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Oct 23, 2017

'Tis the season for pumpkin pies, and pumpkin spice flavored lattes, cookies, bread... and so many more. We break down a dirty little secret about pumpkin pies, and tell you a great way, which you may not have thought of, to make the delicious holiday treat.

We also explore the origins of pumpkin spice mix. And what's...

Sep 24, 2017

CultureCast book editor Loretta Williams offers a listener challenge with a $25 prize! And we discuss the gripping novel The Association of Small Bombs, as well as a raging online debate over two sci-fi books. 

Sep 9, 2017

How do you photograph a tragedy like Hurricane Harvey? Our guests offer answers to that difficult question.

(Photo courtesy: Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD, Texas Military Department)


The images from Houston

Sep 9, 2017

Photo courtesy Matthew BarrettThe images from Houston have been voluminous. And our guest Matthew Barrett has taken some of the most arresting photos of the disaster and the human tragedy wrought by mega-storm Harvey.

You can see Matthew's images on his Flickr page.

Our second guests Ken Light, talked about some of the iconic images from past...

Civil War monuments are everywhere

Aug 23, 2017

Evidence that the Civil War is more than a fleeting memory in the American psyche is everywhere, such as this small historical monument located at a park in the sleepy Chicago outer-suburb of Saint Charles.

Nestled by the lake and surrounded by leafy streets and well-manicured lawns, this little 1840s cottage is the...