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Every Little Thing

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Rank #18 in Education category

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Education
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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. 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. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. 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. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

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Better than Stuff You Should Know

By avocados4life - Oct 08 2019
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ELT makes learning new things fun and engaging. 10/10 recommend.

Great podcast!

By AMECphoto - Sep 23 2019
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Love your humor!!! Love this show! Topics are awesome!

iTunes Ratings

2883 Ratings
Average Ratings
2364
298
104
41
76

Better than Stuff You Should Know

By avocados4life - Oct 08 2019
Read more
ELT makes learning new things fun and engaging. 10/10 recommend.

Great podcast!

By AMECphoto - Sep 23 2019
Read more
Love your humor!!! Love this show! Topics are awesome!
Cover image of Every Little Thing

Every Little Thing

Updated 7 days ago

Rank #18 in Education category

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Who invented pants? How did ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys’ happen? What do dogs say when they bark? ELT is here to answer your burning questions. 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. Every Little Thing is produced by Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

Rank #1: 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.

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Apr 24 2017
26 mins
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Rank #2: 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.

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Jul 16 2018
24 mins
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Rank #3: 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.

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Aug 13 2018
24 mins
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Rank #4: Cockpit Confessions: The Truth About Airplane Mode (and More)

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When you fly do you really need to put your phone in airplane mode? Should you fear the tray table? What’s happening in the cockpit while you’re fighting over the armrest? Two airline pilots answer your burning air travel questions.

Guests: Pilot Sandy Williams of Skydive Deland; Pilot Nick Anderson of the Airline Pilot Guy podcast. 
Thanks to everyone who called in with their airplane questions.
May 20 2019
30 mins
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Rank #5: The Senate Whisperer

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How rules can keep us from descending into chaos.

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May 01 2017
25 mins
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Rank #6: Are "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" Signs a Lie?

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First, Flora uncovers a feud about butterflies. Then, a question from the Help Line about aircraft patrol.

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Jan 22 2018
26 mins
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Rank #7: Public Toilets: To Sit Or To Hover?

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Plus, how to pee in zero-G.

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Apr 30 2018
23 mins
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Rank #8: Your Bedtime is Killing You

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Flora stages a fact intervention with Prashanth.
Dec 18 2017
22 mins
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Rank #9: Thrift Store Smell: What Is It? Plus, Your Cleanspiracies

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ELT gets to the bottom of a familiar aroma -- thrift store smell. Why do thrift shops all smell the same? Plus, is washing your clothes better than freezing them? ELT investigates listener cleanspiracies with expert cleaner Jolie Kerr.
Guest: Jolie Kerr, writer and host of Ask a Clean Person. Thanks to callers Theresa, Rachel, Jeremiah, Nikki, Vicki, Mark, Juliana, Ben and all the listeners who called in with cleanspiracies.
Feb 18 2019
26 mins
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Rank #10: Fruit Flies: Seriously, Where Do They Come From?

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Caller Jeremy has a problem: fruit flies have swarmed his apartment, and he needs to know where they came from. ELT finds out how Jeremy’s red-eyed roommates landed in his life. Plus, please help caller Austin name that tune.

Guest: Biologist Marcus Stensmyr, Lund University. Thanks to callers Jeremy and Austin.
Aug 12 2019
25 mins
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Rank #11: 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.

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Apr 16 2018
27 mins
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Rank #12: What the Government Stashes

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Rummaging through the nation's attic to find out what the government stores and why.

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May 29 2017
28 mins
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Rank #13: 🛩TSA Treasure Chest : What Happens To Your Confiscated Stuff? 💸

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Every year the TSA confiscates millions of pounds of pocketknives, sunscreen and snow globes from airport travelers. Where does it all go? ELT investigates. Plus, tips for sneaking your weed onboard, from a former TSA agent.

Guests: Ex-TSO “Taylor”; TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein; surplus agents for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Patrick Knight and Mike Starr; press secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of General Services Troy Thompson.

Thanks to caller Kimberly.
Jan 14 2019
23 mins
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Rank #14: 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.

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Aug 06 2018
29 mins
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Rank #15: 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.

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May 28 2018
24 mins
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Rank #16: Pink for Girls, Blue for Boys — Why?

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Through the 1800s, babies in the U.S. were dressed in gender neutral clothing — you couldn’t tell the girls from the boys based on their outfits. So why did parents start color-coding their kids in pink and blue? Plus, ELT’s long quest to get a sports team to have a flamingo as their mascot is finally over… or is it?

 Guests: textiles and clothing historian Jo Paoletti; cultural historian of medicine, gender, and the body Hanne Blank; and Kuba Krzyzostaniak, Director of Fan Engagement for Forward Madison FC.

Thanks to caller Elle Ve and Paige — and to scholars Elizabeth Sweet, Katherine Parkin, and Valerie Steele.
Jun 03 2019
32 mins
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Rank #17: 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. 

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May 15 2017
28 mins
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Rank #18: 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 Nods 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.

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Sep 03 2018
26 mins
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Rank #19: 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.
May 07 2018
21 mins
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Rank #20: Auctioneers: Why Do They Talk Like That?

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Why do some auctioneers talk so fast? And what are they actually saying? ELT gets the low-down on auction talk from a professional auctioneer. Plus, pro-tips for developing your auctioneer chant.

Guest: Junior Staggs, professional auctioneer. 

Thanks to caller Katie.
Jan 21 2019
24 mins
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