This week, we call people across the world.
This week, we open up the phone lines and check in on everybody.If you want to know what we're up to in the coming weeks, check out replyall.online.
A man in California is haunted by the memory of a pop song from his youth. He can remember the lyrics and the melody. But the song itself has vanished, completely scrubbed from the internet. PJ takes on the Super Tech Support case.Further Listening:Christian Lee Hutson’s music : https://open.spotify.com/track/3g8nKpXsQtXv0lcN4UGVGs
This week, we talk to the world’s most obsessive tracker of politicians' secret online lives. And ask for help on a very spooky mission.Further Reading:Ashley's article on James Comey's secret twitter and instagram accounts: https://gizmodo.com/this-is-almost-certainly-james-comey-s-twitter-account-1793843641Ashley's article on Mitt Romney's secret twitter account: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/mitt-romney-has-a-secret-twitter-account-and-it-sure-looks-like-its-this-one.htmlAshley'...more
PJ and Alex open up the hotline again to tackle listener problems and mysteries, no job too weird. This time – a Waze vortex, a tribunal for HawtNugz, and a powerful mystery cure that could topple the world into dystopia.www.helpwiththecure.com
A scandal at Teen Vogue, a mysteriously disappeared TikTok star, and the competing viral dances of Mayor Pete and Mayor Bloomberg. Yes Yes No is back.Tweet #1Tweet #2
The conclusion of our story — Emmanuel and Sruthi go down to Alabama as tensions in the party reach a boiling point.Additional reading: Eyes on the Prize - definitive documentary series on the civil rights movement.
The second part of our story — the war rages on. A third faction emerges. Emmanuel Dzotsi reports.Additional reading: Doug Jones’ memoir about his work prosecuting the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombings: Bending Toward Justice: The Birmingham Church Bombing that Changed the Course of Civil Rights
The Alabama Democrats fight an unlikely foe in a struggle for Alabama’s future: themselves. Emmanuel Dzotsi reports.Additional reading: Video of Sheila Gilbert being rejected from the SDECTabitha Isner's concession speechDixiecrats walk out of the 1948 Democratic Convention
A listener finds a UFO floating in the sky over a leather store, and Alex sets out to find the man who put it there. John R.E.'s Google reviewsThe UFO above Sav-Mor LeatherBehind the Scenes of On the Inside (http://replyall.limo/ontheinside)
We celebrate Halloween by opening up the phone lines for your scary stories: Ghosts, Googling how to Seance, and the Mysterious Sax Man of Berkeley.
A legit question from a rural American.Asher Elbein's piece on feral hogs
This week, Yes Yes No returns with a raid on Area 51, and the very worst name you can call a New York Times writer.Listen to the 1st episode of Mogul Season 2: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/mogul/z3hwzx/s2-part-1-the-walls-were-sweatingFurther Reading:The tweet from this week's Yes Yes No.Bret Stephens' interview on MSNBCBret Stephens' column: 'World War II and the Ingredients of Slaughter'Professor Dave Karpf's interview on NPRLil Nas X's Area 51-themed music video
One night, alone in his new apartment, Halen hears something unexpected — a set of footsteps in the dark, and an unfamiliar voice telling him “Moshi, moshi.” Super Tech Support returns, Alex investigates.
This week, a Super Tech Support: after Lizzie's Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.Michael Bazzell's PodcastThe complete Security and Privacy PodcastSteps Michael Bazzell Gave Alex to Protect HimselfHow to port your phone numberPassword ManagerGoogle AuthenticatorYubikeyWorkbook to freeze your credit and remove yourself from public records websitesSudoStories about Sim Swapping and OGUsers by Vice/MotherboardBy Lorenzo Francheschi-BicchieraiThe SIM Hijack...more
Alex agreed to let PJ hack his phone, giving him 24/7 uninterrupted surveillance over his life. This week, everything you can learn about someone who completely surrenders their privacy. Further InfoJoseph Cox's FlexiSpy reportingThe National Domestic Violence Hotline Subscribe to our newsletter
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.This is the second part of a two-part series. For part one, listen to Episode #127 The Crime Machine, Part I.
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.This is the first part of a two-part series. Be sure to follow this episode with Episode #128 The Crime Machine, Part II.
How a shy, queer Canadian woman accidentally invented one of the internet’s most toxic male communities.
This week, PJ and Alex open up the phone lines and try to solve your problems, big and small.Read Joshua Rothman's story on printers here.
Carlos Maza started posting videos on YouTube, and ran afoul of a guy who reminded him of his high school bullies. He asked YouTube to intervene, and then things got extremely complicated.Further Reading:Carlos Maza's video series StrikethroughMark Bergen on how toxic videos became more common on YouTubeMegan Farokhmanesh's article about Google's LGBTQ employees and their reaction to the company's policy decisionsKevin Roose's "The Making of a YouTube Radical"
This week, we discover an invisible maze, designed to trick millions of people out of their money.Justin Elliot’s TwitterPro Publica’s questionnaire for people who’ve worked at IntuitIntuit CEO’s video responseFind a Free File tax product on the IRS sitePro Publica’s reporting on Turbo TaxHere’s How TurboTax Just Tricked You Into Paying to File Your TaxesTurboTax Deliberately Hid Its Free File Page From Search EnginesTurboTax and H&R Block Saw Free Tax Filing as a Threat — and Gutted ItEliza...more
This week, the most humiliating, unfortunate and regrettable things on the internet that simply will not come down. Also: the father who scours the internet for lost memories.
This week, an epic Yes Yes No spanning an entire galaxy of internet fights. Plus, Alex Goldman reveals a dark personal secret. And an update on Sal’s quest to get into college in Canada.See the tweet here.
Jamie Keiles is a writer who decided to photograph something that’s usually invisible. Plus, PJ discovers the secret code he’s accidentally been speaking, and learns about the people who created it.If you’re feeling depressed or want to talk to someone, here are some resources:The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1800-273-8255 (1800-273-TALK) The Crisis Text Line 7 Cups of Tea (an anonymous, 24-hour chat with trained professionals) Depression Tribe (a site with blogs, forums, and news) Fu...more
This week, a flood of mysterious orders plague Domino’s Pizza stores across America. Who is Adam Pisces, and why is he ordering so many cokes?Domino's Responsible Disclosure to report any vulnerabilities on their app
Ben loves podcasts, but he has a problem. When he tries to listen to one podcast in particular, his car stereo completely breaks. This week, Super Tech Support takes on one of its strangest cases — Roman Mars versus a 2016 Mazda sedan.LISTEN TO 99 % Invisible!Roman Mars' 99% Invisible podcastPodcasts featured in this episodeiTunes:^space^ - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/space/id1458545673<~> - https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/less-than-approximately-greater-than/id145854180510...more
This week, PJ and Alex open up the phone lines and try to solve your problems, big and small. Don’t type like my brother.Further Reading: JusoorInstitute of International Education PEER Michael Bazzel's workbook to remove your personal information online
We investigate the mystery of why parents across the world became convinced that a half-bird/half-woman monster was going to harm their kids over the internet.And we answer the question of how robocallers are able to fake your telephone number when they call you.
Yes Yes No returns and Alex Blumberg takes us on a journey from secret celebrity love letters to the biggest, strangest rock band you’ve never heard of. Also, basketball.See the tweet here.
The story of a person who wanted to change the world using the internet — by committing crimes on an unprecedented global scale.Check out Evan's book on Paul Le Roux, The Mastermind, here.
This week, Alex investigates the rise of one of the most hated businesses: Robocalls. And Damiano tries to figure out if a robocaller is tracking his every move.
New Year! Alex Goldman’s audacious plan to get punched in the face, plus special guest Jason Mantzoukas returns for a very Azkaban Yes Yes No.Tweet from the episode
In our final episode of the year, we revisit some stories, talk to old friends, and hear from the most remote places on the planet.For a list of all the episodes we referenced, check out our website reply.soy.
A small town in Wisconsin becomes the site of a completely unprecedented experiment. A Better Mount PleasantLet's Make A Better Mount PleasantJournalist Larry Tabak's Series on Foxconn in Wisconsin
This week, the return of YYN: from a deranged mascot to the top of the FBI
This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie's Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates.Michael Bazzell's PodcastThe complete Security and Privacy PodcastSteps Michael Bazzell Gave Alex to Protect HimselfHow to port your phone numberPassword ManagerGoogle AuthenticatorYubikeyMichael's workbook to freeze your credit and remove yourself from public records websitesSudoStories about Sim Swapping and OGUsers by Vice/MotherboardBy Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai...more
A 13-year-old girl builds a tiny world that she has complete, perfect control over. And then one day, that world forces her to make an impossible decision.Episodes of The Nod you should check out:Cowboy of the West VillagePeak RealityThe Paradise GarageKnuck if you Buck
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.
New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting.
We're back this week with a Yes Yes No. Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through Alex Jones's visit to the Senate. And producer Anna Foley helps us unpack the scandal that's engulfed Beauty YouTube.Alex Jones tweetBeautube tweet
Taylor Nicole Dean was a self-described shut-in, a teenager who lived in her parent's home, surrounded by exotic pets. And then she started making videos on YouTube.Taylor's Youtube ChannelVote for your favorite reply all episodes - we'll run the winners in August!
Sruthi asks a question “why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?“ Alex investigates.Further Reading:Elizabeth Dwoskin on AmazonBuzzfeed's Nicole Nguyen on Amazon Fake Reviewers
Matt’s wife died a decade ago. Now, everywhere he goes on the internet, he can’t escape advertisements for clickbait sites with her picture on it. This week, Super Tech Support tries to help out.Matt's non-profit, the Liz Logelin Foundation
This week, to celebrate Alex Goldman’s return from paternity leave, a Yes Yes No extravaganza. Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through the internet’s most encompassing conspiracy theory to date, and then Gene Demby joins us to help unpack a very different kind of conspiracy.Paris Martineau's Qanon explainer in New York MagazineParis Martineau's Reporting on Roseanne and QAnon for The OutlineBen Detrick on Bryan ColangeloThe Yes Yes No Blog
Who was Wayne?
An ambitious plan to help people goes off the rails, and a man from Florida tries to fix things the only way he knows how: with prank phone calls.Further reading:Cat Ferguson's reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) - Part ICat Ferguson's reporting on Google and Rehab (The Verge) - Part IIDavid Segal's series on the business around addiction (New York Times)Ryan Hampton's American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction CrisisPalm Beach Post's Reporting on the Sober Home Crisis
How a shy, queer Canadian woman accidentally invented one of the internet’s most toxic male communities.
Last month, the government shut down backpage.com, a site where people advertised sex with children. We talk to a group of people who say that was a huge mistake.Trigger warning: sexual assault.
One day, Cayden received an email from their internet provider that said "stop pirating TV shows or we'll cut off your internet!" Cayden had no idea what they were talking about. So Alex decided to investigate.Further Reading Vulture's recap of "Old Loves" (Girls Season 5, Episode 4)
This week, the story of a man who made the extremely dubious decision to order a watch that he found in an Instagram ad. We explore the strange world that watch came from.Further ReadingJenny ODell's "There's No Such Thing As A Free Watch"Alexis Madrigal's dropshipping articleApply here for the Reply All summer internship!
This week, we meet a dominatrix who dominates computers, instead of just people. Plus, the story of a man who hatches a plot to destroy a beloved NBA team, using the best advantage he has — the fact that he’s their general manager.Further Reading:Mistress Harley's Website (very NSFW)The Yes Yes Nos tumblrThe tweet in questionThe Code Switch blogThe Code Switch podcast
Writer Jia Tolentino has a new case for Super Tech Support: where are all those bitcoin she bought six years ago?Further ReadingPlanet Money's bitcoin storyStories by Jia Tolentino
This week: Yes Yes No returns and takes us to the brink of apocalypse.Further Readingreplyall.fyiThe yes yes nos tumblr The tweet in questionTide Pod Pizza Tweet Uganda Knuckles in VR Chat Who Killed Captain Alex trailer Logan Paul "Why 2017 was the best year of my life" video "Somebody touch my spaghett!" tweet Smashmouth spaghett Kirby spaghett Full Metal Jacket Spaghett PewDiePie's "Youtube Touched My Spaget[sic]" video
Our finale for the year! We solve some unsolved mysteries, call up some of our favorite people, and answer questions about stories listeners are still wondering about. Plus many weird surprises.
After Andrea is attacked by a stranger in Mexico City, she just wants to figure out who the guy was. Investigating this question drops her right into the middle of one of Mexico’s biggest conspiracies.
After a secret breaks in the news, Reply All re-examines how Alex Blumberg's Uber account was hacked.This episode is a follow up to #91 The Russian Passenger and #93 Beware All.Further reading:The Best Password Managers
The return of YYN: The horrifying specter of November 4th and a very disturbing ice cream recipe.Further ReadingRich Kyanka's TweetRefuse Fascism announces the November 4 protestsAn article by Krang T. Nelson about getting banned from twitter for his tweet.Jordan Peltz' videoAlex Jones warns of the Antifa uprisingBrian Feldman's Tweet Ryan Broderick's "vore" theoryFeldman's follow up article Constable Frozen Our Yes Yes No blog
This year we’ve gotten one question more than any other from listeners: is Facebook eavesdropping on my conversations and showing me ads based on the things that I say? This week, Alex investigates.Further ReadingOur guide to keep Facebook from following you around the internet can be found at http://replyall.limo/donttrackme .Facebook's official statement that it is not listening to users. Facebook's Rob Goldman (no relation) denying the same thing.
Continued: Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
Sruthi Pinnamaneni follows the world's best bounty hunter on a peculiar case.
This week, we help Alex Blumberg understand why a Google engineer ended up complimenting the KKK, and then Yes Yes No turns bizarro.Further ReadingJames Damore's unedited memo Links to all of the tweets or stories mentioned in Yes Yes No can be found at http://yesyesnos.tumblr.com Article about Kevin Durant (includes screenshots of his tweets)
Phia helps a listener track down a mythical, vanished video game.
A woman in New Jersey is getting strange phone calls to her office from unknown numbers. Every time she picks up, she finds herself eavesdropping on the life of a different stranger. Unsure what else to do, she calls in Super Tech Support.
This week, Alex and Damiano take a trip. This is the conclusion of last week's episode, Long Distance. Further ReadingSnigdha Poonam's story on tech support scams in the Hindustan TimesIf you suspect you are a victim of a tech support scammer, you see a suspicious pop-up, or get an unsolicited tech support email, you can make a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission by following this link, or by contacting the company that the call center was impersonating directly.Microsoft fraud report page...more
This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman. Further ReadingIf you suspect you are a victim of a tech support scammer, you see a suspicious pop-up, or get an unsolicited tech support email, you can make a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission by following this link, or by contacting the company that the call center was impersonating directly.Microsoft fraud report pageApple fraud report pageMicrosoft did a global survey of tech support scams in 2016, and th...more
A man takes on an impossible job: fixing the place you go before you die.Further InfoBill Thomas's websiteBill Thomas on TwitterTammy Marshall at The New Jewish Home
An online diary used by American teenagers confronts a strange and terrifying enemy.
A mysterious thief has been using the internet to steal a bizarre array of items - watches, scooter parts, clown costumes. This week, Alex heads straight towards his hideout.
The last person on earth who has not heard about covfefe walks into a studio, and a strange journey begins.
This week, Phia wonders what kind of person falls for phishing attacks. Is it only insanely gullible luddites, or can smart, tech savvy people get phished, too? To find out, she conducts an experiment on her poor, unsuspecting coworkers.Follow Daniel Boteanu on twitter
Alex agreed to let PJ hack his phone, giving him 24/7 uninterrupted surveillance over his life. This week, everything you can learn about someone who completely surrenders their privacy.
A group of elite scientists prepare for the last conversation humans might ever have. Plus, we meet a corporate attorney who mediates family Thanksgivings.
This week, we debut a new segment designed to help you calibrate your anger in a changing world. Plus, how to cloak yourself from all the people who are now allowed to see your internet browsing history.
This week, we discover who was actually behind the hack of Alex Blumberg's Uber account. This episode picks up where Episode 91, The Russian Passenger, left off.Further InfoCome see Alex and PJ at The Bell House with Linda Holmes!Wirecutter on password managers
In the United States, the idea of having a conversation with the President is pretty outlandish. But in Latin America, it’s a regular occurrence. The most accessible president on Latin American social media is Ecuador’s Rafael Correa. But what’s it like to get the attention of a head of state when you may not exactly want it? (NOTE: We first broadcast this story in 2015, but we have since gone back and added a new chapter.)This story was originally reported by Silvia Vinas of the radio show Radi...more
Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes.Email us at email@example.com and use the subject "theory" if you think you can provide us additional information.Further readinghaveibeenpwned.comA good article on how and why you should use password managers, and the best password managers out there.Further listeningSimplicity by Macroform
This week, one man has been warning the world about an impending disaster for years, but no one will listen. Also, Alex makes a dumb decision.Further ReadingW3C's proposed standard W3C Director, Tim Berners-Lee, posts "On EME in HTML5"Mozilla's blog post "DRM and the Challenge of Serving Users"Cory Doctorow's post "The World Wide Web Consortium at a Crossroads: Arms-Dealers or Standards-Setters?"
The unlikely rise of Lee O'Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case.Further ListeningQ's interview on Shots FiredQ's interview on The Champs
A new Yes Yes No, plus Sruthi meets her first fully-functional cyborg.Further ReadingNorm Kelly's TwitterEric Valor's WebsiteEric's non-profit Sciopen Research Group
This week: Alex meets his hero, the thorn in the side of Dick Dale, GG Allin, and Alex Trebek.Further ReadingLongmont Potion Castle's websiteThe Twice Removed podcastNazanin Rafsanjani's Twitter
This week — a new technology falls into the wrong hands.Pope Brock's book, CharlatanPenny Lane's documentary, Nuts!
For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease. And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That's when strange things start to happen. Reported by Peter Andrey Smith and Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni.Further ReadingThe ALS Untangled website Dr. Richard Bedlack’s ALS Reversals website The PatientsLikeMe website The ALS TDI website Nelda Buss wrote a book, You Can Walk, about her experience, and she originally appeared on Fox in ...more
This week, updates on some of the stories we’ve done over the past year, some bonuses and surprises, some breakbeats, a motorcycle ride, and we take a glimpse into the future.Check out the amazing 2016 Reply All poster by Matt Lubchansky!The Episodes#56 Zardulu#64-67 On the Inside Parts I-IV#53 In the Desert#68 Vampire Rules#57 Milk Wanted#47 Quit Already!Lightning Round#76 Lost in a Cab#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate#60 A Simple Plan#61 Baby King#69 Disappeared#78 Very Quickly to the DrillFurther Rea...more
Everybody has that one Facebook friend who just won’t stop posting their political opinions. This week, we talk to one of those Facebook friends, someone whose opinions got her into an enormous mess.
A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul.Further ReadingBryan Menegus' great article, "Reddit is Tearing Itself Apart."An interview with Edgar Welch, the Pizzagate gunman.The Donald SubredditIf you have a question about a story we've reported this year, please email a voice memo of 30 seconds or less to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "updates."
Alex and PJ take calls from anyone, about anything, for 48 hours straight.Thank YousAdam Quinn (for setting up our phone system)Peter Nelson (for his excellent horn playing)The Mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder (for going above and beyond this week)Matt FarleyJorge JustAustin ThompsonBuild BuildingsEveryone who called
One man tries to unite America. One Frog threatens to tear it apart.
This week: a bitter Yes Yes No rivalry, and the return of 10 Minutes on Craigslist. Someone has gone missing.Further ReadingThe original tweet.Loss.
Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible - a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existent office.The FactsKaren Duffin is a producer at This American Life. You can find more stories by Karen Duffin at her website.Our theme song is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.Our ad music is by Build Buildings.Further ReadingYou can check out the Stackswell and Co. Facebook page here.Read a story about Stackswell and Co. fr...more
To reach a port, we must set sail.
Alex and PJ chase down the strangest tips from our Weird Ads hotline, and at the bottom of the rabbit hole they find the Mother of All AdWords Scams.Futher ReadingDavid Segal's story on locksmiths The Ringfinders websiteForm to give feedback on specific adsGoogle's statement on our episode: Our goal is to provide a great experience for the users, advertisers, and publishers that interact with our advertising products everyday. An important part of this work is listening to reactions—good, bad, a...more
Forty servers full of lost photos, a secret plan, and an unexpected rescue. Also, a Yes Yes No about a frog.Further ReadingHillary on PepeMatt Furie (Pepe's creator) on PepeSmugmug's statement on PicturelifeOur Sponsors99designs – Visit 99designs.com/reply to get a free $99 upgrade on your first design project.HPE - To learn more about how HPE can provide innovative and effective it solutions for your business go to HPE.com/gimlet.Wealthsimple – Investing made easy. Get your first $10,000 manage...more
Liz lost her camera in a cab, so she went to the New York City Taxi website to submit it to their lost and found database. At least, that's what she thought she did. Alex investigates and finds a big business behind the success of a suspicious little website.Further ReadingIf you lose something in a cab in New York City, Call 311, or go to this website.The Department of Consumer Affairs encourages anyone who feels they have been misled by yellowcabnyc.com to file a complaint with DCA online at ...more
Barry develops a small but very inconvenient health problem, which becomes so persistent and pernicious that it feels as if someone put a curse on him. Sruthi Pinnamaneni goes deep on a decades-long medical mystery.Lisa Sanders’ book, Every Patient Tells a Story.Lisa Sanders’ column, Diagnosis.Become a Gimlet Member to join our Q&A this Friday at 12PM EST!Listen to Reply All Executive Producer Tim Howard's latest release as Soltero!
This week, a story about people who start hearing voices in their heads. But, instead of trying to get rid of the voices, they try to make more. Reporter Laura Klivans has the story.Our SponsorsMailchimp – Send better emails. Also visit Mailchimp’s new non-profit online store Freddieand.co.Fracture – Get 10% off, and don’t forget to mention Reply All in their one question survey.Squarespace – The easiest way to create a beautiful website, portfolio or online store. Use the offer code “REPLY” to...more
One twin decides to plug her internal organs directly into the internet so the other twin can monitor her. Plus, PJ and Alex talk to a listener whose heart was broken by last week's episode.
This week, a Yes Yes No about gorillas, conspiracy theories, and glitter.Further ReadingSee the original tweets on our Yes Yes No tumblr.Marina Joyce's YouTubeArticle on Marina JoycePolice tweeting about Marina Joyce
Rachel was a faithful user of a photo storage website called Picturelife, until one day all of her photos disappeared. As she investigated, she realized that every Picturelife user was having the same problem. Alex tries to find out if there's any hope of getting her photos back. Also, a preview of the new Gimlet show, Science Vs!Subscribe to Science Vs. by clicking this link.Become a Gimlet Member by clicking this link.
PJ dives into the world of military impostors and the vigilantes who hunt them. Plus, a dispatch from Dallas.
This week a man decides to sabotage the entire internet. Plus, PJ discovers the secret code he’s accidentally been speaking, and learns about the people who created it.
It’s an old story. Two people date, they break up, they both go on Tinder. And on Tinder, one of them stumbles across an incredibly creepy photo, taken inside the apartment they used to share.
Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit, and he says he’s been misunderstood because of his autism. This week, we bring you the conclusion of our story. Sruthi meets Paul in prison and explains what she thinks really happened the night of Dean Fawcett’s murder.
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at his trial, and speaks to the one person who witnessed the murder.On the Inside, Part IOn the Inside, Part II
Blogger Paul Modrowski is in prison for a murder he claims that he didn't commit. This week, producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni looks at Paul's life before his conviction, and the crime that landed him behind bars.On the Inside, Part I
For years, Paul Modrowski has been writing a blog from inside a maximum security prison. Only thing is, he was arrested when he was 18 and has never seen the internet. Sruthi Pinnamaneni reaches out to him with one small question that alters the course of her next year.
Email Debt Forgiveness Day is April 30th. It’s the day when people around the world will send the emails they’ve been putting off, without guilt and without consequence (hopefully). To observe the holiday, we talk to three people with plans to send delinquent messages.Link to our Email Debt Forgiveness Day page.
Reporter Rukmini Callimachi is always looking for new ways to eavesdrop on ISIS operatives online. Recently, she got a new look into how ISIS members might be using the internet to coordinate their attacks. Plus, a new Yes, Yes, No.
This week, Alex stumbles upon the weirdest gifs ever made, and goes hunting for their creators. Also, a new Yes Yes No.Check out our website, http://replyall.diamonds for links to some of the gifs discussed in this episode, or to hear the alternate 'jif' version.And you can vote for us in the Webbys here! https://pv.webbyawards.com/2016/mobile-sites-apps/features-categories/best-podcast
This week, PJ helps a listener named Matt ask a very large company a very simple question. Are you telling me the truth? Also! PJ & Alex are on Sampler this week. You can listen here.
This week, Alex tries to solve a problem and PJ insults him. Also the return of Email Debt Forgiveness Day.If you’re thinking about sending an email, or if you receive an email for Email Debt Forgiveness day, tell us about it by emailing email@example.com. We might end up contacting you to appear on the show! Together, we can all make our inboxes less stressful for another year.
This week we learn the truth behind Carl Diggler, the internet's most successful election forecaster. And a special Yes Yes No featuring comedian/actor/podcaster Jason Mantzoukas.Further ListeningJason Mantzoukas' How Did This Get Made PodcastFurther ReadingVirgil on TwitterFelix on TwitterColumns by Carl DigglerSuperforecastingThe Good Judgment Project@SatelliteHigh's YesYesNo Tweet@RoyCalbeck's YesYesNo TweetSponsorsMailchimpMinistry of SupplySquarespace
There are parents in the US desperate for breast milk and others who have too much milk and end up pouring it down the sink. Reply All Producer Phia Bennin wades into the world of breast milk markets, and discovers a breast milk paradise, shady breastmilk scammers, and the surprising history of breast milk in the United States.The FactsOur theme music is by the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.Our ad music is by Build Buildings.Further ReadingAnna's Website, Liquid Gold ConceptAmbrosia MilkKara S...more
The rats are not what they seem. Also a new Yes Yes No.Zardulu's Twitter and Facebook accounts.Eric Yearwood's website.Matt Little's website.The Half Press tweet discussed on this week's Yes Yes No.
This week we have 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. Reporter Karen Duffin tells their story.
This week, we fix an embarrassing oversight.
Strangers keep coming to Mike and Christina’s house looking for their stolen cell phones. Nobody knows why. We travel to Atlanta to find out what’s going on, in our thorniest Super Tech Support yet.Be sure to check out Kashmir Hill's story on Fusion.
Hi. We're off this week, but we have a little secret: We actually used to have another podcast about the internet for 38 episodes, called TLDR. So If you've already listened to all of Reply All, why not give TLDR a try? You can subscribe on iTunes or any other podcatcher, and here are links to some of our favorite episodes:#10 100 Songs in a Day#11 RIP Vile Rat#14 The Knowledge#4 The Unicorn#29 Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager#36 The Mystery of Childish GambinoThanks for listening, and see you next...more
Leslie Miley went from being a college dropout to Twitter's only black engineer in a leadership position. So why did he quit? Also a brand new Yes Yes No.
Every night, Catherine Russell puts on a wig, picks up a gun, and ignores her critics.Further ReadingPerfect CrimeSamplerSinger/songwriter Matt Farley can be found on his website or on Spotify.Our theme song is by the Mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.Our ad music is by Build Buildings.SponsorsMailchimpSeesoAudible
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.
This week, updates on some of the stories we've done over the past year, some bonuses and surprises, and the most beautiful song ever written about ping pong balls and a clarinet.
On this week's episode, a new Yes Yes No, and we revisit our "Undo, Undo, Undo" segment to find out listeners most cringeworthy accidental messages.
Everybody has that one Facebook friend who just won't stop posting their political opinions. This week, we talk to one of those Facebook friends, someone whose opinions got her into an enormous mess.(ALSO, be sure to check out the Radio Ambulante story this-a-way: http://radioambulante.org/audio/renunciaya)
Yik Yak is an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. In the first part of this week's show, we revisit a story we did in January, about how the app brought out a particularly vicious strain of racism at Colgate University. And in the second half of the show - The past month has seen a flood of similar stories at colleges like University of Missouri, Yale, and Georgetown. So we go beyond Colgate and talk to Jamil Smith of the Intersection podcast to...more
This week, Jade Davis loses her dog on the internet, and we go looking for it.After you listen to the episode, here is a place to visit: http://rainbowpugs.limo
A website for people who are way too high. Plus, could LSD unlock our better selves? Does PJ even have a better self? We investigate.You can find Tripsit here: http://tripsit.me.The floating orb lives here: http://madebyevan.com/webgl-water/.
The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is a law. It's been on the books for almost 30 years. And it makes totally mundane online behavior illegal.
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.Read Jamie Keiles' article about Instagram here: https://medium.com/message/depressiongrams-7f22011d6113Follow Jamie on Instagram here: https://instagram.com/jamielaurenkeiles/If you’re feeling depressed or want to talk to someone, here are some resources:The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1800-273-8255 (1800-273-TALK) http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/The Cri...more
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.
This week, one of our favorite podcasts, Song Exploder, takes over Reply All. Host Hrishikesh Hirway interviews the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder about coming up with our theme song. Then, we air one of our very favorite episodes of Song Exploder, an interview with Phil Elverum of the Microphones about his song "I Want Wind to Blow"You can find our theme song here:https://soundcloud.com/breakmaster-cylinder/reply-all-theme-songYou can find Song Exploder here:http://songexploder.net/
On this week's episode of Reply All, we do a Yes Yes No with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's Invisibilia, and we discuss the one message you've sent across the internet you wish you could take back.Email us a voice memo about the things you wish you could most undo at firstname.lastname@example.orgSubscribe to Invisibilia: www.npr.org/programs/invisibilia/Watch us in Cast Party: www.castparty.orgFollow Max Silvestri: www.twitter.com/maxsilvestri
Chris complained about his cable company on Twitter. He was surprised to get a phone call demanding he delete the tweets or else be banned from the service. PJ looks into the story, and things get much stranger. Plus, a new Yes Yes No.Duck Army (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHc288IPFzk)
On this week's episode of Reply All, PJ and Alex go outside.
This week, 10 Minutes On Craigslist is back! Preston has posted the same ad to Craigslist over 300 times. He speaks to Sylvie Douglis about why he keeps posting.And in the second half of the show: Barry Crimmins is an influential comedian, and a survivor of sexual abuse. In the mid-90's he embarked on a one-man crusade to stop child pornographers who were operating with impunity on America Online.You can find tickets and showtimes for the Barry Crimmins documentary by going to http://www.callmel...more
Even though technology evolves at a rapid clip, US government agencies seem trapped about a decade in the past. PJ talks to technologist Clay Johnson about why the government is so unable to adapt, and what it would look like if it could keep pace with the rest of the world.If you want to become a gimlet member, you can go here: http://gimletmedia.com/join. A year membership will get you a t-shirt, early access to pilots, and much more. Also, this Monday, August 10th, we'll be doing a live chat ...more
Keith Calder is known in some circles for his work as an independent film producer. In other, much bigger circles, Keith’s known for having the same last name as Eleanor Calder. She’s a model who dates One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson. Hundreds of thousands of 1D fans maintain that Eleanor is a fake girlfriend, and that Louis is actually secretly dating his bandmate Harry. In today’s episode, we talk to Keith about what life’s like when you’re on the wrong end of a widely-held conspiracy theory, ...more
Rukmini Callimachi covers Islamic terrorism for the NY Times, and she seems to have access that other reporters just don't have. Part of the way she gets that access is by communicating with Islamic extremists online. She talks to PJ about how she communicates with her sources.Also - we debut a new segment that we're calling "Super Tech Support."You can find Rukmini Callimachi on Twitter here:https://twitter.com/rcallimachiYou can also listen to an interview with her on the Longform podcast here...more
On July 5th, a hacker leaked hundreds of gigabytes of information stolen from a company that sells surveillance software to some of the most oppressive regimes in the world. We look into what journalists have found so far.Also, a new Yes Yes No!Don't forget to go to your local movie theater and check out Cast Party! You can see Reply All, Invisibilia, Radiolab, and more, LIVE ON STAGE! www.castparty.orgSponsors:Hover www.hover.com (offer code "discrection")Stamps.com www.stamps.com (offer code "...more
We meant to take a week off, but we just couldn't help ourselves. Our entire episode this week is a Yes Yes No about the recent (and massive) dustup on Reddit.Note: This episode has been updated to include a correction
When successful internet entrepreneur Robert Hoquim died, the people who knew him found out they actually didn't know him at all.For more about John Aleshe, go here:http://www.bbsdocumentary.com/library/CONTROVERSY/PERSONALITIES/ALESHE/For tickets to Cast Party, go to www.castparty.orgCheck out Death, Sex & Money at www.deathsexmoney.orgSponsors:The Outlook app for iOS and AndroidMailchimp (www.mailchimp.com/replyall)Harry's Razors (www.harrys.com/reply)
Thomas Oscar is an Australian teenager who tried to make the most boring Facebook group possible - a group where members pretend to be corporate drones in a non-existent office.This week's episode was reported by Karen Duffin (www.karenbduffin.com). Sponsors:Xero (www.xero.com/podcasts)Stamps.com (www.stamps.com, offer code 'reply')Squarespace (www.squarespace.com, offer code 'reply')
An email to the wrong address sends us hurtling into the world of professional cookie advisors. Leopold's website: http://www.weihsien-paintings.orgCast Party Tickets: http://castparty.orgSponsors: Mailchimp http://www.mailchimp.comStamps.com http://www.stamps.com
This week, producer Stephanie Foo tells a story about dating online that is unlike any we've ever heard before.Sponsors:Xero (http://www.xero.com/podcasts)Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com)Stamps.com (http://www.stamps.com, offer code "reply")
Craigslist is the internet’s classifieds section, but it’s also one of its more shadowy corners, where the ads are anonymous and ephemeral. So we found ourselves wondering - what would we find if we replied to a couple? This week, we track down the people behind two intriguing ads.And in the second half of the show - Neal Horsley was an anti-abortion activist who created a website called "The Nuremberg Files," a website that listed the names and addresses of abortion providers around the country...more
In the United States, the idea of having a conversation with the President is pretty outlandish. But in Latin America, it's a regular occurrence. The most accessible president on Latin American social media is Ecuador's Rafael Correa. But what's it like to get the attention of a head of state when you may not exactly want it?This story was adapted from a Spanish Language version that originally appeared on the radio show Radio Ambulante. Listen to that here: http://radioambulante.org/en/audio-en...more
This week, we conclude Shulem Deen’s story. In part I, we heard how the internet led him on a path where he was exiled from his community and separated from his family. In part II, Sruthi Pinnamaneni tells the story of how the Hasidic community has tried to block off a corner of the internet for itself, and how this new, informal Hasidic internet might offer Shulem a way back. Thanks for listening! Subscribe to our podcast at www.itunes.com/replyall!Sponsors:www.framebridge.com (offer code 're...more
Shulem Deen was a 22-year old and ultra-religious, a Hasidic Jewish person, when he bought a computer and signed up for America Online in 1996. Until then he'd never had a real conversation with someone outside his community. Sruthi Pinnamaneni tells the story of how the internet ruined his life and how it might save it.Thanks for listening! Subscribe to our podcast at http://www.itunes.com/replyall!Sponsors: Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com)Blue Apron (http://blueapron.com - coupon code 'rep...more
A special bonus Email Debt Forgiveness Day themed episide! First, PJ talks to Buzzfeed San Francisco Bureau chief Mat Honan about his decision to abandon personal email entirely, and his agonizing fear that it makes him seem like a douche.Then we listen to some of the voicemails people left us on our Email Debt Forgiveness Day hotline.Thanks for participating in the inaugural email debt forgiveness day! We can't wait until next year.Check out this great New Yorker article about Email Debt Forgiv...more
In 1996, 19-year-old Jennifer Ringley started the Jennicam, a 24-hour online chronicle of her life. Seven years later, she disappeared entirely from the internet. But why?Also, PJ and Alex discuss how even in the past five months, the landscape of "lifecasting" has changed. And PJ puts Alex on Meerkat and he gets very uncomfortable.Don't forget! Tomorrow is Email Debt Forgiveness Day! Leave us a voicemail at (917) 475-6668 about your most anxiety inducing unanswered email. We will post a special...more
When Higinio Ochoa got out of prison for hacking in September of 2014, one of the terms of his parole was that he is not allowed to use any internet connected device. We went to his home in Austin to find out how he got caught and what it's like - in 2015 - to go from living online to not having any internet access.Next week we celebrate Email Debt Forgiveness Day! Leave us a voicemail at (917) 475-6668 about your most anxiety inducing unanswered email. All will be forgiven, we promise. To see a...more
Yes Yes No returns, and the story of two people who created a company designed to ghostwrite people’s emotionally difficult emails.Don’t forget to participate in Email Debt Forgiveness Day! Leave us a voicemail at (917) 475-6668 about your most anxiety inducing unanswered email. All will be forgiven, we promise.
Marnie the Dog is one of the most famous dogs on Instagram. Two years ago, she was near death at an animal shelter in Connecticut, now she has 1.2 million followers and hangs out with human celebrities.This week, we investigate the formula for internet dog fame, and look at how having a famous dog will completely upend your life.Thanks for listening. Subscribe to the show at www.itunes.com/replyall, or anywhere else you listen to podcasts. Help us with Email Debt Forgiveness Day by telling us ab...more
In 2012, a woman named Lindsey Stone posted a picture she took as a joke to her Facebook page. A month later, she was under attack from all corners of the internet, out of a job, hounded by the press. The internet had targeted her for a public shaming. Jon Ronson, journalist and author of the new book "So You've Been Publicly Shamed", walks us through Lindsey's story and introduces us to the sometimes sketchy world of online reputation management.
In 1997, John Silveira wrote a joke classified ad in a tiny publication called Backwoods Home Magazine asking if anyone wanted to travel back in time with him. A lot of people took him seriously. What do you do when everyone wants you to fix the worst mistakes they've ever made.
For Jonathan Goldstein, YouTube offers endless nostalgia, but he always finds himself returning to the same subject - a precocious child actor from the early 70’s named Mason Reese. And then a few months ago, new clips of Reese began popping up on YouTube. What's more, they appeared to be uploaded by Reese himself. Jonathan sets out to discover why - and why now, after 40 years.
Blair Myhand is a police officer in the sleepy, 42,000 person town of Apex, NC. One night, he received an unusually disturbing phone call where a person claimed to be holding a woman hostage after murdering several people. Myhand assembled his team, and went to the house, but what they ended up finding was much more bizarre.
A social media mistake for the record books, and a quiet saint of Wikipedia.
A woman starts dating again at 60 after her marriage falls apart. We follow her into a world of millionaire import/export moguls and fifteen-year old internet scammers.
What happens when a woman sends a stocky blond stranger to tell her ex she loves him. (Updated with a new interview!)
The entire internet decides to look at one famous butt at the same time. One man has to ensure that the website hosting Kardashian butt pictures doesn't crash. The sheer terror and joy of solving that problem. (Plus, a new Yes/Yes/No.)
There was a lot that Errol Morris never knew about his brilliant, distant older brother Noel. Decades after Noel's death, Errol read an internet comment that said his brother had invented email. So he launched an investigation to find out if it was true.
In the early 80's, way before the world wide web existed, the French government shipped a $200 terminal to every home with a phone line, and created a service that for decades ran alongside the internet. It was called The Minitel. Producer Carla Green speaks to reporter Jean-Marc Manach, who, in the early 90's, made a living posing as a woman in sex chat rooms on Minitel.
Yik Yak is a an app that allows users to communicate anonymously with anyone within a 10-mile radius. At Colgate University in upstate New York, the anonymity brought out a particularly vicious strain of racism that shook the school.
Sometimes, on his way to work, a feeling of pressure begins thumping in Paul Ford’s chest. His breaths shorten. They speed up. And sometimes, in those moments of extreme anxiety, Paul’s phone talks to him. It tells him everything that’s wrong with him.
This week we enter the mysterious, Byzantine underworld of domain sales, where people make money speculating on the website naming market. A few years ago, the owners of the popular journalism website longform.org blundered into this world when they innocently tried to procure longform.com. In this episode, we find out about their misadventures, and we hear from the Derek Jeter of URL purchases.
Depending on who you ask, Keith Calder is either a 35-year old film producer, or one of the players in a vast international conspiracy designed to conceal the greatest love story never told.
In 1996 Jennifer Ringley started Jennicam.org, where she recorded and broadcast her entire life, 24/7. It made her famous. And then, one day, she disappeared from the internet entirely. What'd she figure out about the perils of living publicly before the rest of us did? Alex Goldman tracks her down.
Writer Chiara Atik has a hobby -- spying on the financial transactions of friends and strangers. She thinks that Venmo, more than any other social media site, is the place you can find actual, accidental truth online. This week we investigate that claim.
Twenty years ago, Ethan Zuckerman did something terrible on the internet. And he's still living with the consequences.
An app called Figure One wants to be Instagram, but for doctors. Why would doctors need their own Instagram? We spy on the secret & disgusting medical internet, plus we speak to one of its residents.
What happens when a woman sends a stocky blond stranger to tell her ex she loves him.