Curated Culture

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

by Pastime

    Curated Culture

    Oct 22 2019

  • Dolly Parton's America / I Will Always Leave You

    Porter Wagoner led the most successful country music television show of its time, and in 1967 he needed a new “girl singer.” He turned to a 21 year old songwriter named Dolly Parton, who’d just recorded her first hit “Dumb Blonde.” So began a nearly decade-long partnership that, behind the scenes, was as contentious as it was commercially successful. This episode tells the story of the “Porter years,” the period during which Dolly arguably discovers her power - both as a performer and songwriter...more

  • Radio Ambulante / 13 Lunas [Parte 2]

    Por mucho tiempo significó todo para ellos, ahora tenían que enfrentarlo. En el episodio anterior empezamos a contar la historia de Orlando Gaitán, un supuesto líder espiritual que usaba yagé para sanar a quienes lo seguían. Pero un grupo de mujeres descubrió algo que las llevó a enfrentarlo. Esta es la segunda y última parte de la historia.

  • TheThinkingAtheist / Take The Secular Survey is a scientific survey designed to help the non-religious achieve better representation in the United States. Seth Andrews talks about the survey and more!

  • Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen / Extra: Ranky Tanky: Live in Studio 360

    Charleston band Ranky Tanky draws on the musical traditions of the Gullah culture from the Lowcountry region of the Southeastern U.S. They perform live in Studio 360 and then break the music down into its essential components, explaining what exactly makes this “Gullah” and how that cultural heritage has informed American jazz.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Streetwise Hebrew / #274 Can You Hurry It Up? Quick!

    Israelis need everything here and now, immediately. Preferably yesterday. That's why the Hebrew word זריז (zariz), quick or quickly, is constantly in use. This episode is a crash course (קורס מזורז) on the root ז.ר.ז. Listen to the All-Hebrew Version of this Episode   New Words and Expressions: Zariz - Speedy, quick - זריז Kaduri zariz mahir - My ball is quick and fast - כדורי זריז מהיר Kinu’ach shokolad zariz - A quick chocolate dessert - קינוח שוקולד זריז Li dubon zariz va-kat - I have a small...more

  • Bullseye with Jesse Thorn / Satirist and director Chris Morris on "The Day Shall Come"

    Lately, Chris Morris has been basing a lot of his absurdist comedy on real life world events. His new film, The Day Shall Come, is kind of a farce about terrorism and the FBI's efforts to fight it. The film tells a complex and often bizarre story that is almost entirely based on real things that happened in the counter terrorism world. Chris Morris joins us to talk about his new movie. He'll chat about reading court transcripts, talking with journalists, even attending trials to really understan...more

  • Stuff You Should Know / What's the deal with subpoenas?

    Subpoenas are all the rage. But what do they even mean if someone can just ignore it? Learn this and a lot more in today's episode.  Learn more about your ad-choices at

  • Savage Lovecast / Savage Love Episode 678

    A woman was apparently dating Genghis Khan. He told her he had had a vasectomy, but she got pregnant anyway. And so had a bunch of other women he dated. Her lawyer says she has a battery case. Her friends tell her to chill out. What do you think? A married woman has a very dear gay male friend. She wants to go on vacation with him. But is this too much? Too close? Too weird?  On the Magnum, are we sick of drag yet? No. No, we are not. Dan brings on the ever-delightful Simon Doonan to talk about ...more

  • Cold Case Files / A Knock At The Door

    The killing of a woman in a Virginia hotel room goes unsolved for a quarter of a century before investigators are finally able to zero in on the killer. Own iconic luxury items at unreal values with The RealReal! Shop in-store, online, or download the app, and get 20% off select items with the promo code "REAL" - Visit  Want deodorant you can trust? Use NATIVE! For 20% off your first purchase, visit and use promo code "COLDCASE" during checkout!...more

  • The Minimalists Podcast / 203 | Connection

    Joshua and Ryan talk about several modern crises—depression, loneliness, addiction, connection, belonging, and meaning—with author Johann Hari, and they answer the following questions: How do I increase my happiness and live a more fulfilled, meaningful life in spite of the daily barrage of negativity from social media and the Internet? (01:33) Are the allegedly high rates of depression accurate? (26:27) As an introvert, how do I develop connections with others? (29:38) Detailed show notes: mini...more

  • Pod Save the People / Take A Break But Don't Quit (with Alphonso David)

    Deray, Brittany, Clint, and Sam discuss Puerto Rico's indefinitely delayed financial relief, environmental effects of urban living, genetic mutations worth testing for, and the LAPD's use of undue force against the homeless. DeRay talks to Alphonso David, who is the first person of color to lead the Human Rights Campaign.

  • It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders / Interview: Actress Regina King On Having Difficult Conversations About Race

    Actress Regina King has been on-screen for more than three decades, working in films and TV shows such as '227' and 'American Crime.' But winning several high-profile awards has rocketed her career to new heights. She has also stepped into the role of director and vowed to produce projects with 50 percent women. She now stars in the new HBO series 'Watchmen,' which is inspired by the graphic novel of the same name. The show deals heavily with issues of race and policing, which has also been a th...more

  • The Dork Forest / Bad guys of Latin America with Cat Alvarado – EP 541

    Villains of History is Cat Alvarado’s @thecatalvarado podcast (I did Pol Pot on it). She’s come to talk Latin American despots. I am reminded of the 70s and 80s and beyond. But not like a radio station. Fascinating. Donate to The Dork Forest if you like the show. There’s paypal links and venmo my email address. Links to everything is at or USE THE AMAZON link on the front page when you order your own dorky goodness. Merch: My current album “I Am Not t...more

  • OTR Detective – The Great Detectives of Old Time Radio / EP2962: Let George Do It: Murder on Vacation

    George wants to go on vacation to a seaside village where he stayed at a boarding house that served fish stew. He finds she’s stopped hosting guests and he discovers a mystery over a gold cup.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  • Steve Allen - A Little Bit Extra / We tied elastic to her once

    A little bit extra, every weekday morning, from LBC's longest-serving presenter.

  • Let's Speak Italian! / Lesson #017, Tuesday

    21 = ventuno (drop the vowel before the uno) 22 = ventidue 23 = ventitre' 24 = ventiquattro 25 = venticinque 26 = ventisei 27 = ventisette 28 = ventotto (drop the vowel before the otto) 29 = ventinove 30 = trenta 31 = trentuno 32 = trentadue 33 = trentatre' 34 = trentaquattro 35 = trentacinque 36 = trentasei 37 = trentasette 38 = trentotto 39 = trentanove 40 = quaranta 41 = quarantuno 42 = quarantadue 43 = quarantatre' 44 = quarantaquattro 45 = quarantacinque 46 = quarantasei 47 = quarantasette ...more

  • Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria / Episode 280 - Joanna Andrecka

    In this episode of Talk Nerdy, Cara is joined by Dr. Joanna Andrecka, product marketing manager at Refeyn. They discuss an exciting new technology called mass photometry. This process uses light to analyze the mass of biomolecules in their native state, with no markers or labels. Follow Joanna: @AndreckaJoanna

  • Inquiring Minds / The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini

    We talk to author and journalist Joe Posnanski about his new book The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini.

  • RISK! / Perseverance

    Chris Redd, Erin Barker, and Ernest Anfin share stories about running from the cops, vaginal problem solving, and a custody battle.

  • The Joe Rogan Experience / #1366 - Richard Dawkins

    Richard Dawkins, FRS FRSL is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist, and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the University of Oxford's Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008. His latest book "Outgrowing God: A Beginner's Guide" is available now.