12 episodes

This podcast is about internet culture and the relationships we build (or lose) as a result. Join Sean Lukasik as he talks with authors, speakers, and thought leaders about their work - and how the internet has played a role, for better or worse.

The Paesanos Podcast Sean Lukasik

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 5 Ratings

This podcast is about internet culture and the relationships we build (or lose) as a result. Join Sean Lukasik as he talks with authors, speakers, and thought leaders about their work - and how the internet has played a role, for better or worse.

    Chronically Online: Wrapping Up the Year with Maddie Buyers

    Chronically Online: Wrapping Up the Year with Maddie Buyers

    As the first "season" of the Paesanos Podcast comes to a close, I talk with Maddie Buyers about what it means to be chronically online these days. We also share a few updates from the first 11 podcast guests, talk about who would make a great Paesano, and what storylines we're following into the new year. 
    Several months ago, Maddie shared some topic ideas with me and we only begin to scratch the surface on some of them. What is "phone brand culture" and how is it changing? How have 3rd places moved from physical locations to internet forums? And whare are old school meme characters up to now?
    After this episode, we'll take a break and reach out to new guests about new topics. If you have ideas, email sean@paesanospodcast.com. Looking forward to more great conversations in 2024! 

    • 42 min
    How we Listen to the Internet, and Why we Can't Get Enough of Podcasts

    How we Listen to the Internet, and Why we Can't Get Enough of Podcasts

    Maddy Masiello, Audio Production Manager for The New York Times, has been in the podcasting space for more than 5 years - which may not sound like a long time, but that’s over 25% of the entire timeline of podcasts in the world. In this episode, we talk all about podcasts and audio content and why the internet can't seem to get enough.

    Maddy talks about how “Serial” - the popular series from the New York Times - transformed podcasts as we know and listen today. And she shares some examples of how the NY Times audio team enhances the news and information we take in every day.

    If you haven't already downloaded the New York Times Audio App, I highly recommend it. You'll find Maddy's work mixed in across several NYT productions. Here's one example.

    • 41 min
    Influencers in the Wild, Zoomers, and How the Internet Drives Us (Crazy)

    Influencers in the Wild, Zoomers, and How the Internet Drives Us (Crazy)

    Kate Lindsay is the co-founder of Embedded, a newsletter about the ins and outs of the internet, and she writes a monthly internet culture column for Vulture. Kate is also a frequent contributor to publications like The Atlantic, The Guardian, GQ, and The New York Times.

    In this episode, we end up on several fun tangents - like why social media is feminine and how TikTok may have turned us all into lurkers. This is a fun conversation with someone who thinks deeply, and often, about the Internet and its role in modern society.
    If you enjoy this conversation, you can check out Kate's website where you'll find articles, newsletters, social media accounts, and even ceramics.

    • 53 min
    These #VanLifers are Selling Their Van

    These #VanLifers are Selling Their Van

    Four years ago, Sarah and Brandon Arant moved into a van with their three dogs. Since then, they became the couple behind @LivingInAdvance, a popular “van life” account that has amassed over 125,000 followers and millions of views between Instagram and YouTube alone.

    But today, Sarah and Brandon are in the process of selling their van and announcing some major life transitions - all through social media. This episode explores what it's like to be an influencer around one main topic, and how to navigate self-imposed responsibilities to your followers (and essentially your career) when life takes a different path. 

    If you want to follow their story beyond this podcast, you can find Sarah and Brandon on Instagram and YouTube. Or check out their website at livinginadvance.com.

    • 45 min
    9/11 Was Not a Conspiracy, Despite What You Saw on YouTube

    9/11 Was Not a Conspiracy, Despite What You Saw on YouTube

    Internet culture is all around us. It affects the way we communicate, the way we find relationships, the way we work - and for the purpose of this episode with Lieutenant Joe Torrillo, the way we perceive and learn about history. Lieutenant Torrillo was buried twice on the morning of September 11, 2001. In this conversation, he shares his incredible story - and also discusses how the internet has perpetuated and spread conspiracy theories about what happened that day. 

    As a retired FDNY Lieutenant, Joe now travels the world as an inspirational speaker in front of audiences of all sizes. He serves as a mentor for men and women in the armed forces and works with schools, corporations, and organizations to deliver thought-provoking speeches and ideas. 

    You can learn more about his story and his work - and inquire about speaking engagements - by visiting JoeTorrillo.com. 

    • 47 min
    The Crisis of Access to Local News

    The Crisis of Access to Local News

    It’s impossible not to admire the work that Tara McGowan has done in her short career so far. In just over 10 years, she’s built and executed multiple successful digital strategies on a national scale; first for President Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012, then Hillary Clinton’s 2016 bid for the presidency, and then in 2017 when she founded ACRONYM, a nonprofit organization building online infrastructure for progressive movements.
    Out of ACRONYM grew Courier Newsroom, where Tara now devotes her full focus on tackling the nation’s information divide.
    In this episode, we had a chance to talk about the evolution of modern journalists, her take on the future of media in this country, and some of the challenges we face as a democracy with the erosion of access to local news.
    Follow Tara McGowan on LinkedIn, Twitter / X, Instagram, and even Threads.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

davidebeltoft ,

A Worthwhile & Educational 🎧

Really enjoyed the first two installments of this podcast. Host Sean Lukasik asks pointed and well-research questions that guests expound on with off-the-charts intelligence and expertise. If you’re interested in all things tech, the internet, and social media - and it’s onslaught of both beneficial and blood-curdling aspects on our lives - this podcast is for you.

Top Podcasts In Society & Culture

Fail Better with David Duchovny
Lemonada Media
Stuff You Should Know
iHeartPodcasts
Shawn Ryan Show
Shawn Ryan | Cumulus Podcast Network
This American Life
This American Life
Freakonomics Radio
Freakonomics Radio + Stitcher
The Ezra Klein Show
New York Times Opinion