One-time Pod

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Synopsis

One-Time Pod explores the history of cryptography through episodes produced by students in Derek Bruff's first-year writing seminar at Vanderbilt University.

Episodes

  • Episode 36 – Musical Cryptography

    Episode 36 – Musical Cryptography

    19/12/2019 Duration: 11min

    How can you hide a message in a piece of music? Today on One-Time Pod, Audrey explores musical steganography, with examples from classical to trance.

  • Episode 35 – The Lorenz Cipher

    Episode 35 – The Lorenz Cipher

    18/12/2019 Duration: 09min

    Sure, breaking the Enigma was hard. But breaking the Lorenz cipher? Without having even seen a Lorenz machine? That’s impressive. Spencer takes us to Bletchley Park in today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 34 – The McCormick Cipher

    Episode 34 – The McCormick Cipher

    17/12/2019 Duration: 10min

    His death was mysterious enough. But when encrypted messages were found on his body, things got weird. Chandu explores the McCormick cipher on today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 33 – Jefferson’s Wheel Cipher

    Episode 33 – Jefferson’s Wheel Cipher

    16/12/2019 Duration: 11min

    Thomas Jefferson… diplomat, politician, and cryptographer? On today’s One-Time Pod, Stella hops in her time machine to talk with a founding father about his little known cipher machine.

  • Episode 32 – W. B. Tyler

    Episode 32 – W. B. Tyler

    13/12/2019 Duration: 10min

    It took 150 years, but a cipher challenge posed by none other than Edgar Allen Poe was finally solved. Who was W. B. Tyler and why were his cryptograms so hard to crack? Wayne explores the mystery of Tyler’s cryptograms on today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 31 – The Unabomber Ciphers

    Episode 31 – The Unabomber Ciphers

    12/12/2019 Duration: 09min

    Twenty years after the Unabomber’s arrest, the FBI published his encrypted journals. Kellia steps into the mind of a killer on today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 30 – Hieroglyphics

    Episode 30 – Hieroglyphics

    11/12/2019 Duration: 09min

    In today’s One-Time Pod, Daniel explores the parallels between breaking codes and uncovering a lost language.

  • Episode 29 – Hash Functions

    Episode 29 – Hash Functions

    10/12/2019 Duration: 11min

    In today’s One-Time Pod, Max dives into the history of hash functions, exploring how cybersecurity tries to stay ahead of hackers.

  • Episode 28 – Lucifer

    Episode 28 – Lucifer

    09/12/2019 Duration: 13min

    How to keep US secrets safe? Maybe make a deal with the devil… or at least a little start-up called IBM. Shivam explores the history of Lucifer (and the Data Encryption Standard) on today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 27 – Numbers Stations

    Episode 27 – Numbers Stations

    06/12/2019 Duration: 10min

    “You can’t be afraid of spies, just like you can’t be afraid of flies. Because they’re everywhere.” Hannah tackles the mystery of numbers stations in the latest One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 26 – Operation Vula

    Episode 26 – Operation Vula

    05/12/2019 Duration: 10min

    Secret messages encoded using telephone touch-tones, passed between anti-apartheid activists in London and South Africa? Miles shares Operation Vula, a little-known 1980s crypto story, in today’s One-Time Pod.

  • Episode 25 – The Ave Maria Cipher

    Episode 25 – The Ave Maria Cipher

    04/12/2019 Duration: 10min

    Any sufficiently advanced cryptography is indistinguishable from magic. At least, that’s what Johannes Trithemius, 16th century German monk, found out. The hard way.

  • Season 3 Introduction

    Season 3 Introduction

    03/12/2019 Duration: 02min

    Welcome to Season 3 of One-Time Pod, a podcast on the history of cryptography produced by students in Derek Bruff's first-year writing seminar at Vanderbilt University. Each episode considers a different code or cipher, how it works, and why it's interesting.

  • Episode 24 - The Panizzardi Telegram

    12/12/2018 Duration: 14min
  • Episode 23 - The Voynich Manuscript

    11/12/2018 Duration: 10min
  • Episode 22 - The Culper Ring

    10/12/2018 Duration: 11min
  • Episode 21 - The D-Day Carrier Pigeon Cipher

    07/12/2018 Duration: 10min
  • Episode 20 - The Copiale Cipher

    06/12/2018 Duration: 12min
  • Episode 19 - Typex

    05/12/2018 Duration: 10min
  • Episode 18 - The Dancing Men

    04/12/2018 Duration: 10min
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