Art and culture (and especially the stuff in between).

SUBSCRIBE TO THE SIDESHOW PODCAST
iTunes
RSS 

The mashup video that broke the internet, the GIF that went around the world, the parody twitter account with a million followers — that’s the frontier of culture today.

New cultural finds are served up here daily. And on Sideshow's bi-weekly podcast, Sean Rameswaram talks with the people who make the memes.

Sideshow's podcast is a part of PRI's SoundWorks, a new network of podcasts — listen to them all here.

Recently in Sideshow

Turn Your Favorite Song into a Round with the Autocanonizer

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Plug in the pop song of your choice to this open-source online tool, and it will transform into a round.
Read More

Comment

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wikipedia does GIFs, aural whistle stop tour of Tarantino, billionaire lifestyle magazine pairs yachts with inspirational quotes, McDonald's and Burger King give birth to the McWhopper. 
Read More

Comment

Jonathan Wolff Slapped the Bass for Seinfeld and the Internet Can't Thank Him Enough

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Jonathan Wolff is the Michael Jordan of TV theme songs — he's written over 40. So what does he think about his wordless wonder, the “Seinfeld” theme, getting mashed up with pop hits?

Comment

Sideshow Podcast: Hip-Hop, 40s, and the Myth of the Brass Monkey

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the mid-90s, rappers from the East Coast to the West convinced a new generation to consume malt liquor in “40s.” The Beastie Boys' Mike D says he doesn’t deserve the blame.
Read More

Comments [1]

Diamond in the Rough: A Sculptor Builds a Jewels (And More) Out of Salvaged Wood

Monday, August 24, 2015

The artist Ron van der Ende makes stunning wooden mosaics that look completely three-dimensional. 
Read More

Comment

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, August 21, 2015

Emoticons find a whole new purpose, Deez Nuts runs for prez, a professor becomes Bowie, publishing houses outwit each other, and Eminem loves his mom's spaghetti. 
Read More

Comment

The City with a Mural on (Nearly) Every Wall

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Richmond, Virginia, is trying to become a world-famous street art destination by inviting top graffiti artists to paint 100 murals on the city's walls.
Read More

Comments [4]

The Past is a Very Weird Country in these Manipulated Photos

Monday, August 17, 2015

Artist Jane Long takes the black-and-white portraits of a WWI-era Romanian photographer and transforms them into uncanny fantasies.
Read More

Comments [1]

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, August 14, 2015

Joanna Newsom makes beautiful music, shade balls fill the L.A. Reservoir, and Tom Brady looks really bad to win the internet this week.  
Read More

Comment

Sideshow Podcast: Jonathan Wolff Slapped the Bass for Seinfeld and the Internet Can’t Thank Him Enough

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Jonathan Wolff is the Michael Jordan of TV theme songs—he's written over 40 of them. So what does he think about his wordless wonder, the Seinfeld theme, getting mashed up with pop hits?
Read More

Comment

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, August 07, 2015

A bodega owner fights the power, Chris Pratt paints, Fetty Wap meets Doug, Chris Rock weighs in on a rap beef, and songs say "Stop!" to win the internet this week. 
Read More

Comment

How to Make a Moth

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Two artists and programmers built an automated moth generator that turns tweets into gorgeous insects. The only question is: why?
Read More

Comment

This Is Your Bodega on Gentrification

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

When a 250 percent rent hike forced Jesse Itayim to close his family-run deli, a few clever neighbors helped him get the last laugh.
Read More

Comments [5]

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, July 31, 2015

Tig Notaro joins Twitter, Key and Peele call it quits, and Prince Charles faces off against an eagle to win the internet this week. 
Read More

Comment

Breaking Ballet's Color Barrier

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In a live conversation, American Ballet Theater's newest principal dancer talks with Raven Wilkinson and Carmen de Lavallade, two trailblazing African-American ballerinas. 
Read More

Comment

Sideshow Podcast: How 'Kung Fury' Went from Karate Joke to Kickstarter to Cannes

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

When David Sandberg posted a trailer featuring karate, time travel, dinosaurs, Hasselhoff, and a unicorn to YouTube, he had no idea he would end up taking his film to Cannes. No one did.
Read More

Comment

A Surrealist Subverts Vintage Ads, with Creepy Results

Monday, July 27, 2015

The German artist Pierre Schmidt takes vintage ads and turns them into decidedly surreal, eerie photo montages.
Read More

Comments [1]

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, July 24, 2015

Literary road trips are mapped, the "Jurassic" movies in high heels, scaffolding enthusiasts find a home, one voice changes in different spaces, and Alex Trebek finally sings Rihanna.
Read More

Comment

Real-Life Battle Mechs to Duke It Out

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

If all goes according to plan, we'll soon be able to watch two giant robots beat the stuffing out of each other in international competition.
Read More

Comment

Five Things You Had To See Online This Week

Friday, July 17, 2015

Mario sinks the Confederate flag, Teen Spirit smashes a shovel, Rihanna meets KoRn, man in giraffe mask lip syncs Marvin Gaye, and girl Ghostbusters arrive. 
Read More

Comment