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The Cultured Podcast

79 EpisodesProduced by Michelle KhouriWebsite

Discover artists and art forms you never knew existed in this biweekly podcast hosted by arts and culture-obsessed Michelle Khouri. Every other week, Michelle sits down with wildly imaginative creators, performers, and makers from around the world to have relaxed conversations that leave you wide-ey… read more

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Beginnings and Endings, with The Cultured Crew

February 3rd, 2021


In its final episode, Michelle Khouri sits down with the women behind the scenes, the “OGs of the OG” of FRQNCY Media’s own The Cultured Podcast. …

Illustration and Intentionality, with Kate Bingaman-Burt

January 20th, 2021


An illustrator, educator and overall joyful person, Kate Bingaman-Burt approaches her artistic outlets with intention and commitment to community. …

Animating Records and Putting Your Spin on Art, with Drew Tetz

January 6th, 2021


A true hyper-creative who knows no bounds, Drew Tetz is a trained graphic designer, a one-time professional Yoyoer, and now a widely celebrated vinyl …

[Rewind] When Art & Hip-Hop Collide, With FRKO

December 16th, 2020


We're rewinding back to April 2018 to revisit our episode with FRKO, who has since flexed on some major collaborations, like with Reebok and Redbull, …

[Rewind] Beading And Lakhota Artistry, With Collins Provost

December 2nd, 2020


We're rewinding back to October 2018 to revisit our episode with Collins Provost, who has since been expanding her artistry — spray painting and …

[Rewind] Over-The-Top Puppetry, With Raymond Carr

November 18th, 2020


We're rewinding back to March 2018 to revisit our episode with Raymond Carr, who has since worked on a Disney+ show called Earth to Ned, made his own Afrofuturistic sci-fi adventure film called Joyriders, and worked on …

[Rewind] Performance Art, With Danielle Deadwyler

November 4th, 2020


We're rewinding back to May 2018 to revisit our episode with Danielle Deadwyler, who has since been up to quite a lot, including landing a recurring …

Creating Your Own Color Theory, with Michelle Norris

October 21st, 2020


From the moment Michelle Norris began picking her own outfits as a child, she knew she had an affinity for bold self-expression. Today, Michelle is …

Expansive Art and Expansive Minds, with Daniel Popper

October 7th, 2020


Daniel Popper is larger than life in the art world. Known for his large-scale public art installations, Daniel creates fantastical structures designed to invite spectators to interact directly with them. From music …

Art as Connective Tissue To Science, with Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

September 23rd, 2020


After studying neuroscience at Columbia and spending years researching in an Alzheimer’s lab, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya felt compelled to tell the …

Textiles Spun into Otherworldly Portals, with Tammy Kanat

September 9th, 2020


Tammy Kanat plays with color and imagination as she weaves magical portals through textile. Spontaneous by nature, this jewelry designer turned …

Buck Dancing, Fiddling, and the Whitewashing of Folk Traditions, with Hillary Klug

August 26th, 2020


After a difficult childhood, Hillary Klug knew her ambition would be the key to building a new life for herself. When faced with the decision of …

When Tension Meets Tradition, with Lino Lago

August 12th, 2020


In Lino Lago’s "fake abstract" paintings, classical portraiture peeks out from under blankets of modern hues, showcasing what happens when the …

Martial Movement & Feminine Power, with Wu Woman

July 29th, 2020


Born three years before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Svitlana Zavialova ("Wu Woman") grew up knowing what it was like to not have water and how …

Certainty in Uncertain Times and Building New Worlds, with Jean-Pierre Roy

July 15th, 2020


While Jean-Pierre Roy has been hunkered down in his Brooklyn studio creating hyper realistic world-altering paintings for years, this practice feels different during the time of COVID-19. Without access to museums, …

Beautiful Bodies and a Celebration of Skin, with Elisa Valenti

July 1st, 2020


In 2018, Elisa Valenti was a Pharmacy Director treating patients' skin with ointments and elixirs. Today, Elisa is a contemporary figurative artist who considers her work to be the medicine she provides to healing …

Alignment and Art (at Any Age), with Lisa Congdon

June 17th, 2020


At 39 years old, Lisa Congdon embarked on an art career that would quickly transform her into a pillar within the art community. And while her art …

In Honor of Black Lives #PodcastBlackout

June 1st, 2020


In lieu of a new episode this week, we are joining @cult45podcast in their call for a #podcastblackout. We stand AGAINST racism, legalized slavery, …

When Classic Inspiration Meets Surrealist Vision, with Okuda San Miguel

May 20th, 2020


For Okuda San Miguel, his art is his church. And a church is just another canvas--literally. Okuda uses geometric shapes and vibrant colors to bring …

The Architecture of Lines and Letting Go, with Tracie Cheng

May 6th, 2020


Tracie Cheng’s paintings blend abstract with figurative, structure with freedom. Her sweeping line work means something different to every viewer, …

The Power of Letters, Words, and Positivity, with Rylsee

April 22nd, 2020


When others see letters and words, artist Rylsee sees a puzzle to play. From the structure of the letters and the hierarchy of the words, to the composition of his illustrative translation, Rylsee finds meaning in every …

Textile Art and the Beauty of Flow, with Victoria Villasana

April 8th, 2020


The yarn on Victoria Villasana’s bold textile art isn’t the only thing flowing on this episode of The Cultured Podcast. From her creative process to …

The Art of Perception, with Michael Murphy

March 11th, 2020


While Michael Murphy’s art may play tricks on your eyes, you will remain clear on one thing: his work creates a visual experience unlike any other. As a young boy in Ohio, Michael was obsessed with making his own toys. …

Art and Accessibility, With Barry Lee

February 26th, 2020


Famed Atlanta hypercreative Barry Lee suggests that the beauty of art and self-expression is that the work of another queer artist with a disability will tell a completely different story than theirs. A painter, …

Puppets, Parades and Processions, With Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn

February 12th, 2020


You can’t rain on Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn’s parade because, well, they are the parade. As the Co-Creative Directors of PAW (Processional Arts Workshop), Alex and Sophia have traveled the world studying …

Contortions on Canvas, With Jillian Evelyn

January 29th, 2020


The experience of the modern woman, or a woman of any era for that matter, is anything but comfortable. Jillian Evelyn fits that warped experience onto canvas with her paintings of contorted female figures. By marrying …

Hyperrealism from a Hypercreative, With Jeremy Biggers

January 15th, 2020


When it comes to Jeremy Biggers’ work, expect no lip service. But do expect lips. Robust, realistic, and, sometimes, unsettling lips. These mouthy paintings have become iconic in Dallas, Texas. And as the city’s …

Phases of the Watercolor Moon, With Jessica Mullis

January 1st, 2020


Jessica Mullis’ art has taught her the skill of going with the flow...the watercolor flow, that is. At one time, Jessica considered herself strictly …

Singing, Songwriting & Self Expression, With Adelaide

December 18th, 2019


Creativity runs strong in Adelaide’s gene pool. Raised by a family of musicians and artists, it comes as no surprise that Adelaide’s paintings often …

Large-Scale Public Art, With Sanithna Phansavanh

December 4th, 2019


The act of openly creating large-scale murals in public is a surprisingly intimate experience for artist Sanithna Phansavanh. Splashing life into Atlanta’s city walls, Sanithna’s work stirs community conversations while …

Sculpting Metal, With Corrina Sephora

November 20th, 2019


Corrina Sephora is more than a celebrated metal sculptor, she is a connector. Her art connects the cosmos to the ocean, the concept of transformation …

Set Designing for Theatre, With Adam Koch

November 6th, 2019


Adam Koch does more than design beautiful sets, he builds one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences that immerse wide-eyed audiences into other worlds. …

Cookies as Canvas & Cakes as Sculpture, With Molly Brodak

October 23rd, 2019


Molly Brodak takes her artistic talent into the kitchen with intricately designed baked goods that appear almost too beautiful to eat...but don't …

Handmade Event Installations, With Allie Bashuk

November 11th, 2018


We visit Allie Bashuk at her vibrant home in East Atlanta, Georgia. While sitting at her kitchen table, Allie and Michelle explore what it means to be a community builder (as the co-founder of Dream Warriors), creative …

Beading And Lakhota Artistry, With Collins Provost

October 28th, 2018


Lakhota artist Collins Provost finds healing and self expression through her intricate and vibrant beadwork. Listen to this episode of The Cultured …

On Being A Character Actor, With Matty Cardarople

October 14th, 2018


What does it mean to be a character actor? Learn from one of the best in the biz - Matty Cardarople, who's carved out a niche for himself as …

Wedding Dresses As Sculpture, With Elyse Defoor

September 16th, 2018


Elyse Defoor is a talented Atlanta-based artist who wears her heart on her canvases. She has painted with oil enamel, drawn with charcoal, sculpted …

Modern Interior & Product Design, With Leonidas Trampoukis

September 2nd, 2018


Leonidas Trampoukis turns spaces into living sculptures. Michelle Khouri visits this architect and interior designer at the new Brooklyn studios for …

Landing High-Profile Film & TV Roles, With Alyshia Ochse

August 26th, 2018


The Cultured Podcast is back from summer break, and there's no one better to immerse us back into our world of arts and culture than actor, …

Performance Art, With Danielle Deadwyler

May 27th, 2018


Danielle Deadwyler is a multimedia artist who uses her body as her primary medium, including through on-screen and on-stage acting, dance and …

Wild Photo Mashups, With Paul Fuentes

May 20th, 2018


Mexico City-based Paul Fuentes takes graphic design in a unique direction with his pastel-drenched photo mashups. Paul’s delightfully surreal pop art …

Toy Art & 3D Sculpture, With Travers Cooke

May 13th, 2018


Toy sculptor and connoisseur Travers Cooke gives The Cultured Crew an inside look at the world of toy art and its many subcultures. During his …

Massive Cardboard Sculpture, With Laurence Vallières

May 6th, 2018


Montréal-based artist Laurence Vallières is right at home in the three-dimensional world. Armed with cardboard, wood, hot glue and a little varnish, Laurence reanimates discarded materials into massive gorillas, …

Freestyle Rap, With Vincent Van Pro

April 29th, 2018


While he may have “stuttered” his initial freestyles years ago, lifelong word aficionado Vincent Van Pro now spits rhymes with the best of them. Michelle and Vincent discuss the importance momentum plays in freestyling, …

Blackout Poetry, With John Carroll

April 22nd, 2018


Blackout poet John Carroll joins us on The Cultured Podcast to chat about the art of redaction. What John describes as “part word search, part art …

TV Writing & Producing, With Felicia Henderson

April 15th, 2018


A prolific TV creator, writer and producer, Felicia Henderson is responsible for some of the most iconic small-screen characters of the last few …

Paper Quilling, With Alia Bright

April 8th, 2018


Michelle is joined by paper artist and typographer Alia Bright to dig into a longstanding art form that remains unfamiliar to many people today. Alia is a proficient graphic designer, but it wasn’t until she discovered …

When Art & Hip-Hop Collide, With FRKO

April 1st, 2018


FRKO's sense of humor and knack for capturing the essence of life on the streets has landed him on the radars of some of the biggest names in …

Directing Donald Glover’s “Atlanta,” With Hiro Murai

March 25th, 2018


Sweeping award shows and racking up critical acclaim, FX’s "Atlanta" is a masterpiece in tone. One of the masterminds behind its success is the show’s director and co-executive producer, Hiro Murai. Hiro joins Michelle …

The Cultured Breakdown: Defining “Contemporary” Arts

March 18th, 2018


On this bite-sized Breakdown, Michelle delves into what the word “contemporary” means in the worlds of visual arts and dance. She uncovers the origins of the contemporary spirit and how its unrestrained form breaks from …

Turning Canvas Into Cosmos, With Hannah Pearman

March 11th, 2018


Artists like Hannah Pearman prove that a canvas can hold much more than just paint. By using fluid (or watered-down) acrylic paints, Hannah brings to …

Over-The-Top Puppetry, With Raymond Carr

March 4th, 2018


It’s hard to imagine anything more surreal than the stories Jim Henson Company-trained puppeteer Raymond Carr brings to this episode of The Cultured …

Managing On-Stage Actors & Productions, With Emma McVey

February 25th, 2018


The magic of the theatre is in its power to suspend an audience’s disbelief ad whisk them away to foreign places in an imaginary world. That …

Thriving as Independent Recording Artists, With The Spacesuit Junkies

February 18th, 2018


Michelle chats with Plex Boogie and Stevie Zenith of The Spacesuit Junkies about their journey as independent recording artists. From the origins of their duo to their entrepreneurial vision, these two performers break …

Lighting Design for the Stage, With Connor McVey

February 11th, 2018


A symphony of moving parts must cooperate to bring a theatrical production to life. One critical element has the tricky job of uniting those varied aspects into one cohesive experience: lighting. Lighting designer …

Transforming Cities Through Public Art, With Monica Campana

February 4th, 2018


While most people look past city walls as everyday structures, Monica Campana recognizes them as canvases bursting with potential. As the executive director of nonprofit arts organization Living Walls, Monica spend much …

Building a Career in Stand-up Comedy, With Joel Byars

January 28th, 2018


A seasoned stand-up performer, comedy teacher, podcast host, and writer, Joel Byars chats with Michelle about his passion for comedy and the path …

Healing Homeless Youth With Art, With Malika Whitley

January 21st, 2018


Once a homeless youth, Malika Whitley now applies that painful experience to generating artistic opportunities for homeless teens across the globe. …

The Many Faces in a One-Person Show, With Taylor M. Dooley

January 14th, 2018


Episode 23's guest is actress Taylor M. Dooley, who recently starred in the one-woman show "Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up," a …

Photo Manipulation, With Bhargava Chiluveru

January 7th, 2018


Michelle welcomes photographer, digital media maven and man with many hats Bhargava Chiluveru. Bhargava and his wife Anu own Chil Media and, which are bastions of stylish branding and artistic expression. …

Animating Adult Cartoons, With Peter Gulsvig

December 31st, 2017


Meet illustrator and animator Peter Gulsvig. Pete has worked on FX’s Archer, Adult Swim, PBS Kids, and more. In fact, his own animated series, …

Self-Discovery Through Poetry, With Jenny Sadre-Orafai

December 24th, 2017


On Episode 20 of The Cultured Podcast, Michelle welcomes Jenny Sadre-Orafai to the show. Jenny is an acclaimed poet and a professor at Kennesaw State …

Improv Theater & Voice Acting on "Archer", With Amber Nash

December 17th, 2017


Michelle welcomes the gregarious and talented Amber Nash to The Cultured Podcast. While you may not recognize Amber’s face, you will surely recognize …

Spreading Joy With Wearable Technology, With ATLTVHEAD

December 10th, 2017


Atlantans may know about Nate Damen—he’s the guy walking around the city with a glowing 1969 RCA TV on his head. Nate, better known as ATLTVHEAD, …

On Tour With Broadway, With Adrianna Hicks

December 3rd, 2017


Join Michelle as she heads to Broadway for a chat with actress and singer Adrianna Hicks, who is playing Celie in Broadway’s North American tour of …

Storytelling in the American South, With Doc Lawrence

November 26th, 2017


Master storyteller Doc Lawrence joins Michelle on The Cultured Podcast for a discussion on the Southern tradition of storytelling in the U.S. And …

Double Exposure Photography, With Matthew Terrell

November 19th, 2017


Venture inside the mind of Matthew Terrell, who uses a 1979 Pentax K1000 to capture ethereal images of intimacy, nature and self-expression through 35 mm double exposure.

Curating for the Venice Bienniale, With Tami Katz-Freiman

November 12th, 2017


On Episode 14 of The Cultured Podcast, Tami Katz-Freiman is Michelle’s Sherpa into the world of contemporary art curation. Tami recently curated Gal …

Modern Choreography, With Juel D. Lane

November 5th, 2017


Michelle chats with modern choreographer, dancer, teacher and filmmaker Juel D. Lane. Together, they dig at the roots of what it takes to create choreography that sparks dialogue while making hearts flutter. Whether …

Directing Pop Docs & "Cocaine Cowboys", With Billy Corben

October 29th, 2017


Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker Billy Corben joins Michelle for a high-energy masterclass in nonfiction storytelling for the silver screen. The acclaimed director of “Cocaine Cowboys” shares his …

Herbalism Around the World, With LaTasha Smith

October 22nd, 2017


In Episode 11, Tasha Nikol joins Michelle for an exploration of the ancient practice of herbalism. It’s estimated that 75% of the world’s population …

Intricately Tiny Figure Paintings, With Christian Fagerlund

October 15th, 2017


Michelle welcomes figure painter Christian Fagerlund to Episode 10 of The Cultured Podcast for a mesmerizing conversation about painting the human …

TCP 009 - Clothing Design - Bianca Cooper / Biyunka

October 8th, 2017


Dig at the roots of disruptive fashion design. Michelle interviews designer and hypercreative Bianca Cooper, who unearths the secrets to eliminating expectation and achieving artistic liberation. The creative …

TCP 007 - Bogota, Colombia - Masha Murakhovsky

September 24th, 2017


Pack your bags and get ready to visit Colombia's capital city, Bogota. Michelle and her best friend, Masha Murakhovsky, share their hilarious …

TCP 006 - Acting Methods

September 17th, 2017


Join Michelle as she explores arguably the three most influential acting methods (out of more than eight in circulation) and the legendary acting …

TCP 005 - Tropical Knitwear, With Karelle Levy

September 10th, 2017


Michelle travels to Miami, Florida, to chat with her gifted guest Karelle Levy. Together, they weave an eye-opening look at the creative …

TCP 004 - Cultural Art, With Rising Red Lotus

September 3rd, 2017


Dig at the roots of identity as Michelle Khouri and Brandon Sadler share their experiences as multicultural people. Brandon is a biracial artist …

TCP 003 - Global Food Customs, With Kate Kordsmeier

August 27th, 2017


Michelle Khouri has a lively discussion with international food writer Kate Kordsmeier about food customs throughout the world. But first, Michelle opens up about her addiction to butter coffee, which has her feeling …

TCP 001 - Icelandic Culture

August 10th, 2017


What's with this new Cultured Podcast? What can you expect in weeks to come? Why is host Michelle Khouri inspired by "chutzpah" - and what does that …

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