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A podcast from Slate Podcasts

Decoder Ring

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27 Episodes • Released Monthly

27 Episodes • Released Monthly

A podcast from Slate Podcasts

Decoder Ring

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27 Episodes • Released Monthly

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Description

Decoder Ring is the show about cracking cultural mysteries. In each episode, host Willa Paskin takes a cultural question, object, or habit; examines its history; and tries to figure out what it means and why it matters.

Latest Episode

14 Aug 2020 • 50 mins

Mystery of the Mullet

The mullet, the love-to-hate-it hairstyle is as associated with the 1980's as Ronald Reagan, junk bonds, and break dancing. But in at least one major way, we are suffering from a collective case of false memory syndrome. In this episode we track the rise and fall of the mullet, and also the lexical quandary at its heart: who named the mullet?Slate Plus members get ad-free podcasts and bonus episodes of shows like Dear Prudence and Slow Burn. Sign up now to listen and support our work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices