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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 1,449 ratings
Simply Wonderful
This podcast has gotten me through much of the pandemic, it’s so fun and intriguing and perfect for listening to when doing insufferable chores or trying not to panic about the future or our dystopian present. Give yourself a gift and listen and enjoy.
tiredwriter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/23/20
Love it!
I teach graphic design and media studies, and just love listening to this on my way to work. Willa really does her research and makes each topic interesting, informative and fun.
Loumoako via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 11/23/20
This podcast is great except its complete scarcity of content. In the commuter world, we need content! A whole month is simply too long to wait. I still love it and will keep listening but come on.
ElK969696 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/22/20
Recent Episodes
In 1983, the Cabbage Patch Kids were released, causing widespread pandemonium in toy stores and in the media. How did a children'a toy inspire such bad adult behavior? On this episode of Decoder Ring we explore the strange world of the Cabbage Patch Kids to figure out why they hit it so big. The...
Published 11/23/20
How did Hanoi Jane become Exercise Jane? This is the second part of our two-parter on Jane Fonda's Workout. If you haven't yet, listen to the previous episode "Jane and Leni" first, it will give you the full context for this episode. This time around we explore how an academy award winning actor...
Published 10/26/20
When Jane Fonda granted us an interview to talk about her famous workout tape, things didn't go as planned. On part one of a special two-part Decoder Ring, we explore the decades-long friendship of Jane Fonda and Leni Cazden, the relationship that birthed the workout that changed the world. It's...
Published 10/12/20
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