About Search Engine

Welcome to Search Engine, a podcast that tries to answer every question. No question too big, no question too small.

Named a best podcast of 2023 by Vulture, Time, The Economist, and Vogue.

Here are some nice quotes about the show:

"I love explanatory journalism, and it’s explanatory journalism at its best. Simple questions that unfold into wondrous answers and, more than that, explorations."

- Ezra Klein, host of The Ezra Klein Show

"PJ is just one of the all-time writers in podcasting today"

- Vulture, The Best Podcasts of 2023, According to People Who Make Podcasts

"Re-creating the magic of Reply All is an impossibly tall order, but Search Engine manages to touch those heights while being an entirely different show."

- Vulture, The Best Podcasts of 2023, According to People Who Make Podcasts

You can find our show credits, our schedule, and our advertising ethics policy below.

Credits

Search Engine is PJ Vogt, Sruthi Pinnamaneni, Garrott Graham, and Noah John. Theme song & original music by Armen Bazarian.

Schedule

The 2023-24 show schedule is below. The show is made by human beings, so the schedule may sometimes require adjusting.

2023

May: 12

July: 7, 14, 21, 28

August: 4, 11, 18

September: 1, 15, 22, 29

October: 6, 20, 27

November: 3, 10, 17

December: 1, 8, 15

2024

January: 12, 19, 26

February: 2, 9, 23

March: 1, 8, 15, 29

April: 5, 12, 19

May: 3, 10, 22, 31

June: 14, 21, 26

Advertising ethics policy

Search Engine's operations are currently funded in two ways - mainly through advertisements, and a small amount through listener contributions. We’re hoping in the long run for that balance to run closer to 50/50. 

For now though, we’re ad-supported.

And right now, many brands expect a kind of advertisement that the industry calls a personal endorsement. What this means is that companies ask podcast hosts to try their product, and make ads for that product in the podcaster’s own voice. 

What occasionally makes this difficult is that we are not a product review site like Wirecutter or Consumer Reports. We podcast hosts are not exactly well-positioned to tell you which sprocket, for example, is the absolute best to purchase. That’s the reality. 

Here is our ethics policy around that reality.

If a company advertises on Search Engine, the company dictates what we say in the ad. The company will not dictate our coverage outside of those ads. So for example, if a sprocket company buys an ad on Search Engine and we have a story that would interest our listeners but be unpleasant for that sprocket company, we will run that story.

Our team at Search Engine is trying to be realistic but thoughtful about the choices we make and transparent about our thinking. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, shoot us an email, pjvogt85@gmail.com.