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141 The Church of Universal Suffrage
Aug 3 • 63 min
Alli and Jen speak with Tim Jacobs, the founding minister of The Church of Universal Suffrage, a legally recognized religion that hosts “weekly meditation on the nature of voter suppression,” and observes every voting day in the U.S. as a religious…
140 Flea Market Flippers (With Rob & Melissa Stephenson)
Jul 27 • 70 min
eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Mercari, Craigslist … there’s no shortage of apps to buy and sell random stuff. But if you live and breathe these marketplaces, you can identify opportunities to buy low and sell high. What starts as an exhilarating hobby can…
139 “Darknet Diaries” with Jack Rhysider
Jul 20 • 71 min
Alli and Jen talk with Jack Rhysider, the creator and host of the hit podcast Darknet Diaries which tells “true stories from the dark side of the Internet.” Or as Matt likes to call it, This American Life for hackers. Rhysider worked in information…
138 “Animal Talking” with Gary Whitta
Jul 13 • 72 min
Screenwriter and games journalist Gary Whitta joins Alli and Jen to talk about his experimental late night celebrity talk show “Animal Talking,” which is live-streamed entirely inside of Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” and why a world in…
[Encore Episode] 54 Tay Zonday (Originally Published October 15, 2018)
Jul 6 • 79 min
Matt is still on vacation, but we have a great encore episode for you. How Tay Zonday survived being ‘Patient Zero’ of viral YouTube. Originally Published: October 15, 2018 Way back in 2007 Tay Zonday uploaded the original song “Chocolate Rain” to…
[Encore Episode] 87 Birds of North America (Originally Published June 10, 2019)
Jun 29 • 65 min
Matt is on vacation this week, so we’re re-sharing one of our favorites from last year. Enjoy! Bird watching probably conjures images of an old, retired guy sporting binoculars behind his country home. But Jason Ward is rapidly dispelling that stereotype.…
137 Second Life Sex Workers
Jun 22 • 75 min
Cybersex is as old as the Internet itself. But as virtual spaces become more sophisticated, so too has sex work. Second Life is more of a “technology playground” than a video game — a place where your digital skills can be traded for real money. Many…
136 THE 2ND-GREATEST PRANK PODCAST HISTORY!!!!1!!
Jun 15 • 67 min
Two bad people play a joke on one good and beautiful person. Support 2G1P on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/2G1P Talk to the hosts (and each other!) in our secret Discord: discord.gg/2g1p Email us: 2G1Podcast@gmail.com Call the show and leave a message!…
135 Cheap Old Houses
Jun 8 • 66 min
Alli and Jen talk with Elizabeth Finkelstein, a preservation expert and the creator of Cheap Old Houses, a wildly popular Instagram account that shows the dream of home ownership may not be as hard as we think, depending on your priorities. Finkelstein…
134 WeRateDogs (@dog_rates / Matt Nelson)
Jun 1 • 83 min
With more than 14 million followers across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, WeRateDogs is on a mission that everyone on planet Earth can get behind: Rating cute doggos from the internet on a (dubious!) 10-point scale. This blend of adorable dog pics,…
133 A Group Where We All Pretend to Be Ants in an Ant Colony
May 25 • 57 min
On the Internet, nobody knows if you’re a dog. Or, an ant for that matter. And there are nearly 2 million people, all working together, pretending to be ants in a giant ant colony, in one special Facebook group. “A group where we all pretend to be ants in…
132 Online Standup Comedy With Josh Gondelman
May 18 • 72 min
There’s a lot to laugh at on the Internet, but standup comedy — a distinctly in-person art form — is facing challenges in a time of self-isolation. But “virtual” comedy clubs, powered by Zoom, Twitch, and YouTube, are increasingly popping up in…
131 Dating in ‘Animal Crossing’
May 11 • 59 min
Animal Crossing: New Horizons has taken over the world in self-isolation, and become a virtual place of normalcy, even for non-gamers. But what if you’re single and dating, but can’t leave the house due to lockdowns? Tom Nook, in his infinite wisdom, has…
130 Building College Campuses in Minecraft
May 4 • 62 min
College classes and graduations around the world are being canceled or administered remotely, but many enterprising students have taken to the virtual spaces of Minecraft to painstakingly recreate their campuses in amazing detail. While you can’t walk…
129 Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens
Apr 27 • 59 min
More than 600,000 people (mostly college students) are using a Facebook group to come together and bond over how bad taking classes on Zoom is. This week, Alli and Jen talk to Zana Rashid, a moderator from Zoom Memes for Self Quaranteens, a place for…
128 Medical Fetishes (MedFet)
Apr 20 • 56 min
Amid worldwide shortages of personal protective equipment (medical PPE), someone at the UK’s National Health Service reached out to the medical fetish retailer MedFetUK, hoping to find a stock of masks or scrubs. MedFetUK immediately delivered, donating…
127 The Spot: 1995’s Online Reality Show
Apr 13 • 60 min
In 1995, at the height of cultural mania around 90210, Melrose Place, and MTV’s The Real World, the Internet as we know it today was just getting started. But if you had a connection and thirsted for more beautiful people trapped in a house with drama,…
126 Self-Isolation Checkin
Apr 6 • 36 min
So…how’s everybody holding up? Please call us: (347) 871-6548 Follow Alli on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/alligold Support 2G1P on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/2G1P Join us on Discord: discord.gg/2g1p Email us: 2G1Podcast@gmail.com Talk to Alli and…
125 Chris Dancy, The Mindful Cyborg
Mar 30 • 78 min
In 2008, database engineer Chris Dancy weighed 320 pounds, smoked two packs and drank 36 cans of Diet Coke every day. He was being paid a lot of money to be — in his words — “a real pile of shit.” But as modern social media began taking shape, Dancy…
124 Biohackers
Mar 23 • 74 min
There are two types of “biohackers” in this world: People who are optimizing their bodies for peak performance, and…cyborgs. The cyborgs are putting microchips, magnets, and even full, working computers inside their bodies. Why? Because it’s the future.…
123 What If YouTube Had Failed in 2006?
Mar 16 • 70 min
An entire generation has grown up in a world where uploading hours of 4K video to the Internet is not only common, but expected. But, what if the legal and technological barriers that killed Napster and other file-sharing sites had also crushed YouTube?…
[Encore Episode] 51 The Birth of Online Dating (September 24, 2018)
Mar 9 • 73 min
We’re proud to share this encore episode of #2G1P featuring Gary Kremen, the inventor of online dating. Learn how a fateful purchase order in the ’90s lead to the creation of Match.com, and ultimately all the swiping you enjoy today. We’ll be back next…
122 Civ Battle Royale
Mar 2 • 61 min
Sid Meier’s Civilization is a storied video game franchise built on an epic premise: Build a civilization to stand the test of time. Typically, a player will control a historic civ — like China, France, India, or Rome — and manage every aspect of its…
121 Gone Wild Audio
Feb 24 • 65 min
Porn on Reddit should come as no surprise. But nearly 400,000 listeners subscribe to r/GoneWildAudio, a community for high quality, audio-only erotic vignettes. Creators there use high-end microphones to create specific, explicit, and often elaborate…
120 Genyus Network is a safe social space for stroke survivors
Feb 17 • 66 min
Caleb Rixon was a 24-year-old musical theater actor in his prime, who had just landed a major role in a production of Chicago. He hit the gym to prepare for a long tour of song and dance, when he felt something explode behind his eye during a workout…
119 How one woman hacked online dating to find the perfect partner
Feb 10 • 69 min
Quantitative futurist Amy Webb was fed up with online dating in 2005. The questionnaires and algorithms on sites like Match and OKcupid that were supposed to connect like-minded people and form lasting relationships yielded nothing but duds and disastrous…
118 Sign Language Is Rapidly Evolving in VR
Feb 3 • 53 min
Deaf users of immersive social platforms like VRchat can face a tough time communicating. Unlike other social media, VR spaces rely on verbal and physical communication rather than text. And sign language with current-gen VR controllers is limiting and…
117 Urban Exploring
Jan 27 • 56 min
Sneaking into abandoned buildings and filming urban decay may not be the newest trend, but obsession with so-called “urban exploring” and “abandon porn” has skyrocketed alongside the widespread accessibility of social media. Today, millions of viewers…
116 The man who sold shares of himself on the Internet
Jan 20 • 62 min
In 2008, Mike Merrill divided himself into 100,000 shares and offered them to the Internet for $1 a pop. After the initial wave of friends and family bought in, online strangers began to acquire shares of Mikeā  — a regular person, not a company. With…
115 Lissa Explains it All
Jan 13 • 64 min
In 1997, an 11-year-old girl set up a website with HTML tutorials and guides for Neopets. Within a few years, “Lissa Explains it All” was serving 500,000 monthly visitors, its forums hosted 75.,000 users, and Google was sending her big fat ad revenue…
114 Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Jan 6 • 78 min
Romance novels get a bad rap, probably due to a history of stereotypical characters, plots, gender roles, and an all-around “trashy” look on supermarket and drug store shelves. But the genre has changed radically, and romance fiction now spans a wide…
[Encore Episode] 42 Bronies
Dec 30, 2019 • 77 min
Happy New Year from 2G1P! We’re taking a break this week, but wanted to re-share another one of our favorite episodes: Bronies! Enjoy and we’ll see you in 2020. Original publish date: July 23, 2018 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
113 ClausNet: The Social Network for Santas
Dec 23, 2019 • 69 min
Portraying Santa Claus in the modern era takes a village. What’s the best way to whiten your eyebrows? Growing a beard, or applying one? How jolly is too jolly? That’s where ClausNet comes in. It’s a social network, online forum, marketplace, and…
112 The Cottage Industry of Custom VR Sex Avatars
Dec 16, 2019 • 60 min
The rise of powerful, free 3D modeling software has emboldened a cottage industry of VR enthusiasts to create custom sex avatars for virtual porn. But what happens when members of this community start requesting models that look like celebrities,…
111 @MugJerry and the Quest for Instagram Justice
Dec 9, 2019 • 66 min
The Instagram account turned multi-million dollar media company @FuckJerry is notorious for stealing funny tweets, memes, and other content from creators, and posting them — without credit or compensation — to their own social accounts. Fuck Jerry’s…
[Encored Episode] 82 God
Dec 2, 2019 • 49 min
We’re taking the week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, but we hope you enjoy one of our favorite episodes. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a conversation with a very popular social media influencer: God. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
110 THE GREATEST PRANK IN PODCAST HISTORY
Nov 25, 2019 • 55 min
This week, we prank Jen, when her boyfriend Adam pretends to be an adult baby who knows a little too much about her personal life. Get ready for some epic 2G1P hi-jinks. Support 2G1P on Patreon! https://www.patreon.com/2G1P Join us on Discord:…
109 The Teens of TikTok
Nov 18, 2019 • 62 min
TikTok came on the social media scene relatively recently (2016), and teens have flocked to it. The Chinese-made lip-syncing video app boasts 500 million users, most of them young. TikTok has developed its own culture and communities within, and Rolling…
108 Virtual Reality Therapy Sessions
Nov 11, 2019 • 65 min
The anonymity of the Internet has long made it a place for confessions and bonding with strangers you’ll never meet IRL. Virtual reality kicks it up a notch. Social spaces like VRchat allow strangers to inhabit the same “room” and communicate vocally and…
107 ‘World of Warcraft’ Reunions
Nov 4, 2019 • 60 min
When World of Warcraft came on the scene in 2004, it redefined the potential for massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. Players not only spent daily hours grinding for loot and gear, but socializing in a deep and organic way. Lifelong friendships and…
106 Deepfakes (with Sham00k)
Oct 28, 2019 • 57 min
Deep fakes, a process that uses AI and machine learning to place someone’s face on another’s body with Hollywood-level results, have been entertaining and terrifying the Internet for the last few years. And the technology is advancing exponentially,…
[Encore Episode] 01 Is ‘Furry’ a Sexual Orientation? (Published Oct 2, 2017)
Oct 21, 2019 • 61 min
We’re taking the week off due to unforeseen scheduling mishaps, but wanted to share one of our favorite classic episodes that longtime listeners and new fans may not have heard. It’s our very first published episode about the Furry community, which came…
105 Virtual Reality: Sex, Marriage, and the Future of Relationships
Oct 14, 2019 • 92 min
Virtual reality might still be for early adopters, but as headsets get smaller and social norms evolve, more people are meeting, hanging out, having sex, and even getting married in virtual spaces. Peter Rubin is a VR expert, author, and senior…
104 One Red Paperclip (Kyle MacDonald)
Oct 7, 2019 • 65 min
In 2005, Canadian blogger Kyle MacDonald traded a red paperclip for a fish-shaped pen. From there, he wanted to see how many times he could “trade up” for something bigger and better. After one year and 14 trades (facilitated by the Internet, of course),…
103 Selling $80 Used Tissues on the Internet
Sep 30, 2019 • 64 min
Stand-up comedian Mekki Leeper wanted to see if he could convince the Internet to buy a fake wellness product. With some slick branding, fake Instagram followers, and the perfect media outrage hook, Leeper turned a Squarespace website and $1,000 into…
102 Reborns
Sep 23, 2019 • 63 min
Reborns are baby dolls with hyper-realistic features. So real, in fact, that bringing them out in public will often fool strangers into thinking they’re flesh and blood, even upon close examination. There’s a passionate online community of artists and…
101 How to Make Real Money With Amazon’s Mechanical Turk
Sep 16, 2019 • 51 min
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service has a mixed reputation. Some see it as a way to turn found time into easy spending money. Others view it as crowd-sourced slave labor. While the majority of Mechanical Turk workers make very little money doing repetitive…
100 Years of 2 GIRLS 1 PODCAST!!!!!1!!!
Sep 9, 2019 • 78 min
Can you believe we’ve been podcasting for a CENTURY? Thanks for sticking with us on this journey of discovery and Internet magic. Here’s a look back at our favorite moments. Your comments, calls, suggestions, emails, and tweets mean the world to us, so…
99 International Dating Apps
Sep 2, 2019 • 62 min
Anyone in a long distance relationship will tell you how hard it can be. And dating or marrying across countries comes with a huge list of expenses and immigration headaches. While people from different countries meet and fall in love all the time, why…
98 ASK YOU ANYTHING with Gibi ASMR
Aug 26, 2019 • 18 min
Welcome to a new episode format we like to call: ASK YOU ANYTHING, where we ask Internet-famous people awkward questions in a sad attempt to embarrass them for your entertainment! (Don’t worry, we’ll have a regular episode for you next week.) This week…
97 Crowdsourcing Mental Healthcare with 7 Cups
Aug 19, 2019 • 57 min
More than 300,000 volunteers are standing by right now, 24/7, ready to listen if you need to talk to about depression, anxiety, self-harm, or just need to vent about a rough day. Texting with a listener who cares has meaningful therapeutic value,…
96 Why is there so much Sonic the Hedgehog porn?
Aug 12, 2019 • 71 min
There’s plenty of sexy fan art for any movie, show, or game imaginable, thanks to Rule 34. But there’s something about Sonic the Hedgehog that lends the character to very specific and often extreme fetish art, in limitless quantities. Why Sonic? Writer…
95 Fake Facebook Events
Aug 5, 2019 • 58 min
It’s become clear that nearly all information you come across on Facebook (or any social media for that matter) should be consumed with skepticism. But there’s something about the trouble of organizing a physical event and inviting real people to a real…
94 Sweepers
Jul 29, 2019 • 73 min
Tom has been to the Super Bowl multiple times. He goes on free cruises yearly, has ridden on the Daytona 500 track at 200 miles per hour, traveled with the U.S. soccer team, and devoted a room of his house to store all the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and…
93 Macrophilia
Jul 22, 2019 • 52 min
Macrophilia is a surprisingly popular fetish involving sexual fantasies about giants — specifically, giant women. Being at the mercy of giants, or being coddled or crushed by them are staples of the community, but size change motifs also are common.…
92 Unicorn Moms
Jul 15, 2019 • 57 min
Perfect moms and unicorns have one thing in common: They don’t exist. That mantra has brought together a huge community of women who are sick of the judgmental bickering that plagues typical “mommy groups” on social platforms like Facebook. Alli and Jen…
91 Murderinos
Jul 8, 2019 • 63 min
The true crime explosion ignited by podcasts like Serial and Netflix series Making a Murderer has spawned a massive ecosystem of murdery content. One of the biggest and most passionate fandoms on the Internet today centers on two funny women and their…
90 If you think dating is hard, try doing it at 60
Jul 1, 2019 • 82 min
There’s no shortage of dating horror stories on social media. But dating in your later years — after a divorce, death, or other major life change — can be especially daunting. And while apps and services can take the friction out of finding a match, they…
89 Subverse: The porn video game that took Kickstarter by storm
Jun 24, 2019 • 72 min
Adult content in video games is nothing new. Big budget franchises like Mass Effect and The Witcher series are noted for their character romances and sexy scenes. But in those games, sex is not the main attraction. It’s about gameplay and story. On the…
88 The 8-Bit Guy
Jun 17, 2019 • 76 min
David Murray is known to millions of fans as “The 8-Bit Guy.” His YouTube channel covers the gamut of computers, consumer electronics, and gaming consoles from the golden age of pixel art and command line operating systems: the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s.…
87 Birds of North America
Jun 10, 2019 • 65 min
Bird watching probably conjures images of an old, retired guy sporting binoculars behind his country home. But Jason Ward is rapidly dispelling that stereotype. He’s been an avid birder since his childhood growing up in The Bronx, NY, and has brought his…
86 Death Cafe
Jun 3, 2019 • 48 min
Death is a difficult topic no matter how you slice it, but cultivating a healthier outlook on end-of-life issues can have profound effects on families when they encounter loss. That’s the mission of Death Cafe. It’s a self-described “social franchise” — a…
85 r/AskOldPeople
May 27, 2019 • 60 min
In an age where nearly all information is a Google or Wiki search away, it’s easy to forget that real, first-hand experiences of what the world used to be like are right in our own families and communities. That’s the mission of the subreddit…
84 Best of Nextdoor
May 20, 2019 • 49 min
Nextdoor is the social network that connects people based on neighborhoods, rather than friend networks or common interests. Getting to know your IRL neighbors sure seems like a good idea. But at times, it combines the two worst things about social media:…
83 Searching for the Hidden Treasure of Forrest Fenn
May 13, 2019 • 62 min
There’s a box of treasure worth millions somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and a global online (and IRL) community is devoted to the search. The treasure was hidden by Forrest Fenn, a collector of antiquities and nature lover, who — after cancer…
82 God
May 6, 2019 • 49 min
For thousands of years, God has communicated with humanity via dusty tomes, prophets, and the occasional miracle. But it’s 2019, and the Internet is way more efficient for reaching the flock. That’s why God has spent the last few years amassing followers…
81 How Linguist David J. Peterson Created the Dothraki and Valyrian Languages for ‘Game of Thrones’
Apr 29, 2019 • 82 min
When fantasy TV shows need an alien or elf to speak a fictional language, most writers make up a few foreign-sounding words to pad the script and move on. But that won’t cut it when it comes to Game of Thrones, a show with details as deep as its fandom.…
80 Feminist Memes Are a Banner of Social Change on Instagram
Apr 22, 2019 • 65 min
We don’t always think of Internet memes as a force for serious social change. But the humor behind image macros and mashup content can be leveraged in the fight against toxic masculinity — with the right talent, of course. Julia Hava has amassed a huge…
79 How Could Anyone Really Believe the Earth is Flat?
Apr 15, 2019 • 79 min
A growing number of people believe that world governments and other shadow organizations are hiding the truth: that the Earth is not a globe, but a flat disc with a dome of stars above it. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, this “mother of all…
78 Can Instagram save independent book stores?
Apr 8, 2019 • 47 min
While it may feel like books face an existential crisis in the shadow of digital media, reading communities are alive and well in an unlikely social media sphere: Instagram. Showing off what you’re reading with a fancy cup of coffee is only a small part…
77 April Fools: 3 Chrome Extensions to Prank Your Friends
Apr 1, 2019 • 75 min
On the list of “Things The Internet Is Useful For,” lulz rank pretty highly (second only to porn, of course). Online pranks are as old as the ARPANET itself. This April Fools’ Day, 2G1P is celebrating internet jokesters by chatting with three developers…
76 Musketeers: The Global Elon Musk Super Fan Network
Mar 25, 2019 • 56 min
Worldwide and obsessive fandom is nothing new, but it’s usually reserved for pop stars, actors, YouTubers, and video games. It’s rare for tech CEOs to command such loyalty, but Elon Musk’s journey from sickly, bullied child, to stumbling entrepreneur, to…
75 The Power of Parasocial Relationships in the Age of Loneliness
Mar 18, 2019 • 73 min
When TV and radio brought the voices and images of public figures into our very homes, we began to feel kinship with people we’ve never actually met. But these one-sided “parasocial” relationships have kicked into overdrive with the advent of social…
74 Transhumanism and the Next Phase of Human Evolution
Mar 11, 2019 • 49 min
As we become ever more physically entwined with our technology, and medicine extends our lives beyond anything our ancestors could imagine, we may not be too far away from implanting or genetically manipulating superhuman powers, or even escaping death…
73 Hire This Tinder Ghostwriter If You Suck at Online Dating
Mar 4, 2019 • 62 min
Some people are great at taking flattering selfies and writing witty Tinder taglines. Others, not so much. That’s where Meredith Golden comes in. For a fee, she’ll take over your profile, learn your voice, and optimize your flirting so you don’t screw it…
72 The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
Feb 25, 2019 • 46 min
In 2005, Bobby Henderson wrote a letter to the Kansas board of education suggesting that if Christian creationism is taught in schools, so should his theistic view: that a Flying Spaghetti Monster created the universe. And so, Pastafarianism was born. The…
71 Subtle Asian Dating
Feb 18, 2019 • 61 min
If data-driven matchmaking platforms like Tinder have you down, consider an “old school” online dating method where your friends auction you off in a Facebook group with 300,000 singles who are ready to meme…I mean, mingle. That’s how it goes down in…
70 This Couple Fell In Love on MySpace and Now Make Their Living Being Adorable on the Internet
Feb 11, 2019 • 55 min
Before Tinder, Grindr, J-Date and Christian Mingle, most of us just had a MySpace page and the dream of finding true love in a sea of extremely emo profile pics. Megan (from the U.S.) and Whitney (from the UK) started a long-distance relationship there,…
69 How Facebook Helped a Woman With a Rare Disease Find the Freedom to Be Herself
Feb 4, 2019 • 63 min
Most of the tales that come out of Facebook these days are about the attention sucking qualities that make it terrible for mental health and democracy. But there are shining beacons of hope where the platform has empowered communities that could not exist…
68 Everything you’ll ever say, think, and write is already in this online library
Jan 28, 2019 • 63 min
If you do enough math, you can generate every combination of letters and numbers possible. Most of the results will be gibberish, but they will also contain Shakespeare, Harry Potter, the unpublished final Game of Thrones book, your 6th grade diary, the…
67 This “scientist” learned what women find attractive by A/B testing his beard on Tinder
Jan 21, 2019 • 63 min
Apps like Tinder know a lot about you, but why should they horde all your dating data? In order to settle an argument, one man conducted an exhaustive experiment on the platform to determine if he was more attractive with a beard or without. He shared the…
66 What the ’90s Web Can Teach Us About the Future of the Internet
Jan 14, 2019 • 80 min
The History of the Web is a weekly newsletter that began as a place for coders to reminisce about CSS and Bulletin Board software. But it quickly evolved into a definitive timeline of our shared online history. The story of the Web (the public-facing…
65 How the transgender community found a safe haven on Discord
Jan 7, 2019 • 94 min
Has the internet made things easier for the transgender community? That may depend on which corners of the web you hang out in. For Luna Baker (who transitioned from male-at-birth to female), a variety of digital havens for trans people came and went:…
64 This Couple Quit the Internet for 1 Month and Lived to Vlog About It
Dec 24, 2018 • 77 min
Craig Benzine (better known as WheezyWaiter on YouTube) has been making online videos for a living since 2007. That’s a long time to be living and working on the Internet, and when he felt social media was sucking up all his time, he challenged himself to…
63 Getting Plastic Surgery to Match Your Filtered, Perfect Selfies
Dec 17, 2018 • 85 min
As media has shifted from broadcast to social, so too have our perceptions of beauty and self-confidence. Plastic surgeons are seeing their patients get younger, and who aspire to look more like their own highly curated selfies, rather than a celebrity or…
62 The ‘Universal Language’ of Esperanto Is Thriving on the Internet
Dec 10, 2018 • 76 min
Esperanto is a language invented 130 years ago with the goal of uniting the world under a simplified common tongue and creating everlasting peace. Spoiler alert: That never happened. But the Internet is rekindling the passion of the global Esperanto…
61 How 3D Printing Is Transforming the Board Game Industry
Dec 3, 2018 • 70 min
What if you could 3D print that new lamp, designed by an Internet stranger for free, rather than ordering it from Amazon? When 3D printing tech goes mainstream, it will almost certainly revolutionize ecommerce (and create a whole new kind of online…
60 How One Guy Tricked the Internet Into Thinking His Shed Was London’s Best Restaurant
Nov 26, 2018 • 79 min
When Oobah Butler was hard-up for cash, he found a gig writing fake reviews for London restaurants he’d never been to. He fell into an abyss of forgeries on TripAdvisor that gave him an idea. What if he invented a fake restaurant, powered by more fake…
59 Creepypasta and the Evolution of Internet Horror Storytelling
Nov 19, 2018 • 71 min
Ghost stories around the campfire are as old as humanity itself, but spooky tales became memes unto themselves as the Web matured. Creepypasta (a derivative of “copypasta” which is derivative of “copy/paste”) is the catch-all term and dominant wiki for…
58 Meet the unlikely duo fighting Facebook’s rampant romance scams
Nov 12, 2018 • 75 min
When Bryan Denny, a retired 26-year U.S. army veteran, started getting marriage proposals from strangers on Facebook, he knew something was up. Thousands of scammers were using stolen pictures of him in uniform to trick well-meaning Facebook users into…
57 Will Sex Robots Ever Replace Your Human Partner? (Probably.)
Nov 5, 2018 • 72 min
Sex dolls have been around since at least the 17th century, but advances in AI and robotics are bringing them ever closer to meaningful companionship. Alli and Jen speak with Susan Pirzchalski, the chief robotics engineer of Realbotix, who is working to…
56 Inside the terrifying rabbit hole of messed-up YouTube videos for kids
Oct 29, 2018 • 71 min
If you leave a toddler alone with an iPad long enough, YouTube’s algorithms will guide her down a deep, dark rabbit hole of strange, low-quality, and often disturbing videos manufactured for kid consumption. These channels use recognizable characters…
55 Composer Kevin MacLeod Somehow Makes a Living by Giving All His Music Away for Free
Oct 22, 2018 • 62 min
If you’ve ever sought a soundtrack for your home movies that wouldn’t get removed by YouTube, chances are you’ve come across Kevin MacLeod’s music. He’s composed thousands of original tracks, in every imaginable genre, that he gives away under a Creative…
54 How Tay Zonday survived being ‘Patient Zero’ of viral YouTube
Oct 15, 2018 • 78 min
Way back in 2007 Tay Zonday uploaded the original song “Chocolate Rain” to YouTube, and nothing happened. Then Digg and 4chan found it. And then Zonday was on CNN and Jimmy Kimmel trying to explain his music on national television. His meteoric rise led…
53 Botnik’s Algorithms Create TV Shows and Harry Potter Books Too Hilarious to Ignore
Oct 8, 2018 • 71 min
Robots have a long way to go before they replace artists and writers…but they’re getting closer. A collective known as Botnik is using algorithms, predictive text, and machine learning to challenge our traditional notions of art, and create some hilarious…
52 Bad Dragon: The Marriage of High Fantasy Art and Sex Toys
Oct 1, 2018 • 70 min
Rule 34 is alive and well on the Internet, but the enterprising sex toy company Bad Dragon has taken it even further with their epic dildo designs that imagine what kind of heat our favorite high fantasy creatures might be packing: dragons, aliens, elves,…
51 The Birth of Online Dating
Sep 24, 2018 • 71 min
Kids today have it easy, with their “swiping right” and their “J-dates.” Back in the early ’90s, you could barely send a profile pic to your crush. Gary Kremen wanted to change that. He co-founded Match.com, disrupted the personal ads industry, and…
50 Re-inventing porn for women is more complicated than you think
Sep 17, 2018 • 56 min
Porn is typically made by men for men, but women have needs, too — and traditional porn doesn’t always meet them. Alli and Jen talk with Michelle Shnaidman, founder of Bellesa.co, which creates porn videos, erotic fiction, erotic audio, and sex toys with…
49 This guy ate 100,000 calories in 4 days and lived to vlog about it
Sep 10, 2018 • 73 min
Move over, food porn. Competitive eating is about slamming as many calories as possible, and there’s a massive YouTube community around it. Erik the Electric’s food challenge videos have been viewed 80 million times. Alli and Jen talk to him about…
48 Where Do Emoji Come From?
Sep 3, 2018 • 65 min
Most people think of emoji as trivial text message pictures. But creating them is a complex process debated by a consortium of tech giants. And as emoji become more widespread, so too does their cultural and linguistic importance. Alli and Jen talk to…
47 YouTube’s Survivalist Community Is Prepping for the Worst - and You Should, Too
Aug 27, 2018 • 55 min
Thousands of “Preppers” are amassing food, water, tools, batteries, and other essentials in their basements and bunkers. But for what? Alli and Jen speak with Todd Reynolds, AKA The Dynamic Prepper, about survivalist culture, YouTube, knives, aliens, and…
46 The Women Editing Thousands of Wikipedia Articles in a Quest for Gender Parity
Aug 20, 2018 • 75 min
For countless historical and social reasons, most of the people editing Wikipedia are white men. This has led to broad bias across the world’s de facto repository of online knowledge. But a loose affiliation of women are making up the ground by writing…
45 Twitter Is the Last Social Network Left for Nudists
Aug 13, 2018 • 70 min
Most social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have firm restrictions on nudity. Twitter is much more lax, making it a digital haven for the nudist community. Taylor Lorenz, a journalist for the Atlantic, breaks down the difference between…
44 The Grandma Guildmaster of Ultima Online
Aug 6, 2018 • 78 min
The multiplayer RPG “Ultima Online” came on the scene in 1997, and it remains a thriving, persistent world to this day, two decades later. Those who prefer the “classic” version host private servers (shards) where longtime players congregate. Alli and Jen…
43 Rise of the Airbnb Superhost
Jul 30, 2018 • 83 min
Airbnb has completely revolutionized tourism, but the legal and regulatory battles around whom you can rent your room to rage on. Alli and Jen speak with Evelyn Badia, an Airbnb “Superhost” who makes her living by renting her home to strangers — often…
42 Bronies: Combating toxic masculinity, one Little Pony at a time
Jul 23, 2018 • 78 min
The reboot of “My Little Pony” has reached fans far beyond the “little girls” demographic. Thousands of adult men self-identify as Bronies: Dudes who love the stories, characters and themes of the whimsical cartoon. Alli and Jen speak with Charlie…
41 Bug Facebook: The Unlikely Social Media Home for Insect Lovers
Jul 16, 2018 • 64 min
There are Facebook groups for everything — even jumping spiders. Alli and Jen talk with bug enthusiast and writer Melissa McEwan about the passionate communities that form around insects, insect rights, and cute/terrifying pics of creepy crawlies. Learn…
40 Ecosexuality: Because Mother Earth is the hottest MILF of all
Jul 9, 2018 • 67 min
Most people love the Earth. But some people really LOVE the Earth. You know, in *that* way. Alli and Jen speak with Jennifer Reed, a PhD studying the rise of ecosexuality — from performance art to sex with trees, and everything in between. Learn more…
39 Who is Chuck Tingle? Meet the charming king of self-published gay erotica
Jul 2, 2018 • 72 min
Erotic author and online sensation Chuck Tingle joins us for a candid conversation about his inspiration for “Pounded In the Butt by My Own Butt” and “Space Raptor Butt Invasion,” the idiocy of the Alt-Right, and how the internet transformed his passion…
38 The psychological price we pay for social media
Jun 25, 2018 • 70 min
Even while you’re sleeping, your social media persona is engaging with the world. This “always on” mentality is shaping the psychology of a generation. Alli and Jen talk to Dr. Leora Trub, a psychology professor at Pace University, who has authored…
37 Jediism: A Star Wars religion for your real spiritual life
Jun 18, 2018 • 79 min
Small collectives of Star Wars fans all over the world follow the spiritual path of the Jedi. But this isn’t about fandom or cosplay. They live, train, and work by the Jedi Code. And while this philosophy is rooted in modern science fantasy, the tenets…
36 Ten facts about internet history you probably don’t know
Jun 11, 2018 • 75 min
Matt cancels this week’s guest and challenges Alli and Jen to the ultimate fan-requested trivia showdown. The stakes could not be higher. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
35 This AI-hosted podcast is here to kill us all
Jun 4, 2018 • 75 min
Procedural generation is no stranger to media like video games, but it’s especially compelling (and creepy) in podcast form. Alli and Jen talk to PhD programmer James Ryan, the creator of Sheldon County, a generative podcast hosted by a synthetic voice…
34 Who snopes Snopes?
May 28, 2018 • 56 min
Snopes.com has been debunking urban legends and internet rumors since the mid ’90s. But in an age of unprecedented disinformation coming from the highest authorities and most ubiquitous online platforms, how does a professional fact checker stay relevant…
33 Reviewing airport carpets is the highest form of artistic criticism
May 21, 2018 • 70 min
Carpets for Airports is a website and community devoted to critiquing the largest art form ever devised — the sprawling fabric underfoot when you’re rushing to catch a flight. Do airport carpets have artistic and political meaning? Or are they merely…
32 The hidden cost of the exploding “Gig Economy”
May 14, 2018 • 76 min
Freelancing is on the rise, thanks in large part to technology. The modern internet allows people to work from anywhere, and access short-term gigs on the regular. Silicon Valley is saving us all from boring desk jobs, and traditional full-time employment…
31 We got your emails VOLUME 2
May 7, 2018 • 22 min
A terrifying number of people have told us they listen to 2G1P to learn English. Please. THIS IS NOT AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30 Know Your Meme: Cataloging 10 years of internet culture
Apr 30, 2018 • 95 min
Memes can be as trivial as a waffle falling over or as powerful as a social movement. But defining them, tracking their origins, mutations, and meanings is a tough job. Fortunately, the brave souls at Know Your Meme have been at it for more than a decade…
29 The story of Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything”
Apr 23, 2018 • 69 min
From its humble beginnings on “Ask Reddit” to the day Obama dropped by, r/IAmA has been the place where anyone on the internet can talk directly to public figures, celebrities, and people with interesting jobs or experiences. Alli and Jen speak with the…
28 The most terrifying questions people ask on ‘Is It Normal?’
Apr 16, 2018 • 67 min
Is It Normal? is a website where people anonymously share their uncertain proclivities about behavior, feelings, sex, and more, so strangers can vote on them. But what started as an experimental message board in 2004 has become an existential question…
27 Grandma Party Hotline
Apr 9, 2018 • 72 min
Telephone party hotlines are a relic of pre-internet teenage shenanigans. But if you post a phone number on the web and ask a lovable grandma to record the outgoing voicemail … lots of people will call it. And they’ll leave strange messages. Alli and Jen…
26 A dating network for conspiracy theorists
Apr 2, 2018 • 67 min
If you believe 9/11 was an inside job, or that the cure for cancer is hidden by drug companies, it might be hard to broach these topics with a new date — let alone reconcile these deep ideological differences with a long term partner. That’s where Awake…
25 We got your emails VOLUME 1
Mar 26, 2018 • 16 min
Thanks for your tweets, emails, and voicemails! We love hearing from you, and wanted to respond to a few of our favorite electronic mail messages. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24 Sugar Dating: Young women seeking men with money
Mar 19, 2018 • 63 min
Young, attractive women dating older men with means is nothing new, but there is an online cottage industry that connects “Sugar Babies” with their prospective “Sugar Daddies.” Alli and Jen interview “John,” a man who’s had ups and downs on sugar dating…
23 Thousands of men on the internet really want to get pregnant
Mar 12, 2018 • 74 min
The fight for gender equality must never rest, but there’s one important thing women have that men will never experience: the joy (and excruciating pain!) of childbirth. But there are thousands of men online who are hoping it will one day be possible. In…
22 Bros before JNCOs: Where dudes help dudes master their look
Mar 5, 2018 • 70 min
Women are exposed to fashion media at an early age, for better or worse. But where should men turn to refine their style for a new job or a first date? Alli and Jen talk to Brad Webster, a moderator at r/MaleFashionAdvice, a place where men advise other…
21 The Passions Network has every dating site you could imagine
Feb 26, 2018 • 78 min
If you’re tired of swiping on looks and clever pickup lines, why not go a niche as possible? The Passions Network connects singles based on extremely focused interests, like driving trucks, The Walking Dead, SCUBA, and…herpes? Alli and Jen talk to Michael…
20 Adult babies and diaper lovers
Feb 19, 2018 • 50 min
Age play (role playing as a child or baby) can be about comfort, re-connecting with your own childhood, or a fetish. Alli and Jen interview “Todd,” the founder of Tykables, an online retailer and community that transformed the market and conversation…
19 Why are “Birds With Arms” so damn funny?
Feb 12, 2018 • 59 min
There are subreddits for all sorts of important issues and online communities. And then there’s r/BirdsWithArms, where the Internet’s most talented Photoshoppers replace bird wings with human arms just for the lulz. Jen and Alli interview Konstantine, one…
18 The history of “shipping” in fan fiction
Feb 5, 2018 • 64 min
Writing fanfic about your favorite fictional characters kissing goes back long before the internet. Alli and Jen interview Amanda Brennan, a meme librarian whose expertise in “shipping” (writing about fictional relationships) takes us back to the 1800s.…
17 Inside the plastic world of Living Dolls
Jan 29, 2018 • 47 min
The extreme makeup, fashion, and body modification of the Living Doll community is a sight to behold. Alli and Jen interview Vixie, who moderates numerous living doll forums where members swap pics and tricks on how to look as doe-eyed and plastic as…
16 Doing real archaeology inside video game worlds
Jan 22, 2018 • 63 min
As we spend more and more time inside digital worlds, documenting human behavior in virtual spaces has become an exciting new field of research. Alli and Jen talk to gaming archaeologist Andrew Reinhard about his expeditions inside the universe of No…
15 What your Google search history really says about you
Jan 15, 2018 • 56 min
Seth Stephens-Davidowitz studied data from Google, Pornhub, and other online platforms. He found that overt racism is alive and well in America, porn preferences are not what you’d expect, and many women are asking Google if their husbands are gay. Alli…
14 Inside the secret chat room where lawyers bitch about their clients
Jan 8, 2018 • 49 min
Turns out attorneys are humans, too. Alli and Jen talk to Keith Lee, who created Lawyer Slack — a private, lawyers-only chat room where attorneys can speak freely about ongoing cases, modern legal issues, ridiculous lawsuits, Game of Thrones, and cute…
13 The Fry Up Police
Dec 18, 2017 • 41 min
A Facebook group with 50,000 members is all about posting pictures of British breakfast food so people can curse at you. Alli and Jen get the scoop behind one of the most hilarious and bizarre Facebook communities. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
12 How Reddit brings real science to millions
Dec 11, 2017 • 59 min
In the era of fake news, climate deniers, and anti-vaxxers, productive discussion about peer-reviewed science can be hard to come by on the internet. Fortunately, the subreddit r/science (with 17 million subscribers) has some ingenious ways to connect the…
11 This dating app matches people on things they hate
Dec 4, 2017 • 48 min
Most dating apps pair people based on looks or shared interests. Hater matches couples based on things they hate: Slow walkers, the Super Bowl, tall dudes at concerts. Does having a “hate” in common create a deeper connection? Alli and Jen interview the…
10 ASMR: This episode will make you tingly
Nov 27, 2017 • 46 min
Autonomous sensory meridian response (known as ASMR) is that tingly sensation on the back of your neck when you hear certain quiet sounds, like whispering or tapping. There’s a huge community devoted to triggering your tingles on YouTube. Alli and Jen…
09 Interview with a (real?) vampire
Nov 20, 2017 • 49 min
Thousands of people identify as “vampires” online, but the term is more complicated (and metaphorical) than horror movie stereotypes. Alli and Jen talk to self-identified vampire Anshar Seraphim about tasting human blood and absorbing other people’s…
08 Today I F@*#ked Up
Nov 13, 2017 • 51 min
Today I F@*#ked Up (or r/TIFU) is a place where people anonymously share their most terrible or embarrassing stories. It’s also one of the most popular communities on Reddit. Alli and Jen ask a moderator of TIFU about the craziest stories the sub has ever…
07 Professional cuddling could be the next yoga
Nov 6, 2017 • 55 min
Making an appointment to be cuddled by a stranger might seem odd, but Adam Lippin — the founder of Cuddlist.com — believes therapeutic touch will be as common as yoga in the next few years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
06 How to teach a preschool class for adults
Oct 30, 2017 • 40 min
Ever wish you could go back in time and enjoy the innocence of being four years old? Alli and Jen talk to Michelle Joni, who teaches letters, shapes and show & tell to adults at a preschool in Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
05 They quit their jobs to sell balloon sex toys
Oct 23, 2017 • 41 min
Jan and Maggie are the founders of Looners United, a community and online store for balloon fetishists. They tell Alli and Jen about poppers, non-poppers, and their journey of acceptance as a couple. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
04 What if we were all created by aliens?
Oct 16, 2017 • 58 min
Did intelligent aliens design us in their own image thousands of years ago? That’s what Raëlians believe. Alli and Jen speak with Felix Clairvoyant, a guide of the Raëlian movement, about ETs, the afterlife, nukes, Trump, and why humans are such a-holes.…
03 The hairy truth behind “Tinder for beards”
Oct 9, 2017 • 58 min
Alli and Jen get the lowdown on Bristlr, a dating app where you can find the bearded man of your dreams. John Kershaw builds app frameworks that connect beard lovers, new moms, and cow inseminators. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
02 Inside the touching world of online tickling
Oct 2, 2017 • 50 min
Alli and Jen speak with Richard Ivey, the creator of “My Friend’s Feet,” one of the first websites and online communities for tickling fetishists. Also: We are REALLY scared of aliens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
01 Is ‘furry’ a sexual orientation?
Oct 2, 2017 • 59 min
Alli and Jen speak with Dominic Rodriguez, director of the documentary Fursonas, about life (and sex) as an anthropomorphic animal. Also: Why are overall hooks only sold in large quantities? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Introducing 2 Girls 1 Podcast
Sep 15, 2017 • 1 min
Two actors who perform the weird Internet on stage dive into the deepest web wormholes with members of fringe online communities. Alli Goldberg and Jen Jamula have hilarious and humanizing conversations with furries, ticklers, balloon fetishists,…