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Dec 22, 2017

Christmas time brings us scores of familiar songs. Many of them include references to foods and drinks that we may not really know much about in our modern times. 

We explore the myths surrounding the origins of candy canes, the reason figgy pudding is actually an example of GOOD British food, the wassail drink, and how...

Nov 30, 2017

Our culture - from the artistic to the political - has been rocked in the last couple of months. We’ve had many allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment — mostly on the part of powerful men. 
A striking theme in much of the last few weeks has been that women, who most often were the targets of abuse, often...

Nov 5, 2017

Until recently, James Comey's twitter handle was "Reinhold Niebuhr." Not exactly a household name, but a significant figure in American culture and political thought throughout World War II and the Cold War.

And what Niebuhr had to say gives us insight into Comey's thinking, how he handled Trump and the investigation...

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.