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Why do news anchors all sound the same? Do wolves really howl at the moon? How did Elvis imitators take over Las Vegas wedding chapels? 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.
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    • Education
    • 4.6 • 4.4K Ratings

Why do news anchors all sound the same? Do wolves really howl at the moon? How did Elvis imitators take over Las Vegas wedding chapels? 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.
Subscribe to Every Little Thing PLUS by clicking here and access all episodes of Every Little Thing ad-free.

    Goodbye

    Goodbye

    Spotify has ended our show. Thank you to everyone who listened, who left messages, who agreed to be interviewed, who shared their stories and their time. We loved making Every Little Thing with you.
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    • 1 min
    Cracking A Mysterious Fortune

    Cracking A Mysterious Fortune

    Has ELT ever been stumped? Producer Phoebe Flanigan tells us about the one that (almost) got away. 
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    • 22 min
    Sewer Secrets: Flushed But Not Forgotten

    Sewer Secrets: Flushed But Not Forgotten

    Caller Janice accidentally flushed a favorite earring down the toilet and she wants to know where it ended up. Sewer experts Ted Gogol and Bruce Todd take us on a journey down the pipes, and historian Andrew Wallace Hadrill digs up a tale about the ancient jewelry that shared a similar fate.
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    • 26 min
    When Did Pants Become a Thing?

    When Did Pants Become a Thing?

    This week we’re pulling on an old favorite, one leg at a time: When did pants become a thing? Clothing researcher Ulrike “Rike” Beck and historian Adrienne Mayor unravel how this relatively recent invention turned the clothing world upside down. With special guest Emily Spivack.
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    • 21 min
    Why Do We Baby Talk?

    Why Do We Baby Talk?

    Listener Ben couldn’t stand baby talk — until he had a baby of his own. Now he can’t stop talking in a cutesy wootsy voice. Why did he go googoo for his baby, and is this something people do all over the world? Baby talk researcher Cody Moser breaks it down, and ecologist Mirjam Knörnschild tells us about another animal that talks to its young in a special widdle way.

    An earlier version of this episode misidentified one of the languages spoken. We've corrected the error.


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    • 27 min
    Why Goldfish Swam Into Our Living Rooms

    Why Goldfish Swam Into Our Living Rooms

    This week, we’re diving into a favorite episode. Caller Liana wants to know: How did goldfish come to dominate our fish bowls and pet stores? Pet historian Kasey Grier goes deep into the history of America’s favorite finned pet. Plus, goldfish freak Dave Mandley introduces us to the fanciest fish money can buy.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
4.4K Ratings

4.4K Ratings

1volt28 ,

Bring it back!

I was hoping this show would have come back by now 😞.

Nullity ,

Come back!

I’m torn about Alex Blumberg — well he created some wonderful shows or at least had them under the gimlet media umbrella, he got rid of a bunch of wonderful shows too not only this one but Mystery Show as well. Do a search on “Starlee gimlet toxic” for the full story on that. You can, however, redeem yourself by bringing back these shows.

GushiFerret ,

Amazing podcast, gone too soon!

ELT was an amazing podcast and a joy to listen to, and it’s yet another creative venture that was crushed by Spotify. *slow clap*

I’m sure Alex Blumberg got paid though.

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