Curated Culture

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

by Pastime

    Curated Culture

    Dec 19 2018

  • Future Tense - ABC - RN / The GIF as an increasingly important communication tool

    The GIF, this little looped video, is often misunderstood as a component of modern communication. It has an important role to play in making modern digital discussion smoother.

  • Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations / Charles Eisenstein: A More Beautiful World Is Possible

    What will come to define the human race for future generations? Philosopher, teacher and writer Charles Eisenstein provides insight into what could await us in the future, and discusses how cynicism, self-delusion and separation help to create our troubled world. In his book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible, Charles explains why he believes the one way to resolve conflict is when opponents make an effort to understand one another on a human level, become less judgme...more

  • Native Opinion Podcast an American Indian Perspective / Would You Please Take Our Survey?

    Hello All, Would you mind taking a moment to fill out our Survey?  We just have 10 quick questions that will really help us shape our show a bit further as we head into 2019!   Please visit:   Thank You so very much!   Michael & David.

  • RNZ: The Panel / #metoo destroying office parties?

    The Guardian has reported on the demise of office parties.There's been a decline in festivities, down to 65 percent, with #metoo and millennials being blamed, Meanwhile gender equality has stalled, says the World Economic Forum.

  • Aspen Ideas to Go / What Really Separates Men from Women?

    Why is it that we think boys are good at math and girls are more empathetic? Or that boys can’t focus in the classroom and girls are obsessed with relationships? These sometimes damaging gender stereotypes have become part of our culture, but are they backed up by science? Neuroscientist Lise Eliot says our default assumption is that our gender differences are hardwired, but that’s not the case. In her book Pink Brain Blue Brain, she uses research and her work on neuroplasticity to debunk our tr...more

  • The John Batchelor Show / Pearl Harbor Christmas:1 of 2: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub (Author)

    AUTHOR. (Photo:White House 1941 view of the North portico of the White House. From the Library of Congress Licensing[edit] Public domain This work is in the public domain in ) Twitter: @BatchelorShow Pearl Harbor Christmas:1 of 2: A World at War, December 1941 by Stanley Weintraub (Author) Christmas 1941 came little more than two weeks a...more

  • The One You Feed / 258: Paul Hannam on The Wisdom of Groundhog Day

    Paul Hannam has started, owned and managed a number of successful businesses and he taught business and environmental management at Oxford University. His new book is The Wisdom of Groundhog Day: How to Improve Your Life One Day at a Time. Before you jump to thinking you know what he’s going to say about this – wait and listen to this episode. You’ll be surprised and intrigued by his insight and recommendations based on this movie.Need help with completing your goals in 2019? The One Y...more

  • Arts & Ideas / Trees of Knowledge

    Why Are We Here? What is a sentient being? These are questions we don't normally explore using plants but perhaps we should. Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough hears how identifying more closely with living beings who produce our oxygen and store the Sun's energy is a good way of navigating existential angst and have much to teach us about co-operation and mutual support and the unifying principles of life. Peter Wohlleben The Hidden Life of Trees: The Illustrated Edition is out now Emanuele Coccia ...more

  • The Thomas Jefferson Hour / #1317 Madison's Letters

    "Jefferson yielded to Madison's stronger concern. He needed him and he trusted him." — Clay S. Jenkinson Clay and David discuss a number of letters between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison that reveal their working relationship, their friendship, and how Madison protected Jefferson politically. Find this episode, along with recommended reading, on the blog. Support the show by joining the 1776 Club or by donating to the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Inc. You can learn more about our Cultural Tours & ...more

  • Guided Meditation Podcast / 121…Full Moon Canyon Release Experience the connection to Mother Earth as you broaden your awareness and hear the messages she sends you within this meditation. Full moon is a wonderful time to asses the month and clear away the feelings and thoughts that are no longer serving you. Release them and free yourself to step into the month ahead with confidence. Guided Meditation duration approx. 22 mins Taking time to relax is mo...more

  • The Modern Mann / 2018 Christmas Special! (Season 9, Ep 9)

    It’s Christmasssss!... well, nearly: so time is running out for our charity single, ‘The Sounds of Christmas’, to crack the UK festive Top 40.In this week’s Zeitgeist, Ollie Peart reveals the surprise celebrity friends who’ve added their weight to the campaign, whilst a generous Mann-fan blows our fundraising target out of the water.Meanwhile, Olly heads to St Andrew’s Church, Islington, to meet Reverend Jessica Swift, an inner-city vicar managing a diverse congregation; some reliant on food ban...more

  • The Jason Stapleton Program / 897: American Education and the Moral Hazard

    Student loan debt has hit 1.4 Trillion dollars. Default rates are through the roof. Those 62 and older have nearly 63 billion in outstanding student loan debt. Much like the housing crisis, our education system has been decimated by government medaling. What's the solution? Should you go to college? Is there any hope for millions of Americans who were duped into an overpriced secondary education? Find out today! Jason

  • Vox's The Weeds / Bernie and Biden and Beto, oh my!

    Sarah, Ezra, and Matt decide it’s not too soon to start talking about the 2020 election. Plus — Obamacare litigation forever!References and further reading:Matt’s explainer on the Democratic field for 2020Matt’s piece on Joe Biden’s policy ideasA previous episode of The Weeds on the Obamacare lawsuitEzra’s piece on the Texas ruling against Obamacare

  • MonsterTalk / Ghosts, Gears, Gadgets and Golems

    Peter Bebergal studied religion and culture at Harvard Divinity School, and is the author of the new book Strange Frequencies, which chronicles many of the ways people have sought to use technology to transcend the mundane to reach the numinous. We talk about the ways people have used (and continue to use) technology in fringe research, art, entertainment, and in pursuit of revelation. Listen to MonsterTalk via iTunes, Spotify, Google Play Music, TuneIn, and Stitcher. Get the MonsterTalk Podca...more

  • Very Bad Wizards / Episode 154: Metaphysical Vertigo (Borges's "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius")

    In the famous words of the idealist philosopher George Berkeley, “To exist is to be perceived.” Our ideas and perceptions are the fundamental objects in the universe; there is no real world beyond them. Hume wrote (I think) that Berkeley’s arguments don’t admit of the slightest refutation, and they don’t inspire the slightest conviction. On Earth, that may be true. On Tlön, it’s false – the people there are “congenital idealists.” Their language, philosophy, literature, and religion presuppose i...more

  • Let's Know Things / Creative Platforms

    This week we talk about busking, deplatforming, and the Tumblr porn ban. We also discuss megaphones, Patreon, and the friction between creating and funding. I'm on tour: Become a patron on Patreon: For more information about this podcast and to view the show notes, visit You can find a list of the books I've written at

  • hr2 Der Tag / Zu korrupt? Rumänien vor der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft

    Zwei Wochen vor Beginn der EU-Ratspräsidentschaft geht Rumäniens Regierung voll auf Konfrontationskurs mit Brüssel. Ministerpräsidentin Viorica Dancila sagt: "Wir werden kritisiert, ohne es zu verdienen. Wir werden bestraft, nur weil wir ein osteuropäisches Land sind“. Und der Parteichef der regierenden Sozialdemokraten Livniu Dragnea, selbst wegen Wahlbetrugs vorbestraft, beklagt, andere Länder in der EU seien "noch viel korrupter“ als Rumänien. Wer das wohl sein könnte? Das lässt er offen. Vie...more

  • Today, Explained / The World in 2018

    The North Korea summit. Brexit chaos. The brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The hosts of Vox's Worldly podcast look back on the biggest international stories of the year.

  • The Brian Lehrer Show / Making Reparations and 'Reknitting' Our Communities

    Lara Bazelon, associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she is the director of its Criminal Juvenile Justice and Racial Justice Clinics, and the author of Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction (Beacon Press, 2018), tells stories of what life is like AFTER exoneration, how it’s almost impossible to get back any kind of normalcy and how restorative justice can help.

  • The Jerry Springer Podcast / On The Southern Border - EP. 192

    We're all excited about Jerry's new judge gig. He'll be judicious, but he'll be the funniest damn judge show ever.We had some phone issues tonight. First we've got Jene getting a call about term life insurance. Not cool for a professional broadcaster. Then, we call "Ask A Lifeguard" to find out about his new venture, only to have a missed call, call back, dead air on the line. Jerry reminds the lifeguard that you actually have to put the phone up to your ear to hear others.Jerry's Rant is about ...more