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Latest Episodes

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,

11: Sex & Not Sex
November 29, 2018

“Let’s talk about sex, ba-by”…around the world! Dean and Tom dive into cultural perceptions and behaviors around touching, nudity, and sex (sort of) in this episode, answering questions like: How many air kisses can a visitor to Brazil expect during a ...

10: Island Hopping: Iceland & Malta
September 27, 2018

Don’t despair, dear listeners! While the days may be getting shorter, Dean and Tom are back to boost your spirits in this episode as they “island hop” from incredible Iceland to majestic Malta (5:20). Along the way,

9: Brits & Yanks
September 06, 2018

In this episode, Dean and Tom hop across the pond to explore cultural differences between the U.K. and the U.S.! The two begin with some surprisingly different customs between the two countries, like how Britons order two pints in a pub (a.k.a.