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Alyssa Bereznak writes about media, celebrity, and how the internet is changing our lives. She’s covered everything from TikTok’s effect on the music industry to the rise of celebrity avatars. Her narrative podcast, ‘Boom/Bust: HQ Trivia,’ follows the rise and fall of a viral trivia app, and was named one of the best podcasts of 2020 by The Atlantic. She’s based in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @alyssabereznak.

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The End of HQ Trivia—and the Rise of Zombie HQ

The final episode of our documentary podcast, Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia, examines the final days of the wildly popular trivia game—and its unlikely resuscitation

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‘I May Destroy You’

Juliet and Alyssa discuss the new HBO drama series written by and starring Michaela Coel

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“You’re on Notice, HQ”

Episode 7 of our documentary podcast series, ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia,’ examines the beginning of the end for HQ Trivia

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A Rebellion at HQ Trivia

Episode 6 of our documentary podcast series, ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia,’ breaks down a particularly tumultuous era at the trivia startup

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What Colin Kroll Meant to HQ Trivia

An excerpt from Episode 5 of our documentary series ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia’

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“It Changes Who Has the Power”: How Bail Funds Across the Country Are Responding to Protests

Alongside a historic number of public demonstrations came a powerful wave of online fundraising. And, with the direction of longtime organizers, social media has zeroed in on one legal tool in particular: local bail funds.

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Was HQ a Tech Company or a Media Company?

Episode 4 of our documentary podcast series, ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia,’ examines the existential crises that plague so many startups

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The ‘Mrs. America’ Season Review

Alyssa Bereznak and Kate Halliwell break down the FX limited series starring Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne

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What HQ Trivia Learned—or Didn’t Learn—From Vine

Episode 3 of our documentary podcast series ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia’ examines the Silicon Valley founders myth and the lessons of Rus Yusupov and Colin Kroll’s first company, Vine

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Was HQ Trivia Too Viral?

Our documentary podcast series ‘Boom/Bust: The Rise and Fall of HQ Trivia’ looks at the unpredictable nature of the attention economy