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BuzzFeed editors Ryan Broderick and Katie Notopoulos explore the weirdest corners of the internet, so you don't have to.


Werner Herzog Loves Cat Videos Too  

Holy frick! Fancy-pants genius filmmaker Werner Herzog talks to Katie this week about harambe, robots, the internet, teens and so much more. Also, we'll have an update from Ryan, who's in Rio covering the Olympics. Werner's latest film, "Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" is both about the history and the future of the internet, technology, robotics and space and it's in theaters August 19th. And yes, we're going to be taking a break from the show for a bit, but you won't have to miss Katie and Ryan too much because they'll be online and in the coolest slack room around. We'll also be keeping this feed alive with dispatches every now and again so make sure to stay subscribed! We'll miss you, bbs. More information on the film: The O.J. documentary they discuss is an ESPN documentary called "Made in America." Check out Ryan's dispatch from Rio here:

Is Beyonce Holding Sia Captive?  

...uh, probably not, but Brazilians are pretty psyched about the conspiracy theory behind it. And Ryan should know! He's in Brazil where things going the way of the This Is Fine dog. Meanwhile, Katie is looking at how Pokémon Go is being regulated when it comes to sex offenders in New York State. Also! Also. Stay tuned for next week, when IE has a ~big interview~ with a fancy person whom you may know from the internet. Read more about Beyoncé's Cativeiro here: And read about New York State's regulation of Pokémon Go here: Excellent update to THIS IS FINE:

Politics Is Out-Weirding The Internet  

This week's a big one! Katie and Ryan get together IRL to talk political conspiracy theories and to remember Harambe once again, of course. Katie debunks the conspiracy about Trump's alleged speech writer Meredith McIver and the two gargoyles themselves perform live onstage in Philly at the Democratic National Convention. Oh! And definitely stick around for Ryan's update on Marina Joyce, with help from Senior BuzzFeed reporter Alan White. Listen to more from the live show here! Thanks to all who came to see us in Philly! We all loved meeting you.

Dicks Out For Harambe  

The world is still shit, but Katie and Ryan are reunited and they're out of their gourds on #content. This week (and everywhere) Katie and Ryan revel in the true joy that is Pokémon Go, and they do a quiz to determine whether or not Ryan's encyclopedic knowledge of Pokémon detracted from his book learning. Jules Darmanin shares his experience as a native of Nice, France and tells us how Pokémon Go made him feel a little less horrible. Ryan basically can't help but put his dick out for Harambe this week, and Katie explains how "fingermouthing" is now a thing. And we hear from the streets of London, where some folks use very British words like "quarrelsome" and "knob" to describe US politics. **Come to our LIVE SHOW in Philadelphia on July 25th, people! Katie and Ryan will be joined by Another Round's Tracy Clayton, Evan McMorris-Santoro and all kinds of guests. There will even be a drink called the Gamergate, so you should probably come figure out what's in it.** Try your luck at the Pokémon quiz: Follow Jules: Watch the majesty of Danny Trejo celebrating Harambe:

Everything Is Terrible Except For Pokémon Go (Maybe)  

Hold still there's a Charmander behind you Yes, Pokémon Go is very much happening. Katie is off this week, but Ryan has awesome guest co-host Gena-mour Barrett on the show to talk about all that is awful and all that is weird this week. The UK left the EU and has a new PM, and Australia is obsessed with HSPs, which makes this episode description sound like something out of the UN. ;) The world is really really awful. Ryan attends a #blacklivesmatter protest in London and ends this week with a song that reminds him of home by Hannibal King. Follow Gena here! She's exceptionally funny and smart: Read her gap year parody here: Listen to "World Go Round" by Hannibal King here: Watch Ryan's Black Lives Matter video here: And join us for a live show in Philadelphia on Monday, July 25th joined by Another Round's Tracy Clayton, Evan McMorris-Santoro from No One Knows Anything, and of course the Internet Explorer crew, too. Tickets here!

How A Teen Uncovered The Internet's Weirdest Catfish *RERUN*  

Meet Lucia Cole. She's a new pop star with music on Spotify, Tidal, and iTunes. She has a Twitter and Instagram and she's even been interviewed. The only problem? She's a catfish. This week, Katie and Ryan bring you one of their favorite stories from the archive, with some updates. Read Katie's pieces on the Lucia Cole saga here: and here: And listen to Part 2 of this dramatic story here: Don't worry, we'll be back with a new episode next week, bbs! Follow us on Twitter: Join our special fun Slack room:

Are Emojis Actually A Language?  

This week we're asking one of the fundamental questions of our time. Ryan is away, but Katie sits down with future emoji-Pulitzer winner and Senior Tech Writer Charlie Warzel to mine the shadowy depths of the Unicode Consortium. The Unicode Consortium is the organization that decides which emojis make it into rotation, and the backstory is very :thinking face emoji: Julia also goes out on the street to ask people which of their recently used emojis symbolizes their love life and Katie presents this week's most delightful tweet. Read more from Charlie here: And here:

What Happens When A Stan Retires?  

A stan is a superfan who defends a celeb at all costs. Myleeza Mingo has been obsessed with Kim Kardashian for over a decade, but she's about to retire. What happens when a person whose identity is intertwined with their celebrity has to collect their gold (Apple) watch and give up the life of being a Twitter bouncer? Katie talks to Myleeza and to Senior BuzzFeed Editor (and Kim K. expert) Kevin Smith about the stan life. And guess what's back? LETTUCE CLUB IS BACK, people, and it's a miraculous thing. Ryan talks to an early member of the whole shebang, Luke Peterson.

Why Hoaxes Will Never Die  

Congrats! You've been fooled into the biggest hoax of all time: this podcast. On week's episode, we find out why fake news is irresistible with help from Craig Silverman, founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada. Test your own skills at identifying fake news here: Ryan talks to BuzzFeed France reporter Jules Darmanin about his obsession with the French sodomy horse picture ("it really looks like the horse is fucking that guy.") Producer Julia gets on the mic to guess what the hell a "lettuce club" is, but the real reason to stick around is because Katie gets irrevocably owned this week.

How Parentheses Became a Symbol for Hate Speech  

Katie and Ryan talk to Cooper Fleishman and Anthony Smith about the punctuation mark that antisemites are using on Twitter and other platforms to target their harassment. It's weird, but that goes without saying as far as the internet is concerned. Read Cooper and Anthony's pieces for here: And here: And if you need to clear your mind, you will not regret looking at Katie's insane Russian horse photo:

Who The Hell is Jacob Sartorious?  

He's a 13-year-old kid who is forging his path to stardom by using a lip-syncing app called Welcome to the Teen Industrial Complex in 2016. Katie and Ryan talk through teen topics, then switch gears to call Tamia Thompson, a mod/curator of the very popular Facebook page Post Aesthetics. The group was nearly shut down because of a discussion about whether or not Pepe and Dat Boi are racist, and everybody has opinions about it. Leviticus the Safety Frog highly recommends listening this week! Jacob Sartorius' single "Sweashirt": Tamia Thompson's grouo Post Aesthetics:

Slack To The Future  

Slack bills itself as a messaging app for teams, but Katie and Ryan aspire to live in a world where it's a messaging app for... memes. This week we tried an experiment where we made a Slack that anyone can join. That's right, you too can now scream the lyrics to All Star with like-minded weirdos. Katie and Ryan also talk to Adrienne Jeffries, of Vice's Motherboard about her experience quitting Slack for a week. And of course, we talk about Chewbacca mask lady who had the most viewed Facebook livestream ever. Grab a Bud Light Lime and join our superfun, surprisingly international (??) Slack by submitting your email address here: (There's also new music being discussed, podcasts to recommend and photos of dogs from a senior dog sanctuary.) Read Adrienne's piece here:

Our Complicated Feelings About Thirsty Male Allies  

There's no thirst quite like that of a male ally looking for a cookie, and this week we go deep into the world of performative male feminism. Michael Blackmon, a BuzzFeed writer whose post about Matt McGorry unleashed a storm of woke & bae onto the internet comes on to talk about how weird it is to take on performative male feminism in 2016. Ryan also takes off his shirt in the name of being a #malefeminist and lives to tell the tale.

Where Do Memes Go To Die?  

It's time to talk memes. Katie and Ryan talk to friend of the show Brian Feldman of the NY Magazine blog Select All. We learn what loss.jpg is, how apologetic Daily Dot writer Miles Klee is to have killed dat boi and why exactly people take memes so seriously. Feldman on dat boi: Feldman on loss.jpg:

Blackness and The Meme Cycle  

Katie and Ryan are joined by Doreen St. Felix and Niela Orr to talk about how race and cultural appropriation play out as memes spread. And our favorite scammer, Joanne, aka Branden Miller was scammed himself and Katie has an update. Read up on Doreen and Niela's great pieces: Doreen St. Felix, at The Fader: Niela Orr, on BuzzFeed:

Grace Helbig Smells New York  

Queen of Youtube Grace Helbig stops in to chat with Katie and Ryan about her latest project, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl this week guyssss!! Ryan also tells the world about an insane conspiracy theory about Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto. And if you want to know more about politics but don't have a way of forming your own opinions, download BuzzFeed's first-ever politics podcast, No One Knows Anything! Ok byeeeee, don't forget to subscribe to our channel and leave us some comments.

Joanne The Scammer Is A Messy Bitch Who Lives For Drama  

This promposal season, we talk to Joanne the Scammer aka Branden Miller, whose character Joanne the scammer has inspired robber *and* fraud. Then, Katie and Ryan make sure you are all up to date on the latest memes with Meme Update. Please feel free to consider this podcast a scam and make sure to email your thoughts to or tweet at @iexplorer.

The Official Another Round Drunken Summit  

It's a crossover episode! To celebrate a year of BuzzFeed podcasts, Tracy Clayton and Heben Nigatu of Another Round talk to Ryan (who is in NY!) and Katie about the toughest questions the internet can pose. Is Louis Tomlinson's baby fake? Is the internet good or evil? Is Macklemore forgivable in any way at all? Check out Another Round here: And if you like IE, please review it as if it was a McDonald's here:

1999: The Years That Changed The Internet  

To close out our 3 part series, we go back to 1999 and talk to the internet's greatest monster: the man who invented Microsoft's Clippy (jk he's a really nice guy named Kevan Atteberry). We hear from the folks of Open Diary, one of the first social media/blogging sites and talk to Olia Lialina, who has been preserving and archiving Geocities sites. Katie and Ryan force Julia to read some erotic Clippy fanfic, but we need not speak of that.

2005: The Years That Changed The Internet  

For part 2 of our series, we go back to 2005 and talk to some pretty big personalities. Tila Tequila and Perez Hilton join us, along with BuzzFeed’s Anne Helen Petersen and the internet's foremost Tila Tequila historian Nicole Milfie. Plus: the dulcet tones of Tay Zonday's "Chocolate Rain." 2005 is the dawn of Youtube, at the peak of Myspace, and when people were just jumping from the internet onto TV. Join us next week for the finale of the series, a look at the magic that was 1999 on the internet.

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