17 episodes

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.

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    • 4.6, 702 Ratings

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.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
702 Ratings

702 Ratings

Vern O ,

10/10

A friend recommended this podcast to me a few weeks ago, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites! The content is quirky, bizarre, riveting, and totally original. Willa’s mix of humor and curiosity makes for A+ host material.

TwilyghtSansSparkles ,

Was Fun, Got Smug

The first season or so, where the host simply looked into cultural phenomena and got to the bottom of them, was fun and fascinating. Then she started letting her liberal smugness creep in more and more, which dampened the show’s appeal as a bit of educational escapism. By the time I got halfway through the episode on gender reveal parties (where she ironically uses the regressive splitting of the world into male and female to present an equally rigid worldview with enlightened liberals on one side and backwards conservatives on the other) I just couldn’t take it anymore.

Sadly, I know this review will likely be ignored. It won’t be taken as a legitimate criticism of a show that could have maintained its broad appeal, but as the complaint of someone stuck in the past who doesn’t want to hear the word of truth.

olditaliansandwich ,

One of the most versatile, interesting podcasts out there

Decoder Ring’s varying topics, in-depth investigating, and often humorous presentation make it one of the greatest podcasts being made today (IMHO). You will never end an episode not having learned something.

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