Frequently Asked Questions

What is Open Culture’s Mission?

Open Culture highlights the best free cultural and educational media available on the web. We sift through the world of audio and video, find the bits of media that make learning dynamic, productive, and fun, and then present them to you in an organized way. Among other things, the site features large collections of free audio books, foreign language lessons, free university courses, and intelligent YouTube collections. To dig into our resources, please visit our audio collection as well as our video collection, and definitely don't miss our daily blog postings.

Who Writes for Open Culture?

Dan Colman is the Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Before that, he served as the Managing Director of AllLearn, an e-learning consortium owned by Stanford, Oxford and Yale, and as the Director of Business Development and Editorial Manager at He received his PhD and MA from Stanford, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The common thread running through his career is his interest in bringing relevant, perspective-changing information to large audiences, often with the help of the internet. You can visit his LinkedIn profile here.

Is the Site Affiliated with Stanford University?

This site is not formally associated with Stanford. The ideas/views expressed here belong to Dan, or others. But, in all cases, they are personal ones.

How Can I Contact Open Culture?

Feel free to send us an email with this contact form.

Do You Have a Privacy Policy

Yes, read all about it here.

Can I Advertise on Open Culture?

Yes. Google runs our advertising and you can instantly reach our savvy readers by clicking here. If you want to advertise directly, just write us.

Can I Recommend Materials to List on Open Culture?

Yes. If you would like us to add links to relevant parts of our site, you can suggest materials/links via email and we will be happy to review them. Please let us know where you think your material should be listed, and try to provide all of the information that will help us list your material. For example, if you want us to include a link in one of our podcast directories, please look at the appropriate directory and include all of the information that we typically include in our entries.

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