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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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Yung Jake: The Rapper Behind Those Celebrity Emoji Portraits

Thursday, January 29, 2015

A mostly unknown rapper constructs elaborate celebrity portraits out of emojis. 
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The Old Subway Car and the Sea

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Many of NYC's old subway cars have been tossed into the sea. But it's not flagrant pollution, it's an eco-friendly move to form artificial reefs. And Stephen Mallon got to photograph it.
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Sideshow Podcast: At 17, Humza Deas Puts Shame in Your Instagram Game

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Humza Deas is 17, he's been on Instagram for two years, and he has over 100,000 followers. Here's how he did it.
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, January 23, 2015

Grunge videos, 3D GIFs, and marionettes win the internet this week.
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GIFs Reach New Heights (or Depths)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A subreddit explodes with 3-D GIFs, provides a veritable feast for the eyes.
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Imagine Your Next Vacation Destination: Kepler-186f

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory imagines exoplanetary travel for leisure with these vintage-style posters.
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, January 16, 2015

The world's longest mixtape, a backhanded gift of glitter, and a David Bowie GIF for the ages win the internet this week. 
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French Political Cartoonist Tomi Ungerer's First Retrospective in US

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The French cartoonist and illustrator has skewered the powerful for decades. The 83-year-old's first U.S. museum retrospective opens in New York this week.
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Photos Transform Office Workers Into Athletic Gods

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Regular people are transformed into awesome-looking athletes in Benjamin Von Wong's highly stylized photographs.
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Sideshow Podcast: Anything Goes at the Comedy Store’s Roast Battle

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The roast is a sacred tradition for stand-ups, but a group of comedians is taking it to ever more insulting places at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. 
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Who Won and Who Won Us Over at the Golden Globes

Sunday, January 11, 2015

On Tina and Amy's last night as hosts, Golden Globes viewers scouted their replacements. 
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Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, January 09, 2015

Political cartoonists, Haruki Murakami, Nicolas Cage, and emojis win the internet this week. 
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Existential Progress Bars

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A graphic designer turns tedious progress bars into existential questions.
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10 Things You Had To See Online This Year

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

There were good things happening on the internet in 2014, from ClickHole to Kermit to a great new podcast called Serial. 
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Sideshow Podcast: Giving The Perfect GIF

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The guru of GIFs says the animations express “the essential human emotions: hunger, love, and sadness. If you're feeling things other than that, you're wasting your energy."
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This Artist Makes Some of Her Best Work in the Airplane Bathroom

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Artist Nina Katchadourian flies a lot, and hates to kill time. So she uses that time productively, making hundreds of photographs for the series "Seat Assignment."
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Posing with Strangers: Jeanne Tullen's Photographs

Friday, December 19, 2014

Photographer Jeanne Tullen finds willing strangers to pull into her self-portraits.
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The Greatest Animated Film Never Made

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

"The Thief and the Cobbler," an Aladdin-like film worked on by former Disney animators, took 30 years to make and was never released.
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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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