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"'A podcast about the internet' that is actually an unfailingly original exploration of modern life and how to survive it." - The Guardian. Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman, from Gimlet.

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This week, producer Stephanie Foo tells a story about dating online that is unlike any we've ever heard before. Sponsors: Xero (http://www.xero.com/podcasts) Mailchimp (http://www.mailchimp.com) Stamps.com (http://www.stamps.com, offer code "reply")

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