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Every day, hundreds of thousands of votes are cast across thousands of communities on reddit. reddit propels people and ideas to an audience of millions. We created this podcast so we can delve deeper and go beyond those upvotes -- to learn more about the stories that hit our frontpages and left a lasting impression. Hopefully, we’ll gain further insight into ourselves as well as the communities we love that make reddit so special.

Episodes

038: Hold On  

/u/m3rlino is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss her upbringing, the death of her step dad, moving in with her father, addiction, how she was sent to an all women’s pentecostal discipleship program, the rules of the program, the restaurant all the students worked at, fundraising, and assimilating back into society.

 

Relevant Links:

 /u/m3rlino’s Casual AMA


This episode is sponsored by Casper and Ziprecruiter.

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037: Reddit in Watercolour  

/u/shitty_watercolour is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing, how he started doing paintings on reddit, welcoming celebrities on AMAs, how he started getting paid commissions, depression, growing as an artist, his recent novelty account art battle with /u/awildsketchappeared, and his upcoming project with /u/Poem_for_your_sprog.

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Ziprectuiter.

 

Relevant Links:

/u/Shitty_Watercolour’s AMA /u/Shitty_Watercolour’s Wikipedia Page Bryan Cranston AMA Thank You Video /u/Shitty_Watercolour on CNN for his AMA Painting of President Barack Obama /u/Shitty_Watercolour’s Website /u/Shitty_Watercolour’s Most Recent Art Battle with /u/awildsketchappeared

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036: Willie Barcena  

Willie Barcena is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing, career, development deals, the art of comedy, experience on cruise ships, couples counseling, and what he hopes for in his legacy.

 

This episode is sponsore by Ziprecruiter.

 

Relevant Links:

Willie Barcena’s Website] I Gotta Be Honest on Netflix

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035: Real Life First Person Shooter  

David Reynolds (/u/DavidMReynolds) and Shaz Abdullah (/u/dartmoorninja) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss game of thumbs, zombies, their church residence, meeting Steven Spielberg, Dartmoor, their trailer for the Raindance Festival, Kickstarter, First Person Shooter and Level 2.

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace.

 

Relevant Links:

Realm Pictures Website Game of Thumbs Zomblies First Person Shooter Realm Pictures Raindance Trailer Underwater Realm Kickstarter

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034: The Story of Matthew VanDyke  

Matthew VanDyke (/u/MatthewVanDyke) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss his upbringing; his motorcycle trip through North Africa as well as the Middle East, why he fought in the Libyan Revolution, his experience in Libyan prison, his experience in the Syrian Revolution, his documentary films about these experiences, and his new organization fighting Isis in Northern Iraq, ‘Sons of Liberty International’.

 

Alexis also reads “The Magic Man” by /u/Samjez. This piece was first place in last month's Upvoted Writing Contest in r/writingprompts.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ziprecruiter and Ting.



Relevant Links:

Matthew VanDyke’s Website Point and Shoot on Netflix Not Anymore: A Story of a Revolution on YouTube Sons of Liberty International Matthew VanDyke’s AMA Alby Mangels World Safari Part One on YouTube Bonus Episode of Upvoted by Reddit with Ziprecruiter CMO, Allan Jones The Magic Man by /u/Samjez r/ting

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033: A Tale of Two Fighters  

/u/Minifig81 and Ben Nguyen (/u/Ben10MMA) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. With /u/Minifig81 we discuss how he got into fighting spam on reddit, moderates 138 subreddits, and why he spends so much time on reddit. With Ben Nguyen we discuss growing up in South Dakota, how he got into fighting, dropped out of college to pursue a career in MMA, trained in Thailand, met his wife, his infamous fight with Julz Jackal, and what lies ahead.


Alexis also reads “Salt and Blackberries” by /u/asphodelus. This piece was second place in last month's Upvoted Writing Contest in /r/writingprompts.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ziprecruiter and Igloo.

 

Relevant Links:

Color with Reddit /r/Aspegers The Viral Video of Ben’s weigh in and fight against Julz Jackal Ben’s AMA Prismata Subreddit Salt and Blackberries by /u/asphodelus Bonus Upvoted Episode with Allan Jones of Ziprecruiter

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032: The Great North American TIFU  

Elyot Grant (/u/elyot) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss how Elyot created Prismata, how he dropped out of graduate school at MIT, his epic TIFU, how reddit came to the rescue, the Prismata Kickstarter, and what Lunarch Studios has planned for the future.

 

Alexis also reads Where the Red Sands Blow by /u/quantumfirefly. This piece was third place in last month's Upvoted Writing Contest in /r/writingprompts.

 

This episode is sponsored by Backblaze and Igloo.

 

Relevant Links:

Prismata’s Website

The Epic TIFU Post

Elyot’s AMA

Prismata’s Kickstarter

Prismata Subreddit

Where the Red Sands Blow by /u/quantumfirefly

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031: The Heroine of Heroin  

Tracey Helton (/u/traceyh415) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss her depression growing up, how she became addicted to heroin, life as a homeless heroin addict, being the subject of the HBO documentary ‘Black Tar Heroin’, how she got clean, her involvement in harm reduction, how she got involved in r/opiates on reddit, Naloxone, and how she saved the lives of over 120 users by sending naloxone to those with no access.

 

This episode features Tracey Helton /u/traceyh415, Jamey Jasta, Max Gunawan (founder of Lumio), /u/opiathrowaway, John Doe  and Yev Pusin (/u/yevp).

 

You can donate to Tracey via Paypal at traceyh415@gmail.com.

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and Backblaze.

 

 

Relevant Links:

 

r/opiates Tracey’s Blog Pre-order Tracey’s Book ‘The Big Fix’ Watch Black Tar Heroin on Youtube Yev’s Blog Article on the Blackblaze Incident Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the Heroin epidemic in the United States Tracey's Original AMA on r/opiates

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030: The Wave  

Heather (/u/sailingshort) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by Reddit. We discuss Heather’s upbringing, how she discovered sailing after high school, how she started working on tall ships in New Zealand, how her ship almost sank on a trip at sea, how the crew banded together, and how this experience led to her to fall in love with her husband, a carpenter on the ship during this traumatic event.

 

This episode features Heather /u/sailingshort and Jesse Simms (/u/actionjesse).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and Igloo.

 

Relevant Links:

/u/sailingshort’s original post /u/sailingshort’s imgur album of the carnage How to get Nasa Spot the Station Posts with Ting

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029: Reddit Builds Bionics  

Cameron Norris (/u/cameronwevolver) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Cameron’s upbringing, how his interest in bionics developed, working with Wevolver, his offer to help /u/doctorspacemann, how redditors banded together to help him, and the crowdsourcing of reddit Builds Bionics.

 

This episode features Cameron Norris /u/cameronwevolver, Neela Janakiramanan, and Yev Pusin (/u/yevp).

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible, Stamps.com, and Backblaze.

 

Relevant Links:

 

/u/doctorspacemann’s post

Reddit Builds Bionics Website

Cameron’s Latest Update

inMoov Robot

Exii

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028: Teeth & Ink  

/u/tomato_juice99 and the Shartmander are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. In the story of /u/tomato_juice99 we discuss how he developed teeth problems, reached out to reddit, connected with Dan Noorthoek, the reddit community’s contribution, and his incredible transformation. In the Shartmander’s story we discuss who he is, the story behind his tattoo, all the Shartmander merchandise, and his brief internet fame.

 

This episode features /u/tomato_juice99, /u/danhook, /u/yllwsnow2, Noah aka the Shartmander, and Yev Pusin (/u/yevp).

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible, Stamps.com, and Backblaze.

 

Relevant Links:

/u/tomato_juice99’s Original Post to r/confessions /u/tomato_juice99’s Update to r/confessions u/yllwsnow2’s original post to r/funny about the shitty Charimander tattoo The Shartmander on @Midnight Bad Charmander Tattoo Illuminati Conspiracy Video How someone used Backblaze to locate their stolen computer and how that led police to find $1 Million Dollars in counterfeit cash

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027: Unidan  

Unidan (/u/unidanx) is the focus of this week’s Upvoted by reddit. We discuss how he fell in love with science; his comedic development; discovering reddit; reddit fame; his ban; the aftermath; harassment; what he is currently been up to; and what he has learned from the experience.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting, Casper, and Stamps.com.

 

Relevant Links

Unidan on Mega Memecast

Unidan’s AMA

David Attenborough’s AMA

Edward Snowden’s Unidan Jackdaw Joke

/u/unidanx’s Collegiate Alliance YouTube Channel

/u/unidanx’s Personal Science Youtube Channel

/u/unidanx’s Instagram

Ting's Ask An Exec Series

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026: About Last Week  

The events of last week are the focus of this week’s Upvoted by reddit. We talk about what we did wrong; our failure in communicating properly with moderators; what we plan to do in the near future; and what we have learned. I am joined by Chad Birch (/u/deimorz) to discuss his background as a reddit moderator; working at reddit; his recent AMA in r/modnews on Tuesday, and what his new role as the mod tools engineer entails.

 

Relevant Links:

/u/deimorz AMA about Mod Support

/u/ekjp’s Apology Announcement

/u/kn0thing’s Popcorn Comment in /r/subredditdrama

Subreddit Simulator

/r/gaming

 

/r/games

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025: A Mile In Someone Else's Shoes  

/u/mach-2 and /u/rhoner are the focus if this week’s Upvoted by reddit. They discuss racism in the united states; the murder of Freddie Gray; racism in reddit; Youtuber, Kain Carter’s video addressing the Baltimore Riots; Mach-2’s post; the recent announcement banning harassing subreddits; hitchhiking; Today Me, Tomorrow You; and the human potential for generosity.

 

This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and MeUndies.

 

Relevant Links:

 

Kain Carter’s video addressing the Baltimore Riots

/u/Mach-2’s Comment

You can read Mach-2’s new script here.It’s about disparate perspectives on the 1960's New York mafia and gay secret society through the eyes of a transexual cabaret singer and the detective she rats for.

/u/joe-murray’s post about Ting vs Sprint

/u/rhoner’s comment Today You, Tomorrow Me

/u/rhoner’s piece in the New York Times

/u/frankocean’s Tamale recipe

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024: reddit Turns Ten  

Steve Huffman (/u/spez) and Alexis Ohanian (/u/kn0thing) discuss the founding of reddit. They discuss Tags vs Subreddits; star rating systems; faking users; the debate on comments; the RTM button; how reddit was originally built on LISP; the front page; recommendation engines; the Google Acquisition offer; Chris Sacca; their meeting with Yahoo; Aaron Swartz; free speech; and their hopes for reddit in the next 10 years.

 

 

This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting, Casper and Stamps.com.

 

Relevant Links:

Hipmunk

Imgur Album with the Screenshots Discussed in this Episode

First Comment Section on reddit

/r/Blog Post on the Ten Year Anniversary of reddit

The Upvoted Speakpipe

Andrew Joslyn’s Website

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023: Inside The Warlizard Gaming Forum  

Warlizard is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss legend of The Warlizard Gaming Forum; The Warlizard Chronicles; the origin of The Warlizard Gaming forum; Warlizard’s greatest pranks; his writing; scorpions; how he used reddit to staff events; and what his reddit fame really means.

 

This episode features Warlizard (/u/warlizard), Double Dick Dude (/u/doubledickdude), Michelle Visage (/u/mvisage), RuPaul (/u/IAmRuPaul), and Ice T (/u/IceMFingT).

 

This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

Here is the /u/AJMuse’s Bandcamp with music from this episode.

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Squarespace and MeUndies.

 

 

Relevant Links:

 

Warlizard’s First Famous reddit Post

Warlizard on Know Your Meme

The Warlizard Chronicles on Amazon

The Warlizard Chronicles on Audible

The Warlizard Subreddit

Warlizard’s Most Recent AMA

Warlizard Spreadsheet Store

The Upvoted Speakpipe

Andrew Joslyn’s Website

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022: The Button  

The Button is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss The Button’s inception; flairs; the reddit office pool on when The Button would end; the data garnered from The Button; the Pressiah; and what happened when The Button ended.

 

This episode features Josh Wardle (/u/powerlanguage), Chris Dary (/u/umbrae), Lilly Oh (/u/hellohobbit), Joe Gallagher (/u/joephuds), and Justin Bassett (/u/drunken_economist).

This episode features Just A Second More by /u/is_cookie.

This episode also features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

This episode is sponsored by MeUndies.

 

Relevant Links:

 

The Button Announcement

The Button Subreddit

Notch’s Tweet About The Button

Maisie Williams on Her Brother Pushing The Button

The Button Reminds User of His Pledge To Quit Drinking

Announcement About the End of The Button

/u/lord_of_the_dance’s post on MeUndies

The Upvoted Speakpipe

Andrew Joslyn’s Website

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021: A Neutral Net Part 2  

The social impact of the Indian Net Neutrality debate is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. This is the last of our two part series on this subject. We discuss the original TRAI paper, r/india’s involvement in the debate, how redditors got involved, AIB’s video, Internet.org’s change in policy and where the debate currently is.

 

This episode features Nikhil Pahwa (/u/atnixxin), /u/rahulthewall, /u/_dexter, /u/parlor_tricks,  and Marvin Ammori (/u/amarv1n).

 

This episode features guest host and Upvoted producer: Alex Aldea (/u/paragonpod)

 

This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

This episode is sponsored by Harry’s, Casper, and Audible.

 

Relevant Links:

u/shrik450’s call to action after the TRAI Paper

r/india

r/india’s app store activism against Flipkart for their role in Airtel Zero

AIB’s ‘Save the Internet’ Video

Mark Zuckerberg’s May 4th video on Internet.org

Save The Internet

Save the Internet Memes

The Upvoted Speakpipe

Medianama

Marvin Ammori’s Website

Andrew Joslyn's Website

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020: A Neutral Net Part 1  

The Indian Net Neutrality debate is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss what net neutrality is, how the debate grew in the United States, how fighters of internet freedom mobilized public opinion, how the battle in the states was won, the growth of the internet in India, the importance of mobile in the discussion, zero rated systems, and internet.org.

 

This episode features Marvin Ammori (/u/amarv1n), Nikhil Pahwa (/u/atnixxin), and Jesse Simms (/u/actionjesse).

 

This episode features guest host and Upvoted producer: Alex Aldea (/u/paragonpod)

 

This episode features original music by Andrew Joslyn (/u/AJMuse).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and Stamps.com.

 

Relevant Links:

 

E-Marketer Article on the Worldwide Growth of Internet Users

E-Marketer Article on the Worldwide Growth of Smartphone Users

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s Segment about the Net Neutrality Debate in the United States

The Sunlight Foundation’s Study on Net Neutrality Lobbying

Net Index’s Study on Download Speeds by Country

The New York Times Article about Why the United States Has Fallen Behind on Internet Speeds and Price

Internetlivestats.org on Internet Users by Country:

Quartz’s Article on Facebook Zero

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2013 Interview with CNN about Internet.org

Medianama

Marvin Ammori’s Website

Andrew Joslyn Website

/u/nollie_ollie’s post about the onesie and postcard she received from Ting

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019: A Suspicious Onlooker  

Alexander Rhodes (/u/Alexanderr) is the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss his passion for film; getting into the entertainment industry; working as a background actor on Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher; his rise to internet fame with his role as Suspicious Onlooker; how he founded the r/NoFap subreddit; and how he raised money for /u/edify’s funeral. This episode also features an appearance from Tim Ferriss (/u/Tim-Ferriss)

 

Here is a statement from /u/edify’s father:

 

“While Jarod was alive he spoke of reddit briefly a few times. But I never heard him enough to look it up. We never knew this side of Jarod until the redditors started making comments with their contributions on GoFundMe. I am still amazed at how many people contributed to help us lay Jarod to rest. I would like to thank everyone for helping us. If I could, I would like to give a hug to everyone. So, here's an e-hug, for helping a disabled Dad bury his son. Thank You, and May God Bless all of You.”

 

This episode is sponsored by MeUndies and Stamps.com.

 

Relevant Links:

Tom Cruise original Tweet on the Suspicious Onlooker incident

Post made when Alexander became the most popular cast member on IMDB

Alexander Rhodes' AMA

Alexander Rhodes’ IMDB Page

/r/NoFap

Alexander’s Original Call to Help /u/edify’s family on The Walking Dead subreddit

Alexander Rhodes Cracked Video

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