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Dear listeners, we hope you're doing well and staying safe in this novel coronavirus pandemic. Dean and Tom head outdoors and stay six feet apart to discuss how culture has impacted responses to this pandemic in societies around the world.
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!
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! 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,
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...
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.
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,
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 ...
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,
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...