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Coda Currents illuminates the trends shaping our world and puts them in context. From disinformation and the power of conspiracy theories to authoritarian tech and the rise of surveillance to the war on science and the influence of pseudoscience, we focus on the overarching stories that are poised to dominate our politics and our lives for years to come. Each week, Coda Story journalists show how these global trends impact you and communities around the world. You’ll hear international stori ...
 
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Who was behind a secret plot to pay social media stars to falsely discredit the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine?Trending investigates an attempt to weaponise the power of influencer marketing in the online disinformation war over the pandemic.In May this year a marketing agency contacted influencers in several countries with an extraordinary offer. A my…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast Charlie has the floor to himself and talks about one of his favorate films. He still goes off topic, normal for DRH, but that's the best bit right....right!!!!! Lots of facts and feelings in this episode. Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPod…
 
Former fatty and current standup comedian Ari Shaffir talks to world-renowned weight fluctuator and comedian Maddy Smith about her massive weight gains and losses and then gains again and then losses and then pass outs and then weight gains and then anorexia and then back to normal. Nobody gives better weight loss tips than anorexics and Maddy has …
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're overcoming technical difficulties again (as is tradition at this point!) and having a good ol' general chit chat on another Image Comics hit in American Vampire, a remaster of the amazing Tony Hawk game of our childhood, and quickly discuss our excitement for the upcoming Disney+ series Marvel's Wha…
 
Comedian and homosexual child predator Luis Gomez talks to pot-stirrer and comedian Ari Shaffir about his old days selling comedy tickets to classless tourists in Times Square. The stories were WILD. Stories of sex and violence and an early Kurt Metzger. The podcast starts inside and then moves outdoors to Times Square to try and find some of these…
 
Space Cakes, Gummies, Brownies, chocolates, and the legendarily deadly Banana Bread. Comedian Brendan’s Sagalow and standup comedian Mile Cannon talk to standup comedian and creator of This is Not Happening Ari Shaffir about the dark arts of the baking world. It was a fun podcast about edible marijuana. You’ll be laughing the whole time. Ari has be…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're talking interactive experiences, puzzle-solving and playing remastered classic trilogies. Charlie has been out in the world AND on his couch not letting riddles and queries stand in his way - while Lewis explored the known (and unknown) galaxies onboard the fleet's finest ship the Normandy... Come a…
 
Host of the Cumtown podcast Stavros Halkias joins standup comedian Ari Shaffir for a relationship and sex advice episode of Skeptic Tank. This is a “Dear Ari” relationship advice episode that’s usually available on Patreon only but in honor of Juneteenth, we’re making this one available to the public. Standup comedian Stavros Halkias and former fri…
 
Surveillance can often be tough to spot amidst the benefits of technology. For a decade or so, companies have been using voice recognition software to help direct customer service calls. But they’ve also been selling it to us under the guise of convenience. Think Siri in your car, Alexa in your kitchen. But what are they doing with all that voice d…
 
Standup comedian and host of The Bonfire and Legion of Skanks (in that order) Big Jay Oakerson talks about his struggle with anxiety disorder with comedian and host of nothing Ari Shaffir. Jay really went through it, man. He was fine and then one afternoon, he wasn’t. He couldn’t breathe, he couldn’t think straight, and the walls started crashing i…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're STILL talking about the amazingly misunderstood (and arguably heartless!) sci-fi cult classic Starship Troopers in our second #withDRH pick... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
Comedian Kim Congdon is fucking nuts. Standup comedian and your host Ari Shaffir sits down with this crazy Chonga to discuss the origins of the stereotype of the fiery Latin woman and how wild and fun it can be to observe her in action. She has always frightened me with her crazy Puerto Rican-style rage. The intro is live from the Mexico City Centr…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we get all warm and fuzzy about our feelings and actually have a nice catch-up about our inner thoughts in the lockdown-easing world. Then we undo the niceness and talk about the amazingly misunderstood (and arguably heartless!) sci-fi cult classic Starship Troopers in our second #withDRH pick... Come and…
 
Many people who get caught up in anti-vaccine theories don't pull themselves out. But there are a few exceptions. These people do something that doesn’t come easy to many of us. They change their minds. Coda Story’s Isobel Cockerell speaks with one woman about leaving the anti-vaccine community. Plus, there are billions of dollars to be made off of…
 
Comedian Graham Kay has been fired more than anyone on Earth. Stand-up comedian Ari Shaffir, fresh off not appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast for two years and before that losing his own show 'This Is Not Happening,' now sits down with Graham to discuss the many times he’s been fired. The intro covers some of Ari’s own firings even thoug…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we talk about some standout crossovers of the past as well as pitch some we'd love to see in the future... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
Between Covid-19 and election conspiracy theories, it feels like the golden age of disinformation. A massive disinfo network might have ties to Steve Bannon’s close associate and teaches us that disinfo online is a lot more coordinated than you might think. Plus fringe anti-censorship platforms are cropping up in Latvia, Poland and Hungary and Covi…
 
Standup comedian Robert Kelly and standup comedian Ari Shaffir share their plan for world domination in a public Patreon episode. This is the kind of thing I do all the time on Patreon behind the paywall but I didn’t have a podcast for this week. So my lack of responsibility is your win! Congrats for following a degenerate. Join the Patreon for mor…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we revisit the John Carpenter cult classic They Live as part of our first audience participation #withDRH - we touch on Lewis' weekly Rocket League matches, suffering from internet trolls, and our love for the Total Recalls. Yes, the remake too... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https:…
 
Reining in surveillance is an uphill battle, no matter where you go in the world. Europe has a plan for regulating AI and biometric mass surveillance, but it’s full of holes and exemptions. North Carolina gave police real time access to people’s cell phone location data without a warrant. So how do you put guardrails surveillance tech that are actu…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're talking about standout cameos in film - as well as debating what actually counts as a cameo, given that our research brought up some ridiculous choices... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
India’s healthcare system is struggling to stay afloat as Covid-19 cases continue to rise. So young people are using social media to help total strangers find oxygen and hospital beds. We talk to them about what’s on their minds as the government tries to erase criticism of its Covid response from Twitter. Plus, Mexico wants to build a massive gove…
 
Comedians Kevin Ryan and H. Foley from the @AreYouGarbage? Comedy Podcast joins standup comedian and your host Ari Shaffir in Kevin’s mom’s basement to talk about what makes someone human trash. The intro was recorded in front of a White Castle because obviously. No podcast has better locations than Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank. Kippy and Herbert are…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're in an extremely good mood despite this being our third or fourth attempt to record the episode - so sit back and enjoy some book and reality TV chat... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
Nicole is a paediatrician in Ohio who was shocked when she received a ton of nasty comments on one of her online videos. Her “mistake” was providing reliable, evidence-based information about vaccines.It meant that anti-vaccine activists targeted her. But with the help of a group of volunteer medical professionals called Shots Heard Around the Worl…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're STILL celebrating anime & manga! Asia is absolutely smashing it with cartoons and comics, producing multiple versions or formats of the biggest & best franchises - so here's part 2 of some standouts... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPod…
 
Mark Normand and I take a drivecast down to Pennsylvania for a show at SoulJoel’s Comedy Amphitheater. And we shot the shit the whole drive. I’ve always heard podcasts described as two friends talking in the front seat while you’re listening from the backseat. Well, here we are. An actual conversation from two of your best comedy buddies from the f…
 
A helicopter carrying vaccines is greeted in a by a crowd in an indigenous village – and the villagers are armed with bows and arrows. It’s just one, thankfully rare incident. But it’s a symptom of the creeping misinformation hitting some of Brazil’s most remote communities.But rather than being a vestige of traditional ideas or village life, rumou…
 
Cracking down on corruption and kleptocracy helps combat global inequality, tackle a major national security concern and raise the bar for transparency worldwide. We talk with journalist Oliver Bullough about the Biden administration’s push for corporate transparency. Plus, powerful people and corrupt heads of state use awards and honors to launder…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're celebrating anime & manga! Asia is absolutely smashing it with cartoons and comics, producing multiple versions or formats of the biggest & best franchises - so here's part 1 of some standouts... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPod…
 
As India struggles with a surge in Covid-19 cases, it is also dealing with a wave of misinformation about the virus and vaccines. Although now banned from Facebook and YouTube, self-proclaimed nutritionist Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury built his social media stardom by claiming that conventional medicine is almost entirely wrong about coronavirus.Labelle…
 
Nearly 2,000 taxpayer-funded agencies in the US from Customs and Border Protection to police departments, and even two high schools, have used or tested a controversial facial recognition tool called Clearview AI, according to a recent Buzzfeed investigation. And in a lot of cases, the public and even higher-ups didn’t know about it. We talk to one…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're accidentally-on-purpose showcasing our love for JK Simmons and his ability to smash it across cartoons, films & tv - all via a spoiler-free chat on the opening trilogy of episodes for Invincible, and the great Andy Samberg vehicles Palm Springs and Brooklyn 99... Come and join us as we tumble down t…
 
Lead singer of Pinc Louds, Claudi, sat down with standup comedian @Ari Shaffir in Tompkins Square Park NYC to talk about busking and street performing in general. The summer could have gone in two directions. We could have shut ourselves in, and given into the gloom and doom of the news, or we could've gotten out there and taken back our city. And …
 
Catherine’s family believed in alternative medicine and she grew up in relatively poor, fringe communities that didn’t have much to do with mainstream science or Britain’s national health system. And when social media became a big part of her life, she started believing in all sorts of wild conspiracy theories. But when she slowly realised that she…
 
Tensions are high between Russia and Ukraine right now, and people are worried about an outright invasion. And Russian state media is fanning the flames. But what triggered this? It’s a bit of a weird story. Meanwhile, in Scotland, a bizarre number of political candidates have connections to Russian state-affiliated TV shows, like RT.…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're STILL talking about some iconic standouts of 90s film & tv - as well as touching on some of those classic games we loved (and still love) so much! Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
Comedian and Political Scientist Andrea Jones-Rooy came over to talk to standup comedian @Ari Shaffir about her time being a circus performer in Shanghai, China. That is correct. It’s one of the more interesting episodes of Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank you’re ever going to hear. Andrea made me miss Shanghai. Even though I’m traveling right now, this …
 
The Querdenken (in English, “lateral thinking”) sprung up last summer – it’s Germany’s anti-vaccine, Covid-denying, anti-lockdown movement, and it’s created a new crop of social media figures. The baseless conspiracy theories they spread have got more extreme over time – and one man in particular has used parents’ worries about the impact of lockdo…
 
There’s a lot of bad science surrounding a syndrome called ME/CFS, or what is sometimes known as chronic fatigue. We talk with David Tuller, a journalist who has been covering this topic for years, about what he’s learned from people who participated in one pseudoscientific treatment that’s now being marketed to people suffering from long Covid. Pl…
 
On this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast, we're talking about some iconic standouts of 90s film & tv as per the episode title - as well as surprise unknowns and guilty pleasures... Come and join us as we tumble down the rabbit hole! https://www.Instagram.com/DRHPodBy DRHPod - Charlie Fallows & Lewis Ryan
 
Ian Fidance and I took a drive down to New Jersey and talked and laughed about his weird level of sexuality. He’s got some unique views on sex and love and whether or not he’s gay. I assumed he was at least bi but he doesn’t agree. It’s a fun driving episode that I’m gonna do more of. I think the last one I did like this was with Duncan Trussell ta…
 
Recent surveys indicate that there might be rising scepticism about vaccines in South Africa. But even before the coronavirus pandemic started, the Rainbow Nation was battling a tide of anti-vaccine misinformation online. And one study found that although there is a relatively small group of South African anti-vaccine activists, they are being bols…
 
Leaked documents from Facebook give us new insight into the company’s policies towards abuse of public figures — anyone who has over 100k followers, politicians or even people who are infrequently in the news. Plus, we look at privacy concerns around vaccine passports. And we’re going to look a few years down the road at how vaccine certificates co…
 
General chit chat on this week's Digital Rabbit Hole Podcast around things we've been watching and reading! Charlie is midway through his MCU marathon re-visit, and right on brand Lewis is reading Jonathan Hickman's Avengers run and sharing first thoughts on The Falcon & The Winter Soldier. There's even a little conversation around the really fun c…
 
A celebration of marijuana in honor of the 420th episode of Ari Shaffir's Skeptic Tank Podcast. I got my friends and comedians Duncan Trussell, Dan Soder, Tony Hinchcliffe, Steve Rannazzisi, Sal Vulcano, Adrienne Iapalucci, and Mark Normand to all tell me their favorite weed stories. We got into how we started smoking, the munchies, gettting TOO hi…
 
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