Search Engine

PJ Vogt, Audacy, Jigsaw

  • 1 hour 56 seconds
    Should this creepy search engine exist?

    After stumbling on a new kind of search engine for faces, we called privacy journalist Kashmir Hill. She’s been reporting on the very sudden and unregulated rise of these facial search engines. Here’s the story of the very first one, the mysterious person who made it, and the copycats it helped spawn.

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    10 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 59 minutes 29 seconds
    What do trigger warnings actually do?

    A listener’s brother dies by suicide, and afterwards, she finds herself angered by trigger warnings about suicide. She wants to know — are these actually helping other people? Or is it just something we do because we think we’re supposed to?

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    3 May 2024, 2:45 pm
  • 55 minutes 40 seconds
    Where's my flying car?

    Since not long after the car was invented, we have wanted to stick wings on them and fly them through the sky. This week, we interview writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus about the surprisingly long history of actual, working flying cars in America. Plus, what it's like to actually fly in a modern flying car.

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    19 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 37 minutes 9 seconds
    Do political yard signs actually do anything?

    It’s an election year and so Search Engine’s campaign desk is answering the questions you really want answers to: all the political yard signs in your neighbors’ yards … do they do anything besides make everyone like each other less?

    An experiment that definitively answers this question.

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    12 April 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 8 minutes
    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 2)

    In part two of our story, we watch the state of New York try to pull off something we rarely see in America: a kind of reparations. A very ambitious dream encounters a thicket of details and complications. The whole time, cameras roll, broadcasting the meetings on YouTube.

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    5 April 2024, 4:00 pm
  • 52 minutes 19 seconds
    Why are there so many illegal weed stores in New York City? (Part 1)

    In 2021, New York legalized cannabis for adults. It was supposed to be the start of a legal market, led by people arrested during prohibition. Instead, a strange new market has flourished, seemingly every formerly empty store in the city now sells weed. How'd that happen? In part one, the history of prohibition and how it helps explain the mess we're in now.

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    29 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 13 minutes 51 seconds
    A big announcement from Search Engine plus, "What's in your cocaine?"

    We've launched a new premium feed called Incognito Mode. It includes bonus episodes of Search Engine and some other very special features. We're including a preview episode here: an interview with a very candid, high-level drug dealer about adulterants in the illicit drug supply. Sign up now, at searchengine.show or go there to learn more.

    (More thoughts about why we're doing this and the future of our show).

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    22 March 2024, 1:01 pm
  • 1 hour 2 minutes
    How do we survive the media apocalypse?

    Something strange, new, and unsettling is happening in media right now. Huge institutions, both newspapers and online outlets, are being severely transformed by layoffs.

    As a person just trying to find good information on the internet, what are you supposed to do? We’re joined this week again by Ezra Klein, who has an explanation for why this is happening, a prediction about where it’s going, and a prescription for what we all can do about it.

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    15 March 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 11 minutes
    Who's behind these scammy text messages we've all been getting?

    "Hi David, I’m Vicky Ho. Don’t you remember me?"

    An investigative reporter travels halfway around the world to find out who is sending him random wrong number texts and why. After you hear this story, you'll never look at these messages the same way again.

    You can grab a copy of Zeke's book, Number Go Up, here.

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    8 March 2024, 10:00 am
  • 53 minutes 43 seconds
    How do you make an addictive video game?

    This episode will change how you look at games. We talk to Ben Brode, the designer behind Hearthstone and Marvel Snap, about how a creative person learns to make the things they love, and about the secret ideas hiding in games as simple as rock-papers-scissors.

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    1 March 2024, 12:39 pm
  • 42 minutes 7 seconds
    Where did all the roaches go?

    Cockroaches were a scourge that scuttled through the cracks and crevices of homes all throughout America. And then one day, large numbers of them mysteriously disappeared. A miracle for humankind? Sure. But for cockroaches: the world's grimmest true crime story.

    This story is a collaboration with our friends over at Radio Atlantic.

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    23 February 2024, 10:00 am
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