Culture Crash 19-37: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix's Mindhunter

Culture Crash 19-37: Unlocking The Popularity of Netflix’s Mindhunter

The Netflix original “Mindhunter” is finally back for season two, and to celebrate its return we talk about what sets this true crime and thriller series apart from all of the others.

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Culture Crash 18-47: Amazon Prime’s Homecoming

Director Sam Esmail has taken Gimlet’s hit podcast Homecoming and infused it with a whole lot of cinematic flair in his new Amazon Prime series that serves as a throwback to classic thrillers and a trailblazer for the brave new world of 30-minute dramas.

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Culture Crash 18-44: Serial, the podcast that captivated America, returns for its most important season yet

While seasons one and two told the stories of specific, extraordinary cases, season three sets its sights on the mundane. This time, the team at This American Life and Serial took on telling the story of criminal justice in Cleveland over the course of a year. The reporters follow little cases: a bar fight, a drug bust, individuals who break parole. It tells the story of a fractured system: a system where the community doesn’t trust the police. A system where prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges alike are overtaxed and overly reliant on plea deals. A system that determines years of people's lives, and could affect any of us at any time.

18-39 Segment 1: Hank Green on the Internet, Fame, and Our Reaction Culture

Hank Green has a massive internet presence as a podcaster, vlogger, tweeter, and more. Now, he’s become an author. His new book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, deals with internet fame and our reactionary culture head-on. He joins the show to discuss these issues, and whether is the internet is good.

17-49 Segment 1: Making an Impact as a Citizen Scientist

We talk to two experts about the need for average citizens to be the eyes and ears of big data collecting projects.

17-49 Segment 2: Author Jack London’s Writings and Social Activism

We discover how Jack London’s own journey informed his writing, and how his books reflect the plight of exploited workers and impoverished women and children.

17-48 Segment 1: Giving Back This Holiday Season

We talk to a mom and an author who together have created a children’s book and game designed to make giving back to others a fun pursuit.

17-48 Segment 2: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Lasting Impact in Sociology

We talk to a scholar about what exactly W.E.B. Du Bois did to improve the study of sociology and what his impact truly was.

17-47 Segment 1: Terrorism in America, 1920

Americans pride themselves on never forgetting the attacks and terrorism of our history, but somehow a 1920 attack on New York City has slipped through the cracks.

17-47 Segment 2: Developing Forensic Technology: New solutions for tracking and convicting criminals

We talk to two leading experts about the software and hardware helping police and lawyers find the right criminals and get them convicted.

17-46 Segment 2: Sleeping Soundly: How getting quality sleep can enhance our health

Sleep is the single biggest thing we can do to help our physical and mental health both in the short-term and long-term.

17-45 Segment 2: Gardening Differently

We think of gardens as a place meant to look nice or grow some vegetables, but author Benjamin Vogt says gardens can be about cultivating a better environment and reconnecting humans with nature

17-44 Segment 1: Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Blunders

If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. We explore where vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.

17-44 Segment 2: American Borders: How our states got their shapes

There are 48 states in the continental United States some have borders that make a lot of sense while many others do not. We talk to writer Mark Stein about how that came to be.

17-43 Segment 1: Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Disease

As we get older, we all will suffer from some memory loss. The question becomes what memory loss is a normal byproduct of getting older and when is it a sign of a larger problem

17-43 Segment 2: Narcissism: The manipulative, selfish disorder

We talk about narcissism and tips for people who feel they’re drowning in the orbit of a true narcissist.