see"

An episode from the Click Here podcast from Recorded Future News. The story of two ordinary people who decided to tackle... more

27 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
Encore: Niall Needs a Friend

As many people gather with family and friends for the holidays, we revisit a story about our listener Niall. In 2020,... more

22 Dec 2023 · 36 minutes
This song wants you to stick out your what!?

If you know what "Sticking out your Gyat for the Rizzler" means you're likely a part of Gen Alpha or... more

15 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
What Is That?!

Have you ever heard an odd sound that sounds oddly musical? A spatula that rings like a toy piano? A... more

08 Dec 2023 · 16 minutes
"Extremely Online" with Taylor Lorenz

Washington Post tech columnist Taylor Lorenz talks to host Ben Brock Johnson about her new book, "Extremely Online: The Untold... more

05 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
NPC Streams! So Good! Mmm, So Good!

Earlier this year, TikTok livestreamers began mimicking lifeless "nonplayable characters," or NPCs, by repeating motions and phrases like in a... more

01 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
The Vault (from the vault)

We're going underground into what might be the most important vault in the world. What's inside? A treasure that originates... more

24 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
Women are from Venus, men are from... the Roman Empire?

Within a few months, the question "how often do men think about the Roman Empire?" conquered Instagram, TikTok and countless... more

17 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
The Grand Can-Spiracy

In 1909, the Arizona Gazette ran an article titled "Exploration in Grand Canyon." It said that an explorer by the... more

10 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Introducing ICYMI: "How a Substack Revived the Dracula Fandom"

This episode is brought to you by Slate's ICYMI podcast. Co-hosts Rachelle Hampton and Candice Lim talk to writer Cyrena... more

03 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Endless Dread: Campfire Chills

Gather round the fire with us for three hair-raising tales from the internet. For the finale of our series "Endless... more

27 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
Episodes We Love: Listener beware… it’s ‘Goosebumps The Musical’

“Goosebumps” book fans and musical theater fans, unite! In this episode, Amory and producer Quincy introduce you to “Goosebumps The... more

25 Oct 2023 · 39 minutes
Freaky Furby Friday

Alert: Furbys have invaded "Endless Dread!" They're having a bit of a moment. In this episode, producers Jacob Garcia and... more

20 Oct 2023 · 30 minutes
The Spider Web

With new and exotic species available at the click of a button, the digital age forever changed the multimillion-dollar arachnid... more

13 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Introducing 'The Gun Machine' Ep. 1: The U.S. gun industry's surprising origin story

Hey, threadheads. It's a different day than we'd normally be in your feed, and we HAVE... something different for you! It's... more

09 Oct 2023 · 40 minutes
Find A Grave: Social Media Icon

Host Ben Brock Johnson and producer Quincy Walters go to an historic Boston cemetery to try out findagrave.com — a... more

06 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
Dune Boy

Back in 2013, the sand dunes of Michigan City, Indiana swallowed a six-year-old boy. It took rescuers nearly 4 hours... more

29 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
The online legacy of 'To Catch a Predator'

Back in 2004, NBC’s 'To Catch a Predator' captivated millions of viewers as it followed a vigilante group called Perverted... more

22 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Lofi Girl

The popular YouTube channel Lofi Girl provides a 24/7 livestream of chill beats to relax and study. Endless Thread producer Nora... more

15 Sep 2023 · 37 minutes
Meet the Gen Zs archiving the Muzak of the Twin Towers

On Discord and YouTube, hundreds of Gen-Zers are teaming up for the purposes finding and archiving the Muzak (aka elevator... more

08 Sep 2023 · 35 minutes
Artist: Known

The cover art for the 1976 paperback edition of Madeleine L'Engle's classic sci-fi/fantasy novel "A Wrinkle in Time" — featuring... more

01 Sep 2023 · 44 minutes
PARKS! Pt. 4: Death Sea

A Redditor proposed a quick fix to one of humanity’s greatest threats. But the real threat may be our fixation... more

25 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
PARKS! Pt. 3: Close Encounters with Mato Tipila

As of late, Endless Thread co-host Ben Brock Johnson has been obsessed with a rock in Wyoming, a lot like the protagonist... more

18 Aug 2023 · 35 minutes
PARKS! Pt. 2: Slime Mind

Two years ago, he didn’t even know slime molds existed. Now, he may be the internet’s most famous slime savant. Co-hosts... more

11 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
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The cover art for the 1976 paperback edition of Madeleine L'Engle's classic sci-fi/fantasy novel "A Wrinkle in Time" — featuring a rainbow-winged... more