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The Culturico's Podcast
We provide stories that have humans as their core element, from macro-stories about our multifarious culture, including politics, society and science, to micro-stories of individual’s hopes, struggles and change.
Mar 30, 2022
How the far right in America influences far right movements worldwide
In this Podcast, two professors – Anthony Pahnke, from the Department of International Relations at San Francisco State University, and Peter Simi, from the Department of Sociology at Chapman University – discuss the nature of far-right extremism in Europe and the United States. Their conversation deals with the causes for the rise of the far-right, the role that violence plays in their mobilization, and how extremist ideas and activists have become mainstream. They conclude by exploring ways that people can challenge the far-right’s growing influence.
Mar 10, 2022
The influence of migrations on Kerala, India with Mohamed Shafeeq K.
Migration from South Asia to the Gulf Countries have been a key factor of the economic development of both regions. In this episode, we sit down with Professor Mohamed Shafeeq K. and discuss the influence of these migrations on Kerala, India. He has studied this particular migration in detail and speaks about the cultural impact of these migrations.
1 hr 4 min
Feb 6, 2022
The Aurat March in Pakistan
In this episode, Culturico editor Jessica Brown is in conversation with Aurat March (Women's March) volunteers from Pakistan. They speak on the care and effort that goes behind the organisation of the March, aiming to make it intersectional and deciding the relevant yearly themes. Relevant themes include feminism in Pakistan, collective work with a focus on the theme for 2021 which was "A Pandemic of Patriarchy".
Sep 17, 2021
Computational topology and mathematics in politics and society with Kevin Knudson
Mathematics are at the core of everyday society's problems. In this episode, we invite Kevin Knudson into the show to talk about computational topology and how math can drive important political decisions, more specifically, the choices leaders had to take during the pandemic, and the drawing of new political region boundaries, known as Gerrymandering.
1 hr 10 min
Aug 4, 2021
Enacting vaccine equity with Ruth Faden
In this episode, special guest Dr. Ruth Faden (Professor of Biomedical Ethics at John Hopkins University and founder of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics) speaks with Culturico editors Jessica Brown and Federico Germani about the global vaccine inequity. In discussing global structures of justice and injustice, Dr. Faden shares practical ways to enact equity and the importance of understanding ourselves and others as global citizens.
Jul 1, 2021
Physics and the frontiers of machine learning with David Berman
Machine learning is taking over many areas of our lives, often invisibly. But what is it exactly and how does it work? Many of the ideas behind machine learning are taken from physics. In this accessible podcast, theoretical physicist Professor David Berman outlines what machine learning is, how it works, some of the issues it raises, its uses across society and how it is advancing knowledge across a variety of fields.
Apr 30, 2021
A pandemic memoir with Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee
In this podcast, Jessica Brown — a poet and editor for Culturico — talks with Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee, author of the recently released book "The Town Slowly Empties: On Life and Culture During Lockdown". In this interview, they discuss life a year ago, as the pandemic and lockdowns began. Manash discusses the diary that emerged as he navigated those early months, when time, memory, literature, film, cooking, and friendship were indelibly interwoven to those days. The conversation ends with some poems and a recipe for the listener — and some ideas for the year ahead.
Apr 5, 2021
The anti-vaccination movement on social media
In this podcast, Federico Germani and Omaina Aziz converse on the ongoing infodemic and the rise of the anti-vaccine movement on social media. In particular, they discuss the findings of the latest research paper authored by Germani, focusing on the different communication strategies pro- and anti-vaccine supporters employ. Relevant themes include scientific communication and political influences, with a focus on necessary systemic policy improvements.
Dec 3, 2020
The past, present and future of Syria with Iyad Yousef
Iyad Yousef is a Syrian who is dedicating his life to understanding and resolving the political, social and economic issues his country faces. He has worked in Middle Eastern humanitarian aid, security consulting and BBC documentary production, and has undertaken studies in topics relevant to his aims such as human rights, public policy and political economy. Iyad discusses his life and work in an interview with Culturico.
Mar 19, 2020
Lives and dreams of Tighmert
The lives and dreams of Saleh and Ahmed, inhabitants of Tighmert, a village located in an oasis in the south of Morocco. Their fortune is linked to the presence of visitors, but the fulfilment of their dreams could undermine the passion that sustains their ambitions.
Feb 23, 2020
The cultural role of individuals in the new millennium
At the beginning of our history, culture arose as an instrument to face the wildness of nature: every single human used to be a fair representative of our primordial knowledge. Nowadays, because humanity is safe, this original meaning becomes useless. While our civilization is growing so fast, how can we – as individuals – still actively embrace it?