300 episodes

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other jaw-dropping stories online and IRL.

Endless Thread WBUR

    • Technology
    • 4.1 • 2.5K Ratings

Hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson dig into the internet's vast and curious ecosystem of online communities to find untold histories, unsolved mysteries, and other jaw-dropping stories online and IRL.

    Encore: Getting home

    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 Beyond All Repair.

    Every story has its beginning. Amory's investigation starts here: Endless Thread's second-ever episode—originally released in 2018—about a man and his folder of documents.

    Credits: This episode was produced and co-hosted by Amory Sivertson and Ben Brock Johnson. Mix and sound design by Paul Vaitkus.

    • 37 min
    Endless Thread: The Musical

    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 Thread, the members of the Nashville-based musical improv group Cherry Bomb stage an homage to their very active neighborhood Facebook group, and put some posts inspired by the Endless Thread subreddit to song.

    Credits: This episode was produced by Grace Tatter. Mixing and sound design by Matt Reed. Ben Brock Johnson and Grace Tatter are the co-hosts.

    • 24 min
    Dinner and a (Slide) Show

    Dinner and a (Slide) Show

    Instead of a typical first date — dinner and light conversation, maybe — he presented 29 slides about one of his favorite movies. The internet loved it. But did his date?

    Credits: This episode was produced by Dean Russell. Mixing and sound design by Emily Jankowski. Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson are the co-hosts.

    Image Credit: X/Jason Carman

    • 27 min
    Recess Therapy's Julian Shapiro-Barnum is skeptical of kids becoming social media stars

    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 to make the kids social media superstars. But that's exactly what happened when he posted a video that went mega-viral in the summer of 2022.

    Endless Thread host Ben Brock Johnson talks to Julian about making the internet a fun space for kids and adults, Julian's multi-parent upbringing, and the wisdom of children.

    • 23 min
    Half a million eyes are on TikTok's "tunnel girl"

    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 TikToks chronicling the efforts of Kala, who some on the internet dubbed "tunnel girl", as she excavated and constructed a tunnel system under her suburban home. Her more than half-million followers watched and weighed in with support, suggestions and at times, concern. That is, until a stop-work order halted the project in its tracks late last year.

    Producer Katelyn Harrop joins Endless Thread hosts Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson to look at yet another tunneling phenomenon that has taken the internet by storm.

    • 27 min
    The schism at the end of the tunnel

    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 theories that long predate the internet. Endless Thread host Ben Brock Johnson and producer Grace Tatter dig into what we actually know about why this group of Brooklyn yeshiva students got into extracurricular excavation. 

    Credits: This episode was produced by Grace Tatter and Ben Brock Johnson. Mixing and sound design by Matt Reed. Ben Brock Johnson and Grace Tatter are the co-hosts.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

Loveisaverb1221 ,

I really want to give 5-stars

This show is awesome. I love all of the episodes except for the one about Carnivore diets. You would have been better informed to have interviewed Dr. Shawn Baker. I think Paul Saladeno is a total A-hole. I was a vegetarian for 23 years I have epilepsy which was awful and began suffering from an autoimmune disease. All of this improved when I started slowly converting to a meat-based/carnivore thing. Sadly there’s no mention in this episode of how carnivore people are encouraged to eat ethically sourced and regenerativly farmed animals which is an answer to a lot of climate concerns with factory farming.

Ricky R Richard ,

Good stories, bad hosts

Interesting topics are covered. But the hosts are a bit too giggly and easily amused. They sort of have stereotypical “morning TV host” perky personalities which is a bit annoying to listen to.

justgus32 ,

4.9 star out of 5 because……

Love the show, big fan. However this review pertains to the two most recent episodes on secret tunnels. I gave you a 4.9 out of 5 because you missed an opportunity to include a snippet of the song “Secret Tunnel” from the show Avatar the Last Airbender. I waited to no avail. Perhaps you can redeem yourselves by bringing me on the show.

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