173 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 • 2.2K 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.

    Snacktime: Why You Should Care About Other People

    Snacktime: Why You Should Care About Other People

    Ben tells Amory about a controversial idea for a reality TV show. Amory tells Ben about the thing Dr. Anthony Fauci did NOT say... but everyone thinks he did. 

    • 18 min
    Snacktime: Mystery Celebs & Fed-Up Mods

    Snacktime: Mystery Celebs & Fed-Up Mods

    Ben tells Amory about a subreddit trying to determine the identity of a mystery celebrity, and Amory tells Ben about an open letter penned by Reddit moderators that's calling on the platform to take stronger action against COVID-19 misinformation and disinformation on the platform.

    • 21 min
    Suitcases of Cash and Bob Saget's Ghost

    Suitcases of Cash and Bob Saget's Ghost

    Gather round for this week’s Snacktime episode, where Ben tells iLab producer Nora Saks two stories about found money, a gambling ruse in a Belizean casino, and why Bob Saget would block himself on Twitter if he could.

    • 14 min
    Geedis

    Geedis

    What is Geedis? Endless Thread revisits an episode from 2019 in which the team joined the internet's two-year-long quest to answer this question. The strange, furry character and his buddies in The Land of Ta had been a mystery of 80’s fantastical proportions. Follow us down the rabbit hole for an exciting discovery...

    • 44 min
    Snacktime: Weird Spotify Playlists

    Snacktime: Weird Spotify Playlists

    Fun fact: Ben wooed his wife with a mix CD, and Amory's husband wooed her with a mix CD. The lesson? Never underestimate the power of a good playlist. But if it's a "Weird Spotify Playlist," the object of your affection better have a sense of humor. In this episode, Amory introduces Ben to the fast-growing "Weird Spotify Playlists" Twitter account and subreddit, where song titles are way more important than the songs themselves.

    • 22 min
    Encore: The Great Glitter Mystery

    Encore: The Great Glitter Mystery

    Much like rewatching a favorite TV show in its entirety, it can be comforting to listen back to something from "the beforetimes." So this week, we're doing just that. We're revisiting an episode from 2019 that solved one of the internet’s most compelling mysteries. Inspired by a 2018 New York Times feature about glitter, people obsessed over identifying the mysterious industry buying huge amounts of glitter – information which glitter-makers have refused to divulge. No one had been able to find any answers … until the ET team took the case and dropped a glitter bomb on the whole mystery.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Scatter3000 ,

Regular episodes are great - short form could use some work.

Super fun show. I'm a regular reddit reader, but somehow the Endless Thread folks manage to turn up new and interesting corners of the site that I've never seen. I usually keep a couple episodes saved up so I have something fun to listen to on a bad day.

One small complaint - too many food based "snack" episodes. I don't mind short format/mini episodes. Obviously putting together full length episodes is a ton of work. However, I really can't stand the sounds of people eating. Junk food trends and "mysteries" do not make compelling content.

5 stars for the regular content; 3 stars for the short form content.

Bastardsack ,

Here’s my irrelevant opinion!

I love Amory. She’s great. She’s intelligent, wholesome, quick to laugh (and has a great laugh to listen to....totally sincere). I always enjoy her dialogue, and contributions. I’m not a huge fan of Ben. I don’t hate him, I just don’t like him all that much. Except for the fact that he makes Amory laugh a lot. I’m giving the show 5 stars, because I really enjoy it. But, for Glob’s sake.... PLEASE DON’T CHEW INTO THE MICROPHONE. It is entirely unnecessary, and gross to listen to. At the very least, give us a heads up that you’re about to masticate and make camel noises into the microphone for the next few unbearable moments. Thank you. Love you.

Valerie322 ,

These two think they’re hilarious

Enough with the constant laughing at your own “jokes.” Content is good but I can’t stand the weak one liners followed by the hosts giggles and laughter (at something that wasn’t even that funny in the first place). It’s not endearing our cute. It’s irritating and grating.

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