Reply All: #46 Yik Yak Returns
November 18, 2015 5:33 PM - Subscribe

Yik Yak is an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. Last year, Reply All did a story about how it brought out a particularly vicious strain of racism at Colgate University. In the second half, Reply All goes beyond Colgate and talks to Jamil Smith to try to understand Colgate in the context of recent campus protests.
posted by lunch (2 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I listened to the original episode when it came out, and enjoyed hearing it again along with the follow-up.

I also was not totally clued in to what has been happening at Mizzou so this was also a good explainer for me. I can't believe (ok yes I can) what the President of the university said — on tape!
posted by radioamy at 2:17 PM on November 19, 2015

I am often wary of "revisit" episodes (planet money sometimes does it a lot now) as it seems it's mostly re-run with a tiny bit of filler. This episode, however, really shows how the form is solid when it works well. The revisit of Yik Yak didn't feel stale at all, and the second half really was enlightening.
posted by jazon at 6:30 AM on November 21, 2015

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