61 episodes

There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them.

On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 509 Ratings

There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them.

On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

    Update + LIVE show!

    Update + LIVE show!

    It's been a while! We have a quick update about our schedule, plus details about our first-ever LIVE SHOW!



    Underunderstood LiveTuesday August 1, 2023, 7pmCaveat, NYC (21+)Tickets (both live and virtual!) at Caveat's website

    • 7 min
    Big Ideas Lost to Mini Rooms

    Big Ideas Lost to Mini Rooms

    Hollywood is stockpiling scripts for full seasons of unreleased television shows. Are they throwing them out or saving them for a rainy day?

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    Show notes:


    Why Are TV Writers So Miserable? (The New Yorker)
    Hollywood Writers Strike (Democracy Now!)
     Film and TV writers are striking (CNN)
    Writers strike focuses on whether AI could take jobs from screenwriters (CBS News)
    Writers On Set (George R. R. Martin’s Not A Blog)
    Alex O’Keefe (Linktree)
    The Bear (Hulu)
    2023 Writers Guild Award for Comedy Series (YouTube)
    Reed Hastings on Colbert (YouTube)
    Amazon? HBO? Netflix thinks its real competitor is… sleep (CNBC)
    We Watched It All | Netflix (YouTube)
    Writers Are Not Keeping Up (wgacontract2023.org)
    Reed Hastings on Building a Streaming Empire (YouTube)
    Hollywoodstrike.org
    wgacontract2023.org

    • 46 min
    Even If It's Fake, It's Real

    Even If It's Fake, It's Real

    Sometimes the truth is stranger than the hoax.



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    Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.



    Show notes:


    even if it's fake it's real (sippey.com)
    Street View Birth (Andy Wyeth)
    turning random internet drama into songs, part 2 (Twitter)
    Lubalin on TikTok 
    Meet The Musician Turning Random Internet Drama Into TikTok Bops (Buzzfeed News)

    • 32 min
    The Other Masked Magician

    The Other Masked Magician

    John revisits a wild pitch about a mysterious television performer.



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    Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.



    Show notes:


    The first special (YouTube)
    2002 thread on The Magic Cafe
    It's No Secret (Chicago Tribune, 1998)
    The unmasking (YouTube)
    The Masked Magician on Diagnosis Murder (YouTube)
    Virginia Magicians Sue Fox TV To Stop Revelation of Secrets (Washington Post, 1998)
    Street Magic Finally Revealed (YouTube)
    A trick from the fifth special (YouTube)

    • 32 min
    What's the Deal With Airport Food?

    What's the Deal With Airport Food?

    There’s a formula that dictates restaurant prices in New York City airports. Adrianne digs into what does — and doesn’t — add up.

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    Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.

    Show notes:


    Cooper Lund's tweet
    Concessionaire Street Pricing Manual (PDF)
    The Cibo Express website
    Why Does a Plastic-Wrapped Turkey Sandwich Cost $15 at the Airport? (Hell Gate)

    • 42 min
    Hunting for Manhunt

    Hunting for Manhunt

    An obscure pro wrestling-adjacent reality show from 2001 was mired in scandal. Was it really rigged?



    Want to support the show? Become a patron at ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://patreon.com/underunderstood⁠⁠⁠⁠.

    Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.



    Show notes:


    Another Reality TV Show Is Under Fire (New York Times)
    Manhunt on IMDB
    The Stingray (Wayback Machine)
    Twenty-One (Wikipedia)
    Prohibited practices in contests of knowledge, skill, or chance (FCC)
    JK’s letter to the FCC (Wayback Machine)
    Steve Beverly’s letter to the FCC (Wayback Machine)
    Survivor rules: the contract that details pay, tie-breakers, prohibited behavior, and more (Reality Blurs)

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
509 Ratings

509 Ratings

dateeverynight ,

Love it

Typically banter between hosts is a turn off for me but this group keeps it directed toward the content of the episode and it’s very entertaining as well as informative.

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A Diamond in the Rough

I love everything about this show. Great host dynamics, love the way they take you through their discovery process. Good fun.

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Recently discovered and really enjoying

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