I got an email from PJ and Alex of Reply All yesterday: "Hello! We have some exciting news, but we need to be a little secretive... Your favorite podcast co-hosts — PJ & Alex of Reply All (duh!) — have a new show. It's called Secret Chatroom. It's live, it's interactive, and it's monthly. It's an hour long, and it's for Gimlet Members only. That's really all we can say. Trust us, though, you won't want to miss it." [more inside]
The rats are not what they seem. [more inside]
This week, a story about a big group of people with the same questions. Difficult, complicated, heartbreaking ones. These people all have one thing in common — they’re Mormons. [more inside]
Every night, Catherine Russell puts on a wig, picks up a gun, and defies the logic of Yelp. [more inside]
Amy and Ryan Green's one-year-old son is diagnosed with cancer and begins an agonizing period of treatment. And then, one night in the hospital, Ryan has a strange epiphany: this whole terrible ordeal should be a video game. [more inside]
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.
This week, Jade Davis loses her dog on the internet, and Alex and PJ go looking for it.
Hope is a photographer. One day her body begins to betray her. It starts with her eyes.
Jamie Keiles is a writer who decided to photograph something that's practically invisible. Her story plus a new Yes Yes No. [more inside]
Ripoff Report is one of the original complaint websites. It's basically the work of one person, a man whom the internet describes as a kind of mythical villain, a Keyser Söze who wields power from behind his janky website. Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni visits his bunker. [more inside]
Alex and PJ do a Yes Yes No with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's Invisibilia, and discuss the one message you've sent across the internet you wish you could take back.
Alex Blumberg is a former producer for This American Life and Planet Money. Last year he founded Gimlet Media, a podcast network, and hosts its first show, StartUp. “When someone starts talking about something difficult, when they get unexpectedly emotional, your normal human reaction is to sort of comfort and steer away. To say, ‘Oh I’m sorry, let’s move on.’ What you need to do, if you want good tape, is to say, ‘Talk more about how you’re feeling right now.’ It feels like a horrible question to ask. It feels like you're going against your every instinct as a decent human being to go toward the pain that this person is experiencing.” Thanks to TinyLetter, Lynda and Alarm Grid for sponsoring this week's episode. [more inside]