34 episodes

A podcast about the culture that surrounds you — with Anne Helen Petersen and a bunch of very smart co-hosts

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Culture Study Podcast Anne Helen Petersen

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 408 Ratings

A podcast about the culture that surrounds you — with Anne Helen Petersen and a bunch of very smart co-hosts

culturestudypod.substack.com

    The Beautiful Cult of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

    The Beautiful Cult of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

    A seven-part Netflix docuseries on the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders called America’s Sweethearts? Oh my god, WHAT a rich text. The uniform, the dances, the body norms, the coded language, the particular feminine ideals, the intersections with Texas culture and evangelical culture — there’s just so much there. And I was thrilled when Sam Sanders and Zach Stafford, two of the co-hosts of the indispensable Vibe Check, agreed to help answer all of your (excellent) questions. (We couldn’t get the rights to Thunderstruck, but you can just imagine it playing over the intro and on repeat forever.)
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    • 56 min
    How Romance Writers Rewrite Publishing’s Rules

    How Romance Writers Rewrite Publishing’s Rules

    How are romance writers — and the recent romance boom — chipping away at the norms of Big Publishing? Does self-publishing lead to more diverse authors and characters? How has Amazon both expanded and limited the market? That’s what we’re grappling with in today’s episode.
    Back in June, romance novelist Nisha Sharma broke down all the tropes and trends of contemporary romance. Next month, we’ll have the owners of a romance bookstore explaining the the big (and complicated) business of romance-only bookselling. And today, we have Christine Larson, author of Love in the Time of Self-Publishing, walking us through the labor dynamics of romance publishing. If you like thinking about different ways of organizing labor, you’ll find all of this fascinating — and if you’re a romance fan, it’ll make you think a lot about which books end up in front of you and why. You’re gonna love it.Join the ranks of paid subscribers and get bonus content, access to the discussion threads, ad-free episodes, and the knowledge that you're supporting an indie pod trying to make its way in the world. If you're already a subscriber-- thank you! Join us in the discussion thread for this episode! Got a question or idea for a future episode? Let us know here.


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    • 49 min
    What Does J.Lo Actually Want?

    What Does J.Lo Actually Want?

    J.Lo is, as we say in the Culture Study universe, a rich text. There is so much history, so many layers of accumulated meaning, so many relationships, and so little in terms of actual revelations. She gives so much and yet offers so little! Chelsea Devantez is a celebrity memoir aficionado, a humor writer, and a newly-minted J.Lo scholar — and the absolute perfect co-host to unpack all of your J.Lo questions, like why does Mariah hate her, why can’t she and Ben be happy, what the hell is going on with the new movie, and what does she actually want?
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    • 53 min
    Big Jeans Feelings

    Big Jeans Feelings

    Why do jeans make us FEEL THINGS? I mean, I have a lot of feelings about the “going out top,” but at least I no longer have to deal with it. Jeans, they’re still here in my wardrobe, making me feel uncool. It’s the actual garment, sure, but it’s also a garment in constant fashion flux — and almost always designed to fit one sort of (thin) body. There’s no one better to talk about big jeans feelings than Virginia Sole-Smith, who’s written a four-part series on ‘jean science’ and the relationship between jeans production (and jeans ‘norms’) and anti-fatness. Whether you’re clinging to your comfort jeans or trying to figure out what shoes to wear with a barrel leg or banishing jeans from your closet, this episode is for you.
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    • 1 hr
    Royals Gossip and Colonial Hangovers

    Royals Gossip and Colonial Hangovers

    Most people I know think the monarchy — any monarchy — is pretty ridiculous. And yet: most people I know also know a lot about Meghan Markle and followed the #whereiskate conspiracy theorists at least part way down the rabbit hole. They’re rich celebrities, sure, but they’re also embodiments of empire in decline — and I wanted to think through how royal fascination manifests differently depending on where you live, how you were raised, and identification (or lack thereof) with “your” generation of monarch. Hannah McGregor and Marcelle Kosman are scholars, podcast hosts, and Canadians — and the perfect people to navigate all of your questions about colonial hangovers, misogynoir and Team Meghan vs. Team Kate, and when and how we’ll actually see an end to the monarchy. I loved this conversation, and I think you will too.
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    • 54 min
    The Sephora Teen Freakout

    The Sephora Teen Freakout

    Sephora teens are teens who hang out at Sephora — and they’re a point of cultural anxiety because 1) they’re buying a lot of makeup and skincare products and 2) we have complex and contradictory feelings about when we should start caring about makeup and skincare products, even though absolutely everything in our culture tells young people they should’ve started caring about these things yesterday. Do Sephora Teens just want a public place to hang out without their parents? Didn’t we *also* play around with makeup at their age? But wait where are they getting all of this money? I I was so thrilled when Elise Hu — author of a whole book on the contemporary skin care industry and mother of three teen/tween girls — agreed to come on as co-host for this episode… and I can’t wait for your thoughts.
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    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
408 Ratings

408 Ratings

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Fun and informative

I love this pod and its host. AHP is so thoughtful and knowledgeable, she is a true joy to listen to! Even when the topic doesn’t pull me in, the discussion is always interesting, informative and well done 👍🏻

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Miserable

Just your typical group of miserable college professors who like to blame the white man for all their problems

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It’s not AHP at her best

I’ve loved Can’t Even and Out of Office and really enjoyed a lot of Work Appropriate. I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed this pod much. The guests are often just other Substack writers and the conversations feel like opinions presented as fact. I don’t think Anne challenges enough of the guests responses. This isn’t to say everything needs to turn into an argument but some of the guests are sharing what is essentially just anecdotes.
I actually think an episode about the culture of substance would be interesting because I feel like so many writers on there are in desperately need an editor

The good ones: The clothing episodes, good reads and christian rock were all interesting

The bad ones: The divorce episode (Lyz Lenz seemed drunk) the jeans episode (Virginia Sole Smith is unbearable to listen to) and the Taylor Swifts ones

Everything else is just kinda in the middle

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