A show about the internet, hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman. From @gimletmedia.
Sruthi asks a question "— why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?" Alex investigates.
This week, to celebrate Alex Goldman's return from paternity leave, a Yes Yes No extravaganza. Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through the internet's most encompassing conspiracy theory to date, and then Gene Demby joins us to help unpack a very different kind of conspiracy.Paris Martineau's Qanon explainer in New York MagazineParis Martineau's Reporting on Roseanne and QAnon for The OutlineBen Detrick on Bryan ColangeloThe Yes Yes No Blog
An ambitious plan to help people goes off the rails, and a man from Florida tries to fix things the only way he knows how: with prank phone calls.Further reading:Cat Ferguson's reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) - Part ICat Ferguson's reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) - Part IIDavid Segal's series on the business around addiction (New York Times)Ryan Hampton's American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction CrisisPalm Beach Post's Reporting on the Sober Home Crisis
How a shy, queer Canadian woman accidentally invented one of the internet's most toxic male communities.
Last month, the government shut down backpage.com, a site where people advertised sex with children. We talk to a group of people who say that was a huge mistake.
One day, Cayden received an email from their internet provider that said "stop pirating TV shows or we'll cut off your internet!" Cayden had no idea what they were talking about. So Alex decided to investigate.Further Reading Vulture's recap of "Old Loves" (Girls Season 5, Episode 4)
This week, the story of a man who made the extremely dubious decision to order a watch that he found in an Instagram ad. We explore the strange world that watch came from. [more inside]
Writer Jia Tolentino has a new case for Super Tech Support: where are all those bitcoin she bought six years ago?
This week: Yes Yes No returns and takes us to the brink of apocalypse.
Our finale for the year! We solve some unsolved mysteries, call up some of our favorite people, and answer questions about stories listeners are still wondering about. Plus many weird surprises.
After Andrea is attacked by a stranger in Mexico City, she just wants to figure out who the guy was. Investigating this question drops her right into the middle of one of Mexico's biggest conspiracies.
The return of YYN: The horrifying specter of November 4th and a very disturbing ice cream recipe.Further ReadingRich Kyanka's TweetRefuse Fascism announces the November 4 protestsAn article by Krang T. Nelson about getting banned from twitter for his tweet.Jordan Peltz' videoAlex Jones warns of the Antifa uprisingBrian Feldman's Tweet Ryan Broderick's "vore" theoryFeldman's follow up article Constable Frozen Our Yes Yes No blog
This year we've gotten one question more than any other from listeners: is Facebook eavesdropping on my conversations and showing me ads based on the things that I say? This week, Alex investigates.Further ReadingOur guide to keep Facebook from following you around the internet can be found at http://replyall.limo/donttrackme .Facebook's official statement that it is not listening to users. Facebook's Rob Goldman (no relation) denying the same thing.
Continued: Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
This week, we help Alex Blumberg understand why a Google engineer ended up complimenting the KKK, and then Yes Yes No turns bizarro. [more inside]
Phia helps a listener track down a mythical, vanished video game. [more inside]
A woman in New Jersey is getting strange phone calls to her office from unknown numbers. Every time she picks up, she finds herself eavesdropping on the life of a different stranger. Unsure what else to do, she calls in Super Tech Support.
This week, Alex and Damiano take a trip. This is the conclusion of last week's episode, Long Distance. [more inside]
This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman. [more inside]
A man takes on an impossible job: fixing the place you go before you die. [more inside]
An online diary used by American teenagers confronts a strange and terrifying enemy.
A mysterious thief has been using the internet to steal a bizarre array of items - watches, scooter parts, clown costumes. This week, Alex heads straight towards his hideout.
The last person on earth who has not heard about covfefe walks into a studio, and a strange journey begins.
This week, Phia wonders what kind of person falls for phishing attacks. Is it only insanely gullible luddites, or can smart, tech savvy people get phished, too? To find out, she conducts an experiment on her poor, unsuspecting coworkers.
Alex agreed to let PJ hack his phone, giving him 24/7 uninterrupted surveillance over his life. This week, everything you can learn about someone who completely surrenders their privacy.
A group of elite scientists prepare for the last conversation humans might ever have. Plus, we meet a corporate attorney who mediates family Thanksgivings. [more inside]
This week, we debut a new segment designed to help you calibrate your anger in a changing world. Plus, how to cloak yourself from all the people who are now allowed to see your internet browsing history.
This week, we discover who was actually behind the hack of Alex Blumberg's Uber account. This episode picks up where Episode 91, The Russian Passenger, left off.
Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes. [more inside]
This week, one man has been warning the world about an impending disaster for years, but no one will listen. Also, Alex makes a dumb decision. [more inside]
The unlikely rise of Lee O'Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case. [more inside]
A new Yes Yes No, plus Sruthi meets her first fully-functional cyborg. [more inside]
Alex finally meets his hero. Sruthi talks with her Iranian colleague. [more inside]
A meet-cute where two men discover their shared childhood fascination with a local mansion and the strange widow who lives there. Turns out that the widow has a dark past--her husband was Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius and medical fraudster who built an empire in Depression-era America with a goat testicle impotence cure and a million watt radio station. [more inside]
For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease. And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That's when strange things start to happen. [more inside]
This week, updates on some of the stories we've done over the past year, some bonuses and surprises, some breakbeats, a motorcycle ride, and we take a glimpse into the future! [more inside]
A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul. [more inside]
Alex and PJ take calls from anyone, about anything, for 48 hours straight.
One man tries to unite America. One Frog threatens to tear it apart. [more inside]
This week: a bitter Yes Yes No rivalry, and the return of 10 Minutes on Craigslist. Someone has gone missing. [more inside]
To reach a port, we must set sail.
Alex and PJ chase down the strangest tips from our Weird Ads hotline, and at the bottom of the rabbit hole they find the Mother of All AdWords Scams. [more inside]
If you lose something in a cab in New York City: Call 311 or go to the Taxi and Limousine Commission website. It's easy if you know already... but if you don't, welcome to Scamville and the nefarious users of Google AdSense.
Forty servers full of lost photos, a secret plan, and an unexpected rescue. Also, a Yes Yes No about a frog.
Barry develops a small but very inconvenient health problem, which becomes so persistent and pernicious that it feels as if someone put a curse on him. Sruthi Pinnamaneni goes deep on a decades-long medical mystery. [more inside]
This week, a story about people who start hearing voices in their heads. But, instead of trying to get rid of the voices, they try to make more. Reporter Laura Klivans has the story. [more inside]
One twin decides to plug her internal organs directly into the internet so the other twin can monitor her. Plus, PJ and Alex talk to a listener whose heart was broken by last week's episode. [more inside]
It's all Yes Yes No this week. First, a tweet about a banana sculpted (nibbled?) into a gorilla, then another tweet that requires "outside counsel" to explain. [more inside]
Rachel was a faithful user of a photo storage website called Picturelife, until one day all of her photos disappeared. As she investigated, she realized that every Picturelife user was having the same problem. Alex tries to find out if there's any hope of getting her photos back. Also, a preview of the new Gimlet show, Science Vs!
PJ dives into the world of military impostors and the vigilantes who hunt them. Plus, a dispatch from Dallas. [more inside]
This week a man decides to sabotage the entire internet. Plus, PJ discovers the secret code he's accidentally been speaking, and learns about the people who created it.
It's an old story. Two people date, they break up, they both go on Tinder. And on Tinder, one of them stumbles across an incredibly creepy photo, taken inside the apartment they used to share. Super Tech Support to the rescue. Plus, the return of Yes Yes No. [more inside]
Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, and he says he's been misunderstood because of his autism. This week, we bring you the conclusion of our story.
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at his trial, and speaks to the one person who admits to witnessing the murder take place.
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at Paul's life before his conviction, and the crime that landed him behind bars.
Paul Modrowski has been keeping a blog from inside a maximum security prison for years, in spite of the fact that he has never actually seen the internet.
Email Debt Forgiveness Day is April 30th. To observe the holiday, Alex, PJ, and Phia talk to three people with plans to send delinquent messages.
This week, Alex stumbles upon the weirdest gifs ever made, and goes hunting for their creators. Also, a new Yes Yes No.
This week, PJ helps a listener named Matt ask a very large company a simple question. Are you telling me the truth?
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