The Culture is a weekly show, hosted by Osman Faruqi, taking a deep dive into the latest in the world of pop culture, arts and entertainment.
Hosted by Osman Faruqi, the editor of 7am, the show will feature conversations with critics from The Saturday Paper and The Monthly, and interviews with local and international musicians, filmmakers, writers and artists.
Are Joe Rogan and Spotify too big to cancel?
Joe Rogan hosts one of the world’s most popular podcasts, regularly listened to by over 10 million people. But after interviewing a notorious anti-vaccination doctor on his show, Rogan and Spotify, the company that paid $100 million to exclusively host his podcast, are being targeted by high profile musicians like Joni Mitchell and Neil Young.
The episode has sparked important conversations about free speech, censorship, the role of capitalism in art and the ethics of streaming giants.
Today Dr Matt Beard, an expert in philosophy and ethics, joins The Culture to unpack all these questions and more.
Guest: Dr Matt Beard, Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership.
How TikTok transformed indie darling Mitski
Indie music icon Mitski had already released five albums and received critical acclaim before her 2018 song ‘Nobody’ blew up on TikTok.
On her new album, ‘Laurel Hell’, Mitski explores her relationship to the music industry and making art under capitalism, at a moment when she’s more famous than ever.
Today Shaad D’Souza joins The Culture to talk about Mitski, TikTok, and the grind of being a musician.
Guest: Shaad D’Souza, music critic for The Saturday Paper.
Background reading: Mitski’s Laurel Hell in The Saturday Paper.
Why everyone is addicted to Wordle
The Culture is back for 2022! And to start things off, we’re putting the magnifying glass over a game that has taken the internet by storm.
With no promotion or monetisation, Wordle has grown a player base of over two million in a little less than three months. But what is it about this humble word game that has so many people addicted?
To help unpack where Wordle came from and how it operates in a social media landscape, games reporter for Screenhub and regular games critic for The Saturday Paper, Jini Maxwell, joins The Culture this week.
Guest: Jini Maxwell, games critic for The Saturday Paper
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The best TV shows of 2021
It’s another special bonus summer episode of The Culture! On this episode, author and The Saturday Paper’s TV critic Sarah Krasnostein breaks down the best TV shows of 2021 - from drama, to comedy, to the best of Australian television.
Guest: Sarah Krasnostein. TV critic for The Saturday Paper.
The best films of 2021
On this special bonus summer episode of The Culture, we’re talking the best of films in 2021. It was a great year for movies, and there’s plenty of stuff to catch up on if you didn’t have the time to hit the cinema as much as you would have liked.
Joining host Osman Faruqi is film critic and the co-host of the Total Reboot podcast, Alexei Toliopoulos.
Guest: Alexei Toliopoulos, film critic and co-host of podcast Total Reboot.
Paul Kelly on the enduring popularity of ‘How to Make Gravy’
Twenty five years ago Paul Kelly, one of Australia’s greatest songwriters, released ‘How To Make Gravy’, a song that has since become a staple at many family Christmas gatherings.
‘How to Make Gravy’ is full of anecdotes and snapshots about summer in Australia: the hot weather, Christmas roasts, dancing, and of course, family reunions. It’s a song that perfectly encapsulates what this time of year is supposed to be about.
Paul Kelly joined The Culture to talk about ‘How To Make Gravy’, the inspiration behind the song, how much it mirrors Paul’s own family Christmases, and why it seems to become more and more popular every year.
Guest: Paul Kelly
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On the improve
Osman, I’m working this podcast into my regular feed and I’m liking the variety, but on both occasion where you have done album reviews and particularly the Billie Eilish review the over use of the word “like” made it a real struggle. It got to such a level of distraction that I started counting the likes, I counted 10 in around 60 seconds of conversation. Your fellow review needs some assistance because I think the contribution is valuable but I struggle to continue listening when the likes reach the level that they do.
The departure of literacy
I am very interested in many of these podcasts-but just dont have the time. If they had the texts I could read them all!(200wpm lets me do that) does anyone else. Just skip the lethargic delivery of podcast and YouTube’s?
One of my two weekly must listens
I love everything about this show, but especially the variety and the inclusive passion of Os and his guests. Such a wide wonderful eclectic bunch of stuff: fabulous.