Curated Culture

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

by Pastime

    Curated Culture

    Apr 21 2019

  • Future Tense - ABC - RN / How to trick AI, plus the online platform centred on encouragement

    A lot of time and money is being spent trying to ensure the security of Artificial Intelligence systems, but what if you’re interested in tricking the system, not hacking it?

  • Earth Ancients / Andrew Collins: Denisovan Origins

    Reveals the profound influence of the Denisovans and their hybrid descendants upon the flowering of human civilization around the world • Traces the migrations of the sophisticated Denisovans and their interbreeding with Neanderthals and early human populations more than 40,000 years ago • Shows how Denisovan hybrids became the elite of ancient societies, including the Adena mound-building culture • Explores the Denisovans’ extraordinary advances, including precision-machined stone tools a...more

  • Those Conspiracy Guys / The Siege at Ruby Ridge

    TRUE CRIME On this episode we talk about a lesser known domestic terrorist incident involving the full might of the FBI coming down on a small cabin in the wilderness in Idaho; the Weaver family were ensnared in their mountain cabin in the summer of 1992 in what has become known as The Siege at Ruby Ridge. Pegged as a white supremacist, Randy Weaver moved his family up into the wilderness of Idaho and decided to live a simpler life. His wife Vicky and son Sammy were killed in a shootout with...more

  • Internet History Podcast / 194. The History of the ISP Industry With Sonic's Dane Jasper

    Today we continue my efforts to preserve the history of the ISP industry. Today it feels like the Internet is simply all around us all the time, but there are amazing entrepreneurial stories about how that crucial infrastructure was laid. Today we talk to Sonic founder Dane Jasper, who can not only give us the history of the industry, but the present day as well, as Sonic is still a thriving and important independent ISP.

  • Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast / Al Capone, the Secret Six, & the 1933 Chicago World's Fair w/ William Hazelgrove - A True Crime History Podcast

    Most of us have grown up thinking that Elliot Ness and his famed "Untouchables" were the crimefighters who brought down the notorious Al Capone in Chicago. But instead, it was a group of millionaire businessmen called the "Secret Six" who were the real reason for the Capone Outfit's demise. In his book "Al Capone and the 1933 World's Fair: The End of the Gangster Era in Chicago", my guest, William Hazelgrove, makes the argument that in order for the city to successfully host their second Wo...more

  • Stuff Mom Never Told You / Bonus Episode: Trauma-Informed Training and Trial

    In this bonus episode, a retired detective talks about trauma-informed training, and a lawyer discusses what a sexual assault trial entails. Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • The History Chicks / Mary Anning

    Twelve year old Mary Anning pulled a dinosaur out of a cliff, and set off a firestorm of philosophy and science that never seemed to include her, somehow. From the Loch Ness Monster to Jurassic Park, the world would never be the same.

  • RTÉ - Marian Finucane / Finian McGrath

    Finian McGrath, Minister of State for Disability Issues, speaks to Brendan about his political career, disability issues in Ireland, and his recent comments on the new drink driving laws.

  • To The Best Of Our Knowledge / Hope: Where Does It Come From?

    Is hope something we’re innately born with, or something we can choose to have? We talk with people who tell us where they think hope lives in ourselves and our communities. The first of a three-part series on hope. Guests: Andre Willis, Steve Pinker, Tali Sharot, Alice Walker, Chigozie Obioma, Claire Peaslee

  • Think Again – a Big Think Podcast / 191. Simon Critchley (philosopher) – the philosophy of tragedy & the tragedy of philosophy

    Well into her 90’s, my grandma Selma and I had this running conversation about the state of the world. She’d escaped Polish pogroms as a 5 year old, lived through the loss of half her relatives in World War II, and saw the founding of the UN in 1945 and NATO in 1949 as signs of a world sick of chaos and finally ready to be sensible and humane. Well, that’s not really how things turned out, is it. And I spent a lot of time trying and failing to reassure Selma that there was still hope in the worl...more

  • Casefile True Crime / Case 109: Belanglo (Part 5)

    [Part 5 of 5] Accused serial killer, 51-year-old Ivan Milat sat motionless before the court dressed in a navy suit, white shirt and grey checkered tie... Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host Episode researched by the Anonymous Host Episode written by Elsha McGill This episode's sponsors: ShipStation – Try ShipStation FREE for 30 days plus get an additional month FREE with promo code ‘casefile’ Robinhood – Get free stock from companies like Apple, Ford and Sprint when you sign up Ca...more

  • Aubrey Marcus Podcast / #201 United Psychedelic States w/ Michael Pollan

    Multiple NYT bestselling author Michael Pollan set out on his boldest adventure yet, both personally and as an author.  In his latest book How To Change Your Mind he endeavored to chronicle the psychedelic experience--from a historical, scientific, and experiential point of view.  His contribution to the field cannot be understated, and I am incredibly grateful to welcome him on the show to share our own stories and talk about the future of psychedelic medicine.Connect with Michael Pol...more

  • State of the Theory / Episode 50: Notre-Dame de Paris

    This is Episode 50 of the State of the Theory Podcast. Politics. Power. Popular Culture. And other stuff, probably. In this series, we’re like super nerdy philosophical DJs: mashing up Serious Academic Questions with the most topical news and trends in pop culture. Each week, we’ll tackle a new topic and collide it with ‘critical theory’ (we’re pretty loose with our definitions, though, so expect the unexpected). Our aim is to destroy the stuff we know, explore the stuff we don’t and unsettle ...more

  • Reasonable Doubt / RD 193 - Mueller Report Breakdown, Nxivm Plea & More

    Adam and Producer Gary break down the Mueller Report and discuss other current events as they wait for Mark Geragos, who is in court with his client Clare Bronfman as she pleads guilty to the charges agains her in the Nxivm case, to join the show.

  • The Joe Rogan Experience / #1283 - Russell Brand

    Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, author, and activist. His new book “Mentors” is available now, and his podcast called “Under The Skin” is available on Luminary.

  • The John Batchelor Show / Hell and Good Company: 1 of 4: The Spanish Civil War and the World it Made by Richard Rhodes.

    Photo: Image from page 164 of "Things seen in Spain. With fifty illus" (1921)  Identifier: thingsseeninspai00hart Title: Things seen in Spain. With fifty illus Year: 1921 (1920s) Authors: Hartley, C. Gasquoine (Catherine Gasquoine), 1867-1928 Subjects: Publisher: London : Seely, Service Contributing Library: University of California Libraries Digitizing Sponsor: Internet Archive View Book Page: Book Viewer About This Book: Catalog Entry View All Images: All Images From Book ...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / EP2804: Dragnet: The Big Customer

    Friday and Smith search for a pair of robbers. Original Air Date: June 22, 1954 Support the show monthly at Support the show on a one-time basis at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • Life Matters - ABC RN / Weekend Life Matters - natural playgrounds, environmental death, older virgins, tactile kitchens

    Children's playgrounds re-invented, more sustainable approaches to death and disposal, why sex is on the wane, and cooking meals when you're vision impaired. How do you brown meat?

  • The Gist / The International Hilarity of Loyiso Gola

    On The Gist, sick children and dead ducks are pretty convincing. In the interview, South African comedian Loyiso Gola is here to talk about his stand up special on Netflix, what it’s like performing in different countries, and why talking about the economy is so difficult for everyday people. Gola is performing at the Soho Playhouse until April 21, 2019. In the Spiel, time for an early Antentwig. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Pop Rocket / Ep. 221 - The New Negroes & Black Sketch Comedy

    This week Wynter and Karen chat with Ellington Wells, a comedian and writer on Comedy Central’s brand new sketch show The New Negroes with Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn. The panel takes a look at how black sketch comedy has involved and Wells tell us what Robert Townsend TV special inspired Vaughn to create a show with a similar sensibility. All Abouts Wynter: No Good Nick Karen: Season 4 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Ellington: Britney's Gram podcast special episode That's My Jam Ellington: Ava Max...more