Curated Culture

A sampling of some of the best modern culture podcasts out there.

by Pastime

    Curated Culture

    Jun 24 2018

  • #47: Cumming to America

    Alan Cumming, who starred as the emcee in the Broadway classic "Cabaret," returns to the stage with a cabaret act called "Legal Immigrant." It's running this month at Cafe Carlyle and Joe's Pub. Patti O'Furniture hosts a weekly drag show at PT's 1109, a gay bar in Columbia, South Carolina. Lewis Wallace is a radio producer and magazine editor. Note: We recorded our conversation with Alan Cumming in May, before the situation on the border escalated. Support our work! Become a Nancy member today a...more

  • Which Fictional Teen Would Do Well in the Hunger Games? (Live!)

    In which our heroes ask the hard hitting question; Which Fictional Teen Would Do Well in the Hunger Games? Live from Eureka Hotel Melbourne!Join our brand new facebook group here; Check out our upcoming lives shows right here; Theme music by the wonderfully talented Benny Davis! You can find all his stuff at his website or check out his YouTube to help support ...more

  • Marinella Senatore, Jim Broadbent, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Stephen Nomura Schible

    Visual artist Marinella Senatore discusses her project ‘The London Procession’, part of the upcoming Art Night event this July in the city. We also hear from actor Jim Broadbent about his new graphic novel written with artist Dix, ‘Dull Margaret’, and welcome back composer Ryuichi Sakamoto along with filmmaker Stephen Nomura Schible to hear about their new documentary on musicians’ lives: ‘Coda’.

  • How Does a Music Supervisor Work?

    If you really love the music in a film from the last 25 years, there’s a good chance Randall Poster was responsible for that. This week, Jordan speaks to the veteran music supervisor who has worked with Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, Harmony Korine and plenty of other directors you love. Randall tells about collaborating with some of the world’s best auteurs, hunting down obscure recordings in India, and delicately convincing directors that, sometimes, their favorite song...more

  • 251 The End of Days

    In 1546, Gardiner and the religious conservatives moved their sights from Cranmer, to the new darling of the evangelical cause - the Queen. Getting evidence from Anne Askew was the key - and they would stop at nothing to get it.

  • Guilty or not guilty

    Second in a two-part series on Indian philosophy. Buddhism teaches that the self is an illusion—so what do we do with self-conscious emotions like guilt and shame, which can put useful brakes on ethical misconduct? If there’s no self to be ashamed of, how should we understand the emotion? The answer lies in an ancient series of Indian Buddhist texts: the Abhidharma.

  • LL 080: How to Become a Digital Nomad w/ TJ Lee

    Want to work from your laptop in a different country every month? It’s not always as glamorous as it sounds, but it’s the incredibly fulfilling life TJ Lee created for herself in 2016. A digital nomad and solo female traveler, TJ shares her adventures and authenticity from around the world on her YouTube channel CupofTJ. Aileen and TJ chat about what it’s like to sell everything and leave home to pursue your dreams, why being a digital nomad is actually hard and consistent work, and how to mak...more

  • 222: New Joker Movies, Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman

    Kevin and Marc are back at it live from Scum & Villainy in Hollywood sharing the latest from their lives, the news, and another fantastic Q & A with the audience at the end of the show.

  • Twitter: @BatchelorShow "Double Cross: 2 of 2: The True Story of the D-Day Spies" by Ben Macintyre

    AUTHOR. (Photo:Pas de Calais, Speidel, Lang, Rommel Info non-talk.svg Archive description  Description provided by the archive when the original description is incomplete or wrong. You can help by reporting errors and typos at Commons:Bundesarchiv/Error reports. Frankreich, Pas de Calais (K.V.A. C).- Generalfeldmarschall Rommel bei einer Inspektion des Atlantikwalls; v.l. Generalleutnant Hans Speidel, Hauptmann Lang, Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel mit Karte; PK KBZ OB West Depicted peopl...more

  • Doors Closing! Life As A CTA Rail Operator

    Long hours, fatigue, and boredom can be hazards of the job. But former rail operators say there’s a lot to love about driving an 'L' train.

  • Alternative forms of body disposal

    Interesting alternatives to current burial practices include freeze-drying and shattering a corpse; and dissolving bodies in purpose-built alkaline washing-machines.

  • Fronads

    At 28 years old, Annie Dauer was living a full life. She had a job she loved as a highschool PE teacher, a big family who lived nearby, and a serious boyfriend. Then, cancer struck. Annie would come to find out she had Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. It was so aggressive, there was a real chance she might die. Her oncologists wanted her to start treatment immediately. Like, end-of-the-week immediately. But before Annie started treatment, she walked out of the doctor’s office and crossed the stre...more

  • Ep. 144 How to Answer Climate Alarmists? Read Their Own Reports

    In this episode, Bob flies solo and fields another Contra Cruiser request. Specifically, he explains the standard Austrian approach to air pollution, and then talks about the risks of catastrophic climate change. Do libertarians just have to hope nothing really bad happens?  Show notes for Ep. 144

  • Natalie Prass Serves Up Groove, Romance and Sparkle

    Richmond-based musician Natalie Prass is a fighter. Her forthcoming record, The Future And The Past, has transformed resistance and personal heartache into defiant, groove-laden romantic anthems. With a little dash of disco, and a little bit of soul, this record might look to Janelle Monae & Prince but also further back to Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye for its sound. That said, hear tender, big-hearted, shake-your-groove-thing songs by Natalie Prass, in-studio. Watch the session here:

  • SMNTY Classics: The Forgotten Black Women of Punk Rock

    Punk rock is often thought of as a 'white thing' even though it has roots in Black communities. Self-proclaimed riot girl Bridget explores the erasure of black women in punk. A & B revisit this favorite episode.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit

  • The Eights | 2018

    The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8. Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans see themselves and each other in 2018. What Unites Us (First) | What Divides Us (42:15) | A Class-Based Progressive Change (1:12:41) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here....more

  • Summer Sleep

    Brendan is joined by Motty Varghese who is a Behavioural Sleep Therapist in the Sleep Therapy Clinic at St James' Private Clinic.

  • SYSK Selects: How Condoms Work

    The earliest depiction of a condom is found in a 15,000-year-old cave painting. Ever since humans realized sex led to children, we've been using condoms to prevent pregnancy. Join Josh and Chuck for this comprehensive tour of all things condom.Learn more about advertising on the HowStuffWorks podcasts at to learn about your ad choices when listening to podcasts, visit

  • Is Guilt A Wasted Emotion?

    It creeps into everything: guilt that we're not good enough, fit enough, smart enough. As we peruse Instagram, all we see is the perfection of others reflecting our own failures back at us. Why do we spend so much time feeling guilty? Should we? Guests: Devorah Baum Lucas Mann Thomas Curran Stephen Greenblatt Susan Bandes Segments: Why Do We Still Feel Guilty? Reality TV And Other Things We Secretly Love Perfectionism Is Making Young People Miserable. Here’s How To Help. Original Sin And ...more

  • 153. Guns: The Genie and the Bottle – Priya Satia (Historian)

    When you think of the industrial revolution what comes to mind? Steam engines probably. Lone genius inventors. Factories and coal mines, perhaps. And depending on your professional interests and political leanings, either suffering laborers in sweat shops or the Great Onward March of Civilization. Did anybody think of guns? According to my guest today Stanford historian Priya Satia, guns are inextricably bound up with industrialization and it is our long and ever-changing relationship with ...more