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Jun 14, 2016

Six perspectives on coming out, told firsthand from Reddit users—and employees—in a new segment called Storyboard. A special Pride Month edition of Upvoted. 

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Stay tuned for the premiere of season 2 of Upvoted in July. 

Oct 1, 2015

/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.

 

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This episode is sponsored by Casper and Ziprecruiter.

Sep 24, 2015

/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.

 

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Sep 17, 2015

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.

 

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Sep 10, 2015

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.

 

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Sep 3, 2015

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.



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Aug 27, 2015

/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.

 

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Aug 20, 2015

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.

 

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Aug 13, 2015

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.

 

 

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Aug 6, 2015

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.

 

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Jul 23, 2015

/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.

 

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Jun 18, 2015

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.

 

 

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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

Jun 11, 2015

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.

 

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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

May 21, 2015

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.

 

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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

May 14, 2015

/u/Yoinkie2013, /u/motivatinggiraffe, and Arnold Schwarzenegger (/u/GovSchwarzenegger) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted. We discuss Yoinkie’s Ulysses’ Bucket List challenge; the birth of Motivating Giraffe; battling with depression; the importance of positive motivation; and Arnold’s pep talk to a redditor who had a rough day at the gym.

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and MeUndies.

 

 

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/u/Yoinkie2013’s Original Post

/u/Yoinkee2013’s Followup Post

Motivating Giraffe Website

Motivating Giraffe on doing everything you wanted to do

Motivating Giraffe on never regretting doing the right thing

The Motivating Giraffe Book

Arnold’s motivational words of wisdom for redditor who had a bad day at the gym

/u/bigquish’s comment on Ting

/u/bydemons’ comment on MeUndies

Apr 30, 2015

Sebastiaan de With (/u/caliform) and Stewart Philkill (/u/aye_candy) are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted. We discuss Sebastiaan’s upbringing in Holland; how he fell in love with design; moving to the US; getting divorced; meeting Stewart; embarking on their epic trip and what happened with the infamous Sarah.

 

This episode is sponsored by Casper.

 

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Sebastiaan’s Original Post

Stewart’s Post

 

Sebastian’s Idea of Pokemon as Company Logos

 

Ride North Book

 

Stewart’s Website

 

Pictogram

Apr 16, 2015

Josh Wise and Dogecar are the focus of this week’s episode of Upvoted. We discuss Josh Wise’s career in racing; Dogecoin; how Denis Pavel came up with the idea of Dogecoin sponsoring Josh Wise; how Dogecoin crowdfunded the sponsorship; how Josh Wise won the fan vote for the All Star race with the help of redditors; and the NASCAR community’s reaction.

 

This episode features Josh Wise (/u/dogedriver); Denis Pavel (/u/unicorn_butt_sex); Kyle Sheldon from NASCAR, Lewis Franck; Daryl Wright; Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse) and NASCAR fans from the Fontana Speedway.

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting.

 

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Josh Wise IAMA

Ting’s Subreddit

Denis’ Rally Post to the Dogecoin Subreddit

Alexis Ohanian with Josh Wise at Talladega

Vote for Josh Wise in the All Star Race

Lewis Franck’s Twitter

Daryl Wright’s Twitter

Josh Wise Voting Reminder Google Chrome Extension

Limited Edition Josh Wise Dogecar Shirt

Apr 9, 2015

Craig Watts and Leah Garces are the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss how Craig got into farming; farmers’ relationships with poultry companies; the conditions of chickens in factory farms; how Leah met Craig; Compassion in World Farming; their viral video; false labeling in the meat industry; animal welfare; their reddit AMA; and their new petition.

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible and MeUndies.

 

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Craig & Leah’s Petitions

Craig & Leah’s Viral Video

Craig & Leah’s AMA

Davis Big & Tall

Apr 2, 2015

Jack (/u/touchmyfuckingcoffee) is the focus of this episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss his upbringing; the loss of his father; meeting his wife; his battle with drug addiction; his spectacular firing; discovering reddit; how he got started repairing vacuums; his AMA; and a surprise revelation.

 

 

This episode features Jack (/u/touchmyfuckingcoffee), Joy Petty (CMO at Riccar), and Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse & Content Coordinator at Ting).

 

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and MeUndies.

 

 

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Don’t Touch My Coffee Website

Riccar Website

Jack’s First AMA

Don’t Touch My Coffee Youtube Channel

Don’t Touch My Coffee Patreon Page

Ting’s Subreddit

Mar 26, 2015

Huck (/u/huckstah) is the focus if this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Huck’s upbringing; his impetus for hitting the road; hitchhiking on his first trip to San Francisco; finding work; Hobo Whiskey; how his friends were murdered in Hawaii; the /r/Vagabond Subreddit; meeting Tanner Masseth (/u/other_tanner); creating their documentary, ‘Transients’; and how Rin (/u/rinrose16) used /r/Vagabond to transition to a lifestyle on the road.

 

This episode features Huck (/u/huckstah), Rin (/u/rinrose16), and Tanner Masseth (/u/other_tanner).

 

This episode is sponsored by Casperand MeUndies.

 

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/r/Vagabond Subreddit

Huck’s post on r/pics with all of his gear

Huck’s AMA from last year

Preview of Huck and Tanner’s documentary, ‘Transients’

Transient’s Facebook Page

Mar 19, 2015

Michael (/u/tgtly) is the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss Michael’s upbringing; her battle with depression; her relationship with Francesca (/u/Franjane); their fateful psychedelic mushroom trip; Michael coming out as transgender; her post to the Swole Acceptance subreddit; what it’s like transition; and what lies ahead.

 

This episode features Michael (/u/tgtly); Francesca (/u/franjane); Monica Prata; u/lightbulbprotein; and Jesse Sims (/u/actionjesse & Content Coordinator at Ting).

 

This episode is sponsored by Ting and Squarespace.

 

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Michael’s post on Swole Acceptance

Monica Prata’s Website

The Ask Transgener Subreddit

Ting’s Subreddit

The original website built for $10,000 by /u/lightbulbprotein’s company

The Squarespace website /u/lightbulbprotein sold to his boss for over $2,000 with no coding experience

Mar 12, 2015

Tuesday and Billy Cain (/u/billyjoecain) are the focus of this week's episode of Upvoted by reddit. We discuss the history of Texas’ SB5, Senator Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster, Tuesday’s controversial sign, the social media backlash, and how the Cains stood up for their beliefs in the face of death threats.

 

This episode is sponsored by Audible.

 

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Original Post on r/TwoXChromosomes

redditors on Wendy Davis’ 13 hour fillibuster

Wendi Davis News Montage

Leticia Van de Putte Statement

r/audiobook subreddit

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