Every Little Thing Podcast

Every Little Thing ARRRRR pirate peg legs really a thing? Do dogs have belly buttons? How old is Winnie the Pooh? 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 Gimlet Media and hosted by Flora Lichtman.

  • What Do Dogs Say When They Bark?
    by Gimlet on August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Is it possible to interpret what dogs are saying when they bark? We have the tools to help you do some ruff decoding. Plus, listeners share their real-life, unconventional Lassie stories.Guests: Dog bark researchers Péter Pongrácz and Kathryn Lord; behavioral scientist Susan Friedman.Thanks to dog callers Jacob, Alan, Katie R., Katie K., and Oren — and to everyone who sent in their pet stories.Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • WTF Do the ⏹ 🔼 ⏺ on My 👕 Tag Mean?
    by Gimlet on August 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Plus, koala fingerprints, lobster pee and other hot facts.There are mysterious symbols inside your tee-shirt -- do you know what they mean? ELT reveals the secrets of The DaLaundry Code. Plus, lobsters pee from their faces, and other cocktail party fodder from our fact buddy exchange. Guests: Symbol whisperer John Langdon; Pascale Florant of GINETEX; Patrick A. Ayers of Vartest Labs.Thanks to laundry caller Ellen, Fran Kozen of Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, and to our fact buddies Josh, Angela, Greg, Olivia, Chad, Kathryn, Rachel, Amber, Ivy and Lia.  Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • How to Spot a Spy
    by Gimlet on July 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Does that person sitting next to you on the airplane REALLY work in IT? Plus, a tribute to the bedazzled sausage of the desert southwest, and more fun with pirates.Guests: ex-CIA operative Robert Baer, gila meister Dan Beck, and lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe.Special thanks to callers “anonymous” and Eric — and to all of the listeners who sent us pirate questions. Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line: #(833) RING ELT.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers&nbs […]

  • The Genius of Birds: Live From the Aspen Ideas Festival
    by Gimlet on July 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm

    Some birds can fashion tools and create tiny works of art, so why do we always underestimate their bird brains? In this panel discussion, recorded at the 2018 Aspen Ideas Festival, Flora talks with writer Jennifer Ackerman and crow expert Alex Taylor about the genius of birds.  Guests: writer Jennifer Ackerman and New Caledonian crow expert Alex Taylor.Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Do Scarecrows Scare Crows?
    by Gimlet on July 2, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    ELT goes into the mind of a crow to find out if scarecrows work. Plus, a look at how clowns protect their clown IP with fact buddy Prashanth VenkatGuests: Julie "Lovely Buttons" Varholdt; crow expert Kevin McGowan. Thanks to Bruce Johnson (aka "Charlie the Juggling Clown") and Alan Zerobnick (aka “Zerbo the Clown” and “The Shoemaker to the Clowns"). Thanks also to callers Brian and Jordan.Find a link to the clown egg photos on our show page, and on Twitter and Facebook.Have a question that needs answering? Call the ELT Help Line #(833) RING ELT. […]

  • ARRRRR Pirate Peg Legs Really A Thing?
    by Gimlet on June 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Pirate historian Laura Sook Duncombe tells us about the golden age of pirates. Plus, a tunnel follow up with Dr. Mole: where do the emergency exits in underwater tunnels go?Thanks to lady pirate expert Laura Sook Duncombe and tunnel afficionado Gary Brierley, aka Dr. Mole. Thank also to callers Captain Yarb and Kirsten. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Are Babies Born With Tails?
    by Gimlet on June 11, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    Plus, learn how to lie like a dad.Guests: Fake parenting expert Adam Mansbach; belly whisperer Tamara Duker Freuman; bird-watcher extraordinaire Amar Ayyash. Special thanks to Nicolas, Marisa, and everyone who called in with their Old Dad's Tales.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Is There a Secret Sixth Taste?
    by Gimlet on June 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Is there more to your taste buds than you thought? ELT tackles a fat question. Plus, a #yesflamingo campaign update.Guests: Richard Mattes, taste czar; Sarah Laskow, reporter for Atlas Obscura. Special thanks to caller Samantha. *Correction: The Vegas Golden Knights mascot is not, in fact, a golden knight. It is Chance the gila monster. Our apologies to Chance and fans for the error. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Are You Living With a Psychopath?
    by Gimlet on May 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Is your roommate trying to kill you? Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a psychopath.Guests: Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test; cat psychologist Eva Waiblinger. Special thanks to caller Megan. *No animals were harmed in the making of this episode. To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Who Invented the Scratch Ticket?
    by Gimlet on May 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Plus, a look at lottery history, and your strangest raffle winnings.Guests: Jonathan Cohen, lottery historian; John Koza, co-founder of Scientific GamesCallers: John Henry, D., Lisa, Megan.  Hear your favorite Gimlet shows LIVE at Gimletfest this June 16-17 in Brooklyn. Buy tickets at gimletfest.com.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • The Corn Identity
    by Gimlet on May 7, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    A kid caller pops the question: How does popcorn pop? Plus, the uncomfortable truth about baby corn. […]

  • Public Toilets: To Sit Or To Hover?
    by Gimlet on April 30, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Plus, how to pee in zero-G.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers. […]

  • Why Are Used Car Ads So INSAAANNNE?
    by Gimlet on April 16, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    One man is to blame. Plus, vanity plates in the wild: IC A GR8 PL8.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.media/OurAdvertisers […]

  • Underwater Tunnels: HOW?
    by Gimlet on April 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    How they get that tunnel under there. Plus, a centuries-old scientific debate: why ice is slippery.Guests: Dr. Gary Brierley (aka Dr. Mole), tunnel engineer, Dr. Miquel Salmeron, physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Special thanks to callers Nikki and Erin.Check out the Terrifying Tunnel Video referenced in today's show. […]

  • Do Dogs Have Belly Buttons?
    by Gimlet on March 12, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Plus, dog clothes: where did they come from?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors […]

  • How to Get Paid to Clap on TV
    by Gimlet on March 5, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Listener Mack asked about the unfamous people who fill empty seats at the Oscars.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors […]

  • Why Does Music Give Us the Chills?
    by Gimlet on February 19, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Why do we get goosebumps from music and other emotional experiences? Plus, the strangest things to give ELT listeners goosebumps.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors […]

  • How Old Is Winnie the Pooh?
    by Gimlet on February 12, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    No, really - how old is he?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors […]

  • What Would Happen to Your Body in Space?
    by Gimlet on January 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Flora finds out what would happen if she stepped into the vacuum of outer space. Then, an (Earth) vacuum paradox to end all paradoxes: which came first, the vacuum or the carpet?To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors […]

  • Are "Speed Enforced by Aircraft" Signs a Lie?
    by Gimlet on January 22, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    First, Flora uncovers a feud about butterflies. Then, a question from the Help Line about aircraft patrol.To find a list of our sponsors and show-related promo codes, go to gimlet.fm/sponsors. […]