Juicy gossip has entertained us for centuries. But what happens when the rumor mill comes for you?

 

Chapter 1: The Rumor Mill

Laci traces the origins of the gossip industry and shares some of her own experiences with rumors online.

 

Chapter 2: #SaveMarinaJoyce

Mass hysteria broke out online after Marina Joyce posted a video with an unblinking stare and bruises on her arms. Laci recounts the bizarre story.

 

Chapter 3: The Info Warp 

Laci is joined by Dr. Taylor Carlson to discuss the psychology of rumor and misinformation. They explore how a story gets changed from person to person. They discuss why we spread rumors, what type of person is prone to gossip, and why we tend to gravitate toward negative information. 

feat. Dr. Taylor Carlson, PhD

6. Rumor Has It

November 20th, 2019

Listen on Soundcloud | Transcript | Run Time: 25:09

Online dating is here to stay. Dating should be easier than ever. And yet...it feels more exhausting. Where did we go wrong? 

Chapter 1: Woman Seeks Man
Laci shares her crazy first experience with online dating. She pays tribute to the old school dating services that paved the way to the future.

Chapter 2: Failure to Launch

I got 99 problems and most of them are dating apps. Laci explores the pain and pleasure points of today's dating tools.
 

Chapter 3: The Matchmakers
Laci interviews Michael Bruch, creator of the independent dating app Sweet Pea. They discuss gender differences in online dating, how to find dating success, and some of the more insidious aspects of the dating biz.

 

feat. Michael Bruch

5. Did Apps Kill Dating?

October 30th, 2019

Listen on Soundcloud | Transcript | Run Time: 29:36

Online censorship is increasing around the world. What kind of speech (if any) goes too far?

Chapter 1: Your Video Has Been Removed
Laci recounts the escalating censorship of her sex education YouTube channel.

 

Chapter 2: The Biggest Influencer
F**king algorithms. How do they work? The brutal reality of the codes that govern the internet.

 

Chapter 3: The Great, Grey Area
Laci discusses free speech online with Jillian York of the EFF. They discuss an array of topics: increasing censorship around the world, hate speech, harassment, the cases of Milo Yiannopoulos and Stephen Crowder, sex work, neo-nazi speech, Twitter’s not-so-free-speech policy, and how to save the internet.

 

feat. Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

4. Dangerous Speech

October 16th, 2019

Listen on YouTube | Transcript | Run Time: 42:20

Memes are the language of the internet. What can they teach us about society? And what happens when you accidentally become one?

Chapter 1: What Do You Meme?

Laci discusses the concept of a meme. Why do some memes spread while others die immediately?

Chapter 2: The Very First Internet Meme

Laci speculates on the first meme she encountered online and the curious virality of Godwin's Law.
 

Chapter 3: Becoming A Meme

Laci chats with Tay Zonday about his early viral hit, Chocolate Rain. They discuss why the song went viral, its message about race, and the existential crises of being a meme.
 

feat. Tay Zonday

3. There's No "I" In Meme

October 2nd, 2019

Listen on YouTube | Transcript | Run Time: 25:43

The post-truth era has arrived. How do we address mass misinformation and deception online?

Chapter 1: The Death of Expertise
Laci reflects on the promise of the internet to bridge the information gap...and the messy reality we got instead.

Chapter 2: *Fake News Intensifies*
Laci and Tom share their perspectives on why fake news is so pervasive. Should social media companies intervene? They discuss the anti-vax movement, the 24/7 news cycle, and activist websites that pose as news sources.

Chapter 3: A Capitalist Education
Dr. Nichols lays out his case for the role of higher education in the fake news crisis.

 

feat. Dr. Tom Nichols, PhD

2. The Death of Expertise

September 18th, 2019

Listen on YouTube | Transcript | Run Time: 28:47

Welcome to the Super Official First Episode!

Chapter 1: Internet Kids
Laci takes a trip down memory lane and discusses the early internet and digital identity.

Chapter 2: Trouble on the Playground
Youtube drama, the psychology of public humiliation, and the pros and cons of cancel culture.

Chapter 3: Age of Anxiety
Laci chats with her sister, a therapist, about the rise of social media related mental health problems and how to have a healthier relationship with your screen(s).

feat. Ms. Green, MSW

1. Internet Kids

September 4th, 2019

Listen on YouTube | Transcript | Run Time: 35:03

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