Underunderstood

Underunderstood

There are questions the internet just can't answer. But that doesn't mean we can't find them. On each episode of Underunderstood, we find a question the internet can’t answer — maybe it’s a dead-end Wikipedia page, an abandoned Reddit thread, or an unanswered question on Twitter — and we fill in the gaps. It’s part chat show, part documentary, and almost always surprising.

Episodes

June 26, 2023 7 mins

It's been a while! We have a quick update about our schedule, plus details about our first-ever LIVE SHOW!


Underunderstood Live
Tuesday August 1, 2023, 7pm
Caveat, NYC (21+)
Tickets (both live and virtual!) at Caveat's website

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Hollywood is stockpiling scripts for full seasons of unreleased television shows. Are they throwing them out or saving them for a rainy day?

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May 10, 2023 32 mins

Sometimes the truth is stranger than the hoax.


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May 3, 2023 32 mins

John revisits a wild pitch about a mysterious television performer.


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April 26, 2023 42 mins

There’s a formula that dictates restaurant prices in New York City airports. Adrianne digs into what does — and doesn’t — add up. Want to support the show? Become a patron at ⁠⁠⁠⁠https://patreon.com/underunderstood⁠⁠⁠⁠ Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬. Show notes:

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April 19, 2023 55 mins

An obscure pro wrestling-adjacent reality show from 2001 was mired in scandal. Was it really rigged?


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April 5, 2023 48 mins

Billy shares a new (old) segment, we examine how real MTV Cribs was, and an important update about the missing broccoli game!


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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(02:56) MTV Cribs

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Billy helps a listener uncover the true origins of a popular unreleased song.


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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March 22, 2023 44 mins

We take listener calls and emails about lost video games, plus a Triscuit update.


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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Slope Rider

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Billy helps a listener return to VMK, the online world where they remember “learning all the bad words.”


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March 8, 2023 39 mins

Writer Sage Boggs thought he discovered why Triscuit is called Triscuit. But the cracker brand has a confusing and mysterious relationship with its own name.

A rough version of this story originally ran on our bonus podcast, Overunderstood. This updated version contains some new information and reporting.


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March 1, 2023 34 mins

Billy helps a listener track down a forgotten collaboration between Mario and Biz Markie.


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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February 22, 2023 68 mins

A Redditor starts receiving boxes full of 1980s memorabilia from the long-defunct California Raisins Fan Club. Who is sending this raisin mail?

A different version of this story previously appeared in our bonus feed, Overunderstood. If you've already heard that episode, there's a lot of new material in this one.


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February 15, 2023 38 mins

We hear a message from a listener about a scam call. Then, Adrianne runs after a curious message on a city bus.


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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February 8, 2023 56 mins

A listener question sends Billy on a deep dive into an MTV reality show.


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Have a mystery? Email hello@underunderstood.com or leave a voicemail at 212-994-4882‬.


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April 26, 2022 48 mins

Who sang the Cole Porter songs in the 1972 film "Sleuth"?

This is an episode of our bonus patron-only show, Overunderstood. To support the show and hear Overunderstood every week, join our Patreon!

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April 12, 2022 40 mins

John goes on a quest to find a sticker that may or may not have existed.

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March 29, 2022 46 mins

Billy investigates a theory that Apple products are packaged with a signature fragrance.

Want to join us for "the world's largest trivia contest"? Visit https://underunderstood.com/trivia to sign up.

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March 15, 2022 42 mins

We were honored to be guests on Twenty Thousand Hertz’s annual Mystery Sound competition, where the four of us competed to name a variety of obscure sounds. We’re sharing that episode now. Plus, some personal news!

Twenty Thousand Hertz tells the stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds. Listen in your favorite podcast app.

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December 21, 2021 47 mins

An end of the year two-part episode! First, where do Trivial Pursuit questions come from? And then, why is it so hard to find a Pizza Hut Classic?

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Trivial Pusuit

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