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Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
||CleanThe Paper Doll Club||Paper dolls were a ubiquitous part of children’s lives for decades, and then they mostly disappeared.||8/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Basement Affair||What are the real reasons people go on reality TV?||7/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClown Panic||The clown has existed in various forms for thousands of years, what changed and made us suspect and fear them?||6/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Johnlock Conspiracy||Decoder Ring explores the Johnlock Conspiracy, a fan theory about the BBC TV show Sherlock positing the inevitability of a gay romance between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson.||6/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Laff Box||What happened to the laugh track? For nearly five decades, it was ubiquitous, but beginning in the early 2000s, it fell out of sitcom fashion. What happened?||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Insightful and fun
Loved this first episode. Great topic and well thought out. Great production value too. Cant wait to hear more.
In-depth and In-teresting Pop-Culture History
I really love seeing things with a new perspective and appreciation. As a person who has always been annoyed by laugh tracks, this first episode certainly does that. I’m excited to hear what else this podcast brings to light.
Super fun show
I really loved the first episode, and I'm so happy that Slate is investing in podcasting women. There are not enough female voices out there, and Willa is engaging and smart. Brava!