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Latest Episodes

20: Island Hopping: U.S. Virgin Islands
April 11, 2020

We're back with a new "island hopping" episode that was recorded prior to community spread of COVID-19 in the United States, so please forgive any mentions of "Corona" in this episode - we're referring to the beer!

19: Which Body Part’s Itchy?
January 30, 2020

In this episode, Dean and Tom scratch away at cultural associations related to itchy noses, itchy palms, and itchy feet around the globe - so keep that hydrocortisone handy! Plus, all-time fan-favorite segment Grammar Time makes its return,

Happy New Year! Special Reissue
December 29, 2019

Happy New Year! As we close out 2019, we didn't want to leave you old in the cold when it came to exploring New Year's traditions around the world. Therefore we're reissuing our New Year's episode, Shoes & Argentinian Pink Underwear,

18: Island Hopping: New Zealand
November 25, 2019

We're back with a special "island hopping" episode: between the North and South Islands of New Zealand! Dean and Tom dive into Dean's recent travels along the stunning TranzAlpine railway, and to the hub of extreme adventure activities in Queenstown on...

17: Do You Believe In Magic?
August 29, 2019

In this episode, Dean and Tom explore magical thinking across cultures, conjuring up the origins of good luck charms while clutching their rabbit’s foot, knocking on wood, and spitting to ward off the evil eye.

16: Who Died?
July 25, 2019

Don’t fear the reaper, dear listeners! In this journey along the River Styx, Dean and Tom explore how death is celebrated across cultures: from the joyous customs of Mexico’s Day of the Dead and Irish wakes,

15: Sorry?
June 27, 2019

We’re very (not) sorry to say that Dean and Tom are talking apologies across cultures, particularly in the U.K. and East Asia, in this episode. Also, Producer Torin brings in a recent New York Times article about apologetic tweets from British railway ...

14: What’s In A Name? (Part 2 of 2)
May 16, 2019

Dean and Tom are back from a hiatus to continue exploring the creation and use of names across the globe: this time, in Latin America, Germany, the Middle East, India, and New Zealand. They also honor honorifics, epitomize eponymous names,

13: What’s In A Name? (Part 1 of 2)
February 14, 2019

In this first episode of 2019, Dean and Tom apply a cultural lens to Shakespeare's classic question: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose; by any other name would smell as sweet!" After leaving their mohel in the back seat of a car (per this co...

12: Gift-Giving: Tips & Taboos
December 13, 2018

’Tis the season for giving gifts around the world, and for our final episode of 2018! This episode, Dean and Tom present you with tips for giving culturally-appropriate gifts in the U.S., Europe, and East Asia,