A Bungled Beauty Pageant and Our Reason for Being

By now, millions of web users have watched Miss Teen South Carolina explain in mortifying fashion (see below) why many Americans can’t find the United States on a map. And, in their own unintended way, her comments effectively answered the question posed to her. Education simply isn’t what it should be in America. And that holds true for many other nations.

All of this sets the stage for explaining Open Culture’s reason for being. Put simply, we try to put people, no matter what their age or where they live, in a position to continue learning and improving themselves. With the help of our podcast collections, you can now start learning over 25 foreign languages, listen to over 100 audiobooks, including classic works in literature, poetry and philosophy, and take over 75 complete courses from some of the world’s leading universities (MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Oxford, etc.). Our podcast library includes many more educational resources as well, and the best part is that they’re completely free. Hours of free education are at your disposal whenever you want it. To benefit, you simply need the desire and the will, and the ability to use podcasts. (If you don’t know how, simply read our Podcast Primer. We’ll get you up to speed.) We hope that you profit from these podcast collections and our daily posts (subscribe to our feed), and, if they can benefit a friend, please let them know about us at www.oculture.com.

P.S. For those who want to bone up on geography, check out Geography of World Cultures on iTunes. This informative course was taught by Martin Lewis at Stanford University.

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