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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 2,134 ratings
Great content but too many ads to make it worth the listen.
lovelipgloss via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/29/22
Dependably Thought-Provoking
Such a great show. Have been listening for years and honestly ashamed I haven’t reviewed before. Listen now and go back through the episodes as far as you can. It’s one of the only shows I play as soon as they come out.
GregAbelDesign via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/22
I love the choice of content and the execution. Really, this is 60 Minutes meets The Atlantic Monthly but updated for today’s world. It never fails to tell us why this thing was a thing and why it matters now. MORE!
ATL Non Native via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/16/22
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