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Latest Episodes

Taxi Please! Special Reissue
July 28, 2022

We hope you’re staying as cool as can be, listeners! Since Dean and Tom will be chatting about global transportation customs in next month’s brand-new episode, we’re ‘crossing the road’ to there with

33: “Why is a child ‘reared’? Why aren’t they ‘forwarded’?”
June 23, 2022

Hey (literal) baby! In this episode, Dean and Tom toddle over from a prior discussion of elders to the other end of the age spectrum: kids, and how we adults view, rear, and set expectations of childr

32: “Grandma Time!”
May 26, 2022

Listen up, you whippersnappers! Dean, Tom, and baby/producer Torin impart some wisdom about how cultures value their elders and the “elderly,” especially by comparing perceptions and customs in US cul

31: “For Ukrainians, the sunflower is an incredibly powerful symbol.”
April 28, 2022

Dean and Tom are back to talk about the use and importance of symbols across cultures, otherwise known as "going the full Robert Langdon" (you know, the main protagonist in Dan Brown's novels). Being

Back To China – Special Reissue
February 24, 2022

With both the Lunar New Year and the Winter Olympics in Beijing this month, we're heading back to China in this special reissue of our "Goat Eyes & Chinese Banquets" episode from June 2018! Please enj

Winter Warmth! Special Reissue
January 27, 2022

Needing some tropical warmth this winter (for those in the Northern Hemisphere, that is)? Well, look (or listen?) no further, because here's a special reissue of our "Island Hopping: U.S. Virgin Islan

30: Joy To The World! (Part 2 of 2)
December 23, 2021

In the finale of their two-part gleeful gabfest, Dean and Tom continue to delight in the complexities of humor, language, and culture. Then, they elatedly explore similarities and differences in how j

29: Joy To The World! (Part 1 of 2)
November 25, 2021

What’s so funny? In this jolly episode, Dean and Tom gleefully gab about what is, and is not, considered funny across cultures - and how laughter can also be interpreted differently depending on where

Celebrating The Great Beyond! Special Reissue
October 28, 2021

With All Hallows' Eve & Día de los Muertos rapidly approaching, it's a frighteningly perfect time to reissue our episode on death celebrations and festivals across cultures, “Who Died?”, from July 201

28: US Norms. Weird.
September 23, 2021

In this episode, Dean and Tom dig into the cultural origins of US norms & practices that can come off as a bit odd to our global neighbors - from the beach, to the restaurant, to the bathroom (not nec