The Furious Curious unpacks the weird and wonderful of modern cultural phenomena. We’ll give you answers to the questions you didn’t even know you had: why is Normcore a thing? What is Yacht Rock? Why did Marie Kondo take off? Can mullets ever look good? (Spoilers, they can).
We wrestle with these big questions so you don’t have to. Never be lost for words at the water cooler again. Get curious, stay curious with The Furious Curious.
This week, we're bringing to you an episode from the One-Eyed Man podcast with Mike Stopforth. He talks with Chas about their mutual passion for cinema, the lessons learned from Hollywood, Chas' ongoing project, "Strategy on Screen," and the wisdom of Kung Fu Panda's animated movies.
"The One-Eyed Man" podcast is a quest to explore, define and master a new brand of impactful leadership. Mike speaks to experts in business, philosophy, technology, and social impact in this weekly podcast.
This week The Impossible Network interviews the co-hosts of The Furious Curious – Charlie Quirk and Britton Rice. In the interview, they explore the impact of their parents and upbringing on their values, how they cultivate curiosity, the life attributes that prepared them for lives in advertising, plus how they unpack the weird and wonderful modern cultural phenomena on their podcast. https://theimpossiblenetwork.com/podcast/the-furious-curious/
What if Twitter was a podcast that you could live inside of? Today we’re talking about Clubhouse. SOURCES: "Clubhouse May Be Social Media's Future. What's All The Hype About?" (NPR, Bobby Allyn, 02.11.2021), "Clubhouse app: what is it and how do you get an invite to the exclusive audio app?" (The Guardian, Rafqa Touma, 02.16.2021), "The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse" (NYT, Erin Griffith, Taylor Lorenz, 05.19.2020, "Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse" (NYT, Mike Isaac, 02.12.2021), "What Is Clubhouse? The Invite-Only Chat App Explained" (PC Mag, Eric Griffith, 02.02.2021). MUSIC: "Purple Hat (Sofi Tucker).
Looking behind the curtain to where the magic is made. Today we're talking about the creative process.
SOURCES: "I name brands and companies for a living — here's what it takes to succeed as a 'professional namer'" (Business Insider, Rob Meyerson, 08.17.2018), "Branding trends for 2021 (Best of the Web)" (HowBrandsAreBuilt.com, Rob Meyerson, 12.14.2020)
LINKS: https://www.heirloomagency.com, https://howbrandsarebuilt.com.
MUSIC: "Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!" (Kishi Bashi).
Maintaining that healthy relationship with none other than... yourself. SOURCES: "7 acts of self-care you can practice during a winter lockdown" (Rachel Thompson, Mashable, 01.26.2021, "Doctors, Facing Burnout, Turn to Self-Care" (Abby Ellin, The New York Times, 01.26.2021), "Why Money Management Should Be A Key Part Of Your Self-Care Routine" (Casey Bond, Huff Post, 01.29.2021) POEM: "The Acsent" (Beau Taplin) LINK (https://www.instagram.com/p/CElzfLqpoWi/?igshid=11cqm8t5qowzg) BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: "Well Designed Life: 10 Lessons in Brain Science & Design (Kyra Bobinet), "Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones" (James Clear). PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS: "Unlocking Us" (Brené Brown), "Dare to Lead" (Brené Brown), "Seize the Yay" (Sarah Holloway). APP RECOMMENDATIONS: Headspace, Breethe, Oak, Healthy Minds. MUSIC: "Work in Progress" (Geowulf), "Dear to Me" (Electric Guest).
A picture is worth a thousand words. And in this case, 100,000 memes. Today we’re talking about that Bernie Meme. SOURCES: "The Bernie Sanders Meme Proves the Internet Is Resetting" (Angela Watercutter, Wired, 01.22.2021), "Rotten Tomatoes, explained" (Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, 06/2018), "Bemittened Bernie: The meme that resonated around the world" (Miriam Berger, The Washington Post, 01.22.2021), "Bernie Sanders’s Viral Inauguration Coat Has an Even Better Origin Story" (Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair, 01/20.2021), "Woman who made Bernie Sanders' mittens says she has no more to sell" (Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN Business, 01.22.2021), Wikipedia.org. MUSIC: "Feel the Bern" (The Gregory Brothers), "The Way You Do The Things You Do" (The Temptations), "This Land is Your Land" (Bernie Sanders and 30 Vermont Artists).
Certifying what's fresh and what's rotten. Today we're talking about Rotten Tomatoes. SOURCES: "Attacked by Rotten Tomatoes" (Brooks Barnes, New York Times, 09/2017), "Rotten Tomatoes, explained" (Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, 06/2018), "The percentage is NOT a rating! How does Rotten Tomatoes work?" (dwadmin, designerwomen.co.uk, 01/2021), "Rotten Tomatoes Updates “Top Critic” Criteria, Adding 170 New Voices In Inclusion Push" (Dade Hayes, DEADLINE, 12/2020), "Rotten Tomatoes change review policy following Captain Marvel trolls" (Jack Shepherd, Independent.co.uk, 02/2019), "The biggest divides between audience and critic scores on Rotten Tomatoes" (Nolan Moore, Looper.com, 10/2018), "Rotten Tomatoes Is A Fine Site, But You're Using It Wrong" (Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 02/2019), "How Hollywood Came to Fear and Loathe Rotten Tomatoes" Chris Lee, Vanity Fair 06/2017). "Has Rotten Tomatoes Ever Truly Mattered? (Ben Lindbergh, Rob Arthur, The Ringer 09/2020). MUSIC: "Cruel Summer" (Bananarama), "Finale" (Danny Elfman), "The Kiss" (Trevor Jones), "The Power of One" (Hans Zimmer).
High fashion meets high altitude. Today, we're talking about Gorpcore. SOURCES: "Gorpcore How Arcteryx Parkas and Salomon Hiking Boots Became High Fassion" (WSJ), "Gorpcore is the New Normcore: Everything You Need to Know about Fashion's Newest Phase" (Vogue), "Arcteryx Recognized as Leader in Gorpcore Trend" (vancouverisawesome.com). "Gorpcore: Why People Who Rarely Go Outside are Wearing Hiking Gear" (The Guardian), "What is Gorpcore" (Grailed), "New Fashion Trends: Normcore, Gorpcore" (The Cut), "Best Gorpcore Camping Peices" (NY Mag), "Che Cos e il Nuovo Lusso" (NSS Mag), Wiktionary, "How to Style Gorpcore/Hikercore ｜ 2020 Fashion Trends" (YouTube, This Is Antwon). "The North Face, Patagonia, Napapijri… Pourquoi tout le monde s'habille “gorpcore” ? | DIG IT | GQ" (YouTube, GQ France). MUSIC: "Paris" (Fickle Friends), "Flare Guns ft. Chelsea Cutler" (Quinn XCII), "You Know Me" (Air Traffic Controller). MENTIONS: Arcteryx, Mammut, Patagonia, REI, Marmot, Helly Hansen Goldwin, Gramicci, Manastash, La Sportiva, And Wander, Snow Peak, F/CE, Houdini, Gyakusou, Acronym.
Staying focused in a dystopia of distraction. Today we’re talking about Deep Work.
SOURCES: "Deep Work" (Cal Newport, 2016), "Drive" (Daniel Pink 2011), "People are embracing work-from-anywhere. Where does this leave coworking spaces? (Jeremy Redleaf, 12/24/2020), "Slack is the right tool for the wrong way to work" (Cal Newport, The New Yorker, 12/14/2020), blog.doist.com/deep-work.
BOOK RECOMMENDATION: "Deep Work" by Cal Newport.
APP MENTIONS: Expensify, Zirtual, Calendly, Zenefits, Slack, Brainwave 35 Binaural Programs, and Rainymood.
MUSIC: "A Moment Apart" (ODESZA), "Alone in Kyoto" (Air).
Listen to the THE FURIOUS CURIOUS Deep Work Playlist here.
Faux sensitivity, emotional manipulation, superiority complexes, and making sure that everyone knows that he has the most refined tastes in all the arts forms... Today we’re talking about Softbois. SPECIAL GUEST: Chase Domergue, writer. SOURCES: "From Seth Cohen to the Hot Priest: A Cultural History of the Softboi" (Morwenna Ferrier / Vox) September 2019. "What is a softboi? You might be dating one – and you don't even know it" (Max Benwell, Vox) September 2019. MUSIC: "Some Boys" (Death Cab for Cutie), "Futile Devices (Dovemen Remix)" (Sufjan Stevens), "The Promise" (When In Rome).
It's important at every stage of your life; affecting how we think, feel, act. Today we’re talking about Mental Health. SPECIAL GUEST: Amanda Elizabeth Dold, MFT. Amanda is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFT). She serves as the Integration Services Manager for the Behavioral Health Services division of Contra Costa in Martinez, CA. She also supports clinical informatics for the County’s specialty mental health programs. MUSIC: "Now I'm in It" (HAIM).
Third-party retailers, wholesalers, or any other middlemen, shall it be death by a billion clicks? Today we're talking about Direct-to-Consumer. "Why Brands Are Shifting To Direct-To-Consumer Marketing" (Joseph Safina, Forbes.com, 03/2020), "Is it time to blow up your business model and switch to DTC?" (Derek O’Carroll, sctimes.io, 09/2018), "Direct to Consumer: The Means to an End" (Michael Applebaum, pathtopurchaseiq.com, 06/2019, "Direct-to-Consumer (Wiki), "Retail Brands’ Future Is Direct-to-Consumer: Robert Burke CEO Bloomberg Markets and Finance" (YouTube, Bloomberg Markets and Finance), "Shopify president on the success of its direct-to-consumer business NBC Television CNBC Television" (YouTube, CNBC, NBC), "Direct-to-consumer companies are trying to take on Amazon this holiday season" CNBC Television" (YouTube, CNBC) MUSIC: "Bloom" (Troye Sivan), "I Said I Loved You But I Lied", "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You? (Michael Bolton).
Polygamy, big cats, low-budget country music videos, drug use, rivalries, murder mysteries, and amputated limbs. Today we're talking about the American true crime documentary streaming television miniseries, Tiger King. SONG CREDITS: “I Saw a Tiger” (Joe Exotic, Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park, origionally written by Vince Johnson and Danny Clinton), intro music from "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness", "I Drive Your Truck" (Lee Brice).
Street cred, skate culture, scarcity and... stock prices? Today we’re talking about Supreme. SOURCES: "How Supreme Built A Billion Dollar Brand Empire" (CNBC Make It), Charting the Rise of Supreme, From Cult Skate Shop to Fashion Superpower (Robert Sullivan) "History of Supreme Skate Clothing Brand" (Vogue), "Why Is the Owner of North Face Buying Supreme for $2.1 Billion?" (GQ), The hype machine: Streetwear and the business of scarcity (BBC, Damian Fowler). MUSIC: Intentions (Justin Bieber).
That warm feeling for the good ol’ days. Now coming to you in your movies, clothes, music, commercials and more… Today we’re talking about Nostalgia. SOURCES: "Hot-dog sales surged by more than 120% early in March" (Business Insider / Timothy Yu-Cheong Yeung - CEPR Press)"Heartwarming memories: Nostalgia maintains physiological comfort" (Zhou, Xinyue; Wildschut, Tim; Sedikides, Constantine; Chen, Xiaoxi; Vingerhoets, Ad J. J. M.) "The latest US food trend is 1950s nostalgia with the return of carhops" (CNN), "Gen Z Is Bringing the 2000s Back…Here’s How Brands Can Keep Up" (ypulse.com), "21 Nostalgic Gen X Tweets That Are Also Super Funny" (Buzzfeed), " Why We Reach for Nostalgia in Times of Crisis" (The New York Times) "The Unconscious: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications (Joel Weinberger and Valentina Stoycheva) MUSIC: 4EVER! (LANY), Somday, Someway (Marshall Crenshaw), Blinding Lights (The Weeknd), Shot At The Night (The Killers), All the People (Panama Wedding), Elevate (St. Lucia), Run to Paradise (Choirboys), Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper), "Don Draper Explains Nostalgia" (YouTube / AMC).
Hey everyone, this is your co-host Britton Rice from the Furious Curious. Over the past 18 episodes, Chas and I have been having a blast unpacking all sorts of cultural phenomena, from Cottagecore, Remote Work, and TikTok to Corporate Jargon, Karens, and Dopamine Fasting, to name a few. And the positive response from all of you has been amazing.
To keep our episodes even more entertaining, relevant, and useful, we plan to take a short break for the next few weeks. We’ll be back in late October with some exciting new topics and ideas that will continually make The Furious Curious one of your favorite Podcasts. Looking forward to being with you all again very soon; until then… stay curious.
From sneakers, to what’s coming out of your speakers. And from singing on sunday to dominating the runway. Today we’re talking about Kanye West and the Rise of Yeezy. SOURCES: addicted2success.com, High Snobiety: Kanye West Really Loves Akira, GQ: Inside Kanye West’s Vision for the Future (gq.com), Elite Daily: He’s An Innovator: Why The Kanye West Will Always Be Relevant, HypeBeast: Kanye West Dissects His Design Methodology in 'Forbes' Video Interview: MUSIC: "I Am A God", "Use This Gospel", "Homecoming", "Wash Us In The Blood" (Kanye West).
Gender reveals, snowflakes, techlash, and a whole lot of nothingburgers –– all while remaining socially distant… Today we’re talking about New Words and New Meanings. SOURCES: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/books/features/new-words-added-to-dictionary-com-in-2020/photostory/77919473.cms, https://www.oprahmag.com/life/work-money/a27275531/merriam-webster-new-words-april-2019, https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2019/08/how-internet-slang-makes-people-better-writers/595858/, https://bestlifeonline.com/new-words-2020/, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dictionarycom-issues-its-largest-release-with-more-than-15k-updates-301120251.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_of_the_year, MUSIC "Money Ain't a Thang" (Jermaine Dupri Feat. Jay Z), "More Than Words" (Extreme), "Bootylicious" (Destiny's Child).
Meatloaf and mayberry meets macha and manbuns... Today we’re talking about the Rise of Hipsturbia.
SOURCES: "Creating Hipsturbia" (New York Times), "How Millennials Are Changing Suburb" (Rice Kinder Institute for Urban Research), Millennials Are Fleeing Big Cities for the Suburbs (CNBC), Millennials with Families are Leaving Major Cities for the Suburbs, Transforming them into Hispturbia (Forbes), hipsturbia-millennials-suburbs-cities-cost-of-living (Axios.com), What’s Happening With Hipsturbia in Atlanta (Newsbreak), "Are people really fleeing cities because of COVID? Here’s what the data shows" (Fortune.com), Get me out of here! Americans flee crowded cities amid COVID-19, consider permanent moves (USA Today), "Revenge of the Suburbs" (The Atlantic), "Is it time you moved to “hipsturbia”?" (Property Guides)
MUSIC: "Suburbs" (Pet Shop Boys), "Drive" (Ben Rector), "Rocking the Suburbs (Ben Folds Five), "Subdivisions" (Rush).
Three-peats, multiple retirements, sneakers, vengeance, and fame. Today we’re talking about the "The Last Dance", the documentary about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. SOURCES: Michael Jordan The Last Dance Soundtrack (nytimes.com), The Last Dance Soundtrack, Michael Jordan Espn Episode Songs 1505004 (newsweek.com), Wikipedia. MUSIC: "The Choice is Yours” (Black Sheep) “Rosa Parks" (Outkast).
FOMO, lipsyncs, dance challenges, while the AI machines do the dirty work. Today we’re talking about TikTok. SOURCES: "What is TikTok?” (nytimes.com), "Tiktok Tracked User Data Using Tactic Banned by Google" wsj.com, Wikipedia. MUSIC: "Roses (Imanbek Remix)" (Saint Jhn), "Mutant Brain" (Sam Spiegel & Ape Drums ft Assassin).
Doing Puzzles and baking Sourdough while learning spanish in a sweater you just knitted. Today we’re talking about Quarantine Hobbies. MUSIC: Organic 186 (Asche & Spencer), Bensusan (Michael Hedges), Troublemaker (Weezer). SOURCES: "The Hobbies and Products Getting WIRED Staff Through Quarantine" (wired.com), "I Followed the Masses Through Every Clichéd Quarantine Hobby in the Book" (esquire.com), "The Best New Hobbies to Try During Quarantine (That We’ve Written About)" (nymag.com), "Hobbies To Try At Home in 2020" (YouTube), "Hobbies To Start In Quarantine Youtube Christina Marie" (YouTube), "6 Things to do While Under Quarantine YouTube Ari Cagan" (YouTube), "Skills You Should Learn During Lockdown YouTube Mike Boyd" (YouTube), "My Quarantine Hobbies! | How to Stay Sane in the Lockdown, Abby Andrew (YouTube).
Collaborating, emailing, and slacking with your co-workers -- pants optional. Today we're talking about Remote Work. MUSIC: "Radar Love" (Golden Earring), "From a Distance" (Bette Midler), "So Far Away" (Dire Straits), "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" (Eric Idle). SOURCES: The Problem with Open-Plan Offices (and How to Fix it) (azuremagazine.com), "How People and Companies Feel About Working Remotely" (visualcapitalist.com), "14 major companies that have announced employees can work remotely long term" (msn.com), "Here are some dread-inducing statistics on open plan offices" (fastcompany.com) WION, CNBC.
Hair as slick as your business dealings, and smoother than any shareholder meeting. Today we’re talking executive haircuts. MUSIC: "Sharp Dressed Man" (ZZ Top), "I'm Afraid of Americans" (David Bowie), "Goody Two Shoes" (Adam Ant). FILM: "Wall Street" SOURCES: menshairstylestoday.com, thetrendspotter.net.
Turn off your phone, put down that game controller, and that slice of pizza…. and take little pseudoscience trip with us towards a little destination called nothingness. Today we’re talking Dopamine Fasting. SOURCES: insider.com, theconversation.com, KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas, The Doctors "Is it Good to Give Your Dopamine Receptors a Break?", The Real Daytime. Grinspoon, P. “Dopamine Fasting: Misunderstanding science spawns a maladaptive fad.” Harvard Health Publishing. MUSIC: “Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead), “Watermusic” (William Basinski), “Dopamine” (Kungs Ft. JHart).
Synergize then circle back to take it offline because this robust game changer won't just move the needle – it’s going to be a win-win. Let’s get the ball rolling. Today we’re talking Corporate Jargon. SOURCES: The Atlantic, hbr.org, Asana, Medium.com, Inc.com, buzzfeed.com. MUSIC: "Working for a Living' (Huey Lewis & The News), "Walking on the Sun" (Smash Mouth), "Manic Monday" (The Bangles).
Bubbly better-for-you blandness meets fruit flavors and feeling fancy. Today we’re talking about Spiked Seltzer. References: Jennings, Rebecca "Hard seltzer is here to stay". Vox. Ritzen, Stacey. "Best White Claw Memes: Why Has the Hard Seltzer Gone Viral?". Dailydot.com. Huddleston, T. “How White Claw and the hard seltzer craze are taking on beer — and taking over America.” CNBC.com. Wikipedia.com. Music: “High No Copyright Music” (JPB / RFM), “Piece Of Your Heart” (MEDUZA, Goodbye), “I Don’t Care” (Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber). Hosted and produced by Britton Rice and Charlie Quirk.
Audio tingles and triggers providing a sense of a relaxation and... maybe a little bit more. Today we are talking about ASMR.
Music Credits: “ASMR Making You All Sleepy Slowwww” (ASMR Glow), “Teardrop” (Massive Attack), "If I Had No Loot" (Tony! Toni! Toné!)
Sources: NYT, Web MD, Wiki, Urban Dictionary, Steady Health, fMRI study of ASMR, and The ASMR Research project by Dr. Craig Richard
Blond bobs, calling the police, she lives laughs and loves, but not with you… and she needs to speak with the manager. Today we're talking about Karens. Music credits: "Sorry" (Beyoncé) "Iris" (Goo Goo Dolls)
A nature-filled place somewhere between escapist fantasy and self-care. This week we're talking about Cottagecore.
Music credits: "Out of the Woods" (Nickel Creek) 'Simple Gifts" (performed Joyce Merman, attributed to Elder Joseph Brackett), "Oo-de-lally" (Roger Miller).
With the pandemic and even more recently the events happening after the George Floyd tragedy, we decided to postpone our next episode this week to instead provide space for reflection during this time. Furthermore, since this is affecting many different communities, we encourage you all to safely engage in your local community to make a positive impact. Talk soon.
Impeccable smoothness and vague suggestion of sleaze. Today we are talking about Yacht Rock.
Music Credits: "Avalon" (Roxy Music), "Escape: The Pina Colada Song" (Rupert Holmes, "Steal Away" (Robbie Dupree, "Sailing" (Christopher Cross).