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#16 Why is Mason Reese Crying?

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…
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May 25, 2017

#97 What Kind of Idiot Gets Phished?

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. Further Info Follow Daniel Boteanu on Twitter 

May 18, 2017

#96 The Secret Life of Alex Goldman

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.

May 3, 2017

#95 The Silence in the Sky

A group of elite scientists prepare for the last conversation humans might ever have. Plus, we meet a corporate attorney who mediates family Thanksgivings.

April 27, 2017

# 94 Obfuscation

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.

April 12, 2017

#93 Beware All

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.

April 6, 2017

#92 Favor Atender: The Return

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…
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March 23, 2017

#91 The Russian Passenger

Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger’s phone buzzes. Further reading haveibeenpwned.com A good article on how and why you should use password managers, and the best password managers out there. Further listening Simplicity by Macroform Email us at replyall@gimletmedia.com and use the subject “theory” if…
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March 16, 2017

#90 Matt Lieber Goes To Dinner

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.

March 2, 2017

#89 Worldstar

The unlikely rise of Lee O’Denat, the founder of Worldstar Hip Hop. Also, we reopen a cold case. Further Listening Q’s interview on Shots Fired Q’s interview on The Champs

February 23, 2017