Search Engine podcast

Search Engine

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, & Vogue. No question too big, no question too small. On Search Engine, PJ Vogt answers the kinds of questions you might ask the internet when you can't sleep. If you find the world bewildering, but also sometimes enjoy being bewildered by it, we're here for you. Publishes Fridays.

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, & Vogue. No question too big, no question too small. On Search Engine, PJ Vogt answers the kinds of questions you might ask the internet when you can't sleep. If you find the world bewildering, but also sometimes enjoy being bewildered by it, we're here for you. Publishes Fridays.

 

#39

Where did all the roaches go?

Cockroaches were a scourge that scuttled through the cracks and crevices of homes all throughout America. And then one day, large numbers of them mysteriously disappeared. A miracle for humankind? Sure. But for cockroaches: the world's grimmest true crime story. This story is a collaboration with our friends over at  [Radio Atlantic] (https://www.theatlantic.com/podcasts/radio-atlantic/) . If you want to support Search Engine, you can do that over at [pjvogt.com] (pjvogt.com) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:07

23 Feb 2024


#38

What are we gonna do about all these cats?

A question that has launched a battle between bird-loving ecologists and ardent, cat-defending activists. What should we do about an invasive species beloved by many Americans -- cats? We hear from people on both sides of the war, and from one person who sits exactly in the middle. [Support the show!] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

53 MINS

53:39

09 Feb 2024


#37

How do you survive fame?

Actor Molly Ringwald joins us to talk about a time in her life when her job was to pretend to be a normal American teenager, a job which made it impossible to actually be a normal American teenager. How did she learn to survive? In an era when the internet has turned many more people into public figures, what can everybody else learn from her? Plus, Sruthi Pinnamaneni tries to learn more about [a rare and enchanting song.] (https://open.spotify.com/track/0BPy60PdmcrS7STu7JZCuO?si=09ea1c425b954b33) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

02 Feb 2024

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:50

02 Feb 2024


#36

Why are there so many chicken bones on the street? (Part 2)

This week, the shocking finale of our investigation into who -- or what -- has been leaving chicken bones strewn across the sidewalks of American cities. Our team of investigators returns with surveillance footage, and a recording of a superintendent with a rat-hitting stick. Plus, an exclusive interview with a public servant with a vision for a revolution in American urban trash collection. Check out Manny, Noah, and Devan [online] (https://mannynoahdevan.substack.com/) . And if you'd like to support Search Engine, you can sign up for our newsletter [here] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

26 Jan 2024

35 MINS

35:23

26 Jan 2024


#35

Introducing: The Chris Chatman Do-Over, starring Ike Barinholtz

In this improvised comedy podcast, Ike Barinholtz stars as controversial shock jock host Chris Chatman. Chatman’s hit podcast was canceled but he's listened, learned, and is back on the mic to finally win over a few female listeners. Or maybe even just one. In each episode, Chatman and his co-hosts Frankie (Lisa Gilroy) and the Professor (Neil Casey) unpack hot-button issues with expert guests but offend pretty much everyone in the process. Guest stars include Amy Poehler, Fred Armisen, Ashley Nicole Black, Carla Cackowski, Craig Cackowski, Liz Cackowski, Jessica St. Clair, E.R. Fightmaster, Ego Nwodim, Busy Philipps, Emily Spivey, and Alice Stanley Jr. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Jan 2024

03 MINS

03:47

23 Jan 2024


#34

Why are there so many chicken bones on the street? (Part 1)

A team of investigators with an unusual set of skills joins us this week to solve a mystery that haunts dog owners across modern American cities. On our journey, we'll have video surveillance, thousands of years of poultry history, and some hard truths about highway apples. [Check out Manny, Noah, and Devan online] (https://www.mannynoahdevan.com/) . And if you'd like to support Search Engine, [you can sign up for our newsletter here.] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

40 MINS

40:51

19 Jan 2024


#33

When do you know it’s time to stop drinking?

This week, a question a podcast has no business trying to answer. We talk to writer A.J. Daulerio about his own story of recovery, and the story of how he found himself opening [a very unusual community on the internet] (https://thesmallbow.substack.com/) . You can find the Search Engine newsletter [here] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:44

12 Jan 2024


#32

Am I the victim of an international sushi scam? (Part 2)

We bring you the shattering conclusion to our investigation into whether a New York City sushi restaurant is swapping their tuna rolls for “the ex-lax fish.” The DNA test is in. Can we trust anyone? Are our fish safe to eat? What’s the email address where you submit for the Pulitzers? We have answers. Plus a bonus this week — the 5-second rule is put to a laboratory test. If you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter at [pjvogt.com] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

42 MINS

42:24

15 Dec 2023


#31

Am I the victim of an international sushi scam? (Part 1)

We investigate unsettling rumors that fish purveyors may be mislabeling fish to save a buck. Our path leads us deep into the shadowy world of blackmarket fish sales, and sends us hot on the trail of the infamous ex-lax fish. Plus, we look back to antiquity for the first ever recorded emergency podcast. Support the show at [pjvogt.com] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/p/am-i-the-victim-of-an-international) ! To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

45 MINS

45:01

08 Dec 2023


#30

Who should be in charge of AI?

This week, the story of a very brief, very absurd revolution at the world’s leading artificial intelligence company, OpenAI. And we try to answer the quite real question that might be animating all of the drama. Check out Casey Newton's [newsletter Platformer] (https://www.platformer.news/) and [our newsletter, too.] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Dec 2023

56 MINS

56:45

01 Dec 2023


#29

Why don’t we eat people?

A question from a four-year-old tips us into an investigation of one of our most fundamental taboos: cannibalism. With help from New Yorker food critic Hannah Goldfield and writer Kelefa Sanneh. [Support the show!] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/) at pjvogt.substack.com To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Nov 2023

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:13

17 Nov 2023


#28

The Bull of Wall Street

Every day in Manhattan, about 1,000 people will stand outside in a long line waiting for their chance to take a picture with a bronze bull. On many of those days, PJ Vogt stares at the scene trying to decode what exactly is going on here. This week, he get answers, and a story that leads back to one of the most peculiar art crimes of the 1980s. [If you want to see the images & video referenced in this episode, or if you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter. ] (https://open.substack.com/pub/pjvogt/p/why-are-we-still-buying-diamonds?r=kzqi&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Nov 2023

51 MINS

51:27

10 Nov 2023


#27

Why'd I take speed for twenty years? (Part 2)

In part two of our story about ADHD medications, we approach the question from a different angle. We meet a doctor who spent two decades convinced that her brain does not work correctly, and who struggled to find someone who believed her. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Nov 2023

48 MINS

48:50

03 Nov 2023


#26

Why'd I take speed for twenty years? (Part 1)

One of the millions of millennials given prescription stimulants to treat ADHD decides to quit. And afterwards wonders -- how did these drugs becomes so popular, so fast? This week, the story of amphetamine's birth, life, death, and rebirth in America. (Methylphenidates, too.) If you want to comment on this episode or financially support the show, head to  [pjvogt.com] (http://pjvogt.com/) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Oct 2023

58 MINS

58:49

27 Oct 2023


#25

Is there a sane way to use the internet?

Ezra Klein joins Search Engine this week to answer a question that's increasingly confounded us: how do I use the internet now? How do I get information about the things I care about, without getting sucked into a vortex of opinion, unearned certainty, and yelling? [If you'd like reading recommendations based on this episode, or if you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter.] (https://pjvogt.substack.com/p/how-do-i-use-the-internet-now) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Oct 2023

59 MINS

59:59

20 Oct 2023


#24

Heavyweight x Search Engine

Search Engine is VERY EXCITED to share the news that Heavyweight, one of our favorite shows, is now available wherever you download podcasts. To celebrate, and to herald the release of their new season, we're sharing one of our favorite episodes of the show. We will be back with a new episode of our own on October 21. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Oct 2023

41 MINS

41:44

09 Oct 2023


#23

The Fond Du Lac Apartment Mystery

Why would the government give Korianne a coupon for a free apartment that she can’t find? We have a question from a listener who finds herself very lost in Wisconsin. And a bonus question, from the internet’s own Taylor Lorenz: What happens when you pay someone else to surf your internet? [If you want to see the images & videos referenced in this episode, or if you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter. ] (https://open.substack.com/pub/pjvogt/p/why-are-we-still-buying-diamonds?r=kzqi&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web) [And you can order Taylor Lorenz's new book here.] (https://www.extremelyonlinebook.com/) To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

06 Oct 2023

56 MINS

56:23

06 Oct 2023


#22

Where did the 8 billion dollars go?

This week, the story of former crypto wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried. The government alleges he stole over eight billion dollars from the customers of the crypto exchange he started, FTX. Our question ... how do you blow eight billion dollars? Investigative financial reporter Zeke Faux helps us answer our question. Be sure to check out Zeke's book,  [Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall] (https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/711959/number-go-up-by-zeke-faux/) . If you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter:  [pjvogt.com] (http://pjvogt.com/) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Sep 2023

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:44

29 Sep 2023


#21

Why are we still buying diamonds?

They’re shiny rocks that we’ve somehow agreed embody romance and eternity. But diamonds, it turns out, are not as rare as we think. And these days, they can be made in a lab. So why do we continue to spend so much money on them? This week, the story of a century-long, international scheme. And the story of how it fell apart. [If you want to see the articles and videos referenced in this episode, or if you'd like to support the show, head to our newsletter] (https://open.substack.com/pub/pjvogt/p/why-are-we-still-buying-diamonds?r=kzqi&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web) . To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: [https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy] (https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices] (https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Sep 2023

58 MINS

58:03

22 Sep 2023