45 episodes

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, & Vogue.
No question too big, no question too small. On Search Engine, host PJ Vogt answers the kinds of questions you might ask the internet when you can't sleep. If you find the world bewildering, but also sometimes enjoy being bewildered by it, we're here for you. Edited by Sruthi Pinnamaneni.

Search Engine PJ Vogt, Audacy, Jigsaw

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 2.9K Ratings

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, & Vogue.
No question too big, no question too small. On Search Engine, host PJ Vogt answers the kinds of questions you might ask the internet when you can't sleep. If you find the world bewildering, but also sometimes enjoy being bewildered by it, we're here for you. Edited by Sruthi Pinnamaneni.

    Do political yard signs actually do anything?

    Do political yard signs actually do anything?

    It’s an election year and so Search Engine’s campaign desk is answering the questions you really want answers to: all the political yard signs in your neighbors’ yards … do they do anything besides make everyone like each other less?
    An experiment that definitively answers this question.
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    • 37 min
    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 2)

    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 2)

    In part two of our story, we watch the state of New York try to pull off something we rarely see in America: a kind of reparations. A very ambitious dream encounters a thicket of details and complications. The whole time, cameras roll, broadcasting the meetings on YouTube.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 1)

    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 1)

    In 2021, New York legalized cannabis for adults. It was supposed to be the start of a legal market, led by people arrested during prohibition. Instead, a strange new market has flourished, seemingly every formerly empty store in the city now sells weed. How'd that happen? In part one, the history of prohibition and how it helps explain the mess we're in now.
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    • 52 min
    A big announcement from Search Engine plus, "What's in your cocaine?"

    A big announcement from Search Engine plus, "What's in your cocaine?"

    We've launched a new premium feed called Incognito Mode. It includes bonus episodes of Search Engine and some other very special features. We're including a preview episode here: an interview with a very candid, high-level drug dealer about adulterants in the illicit drug supply. Sign up now, at searchengine.show or go there to learn more.
    (More thoughts about why we're doing this and the future of our show).

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    • 13 min
    How do we survive the media apocalypse?

    How do we survive the media apocalypse?

    Something strange, new, and unsettling is happening in media right now. Huge institutions, both newspapers and online outlets, are being severely transformed by layoffs.
    As a person just trying to find good information on the internet, what are you supposed to do? We’re joined this week again by Ezra Klein, who has an explanation for why this is happening, a prediction about where it’s going, and a prescription for what we all can do about it.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Who's behind these scammy text messages we've all been getting?

    Who's behind these scammy text messages we've all been getting?

    "Hi David, I’m Vicky Ho. Don’t you remember me?"
    An investigative reporter travels halfway around the world to find out who is sending him random wrong number texts and why. After you hear this story, you'll never look at these messages the same way again.
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2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

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