Every Little Thing

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Episodios

What the Flock Is in My Chimney?

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Every evening at dusk, listener Tara watches clouds of tiny birds dive-bomb into her boyfriend’s chimney. What are these creatures, and are they going to destroy the house? Ornithologist Margaret Rubega introduces us to these notoriously mysterious birds, and to the stubborn 19th-century artist-turned-scientist who was determined to study them. Special thanks to Barbara Boyle. Thanks also to songwriter Jay Ungar for the use of Ashokan Farewell, ©1983 by Swinging Door Music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How Squirrels Track Their Nuts

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This week, we dug up a favorite episode on the secret life of squirrels. The average tree squirrel can bury up to 10,000 nuts every fall. How do they keep tabs on that stash? Animal behaviorist and pro squirrel watcher Mikel Maria Delgado exposes the secrets of squirrel pantry maintenance. Thanks to caller Cayra. This episode of Every Little Thing was produced by Stephanie Werner, Emily Forman, Phoebe Flanigan, Annette Heist and Flora Lichtman, with help from Nicole Pasulka and Doug Barron. Our consulting editors are Caitlin Kenney and Jorge Just. Mixed by Dara Hirsch and Enoch Kim. Scored by Dara Hirsch, Bobby Lord and Emma Munger. ELT is a Gimlet production and a Spotify original podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Symphony Secrets: Dirt from the Pit

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This week, an encore of a favorite episode: What happens behind the scenes at the symphony. Does a triangle player get the same pay as a violinist? Do conductors ever fall off their podiums? Which section do the other musicians love to hate? ELT dishes symphony secrets with violinist Akiko Tarumoto and conductor Rob Kapilow. Special thanks to Nathan Cole and danke schön to caller Laszlo. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

When Astronauts Come Home

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This week, we’re revisiting an intergalactic favorite: Preparing for a mission to space takes astronauts years, but listener Daniel wants to know — what does the other end of that journey look like? Record-holding NASA astronaut Christina Koch tells us what happens when space travelers come home.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How Do Streets Get Named?

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Caller Jessica lives on a street with an unwieldy name, and she wants to know: Who gets to name the streets? Deirdre Mask, author of “The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power,” tells us about a project to name all the streets in rural West Virginia, and why having a street address matters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Is It Weird to Be Nice to Alexa?

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This week we’re hitting repeat on one of our favorite episodes: Listener Elizabeth wants to know if it’s weird to say “please” and “thank you” to her Google voice assistant. ELT talks to former Alexa insider Daren Gill (now senior director of product at Spotify), and human-robot interactions expert Leila Takayama to find out whether people are typically polite to machines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Do Any Animals Dance?

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After trying (and failing) to start a dance party with her dogs, listener Heather wants to know: are there beasts that can boogie? Irena Schulz and Ani Patel break it down. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Hello, We Are Every Little Thing

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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? If you have a question that needs answering, call the ELT Help Line at 833-RING-ELT or send an audio message to elt@gimletmedia.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Rapture Chasers

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An event in August could bring millions of people to tears. Our Sponsors Ebay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcasts Casper - Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code "ELT" Hello Fresh - Get $30 off your first week of deliveries visit hellofresh.com and enter promo code "ELT30" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Hide Rug of the Plant World

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Producer Christine Driscoll meets an alleyway plant dealer and discovers an industry right under our noses. Our Sponsors Everyday Bravery - subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts Sonos - Sonos is a smart system of wireless speakers. To learn more go to sonos.com Virgin Atlantic - Listen to their podcast, The Venture, wherever you get your podcasts Wordpress - To get 15% off your website go to wordpress.com/elt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Senate Whisperer

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How rules can keep us from descending into chaos. Our Sponsors Ebay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcasts Everyday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your podcasts Ziprecruiter - Post jobs for free by visiting ziprecruiter.com/elt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Quest to Wipe Out a Virus

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What does it take to eradicate a disease from the planet? Plus, the horrifying hunting habits of weasels.  Our Sponsors  Casper – Get $50 towards any mattress purchase by visiting casper.com/elt and using promo code “ELT” WordPress – go to wordpress.com/ELT to get 15% off a new website Realtor.com – Realtor.com has more MLS listed homes for sale than any other national real estate app or site. Go to Realtor.com/ELT to learn more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

This Is an Activation

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A weird night in Dallas leads us to ask: what kinds of emergency systems are all around us? Our Sponsors eBay - Listen to their podcast, Open for Business wherever you get your podcastsEveryday Bravery by Prudential - Listen wherever you get your podcastsHello Fresh - Get $30 off your first week of deliveries visit hellofresh.com and enter promo code "ELT30"Virgin Atlantic - Listen to their podcast, The Venture, wherever you get your podcastsRealtor.com - Find your dream home before not-you does. Visit realtor.com/ELT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

What the Government Stashes

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Rummaging through the nation's attic to find out what the government stores and why. Our SponsorsPostmates - The app that can deliver anything from anywhere. Get $100 in Postmates delivery credit by downloading the app and using promo code ELT. New customers only.Ziprecruiter – Post jobs for free by visiting ziprecruiter.com/elt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Are You Living With a Psychopath?

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Is your roommate trying to kill you? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a psychopath. Guests: Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger. Special thanks to caller Megan. *No animals were harmed in the making of this episode. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Is There a Secret Sixth Taste?

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Is there more to your taste buds than you thought? ELT tackles a fat question. Plus, a #yesflamingo campaign update. Guests: Richard Mattes, taste czar; Sarah Laskow, reporter for Atlas Obscura. Special thanks to caller Samantha. *Correction: The Vegas Golden Knights mascot is not, in fact, a golden knight. It is Chance the gila monster. Our apologies to Chance and fans for the error. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Are Babies Born With Tails?

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Plus, learn how to lie like a dad. Guests: Fake parenting expert Adam Mansbach; belly whisperer Tamara Duker Freuman; bird-watcher extraordinaire Amar Ayyash. Special thanks to Nicolas, Marisa, and everyone who called in with their Old Dad's Tales. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

ARRRRR Pirate Peg Legs Really A Thing?

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Pirate historian Laura Sook Duncombe tells us about the golden age of pirates. Plus, a tunnel follow up with Dr. Mole: where do the emergency exits in underwater tunnels go? Thanks to lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe and tunnel afficionado Gary Brierley, aka Dr. Mole. Thank also to callers Captain Yarb and Kirsten. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Clowns and Crows: Weirder and Scarier Than You Think

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ELT goes into the mind of a crow to find out if scarecrows work. Plus, a look at how clowns protect their clown IP with fact buddy Prashanth Venkat Guests: Julie "Lovely Buttons" Varholdt; crow expert Kevin McGowan. Thanks to Bruce Johnson (aka "Charlie the Juggling Clown") and Alan Zerobnick (aka “Zerbo the Clown” and “The Shoemaker to the Clowns"). Thanks also to callers Brian and Jordan. Find a link to the clown egg photos on our show page, and on Twitter and Facebook. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Genius of Birds: Live From the Aspen Ideas Festival

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Some birds can fashion tools and create tiny works of art, so why do we always underestimate their bird brains? In this panel discussion, recorded at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Flora talks with writer Jennifer Ackerman and crow expert Alex Taylor about the genius of birds.  Guests: writer Jennifer Ackerman and New Caledonian crow expert Alex Taylor. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

How to Spot a Spy

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Does that person sitting next to you on the airplane REALLY work in IT? Plus, a tribute to the bedazzled sausage of the desert southwest, and more fun with pirates. Guests: ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, gila meister Dan Beck, and lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe. Special thanks to callers “anonymous” and Eric — and to all of the listeners who sent us pirate questions. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line: #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

WTF Do the ⏹ 🔼 ⏺ on My 👕 Tag Mean?

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Plus, koala fingerprints, lobster pee and other hot facts. There are mysterious symbols inside your tee-shirt -- do you know what they mean? ELT reveals the secrets of The DaLaundry Code. Plus, lobsters pee from their faces, and other cocktail party fodder from our fact buddy exchange. Guests: Symbol whisperer John Langdon; Pascale Florant of GINETEX; Patrick A. Ayers of Vartest Labs. Thanks to laundry caller Ellen, Fran Kozen of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, and to our fact buddies Josh, Angela, Greg, Olivia, Chad, Kathryn, Rachel, Amber, Ivy and Lia.  Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Underwater Tunnels: HOW?

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How they get that tunnel under there. Plus, a centuries-old scientific debate: why ice is slippery. Guests: Dr. Gary Brierley (aka Dr. Mole), tunnel engineer, Dr. Miquel Salmeron, physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Special thanks to callers Nikki and Erin. Check out the Terrifying Tunnel Video referenced in today's show. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

What Do Dogs Say When They Bark?

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Is it possible to interpret what dogs are saying when they bark? We have the tools to help you do some ruff decoding. Plus, listeners share their real-life, unconventional Lassie stories. Guests: Dog bark researchers Péter Pongrácz and Kathryn Lord; behavioral scientist Susan Friedman. Thanks to dog callers Jacob, Alan, Katie R., Katie K., and Oren — and to everyone who sent in their pet stories. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Who Invented the Bloomin’ Onion? Plus, Biology’s Best Butt

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ELT goes down under, to expose one of the most impressive butts in the animal kingdom. Plus, the multi-layered origin story of the Bloomin' Onion. Guests: Science Vs. host, Wendy Zukerman; Wombat specialists, Alyce Swinbourne and Julie Old; ELT producer and fried appetizer fanatic, Phoebe Flanigan; Outback Steakhouse co-founder Tim Gannon; chef George Barnes Thanks to fact buddy Ivy. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

The Cha Cha Slide: How One Uncle Changed Weddings Forever

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DJ Casper tells us the origin story of the Cha Cha Slide. Plus, The Nod’s Brittany Luse is astonished by the unreleased Cha Cha Slide Pt. 1. Guests: The Nod’s host, Brittany Luse; Willie Perry Jr. (aka DJ Casper aka Mr. C the Slide Man); former gym rat David Wilson; radio personality and actress La Donna “Tittle in The Middle” Tittle; and BBC Radio 1 host Scott Mills. Thanks to caller Rachael and line dance guru Kenny J. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Why One Horrible Sound Haunts Reality TV. Plus, Is That Bug Threatening Me?

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Who put the tension in reality TV? ELT tracks down the source of the nail biting-sound you can’t unhear. Plus, cicada killer wasps — a backyard horror story, turned intervention. Guests: sonic puppetmaster Rick Livingstone; cicada killer wasp expert Chuck Holliday. Thanks to callers Caitlin and Stephanie. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT.  To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Cheese: Why Do We Worship Rotten Milk? A NSFW History

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When did someone first see a cheese curd and think, “Yeah, I’m going to eat that"? ELT traces the delicious and X-rated history of cheese. Plus, a professional processed cheese maker on how to make the most of the dairy aisle. Guests: cheese biochemist and historian Paul Kindstedt; processed cheese expert Lloyd Metzger; and cicada killer wasp biologist Chuck Holliday. Thanks to callers Kurt and Judi. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

T. Rex Roar: How Is It Made? Plus, Would Dinosaurs Taste Like Chicken?

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How did they make the dinosaur roars in the Jurassic Park movies? Flora talks with the sound engineers behind the bellows. Plus, ELT goes deep into the Mesozoic to find out what what dinosaurs looked (and tasted) like. Guests: Al Nelson and Pete Horner of Skywalker Sound; dinosaur expert Thomas R. Holtz Jr.; paleontologista Jingmai O’Connor Thanks to callers Gwen and Lilah and all the listeners who sent us dinosaur questions. Send audio of your animal star to elt@gimletmedia.com  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Do You Need to Warm Up Your Car? Plus, a Teeny, Glorious Car Hack

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Tucked into your car’s dashboard is a tiny arrow that points to the side of the car with the gas tank cap. Who came up with it? ELT tracks down the inventor of this tiny, brilliant car hack. Plus, do you really need to warm up your car? Guests: Automobile aficionado Jason Torchinsky of Jalopnik; gas tank-indicator arrow inventor Jim Moylan. Thanks to caller Jonathan, the listeners who shared their car-spiracies, and the car experts who answered our questions. Have a tiny but important invention you want to know more about? Tell us who belongs on ELT’s Bulletin Board of Glory™. Email us at elt@gimletmedia.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Why Are Used Car Ads So INSAAANNNE?

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One man is to blame. Plus, vanity plates in the wild: IC A GR8 PL8. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Public Toilets: To Sit Or To Hover?

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Plus, how to pee in zero-G. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

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A kid caller pops the question: How does popcorn pop? Plus, the uncomfortable truth about baby corn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Who Made ‘The Wave’ a Thing? Plus, a Mammal Mix-Up Made Right

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When did “the wave” become a staple of stadium crowds? ELT talks to the professional cheerleader who first got fans out of their seats. Plus, the egg-laying mammal that is not a marsupial. We give monotremes their due. Guests: professional cheerleader “Krazy” George Henderson; weird-Australian-mammal expert Robin Beck. Thanks also to callers Leslie, Natalie, and Manuel. Got a burning question that needs answering? Call now: 833-RING-ELT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Old Graves: What Would You Find In There? Plus, the Scariest Creature Under the Sea

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If you dug up the graves of our founding fathers, what would you find? Tri-corner hats and puffy shirts? A grave expert fills us in on what remains. Plus, a terrifying sea creature that lurks in the waters off northern Australia.  Guests: Nicholas Bellantoni, former Connecticut State Archaeologist and author; jellyfish expert Lisa-ann Gershwin.  Thanks to callers Brenda and Keira and all the listeners who shared their final wishes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices