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Every Little Thing

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Every Little Thing

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? 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.

Latest Episodes

Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

As monuments glorifying white supremacy are taken down, we want to hear from you: Who do you want to see celebrated in their place? Call the helpline and tell us who you’d like to see on a monument. 833-RING-ELT.

43 s2 d ago
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Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

Flora is away this week at a flamingo fanciers convention, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite shows — a two-part, deep dive into cheerleading. It’s not all smiles and ponytails. Guests: Cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama Natalie Adams; Barbara Hazlewood; Sharita Richardson, cheerleading researcher, instructional coach at North Carolina A&T State University, and founder of Black Girls Cheer. Thanks to caller Jessica for the question. Special thanks to Vonciel Baker, one of the original seven Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and to Dee Brock, former manager of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

41 MIN4 d ago
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Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

Is a Sense of Direction a Thing?

Listener Amy gets lost a lot. She wants to know if some people are naturally better at finding their way, and whether there’s hope for her. An expert locates some answers. Plus, how the best navigators in the world get around. Guests: navigation and orientation researcher Giuseppe Iaria; former London cab driver David Styles. Thanks to caller Amy.

21 MIN1 w ago
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Is a Sense of Direction a Thing?

Meet the DJs of the Bird World

Mockingbirds are masters at copying the songs around them. Listener Tim wonders: how do they develop their expansive playlists? Two mocker experts fill us in. Plus, listener Matt has spent decades searching for someone to validate his spoon gripe. ELT finds him a kindred spirit. Guests: naturalist and host of Birds of North America Jason Ward, mockingbird mimicry researcher Dave Gammon, and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin. Thanks to callers Tim and Matt. Correction: In the original version of this episode, we told you mockingbirds imitate frog sounds. That’s true! But we played the wrong sound to illustrate that point. You can hear both the frog and the mocker imitation in this corrected version of the show.

26 MIN3 w ago
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Meet the DJs of the Bird World

How Squirrels Track Their Nuts

The average tree squirrel can bury up to 10,000 nuts every fall. How do they keep tabs on that stash? Guest: animal behaviorist and pro squirrel watcher Mikel Maria Delgado exposes the secrets of squirrel pantry maintenance. Thanks to caller Cayra.

17 MINJUN 9
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How Squirrels Track Their Nuts

When Astronauts Come Home

This weekend, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the first crewed spacecraft from U.S. soil in almost a decade. 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? What happens when space travelers come home? Guest: record-holding NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

28 MINJUN 1
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When Astronauts Come Home

Old Life, This One’s For You

We’re celebrating the little things you miss from life before quarantine. Those small joys you can’t stop thinking about, in the midst of such big sadness. Thanks to listeners Ron, Sophia, Karen, Hayden, Priyanka, Melissa, Kim, Kai, Will, and everyone who called in to share, shout, and sob into the void.

36 MINMAY 19
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Old Life, This One’s For You

Dream Your Way to a Better You

Listener Natalie had a dreamy question: can you change something in your waking life by dreaming about it? ELT talked to a lucid dream expert to find out if we can optimize our snooze time. Guest: Daniel Erlacher, sports scientist at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Thanks to Natalie for the call.

23 MINMAY 11
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Dream Your Way to a Better You

Inside the Jigsaw Puzzle Factory

In the time of “puzzle and chill,” listener Myco needs to know: how are jigsaw puzzles made? Plus, why are clouds of terrifying black birds gathering in listener Amanda’s neighborhood every evening? ELT puts the pieces together. Guests: Thomas Kaeppeler, President of Ravensburger North America, Inc.; bird expert Judith Bailey. Thanks to callers Myco and Amanda.

24 MINMAY 4
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Inside the Jigsaw Puzzle Factory

Tell Us What You’re Missing Most

After weeks of social distancing, call us and tell us the thing you’re missing most and why it’s important to you. 833-RING-ELT.

1 MINAPR 28
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Tell Us What You’re Missing Most

Latest Episodes

Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

As monuments glorifying white supremacy are taken down, we want to hear from you: Who do you want to see celebrated in their place? Call the helpline and tell us who you’d like to see on a monument. 833-RING-ELT.

43 s2 d ago
Comments
Tell Us Who Should Be On a Monument

Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

Flora is away this week at a flamingo fanciers convention, so we’re revisiting one of our favorite shows — a two-part, deep dive into cheerleading. It’s not all smiles and ponytails. Guests: Cheerleading researcher and professor at the University of Alabama Natalie Adams; Barbara Hazlewood; Sharita Richardson, cheerleading researcher, instructional coach at North Carolina A&T State University, and founder of Black Girls Cheer. Thanks to caller Jessica for the question. Special thanks to Vonciel Baker, one of the original seven Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and to Dee Brock, former manager of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.

41 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Behind the Pompoms: Cheerleading’s Checkered Past

Is a Sense of Direction a Thing?

Listener Amy gets lost a lot. She wants to know if some people are naturally better at finding their way, and whether there’s hope for her. An expert locates some answers. Plus, how the best navigators in the world get around. Guests: navigation and orientation researcher Giuseppe Iaria; former London cab driver David Styles. Thanks to caller Amy.

21 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Is a Sense of Direction a Thing?

Meet the DJs of the Bird World

Mockingbirds are masters at copying the songs around them. Listener Tim wonders: how do they develop their expansive playlists? Two mocker experts fill us in. Plus, listener Matt has spent decades searching for someone to validate his spoon gripe. ELT finds him a kindred spirit. Guests: naturalist and host of Birds of North America Jason Ward, mockingbird mimicry researcher Dave Gammon, and materials engineer Zoe Laughlin. Thanks to callers Tim and Matt. Correction: In the original version of this episode, we told you mockingbirds imitate frog sounds. That’s true! But we played the wrong sound to illustrate that point. You can hear both the frog and the mocker imitation in this corrected version of the show.

26 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Meet the DJs of the Bird World

How Squirrels Track Their Nuts

The average tree squirrel can bury up to 10,000 nuts every fall. How do they keep tabs on that stash? Guest: animal behaviorist and pro squirrel watcher Mikel Maria Delgado exposes the secrets of squirrel pantry maintenance. Thanks to caller Cayra.

17 MINJUN 9
Comments
How Squirrels Track Their Nuts

When Astronauts Come Home

This weekend, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the first crewed spacecraft from U.S. soil in almost a decade. 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? What happens when space travelers come home? Guest: record-holding NASA astronaut Christina Koch.

28 MINJUN 1
Comments
When Astronauts Come Home

Old Life, This One’s For You

We’re celebrating the little things you miss from life before quarantine. Those small joys you can’t stop thinking about, in the midst of such big sadness. Thanks to listeners Ron, Sophia, Karen, Hayden, Priyanka, Melissa, Kim, Kai, Will, and everyone who called in to share, shout, and sob into the void.

36 MINMAY 19
Comments
Old Life, This One’s For You

Dream Your Way to a Better You

Listener Natalie had a dreamy question: can you change something in your waking life by dreaming about it? ELT talked to a lucid dream expert to find out if we can optimize our snooze time. Guest: Daniel Erlacher, sports scientist at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Thanks to Natalie for the call.

23 MINMAY 11
Comments
Dream Your Way to a Better You

Inside the Jigsaw Puzzle Factory

In the time of “puzzle and chill,” listener Myco needs to know: how are jigsaw puzzles made? Plus, why are clouds of terrifying black birds gathering in listener Amanda’s neighborhood every evening? ELT puts the pieces together. Guests: Thomas Kaeppeler, President of Ravensburger North America, Inc.; bird expert Judith Bailey. Thanks to callers Myco and Amanda.

24 MINMAY 4
Comments
Inside the Jigsaw Puzzle Factory

Tell Us What You’re Missing Most

After weeks of social distancing, call us and tell us the thing you’re missing most and why it’s important to you. 833-RING-ELT.

1 MINAPR 28
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Tell Us What You’re Missing Most

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