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"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.

#102 Long Distance July 27, 2017
This week, a telephone scammer makes a terrible mistake. He calls Alex Goldman. Further Reading If 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 …
#101 Minka July 13, 2017
A man takes on an impossible job: fixing the place you go before you die. Further Info Bill Thomas's website Bill Thomas on Twitter Tammy 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.
#98 Fog of Covfefe June 8, 2017
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.
#94 Obfuscation April 12, 2017
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.
#93 Beware All April 6, 2017
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 Info Come see Alex and PJ at The Bell House with Linda Holmes! Wirecutter on password managers
What’s it like to get the direct attention of the President of your country, and why that can be an extremely bad thing. (NOTE: We first broadcast this story in 2015, but we have since gone back and added a new chapter.)
#91 The Russian Passenger March 16, 2017
Somewhere in Russia, a man calls for a car. Somewhere in New York City, a stranger's phone buzzes.
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.
#89 Worldstar Feb. 23, 2017
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
#88 Second Language Feb. 9, 2017
A new Yes Yes No, plus Sruthi talks to the world's first fully functional cyborg.
This week: Alex meets his hero, the thorn in the side of Dick Dale, GG Allin, and Alex Trebek.
#86 Man of the People Jan. 19, 2017
This week — a new technology falls into the wrong hands. Pope Brock's book, Charlatan Penny Lane's documentary, Nuts!
#85 The Reversal Jan. 18, 2017
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.
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.
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.