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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.

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Sideshow Podcast: The Best of 2014's Internet

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sean Rameswaram revisits the best videos, songs, sites, and memes the internet gave us in 2014 with prior guests and Studio 360 host Kurt Andersen.
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Student Doodles from the Middle Ages

Monday, December 15, 2014

A scholar's discovery of 600-year-old doodles gives us a glimpse into the wandering minds of 15th-century students.
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, December 12, 2014

A graphic novel made out of animated GIFs, inspirational quotes from Werner Herzog, and heavy metal Christmas music. 
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Questlove Wants Your Protest Songs

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Every generation has its protest songs. The Roots bandleader wonders, in this politically charged time, where are ours?
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Have Yourself a Scary Little Krampus

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

St. Nicholas has long rewarded kids who are nice, but did you know he has a counterpart? Krampus the demon punishes naughty tykes.
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, December 05, 2014

A win for Star Wars is somehow a loss for George Lucas, and Chris Rock gives the most tweetable interview of the year.
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A Guide to 2014's Alt-Holiday Music

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Diplo, The Killers, Liz Phair, and even Mark "Ebenezer" Kozelek release Christmas music this season. And it's good!
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Sideshow Podcast: High Maintenance: The Internet's Best TV Show

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair don’t recall how the idea for High Maintenance came to them. Considering the show’s subject matter, that’s to be expected.
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Behind the Balloons: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giant balloon characters have been part of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since the 1920s. But what happens to the balloons when the parade is over?
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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Batgirl Crosses the River into Gotham's Brooklyn

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Batgirl's latest reboot takes her across the river into Gotham's Brooklyn, giving her a style and sensibility that spells "Williamsburg."
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Bill Cunningham's Old School Photography Meets Instagram

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Cunningham, one of the most charming and old-school of fashion photographers, still shoots on film. But, thanks to his assistant, he's a must-follow on Instagram.
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Sideshow Podcast: Boots, Before and After Beyoncé

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boots moves on from the mega music mystery of 2013 when he was credited on Beyoncé’s self-titled album alongside super-producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. 
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What's Your Word of the Year?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Every year, dictionaries announce the words that made the biggest impression. And once in a while, they even get it right. What word would you pick if you had the choice?
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, November 13, 2014

High Maintenance returns, Bryan Cranston yells at children, and Too Many Cooks owns the Internet. 
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Finding Artwork in the Movies

Thursday, November 13, 2014

We know that movies are art, but what about the art in the movies? Martin Cole's Tumblr captures the artwork in our favorite films and TV shows that we've all seen but probably missed. 
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Playing with Fire: Spazuk's Flame-Painted Portraits

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Artist Steven Spazuk willfully ignored the old adage when he discovered how to use fire – and burn paper – to create breathtaking portraits.
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Sarah Jessica Parker's Documentary Series on New York City Ballet Returns

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sarah Jessica Parker's documentary series on New York's famed ballet company has new episodes just as good as the first season. 
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Arcade games get Internet Archived, back-up singers shine in the spotlight, and movie typos get one step closer to the green light.
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Trading Travel for Photography

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Shantanu Starick once dreamed of quitting his day job to pursue photography full-time — now he's traveled the world shooting photos, without spending a dollar.
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