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.
What Is That?!
Have you ever heard an odd sound that sounds oddly musical? A spatula that rings like a toy piano? A storage container with a satisfying pop?
Endless Thread's Ben Brock Johnson brings co-host Amory Sivertson the subreddit r/SoundsLikeMusic, where everyday sounds are turned into music. He then turns to r/whatismycookiecutter, a subreddit of bewildering yet delightful shapes.
Credits: This episode was produced by Ben Brock Johnson with Dean Russell. Mixing and sound design by Emily Jankowski. Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson are the co-hosts.
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"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 Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet," where she argues that we've been paying too much attention to the Elon Musks of the world, and not enough to everyday internet users.
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 video game. Then, people started paying them to keep doing it.
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Credits: This episode was produced by Ben Brock Johnson and Dean Russell. Mixing and sound design by Paul Vaitkus. Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson are the co-hosts.
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 with a Russian scientist during WWII.
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 group chats — and then morphed into something else. What links this to other memes of the moment? Do all roads lead to Rome, or is something else at the root of the Roman Empire, girl math, and girl dinner?
The Grand Can-Spiracy
In 1909, the Arizona Gazette ran an article titled "Exploration in Grand Canyon." It said that an explorer by the name of G.E. Kincaid went into the National Park for the Smithsonian and found caves full of mummies and ancient Egyptian treasures that put everything we thought we knew about civilization on its head.
Well, the Smithsonian called the articles bunk reporting that Kincaid never worked for the institution. And it turns out he never existed! So how can a conspiracy that has been repeatedly debunked for decades, survive for so long?
Endless Thread finds out.
I enjoy this podcast and the hosts
But (were you waiting for a but?) the latest episode on 15-minute cities didn’t acknowledge the people who commute to cities for work out of necessity. In many places, driving more than 15 minutes is a simple math solution to the relative excess of occupations in areas with more housing/more expensive housing compared to rural or suburban areas. Zoning changes and support for small businesses have to come first. Radical or ‘futurist’ thought experiments (beautiful as they may be) are valuable only as such unless we solve the immediate causes imo
I used to be a podcaster like you, then I took an arrow to the knee…
What would it cost me to get Ben and Amory to be woken up by having a bucket of water dumped on their head?
Ice Cream So Good
As an aging millennial disillusioned with technology, I increasingly feel that I have no idea what’s happening on the internet. I’m not on Reddit or TikTok and aiming to use my phone less