Your PopCulteer rang in the new year in a low-key manner, and we kick off another year of Monday Morning Art in PopCult with a low-key piece of art. What you see above is a simple photograph, with not one piece of retouching, other than to change the size of it for this blog. It’s a picture taken on my new phone last month while we were in Chicago. That is the Cloudgate Sculpture in Millenium Park, which is known among the locals as “The Bean.”

It’s a pretty incredible thing, a huge, reflective kidney bean-shaped polished metal thingy, and set against the steel and glass buildings, it really stands out. I tried painting over it, but nothing I tried looked as cool as the original photo. So I decided to just post the photo. Click to see it bigger, then go to Chicago and look at it in person.

air-6-6-17Before you rush off to make your travel plans, please remember that you can tune in and hear cool stuff on our internet radio station, The AIR.

You can listen at the website, or on this familiar little embedded player…

We’re bringing you more of the best independent radio that you’ll ever hear anywhere on our humble little internet station. Today we are airing out our holiday programming before we take it all down and stuff it into tubs in the attic to dig out and re-use next year.

So if you want one last blast of Christmas, tune in to The AIR all day long for special Christmas episodes of Radio Free Charleston, Curtain Call, The Swing Shift, The Bats**t Crazy Show, Prognosis, Big Electric Cat, The AIR Audio Playhouse and more.

The plan for the rest of the week is to bring you all-new episodes of our most popular shows, so follow along on the schedule below and cross-check with what we’re playing so you can figure out exactly what our most popular shows are!

And most of all, have a happy and safe new year. How about we make 2018 the year that reverses the downward trend. And don’t forget to watch the new video episode of Radio Free Charleston that we posted here on the last day of 2017.