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The Culture is a weekly show focusing on film, music, TV, streaming, books and art. Each episode takes a deep dive into a work, an artist or an area where culture and society collide.


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.

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    • 4.2 • 160 Ratings

The Culture is a weekly show focusing on film, music, TV, streaming, books and art. Each episode takes a deep dive into a work, an artist or an area where culture and society collide.


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.

    The Ballad of Britney Spears

    The Ballad of Britney Spears

    Britney Spears is one of the biggest music stories in the world right now, but it’s not because of her music.


    It's to do with the saga of her controversial 13 year long conservatorship.


    In 2019 the Free Britney hashtag and movement went viral. More recently we’ve seen a series of documentaries covering the issue, and the story has grown and grown.


    Then, a few weeks ago, after years of silence, we saw Britney finally speak out publicly. 


    She confirmed years worth of speculation regarding her conservatorship, and perhaps most importantly, the role her father Jamie Spears has played in all of it.


    So could the 13 year battle to free Britney finally be coming to an end?




    Guest: Editor of Music Junkee, Jules LeFevre
     
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    • 41 min
    How a four-year-old Australian song became the biggest hit in Europe

    How a four-year-old Australian song became the biggest hit in Europe

    In 2017 Melbourne musicians Ed Service and Jack Madin recorded a song in their Brunswick studio. It was recorded with, and for, their friends.


    The track got some love at local gigs and warehouse parties, but disappeared pretty quickly. Ed and Jack soon moved on with their lives and got day jobs.


    But four years later that song they wrote has gone international. It’s playing at festivals and stadiums all over the world. It’s even been remixed by David Guetta. 


    The track has been streamed millions of times and is rocketing up the charts.


    So what happened? Today on The Culture we look at how two Melbourne musicians took the world by storm.


    Guest: Ed Service and Jack Madin from Shouse.
     
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    • 24 min
    Welcome to Deathmatch Downunder

    Welcome to Deathmatch Downunder

    In basements and bars across the country crowds gather to cheer on people wearing tight, spandex outfits as they toss and pummel each other all over a ring.


    In today’s episode we visit Deathmatch Downunder: one of the most spectacular, violent and progressive professional wrestling events in the country.


    It’s popular, it’s growing and it’s the perfect combination of sports and entertainment. But where did it come from and what makes it so compelling?
     
    Guest: Contributor to The Monthly and author of ‘Everything Harder Than Everyone Else’, Jenny Valentish
     
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    • 26 min
    The Kardashians: Saying goodbye to America’s Royal Family

    The Kardashians: Saying goodbye to America’s Royal Family

    After 14 years and 20 seasons one of the biggest TV shows in the world, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’, is over.


    But despite it’s huge popularity, the show, and family, in particular Kim Kardashian, are pretty polarising. They have their fair share of detractors, plenty of people talk proudly about how they’ve never seen an episode, and even a decent chunk of the viewing audience are people who happily admit to hate watching it.


    But wherever you sit, the influence of the Kardashians and their show is hard to deny. So what does it mean now that it’s finishing up? Critic and writer, Brodie Lancaster, Australia’s foremost expert on the Kardashian clan, joins The Culture this week to help us understand where we all go from here. 


    Guest: Writer and critic Brodie Lancaster.
     
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    • 39 min
    Why Fast & Furious is cinema’s greatest franchise

    Why Fast & Furious is cinema’s greatest franchise

    ‘The Fast and the Furious’ is one of the biggest franchises in movie history, grossing nearly $6 billion at the box office and spanning nine films over 20 years. 


    The latest instalment in the series, F9, was released in cinemas last week.


    This week on The Culture we discuss what makes ‘The Fast and the Furious’ so compelling, and why it deserves to be recognised as this generation’s James Bond.
     
    Guest: Culture writer and author Sinead Stubbins


    Thanks to Insider for the Fast and Furious "family" supercut
     
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    • 39 min
    Barry Jenkins' new masterpiece: The Underground Railroad

    Barry Jenkins' new masterpiece: The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad, a new series on Amazon Prime, is based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead. 


    It's directed by Barry Jenkins, who also directed the 2016 Best Picture winner Moonlight and the follow up, If Beale Street Could Talk. 


    The show is one of the most gripping, powerful and visceral series out this year, and it’s an opportunity to explore what prestige television looks like in 2021, and how it can help us confront our history and grapple with the present.


    Guest: Award-winning writer, filmmaker and contributor to The Saturday Paper, Santilla Chingaipe
     
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
160 Ratings

160 Ratings

jtatlarge ,

Overliked!

How many times does a guest get to say “like”? We can measure it in per sentence, per minute, per topic. We can’t measure per hour because it would rate numbers nobody gets, like bajillion, like. I think Brodie needs a break from 14 years of KUWTK, if only to expunge some “like” from her vocab. Next time you have a guest under 40, Oz, do a “like” count in the editing, like please, like, so I can actually like the really informative content without going mad as hell, like, til I’m not gonna like, take it anymore.
Great podcast, btw.

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Still finding its feet

I was so excited when I first heard about this pod - I’m a big fan of Oz, 7am and cultural criticism, and I definitely feel like there’s a gap in the market for an Aussie culture pod à la NYT’s Still Processing.

I do think that the pod still has a ways to go in terms of it finding its feet (which is to be expected of any new pod).

For example, I think the Olivia Rodrigo ep missed the mark by casually dismissing young women’s resonance with the album as coming purely from a place of nostalgia. It reminded me of the way teen fans of Twilight were disparaged in the 2000s. Sure, the there are valid criticisms of the album but I think introducing a woman’s perspective into the conversation may have shed some light regarding Rodrigo’s immense success and popularity.

Nonetheless, I’m really excited to see where this pod goes and will definitely continue tuning in every week.

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What is this

I think you might have put culture the wrong way.

Just saying.

It is like this : ertluc .

I think this is a typo.

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