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Decoder Ring
Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 1,756 ratings
How could it take me so long to discover this great podcast? Original topics. Terrific host.
berliner1000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/08/21
Ad edits!
The abrupt ad breaks are really effecting my enjoyment of this smart interesting show. I know y’all can do better. Please. Listening is disjointed when one is engrossed in this production which I want to love.
I was unimpressed via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/22/21
This podcast is fun and fascinating. I really like Willa as the host. It is meticulously researched and I love how they get back to the patient 0 of all of these trends. Each episode feels like a time capsule of a particular time in pop culture. I haven’t enjoyed the current season as much, just...Read full review »
Rebecca mac via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 08/08/21
Recent Episodes
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Published 08/06/21
Time does funny thing to everything, but especially to tattoos. Today, four stories about tattoos whose meanings have shifted with the passage of years, decades, or centuries: first, a look into an archive of 300 preserved tattooed skins, then a personal investigation into into the Tasmanian...
Published 07/27/21
You know the Tootsie Shot. It’s that shot from the movies: a really busy midtown street, protagonist smack in the middle of it all, everyone going somewhere. It’s one of the most recognizable shots in film. It can be found in Working Girl, Midnight Cowboy, Wall Street, Heartburn, Elf, Bridget...
Published 07/20/21
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