Reviews
This show is almost perfect, the only problem is that there are some people talking like 40% of the time. I come here to listen to ADS only and the show now has some hosts talking about some decoder ring. Please just stop talking and fill those boring talkie parts with MORE ADS PLEASE.
ruloboy via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/24
I certainly don't notice or have an issue with how Willa Paskin talks. "Vocal fry" was not something people were even aware of until podcasts began doing shows about it. It's a non-issue that people seem to find the need to point out now that it has become part of our lexicon. If...Read full review »
Ws_dee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/02/24
Sometimes the stories are really interesting but in the end I don’t want to constantly fast forward through ads. They are out of control. Seriously.
Tubbypug via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/26/24
Good show but “Doing That Thing You Do” doesn’t sound anything like a genuine 60s hit to anyone who listens to that kind of music. It sounds exactly like what it is - a poor, very unconvincing attempt at writing a 60s radio hit by somebody in the late 90s.
Zondervan Bronte via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 04/24/24
Remember pop up video and how fun it was to just learn a bunch of stuff? This podcast does that with one topic. Learn a lot about one topic.
JakeVanks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/10/24
Listening to the episode on the banality of coffee shop decor, I realized that both presenters were speaking in a generic, affected style that I have heard a million times before. This could be their next episode, “Why are We such a Cliche?”
madmonk28 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/31/24
The host has an unlistenable voice. Her vocal fry is so harsh it’s like nails on a chalkboard and I often can’t make out the last word she says in every sentence. Shame because this podcast has very interesting topics. Get a new host who can speak properly and I’ll return to listening.
Skwisinferis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/24
Would be a 5 if there weren’t 5 as breaks in a 30 minute show.
Phillie Phan 80 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/13/24
Poor Kyle’s voice must have been flattened by algorithms too? Love the show. Love the concept. Wild that someone with that voice would be on an audio format!!
ATLmama via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/08/24
New listener here - and I won’t be back. 2 commercial breaks in less than 9 minutes. I get that this is a business but come on. That’s so aggressive, and obnoxious even broadcast TV is less aggressive with advertising than that. You don’t give your listeners a chance to even get on board with...Read full review »
dinosaurfight via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/03/24
I just listened to a very interesting story about “OK Soda”, something I had never heard about before. I always learn something new from Decoder Ring!
Rafferbee via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/24
While the podcast has moments of brilliance it has devolved into a podcast full of advertising with the show sprinkled in between. Not just advertising for external product but also lengthy advertising for other shows on the network. Many shows do that, but not to the tune decoder ring does
Stasss via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 02/21/24
Aways surprising, informing, flawlessly made... Just amazing!!! ♥️
Cassiano Bittencourt via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 02/18/24
Interesting topics. Please though, consider how your interviewee sounds before you decide to do a topic with them. Do not ever let Kyle Chayka on again. He is so so annoying to listen to. It was like listening to a painfully bad Andy Warhol impression. I couldn’t even finish the episode.
amitiel via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/24
At times enlightening, strange, moving but always interesting and informative. This podcast is very well done.
Daily podcast listener via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/31/24
The episodes are well researched, fun, fascinating, and well presented. It’s a delight to listen to!
lia.hero via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/09/24
I skipped a few episodes already because they didn’t interest me or I felt like they got off topic, but the gender reveal party episode was the clincher. It starts off talking about gender reveal parties, gender in America and how it has evolved, then just becomes a rant about gender fluidity....Read full review »
Rolth via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/26/23
Way too many jarring ads per episode. Ruins the flow of the podcast, which is a shame because the content is really interesting. I’d totally pay for ad-free, but holy cow TEN DOLLARS A MONTH (?!) is simply unaffordable for most folks. Imagine if we paid that much for each podcast we listened to,...Read full review »
🐌🐋 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 12/23/23
I’ve been a long time listener to this wonderfully researched, well crafted, beautifully written/ intriguing podcast. However, I’m usually a rater not a reviewer. The hovercraft episode pulled at every string of my heart. A (hilarious/adorable) father trying to please/make his son’s dreams come...Read full review »
anna4213 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/16/23
The episode on “The Rules” is way conservative. I was shocked! The episode examines the real appeal of a book like this, which I appreciated—that is not wrong—but then did no thinking at *all* about the long-term cultural consequences of women radically changing their behavior to suit men’s...Read full review »
Violet Paget via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/13/23
This is a fantastic podcast but I would advise you not to listen to The Curious Case of Colombo or maybe for it to be removed? What the heck was that even? I’m so confused… and it was a two parter? Whyyyyyyy omg I’m so sad
Jerrywasaraycecardriver via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/11/23
drawling english, pop-topoi, like an audio tiktok. superficial, irritating, the feelies
ndjuxhhehaijdbehbbxk via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 11/07/23
Great host, great production, and oh that theme music! Retro-tastic!!!
The AA Show via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/01/23
The topics are interesting and creative, but there’s a very strong political undertone to the vocabulary the host uses that comes off as fad-based virtue signaling. For example, coming from someone with partially Spanish & Mexican heritage, most people do not want to be called Latin-X. The...Read full review »
AGUE713 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/30/23
Decoder Ring is one of my top podcasts. Love the host, the research, even the theme music. Willa is both scholarly and amusing.
Grapes Rule via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/18/23
I have multiple favorite episodes of this podcast. The Showbiz one and the mullet ones in particular are amazing. The mullet episode is better than any podcast about a derided hairstyle has any right to be. Anywayyyyy subscribe!
Lievens via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/02/23
Interesting range of topics that are finely told. However, the pronunciation of the host can be a bit too guttural. I often have to take a break and resume another time so as to “release” the pressure built up in my head even if I only listen to them on speakers, not close to my ears. Some kind...Read full review »
Crystalash via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/31/23
This is what the world needs
OKalgorithm via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/19/23
I was excited to listen to this episode but where are the funny catch phrases? Or, the memorable catch phrases besides the two you highlighted. There were millions that you never explored. You totally missed with this episode!
olivecat via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/15/23
I love Decoder Ring! Willa is an excellent host and I am fascinated by the assortment of topics covered. I still think about the Tattoo Flash episode often (one of my high school gym teachers had a Tasmanian Devil tattoo on his calf and I think about it occasionally to this day). Highly recommended!
RogueDoodler via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/10/23
This could be a very good show if it weren’t for the host. She brings her politics into it too heavily for my taste. If she could tone it down a little bit I bet more people would listen
Maekar_I via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/07/23
Just subscribe and listen!
luxpermanet via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/03/23
This might be my favorite Decoder Ring episode of all times! Absolutely brilliant!
knolldk via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/21/23
I absolutely adore this podcast and look forward to every one of their unique, thought provoking examinations of cultural quandaries if never even considered. My only complaint is that about every third episode there will be some strange issue where the audio glitches and skips forward and back...Read full review »
Nautilus554 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/15/23
I would love to hear an episode on college campus architecture or indoor plants! The only reason for the one less star is that the ads for this podcast are odd (an injury lawyer?) and the polish of the editing is sometimes lacking (different volumes mid episode etc).
Madie Rey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/14/23
I can not put into words how much I love this podcast. I hang on to every word. I am going to deep dive into all the older podcasts. The research put into these mythologies is impressive. You get fact and not opinion. The host knows the difference. I love this.
Mememe000 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/08/23
I listen to this podcast because Willa Paskin does a phenomenal job and makes mildly interesting topics seem incredibly interesting! The episodes with the guest hosts and/or are cross promotion with other shows are often disappointing, as the other hosts tend not to have that same magic… The...Read full review »
JCC1992 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/09/23
Fascinating topics every episode - but ad breaks are every 5 minutes! I can see it bothers other listeners as well. I accept ads as the deal you make for free content, but this almost ruins the experience and I can’t afford another monthly cost to subscribe. Slate/ad overlords, please reconsider.
natapee4844 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/04/23
Unsubscribed due to the number and inanity of the ads.
Ina2io via Apple Podcasts · New Zealand · 05/04/23
Still a great show, but there are something like 4 ad breaks during a 25 minute show, and the type of boosted ads that just pop louder than the rest of the show. Enough to make me unsubscribe.
saylahway via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 05/03/23
I love getting sucked into the unknown story behind someone or something I thought I knew about. Such fun!
dougitect via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/03/23
You know those times someone asks you for a podcast recommendation and you want to impress them with a cool yet meaningful podcast? THIS IS THE ONE.
Mark🐙 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/01/23
Loved this podcast but the onslaught of adverts though out is messy.
Karqb via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 04/29/23
I love this podcast. I love the topics and reporting. But, three ~1 min commercial breaks in under 10 minutes is almost unbearable. They feel constant in this podcast.
Bastardsack via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/23
I was surprised it is different from many random-ish knowledge podcasts. This creates the human entries to trends, language, and how we interact with the things around us. It follows changing media, technology’s influence, and how we might feel about it afterward. I listened on a lark—expecting...Read full review »
Geumpyhistory via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/25/23
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