Sideshow

A bi-weekly podcast about art and culture (and especially the stuff in between). Studio 360’s Sean Rameswaram talks to the people who make the memes.

Latest Episodes

“Rude” by Magic! Is the Worst Best Song of the Summer

Sideshow August 20, 2014

Warning: this podcast contains strong language. “Rude” by the Canadian band Magic! is the #1 song on the American charts right now. So how can it be that this pseudo-reggae romance is the most hated song in the country as well? Sean Rameswaram talks to critic Jia Tolentino about the fine line between good, credible pop music and the incredibly bad stuff.

Bea Arthur and Unicorns Teach You the Heimlich Maneuver

Sideshow August 07, 2014

There’s one item you can find in most restaurants from New York to California: a poster telling you how to save someone who’s choking. Though required by law in many states, those simple greyscale instructions tend to fade into the wallpaper. Now artists are designing eye-catching, comical versions. Sean Rameswaram investigates the trend with reporter Sonja Sharp, illustrator Lara Antal, and New York Times graphics director, Steve Duenes.

YouTube’s Favorite Musician

Sideshow July 24, 2014

Pogo might be one of the most popular musicians in the world, but there’s a fair chance you’ve never heard of him. His channel has well over 300,000 subscribers, and his pop culture music videos have been viewed more than 100 million times. Where some mash-up artists stun with clever technique or surreal juxtapositions, Pogo is first and foremost a fan, passionate and careful with sources like Alice in Wonderland and Fresh Prince. Sean Rameswaram speaks with the New Zealander about the secrets of his success.

How Animation Helps Us Appreciate Good Audio

Sideshow July 10, 2014

The greatest interview ever recorded won’t get as many hits on YouTube as a cat giving a high five. The people behind Blank on Blank want to make audio go viral. They take audio gems that fell on the cutting-room floor, or low-fi cassette tapes that were never aired, and create original animations of two to five minutes. Producer David Gerlach selects the audio (everyone from Fidel Castro to Meryl Streep to 2Pac), and gives it to animator Patrick Smith, who visualizes the words in charming lo-fi videos. Blank on Blank is now drawing millions of views, and Sean Rameswaram talked with Smith about tricking people into watching audio.

Gay of Thrones and the TV Recap Revolution

Sideshow June 26, 2014

The internet was supposed to kill TV, but the two have become BFFs. Superfans turn to entertainment sites, YouTube, and podcasts to sustain the experience of their favorite shows. Episode recaps have been driving traffic to Entertainment Weekly, Slate, and Rolling Stone for years, but the form has evolved from a plot summary to an art with video series like Funny or Die’s Gay of Thrones, in which a Los Angeles hair stylist waxes outrageous on medieval mayhem. Sean Rameswaram speaks with Gay of Thrones host Jonathan Van Ness and Vulture’s Margaret Lyons.

About the show

The mashup video that broke the internet, the GIF that went around the world in a minute, the parody twitter account with a million followers – that’s the frontier of culture today. The internet is our theater, gallery, sandbox, and bouncy house rolled into one.  New cultural finds are posted every day at studio360.org/sideshow.