60 episodes

Your culture shapes everything - yes, everything - about who you are and what you do. So how, exactly, is your culture showing? And when should you let it shine or let it, well, not?

World cultures expert Dean Foster (www.deanfosterglobal.com) and longtime friend Tom Peterson search for, and occasionally find, answers to these questions as they explore different world cultures in each episode. Along the way, Dean and Tom revel in the glories of the Japanese toilet, sip strong coffee with friends in Ethiopia, yearn for finely-crafted Argentinian pink underwear - and much more!

Subscribe now to begin journeying through cultures with Dean and Tom. Got a question or episode idea for them? Reach them on Twitter and Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 12 Ratings

Your culture shapes everything - yes, everything - about who you are and what you do. So how, exactly, is your culture showing? And when should you let it shine or let it, well, not?

World cultures expert Dean Foster (www.deanfosterglobal.com) and longtime friend Tom Peterson search for, and occasionally find, answers to these questions as they explore different world cultures in each episode. Along the way, Dean and Tom revel in the glories of the Japanese toilet, sip strong coffee with friends in Ethiopia, yearn for finely-crafted Argentinian pink underwear - and much more!

Subscribe now to begin journeying through cultures with Dean and Tom. Got a question or episode idea for them? Reach them on Twitter and Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.

    Must Love Dogs (And Pets)! Special Reissue

    Must Love Dogs (And Pets)! Special Reissue

    If you’ve paid attention to U.S. national news recently *ahem Kristi Noem ahem*, you’ve surely been reminded that many U.S. Americans love love love dogs and have them as pets. Therefore, we thought it would be the perfect time for a special reissue of our May 2021 episode, “Pets Around The World! Meow.” Enjoy!

    While remembering pets both old and new, Dean and Tom take the op-purr-tunity to discuss which animals do and don’t constitute pets across dif-fur-rent cultures. (Without any pet puns in the actual episode, we just had to include some here; thank you for understanding.) Plus: Wondering how long pet parrots can live, or where you can safely cross a piranha-infested river in the Amazonas? Well then, you’ve certainly come to the right pawed-cast (that’s the last one, really)!

    Have a cultural question or episode idea for Dean and Tom? Reach out on X/Twitter & Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.

    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 46 min
    48: Antarctica, Climate, Culture…And Lots Of Penguins

    48: Antarctica, Climate, Culture…And Lots Of Penguins

    Earth Day 2024 was this past Monday April 22nd! In honor of our one and only Earth, Dean brings Tom (and us) along with him on his recent excursion to Antarctica in this episode, where he walked among thousands of non-tap-dancing penguins and giant calving glaciers on the warmest day ever recorded there to-date. Specifically, Dean details his conversations on his Antarctic journey with global climate leader Christiana Figueres on how cultural “DNA” underlies the US-American case, the Asian case, and the Latin American case for addressing climate change. As Dean writes in his July 2023 Substack article about this: “To ignore culture’s role in how we advocate for climate and the environment ensures a protracted struggle, even with all the best science, and the best negotiations. However, when we understand culture, and leverage that understanding in the strategic service of global goals, like climate, we accelerate the success we need to have. When it comes to climate, in the limited time we have left, we cannot afford to overlook or ignore the cultural advantage.”



    ***Subscribe to Dean’s Substack here to read the whole July 2023 article titled “Climate & Culture”, plus check out Dean’s “Culture’s Consequences” articles, CultureQuizzes, and much much more!***



    Have a cultural question or episode idea? Reach out on X/Twitter & Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.



    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 31 min
    47: Idiots Talking Idioms

    47: Idiots Talking Idioms

    Dean and Tom have truly “fallen down the rabbit hole” in this episode as they explore different idioms across cultures, offering context as well as advice on what to do when faced with unknown idioms on your travels. (A preview: An idiom in another country may feel like it “comes out of left field,” but give yourself some grace - you’re not an ‘idiom idiot’!) We know that you’ll enjoy listening to this idiotic idiomatic episode “as soon as possible” (when is this? that’s up to you!) because you’re all “pieces of bread”, “salt of the earth”, and other figurative fundamental foodstuffs!



    ***Subscribe to Dean’s Substack here to find all of Dean’s “Culture’s Consequences” articles, CultureQuizzes, and much much more!***



    Have a cultural question or episode idea? Reach out on X/Twitter & Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.



    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 35 min
    46: Culture’s Consequences: King Cake At Mardi Gras

    46: Culture’s Consequences: King Cake At Mardi Gras

    Introducing…Dean’s new “Culture’s Consequences” Substack column, in which he reveals the hidden cultural reasons behind the daily headlines! In this episode, Dean and Tom bite into Dean’s February 2024 “Culture’s Consequences” article about Dong Phuong Bakery’s luscious King Cake, available only during New Orleans’ Mardi Gras season, and how it represents a melding of New Orleans, Creole, French, and Vietnamese cultures. Plus, they float into talk of krewes and parades during Mardi Gras, involving some of the cutest dogs you’ve ever seen. We hope you find this episode to be the same as Dean’s description in the article of the Dong Phuong King Cake: “layer upon layer upon layer upon layer of just-right.” Don’t be afraid to drool if so, dear listeners, and laissez les bons temps rouler (i.e., let the good times roll)!

    ***Subscribe to Dean’s Substack here to find ALL of Dean’s “Culture’s Consequences” articles, plus Dean’s CultureQuizzes and much much more!***

    Have a cultural question or episode idea? Reach out on X/Twitter & Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.

    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 34 min
    Ukraine On The Brain – Special Reissue

    Ukraine On The Brain – Special Reissue

    With next month marking 10 years since Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea in Ukraine, and 2 years since the start of the current war there, we will continue to keep Ukraine & Ukrainians in our ears, hearts, and minds with this special reissue of our “For Ukrainians, the sunflower is an incredibly powerful symbol” episode from April 2022. 🇺🇦 Slava Ukraini 🇺🇦 Stay well & stay strong, dear listeners - and stay tuned for new episodes of Oops, Your Culture's Showing! in the coming months.



    Dean and Tom are back to talk about the use and importance of symbols across cultures, otherwise known as “going the full Robert Langdon” (you know, the main protagonist in Dan Brown’s novels). Being the super symbologists they are, Dean and Tom decipher what iconic symbols have to tell us about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while also decoding symbols that have arisen from other conflicts, such as in Hong Kong, the United States, and more. (For more on protest symbols in Russia, here is the April 15, 2022 episode of the Rough Translation podcast from NPR.)



    Have a cultural question or episode idea for Dean and Tom? Reach out on Twitter and Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.



    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 36 min
    45: Continental CultureQuiz Cornucopia…Of Culture!, Or “Guess C” (Part 3 of 3)

    45: Continental CultureQuiz Cornucopia…Of Culture!, Or “Guess C” (Part 3 of 3)

    Happy holidays, dear listeners! Welcome back for the thrilling conclusion of our Cornucopia series, in which Tom and Torin now face off in the final two of six of Dean’s CultureQuizzes: that is, brief quizzes about fundamental culture concepts in different regions of the world. They’re playing for the prize of, well, it’s unclear, as the culture-curious fellows are now into their third successive episode of imbibing frivolity. As time passes and the point totals rise, the decorum tumbles, someone’s chin hits a microphone, and a producer is finally replaced (?). The focus of this episode’s slate of quizzes is on countries in Africa and then in Latin America, and one can’t help but wonder: Will the three-part contest simply peter out in the final round, or can Tom and Torin remain simpatico to finish out the bout? No need to wait to find out: this 52-minute listening adventure contains all answers, quiz-related and otherwise, for you. Enjoy & we’ll be back soon with new episodes in 2024!

    ***Subscribe to Dean’s Substack here to find ALL of Dean’s CultureQuizzes, including the CultureQuizzes from this episode and many many more.***

    Have a cultural question or episode idea? Reach out on X/Twitter & Facebook (@OopsCultureShow) or by email at oopscultureshow@gmail.com.

    Music: “Little Idea” – Bensound.com

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

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Informative and funny

Good mix of cultural “stuff you should know” and silliness

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Silliness interrupts the interesting part

I am interested in the cultural insights but the silliness is so unappealing and immature I can’t listen to this podcast.

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