This week the Monitor podcast is full of mystery. Mysteries like, What happened in 10 Cloverfield Lane? and How is one Kendrick Lamar so awesome just by himself? But also even deeper unsolvable quandaries like Where on earth is senior editor Peter Rubin?


OK, that last one is easy: Mr. Rubin was out covering the Game Developers Conference this week. But the rest of us were here and ready investigate the great cultural riddles of the day. And while we might not have figured out how Lamar is so talented, we take a journey to 10 Cloverfield Lane and we think we came up with some fairly good ideas about what’s going on there. (Emphasis on the “we think.”)

So join us, won’t you? We’ve got editors and contributors Angela Watercutter and K.M. McFarland, as well as editorial fellow Emma Grey Ellis, in the Mystery Machine this week, and we’re out to solve some stuff … or at least talk about it.

A few helpful links for things we talk about in the podcast:

-The AV Club’s piece on why Zootopia is the inversion of Wreck-It Ralph
-Emma Grey Ellis’ story on the Cloverfield ARGs
-WIRED’s review on of 10 Cloverfield Lane
-Mary Elizabeth Winstead on 10 Cloverfield Lane’s self-deleting script
-Kendrick Lamar hits Number One for the second time since January 2015


Culture Podcast: We’ve Been to 10 Cloverfield Lane