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Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

Every Little Thing Gimlet Media

    • Education
    • 4.6 • 8 Ratings

Why do we cry? Did cavemen really carry clubs? Can swearing make you stronger? On ELT, you call with a question, we find you an answer. Our helpline is open 24-7. Call 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com.

    Hummingbirds: Magical Fairies or Vicious Little Drones?

    Hummingbirds: Magical Fairies or Vicious Little Drones?

    Caller Makaila needs to know about the hummingbirds that frequent her father’s feeders. Hummingbird expert Alejandro Rico-Guevara fills us in on their feeding, flying, and fighting feats.
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    • 28 min
    Is My Cat Trying to Murder Me?

    Is My Cat Trying to Murder Me?

    While Flora’s out, we’re revisiting an old favorite — caller Megan’s cat has zero empathy and tries to trip her on the stairs. Could he be a psychopath? Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, and cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger help Megan assess if she's got a killer just a whisker's length away.
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    • 22 min
    Ever Felt Someone’s Pain… In Your Butt?

    Ever Felt Someone’s Pain… In Your Butt?

    While Flora's out on parental leave, we're unswaddling some of her favorite babies. Favorite podcast babies. Like this one: Caller Lisa wants to know why her butt hurts whenever she sees someone else get injured. Neuroscientist Stuart Derbyshire shares the cold hard truth about whether some people really can feel your pain. Thanks to queen of Chapped Cheeks Lisa, and to researchers Natalie Bowling, Melita Giummarra, Helena Hartmann, Marina López-Solà, Bridget Rubenking, Jamie Ward, Scott Vrana, and Jamil Zaki.
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    • 29 min
    Memory Game: Did This Meal Really Happen?

    Memory Game: Did This Meal Really Happen?

    Caller Liz has a cherished childhood memory about a special meal with her great-grandmother. But she isn’t sure it really happened. How can she tell? Memory researcher Charan Ranganath, director of the Dynamic Memory Lab, fills in the blanks about the memory in question.
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    • 24 min
    When a Million Ants Come Marching In

    When a Million Ants Come Marching In

    Listener Gĩtaũ has a serious problem: every so often his home in rural Kenya is invaded by an army of ants. They coat the floors, climb the walls, and rain down on Gĩtaũ and his family while they sleep. Gĩtaũ wants to know: Why are these ants torturing us? Entomologists Dino Martins and Piotr Naskrecki have ant-swers. Special thanks to Caswell Munyai, Caspar Schöning, and Daniel Kronauer.
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    • 22 min
    A Message From Flora

    A Message From Flora

    Flora has a 6- to 9-pound piece of news to drop! She’ll be out on parental leave for a little while. Meet the hosts who’ll be filling in while she’s away.
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    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Razor out ,

Fun, informative & interesting!

You just have to experience it yourself!

Bing Sheng ,

Another favorite from Gimlet

Every Little Thing has found its niche among all the podcasts from Gimlet. I find the stories crafted by Flora to be a pleasant listening experience.

valcrist.com ,

Nothing but re-runs

This used to be an awesome podcast. Used to. But suddenly, without warning, it just became nothing but old re-runs. If you’re a new listener, enjoy. But for long-time listeners, it’s time to unsubscribe. Which is a real shame, I used to love this.

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