Unpopular Culture

A podcast where a psychotherapist dives into the broken underbelly of society, shining a light on more neglected topics in politics, technology, culture, and modern media.
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Jul 13, 2018

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This is an elaboration on the psychology of the different kinds of lust murder, including some infamous examples, and themes I've seen in my own forensic work. 

Jul 4, 2018

Hello Friends!
This is a follow-up episode: Stories about working in a mental hospital from the staff that work there

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Jun 29, 2018

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Jun 12, 2018

Psychotherapist Michael Drane is interviewed by Dr. Kirk Honda about his experience working in inpatient mental hospitals. 

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May 22, 2018

Have you ever had your heart broken? What was it like for you?

Psychotherapist talks about:

1. What happens to your brain when it's in love?

2. When your brain is going through a break up?

3. What NOT to do when going through a breakup 

4. How to get over your Ex for good and move on with your life. 

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May 16, 2018

We analyze this amazing movie with themes of:

Breaking up, Dream Analysis, The Unconscious, and Memory. By far one of my favorites.

SPOILER WARNING!! (We will spoil the movie)

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May 1, 2018

[EPISODE- Narrative Analysis] Psychotherapist Michael Drane explores types of Narcissistic Parenting and how it can impact who you grow up to be. We honor the unspeakable murder of 6 year old Lisa Steinberg, the tragic victim of an excessively narcissistic parent. 

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exclusive access to Stalker (Only) episodes, suggest topic ideas, ask questions, and say hello! We love you all, thank you for listening. 

Apr 20, 2018

A psychotherapist and a Cyber Security Engineer talk about the beliefs of The Flat Earth Society vs. what science believes & some possible psychological explanations for the origin of this trending global conspiracy theory. 

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Apr 10, 2018

[Natrative Analysis] Do you ever feel like you are an imposter in you own skin? We talk about the bizarre phenomenon known as "Imposter Syndrome" , what it is and how to beat it. Thank you Jennifer for the awesome topic idea.

Mar 26, 2018

This 30 minute preview talks the psychology of one of our favorite Game of Thrones characters Go to for the full episode. Thanks for listening!

Feb 18, 2018

In this special episode of the podcast, we address 10 questions from our Stalker/Patrons! Including:

  1. Sarah in Stalker group: “You guys are always talking about technology addiction, sometimes I find myself genuinely worried about how much time I spend on my phone or computer. What scares me more is how anxious I feel when I'm not using it. Any tips for a struggling iPhone addict?”
  2. Heather in the Stalker group: “What are your thoughts, is this moral?”
  3. Cadence in the stalker group: "A debate that I currently run into as whether or not Boderline Personality Disorder is really a personality disorder or the result of complex trauma. A colleague of mine won't utilize the name BPD and instead refers to it as complex trauma. Just an idea!"
  4. The Psychology of Comedy requested by famous stalker John & also Cadence in the stalker group shared this article:
  5. Kendra in the stalker group: "Forgive me if this has been discussed I'm a little behind. Has there been a episode on the effects of music on your mood: Personally work has been insanely stressful the last few weeks(had my first panic attack in roughly 5 years last week) and music has been helping calm me. So I'm wondering if that is universal." 
  6. Typical American lifestyle: Now vs. the 50's 
  7. Tracy in the stalker group: “I'm not sure if you guys have ever done a little bit of this in an episode, but have your ever thought of doing an episode on the psychology of forgiveness?  I saw this documentary a few years ago and followed her path, as I held grudges so badly.  It was just ruining my life.  I've become so much happier since then and find it so interesting."
  8. Online Personality tests like Myers Briggs 
Feb 16, 2018

[Narrative Analysis] Now is the time to address a horrific event that we've seen happen too many times in our country: mass shootings. The left wants to argue gun control, the right wants to argue mental illness. I argue for the fishnet solution. But these are just my thoughts—I want to hear yours!

Feb 11, 2018

Hello, my friends! THIS is the next episode in our Black Mirror coverage: Season 4 Episode 3 "Shut Up and Dance." *SPOILERS* for this episode and every episode before. In this episode, Michael Drane and Corey Stewart welcome friend of the podcast, Ryan Lee. Ryan is a tech guru (to say the least) and has been on UPC many times to talk about hacking, so he's a great fit to discuss this episode of BM.... His previous UPC episodes include: What Hackers Do with Your Stolen Identity, The Death of Net Neutrality, DARK WEB: The Hidden Evil-Twin of the Internet, and How to Protect Yourself from the Equifax Breach. These are our opinions on the episode, but we'd love to hear yours! Did you see the twist coming? Did you like this episode?


Feb 5, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Michael and Corey discuss Season 3, episode 4 of Black Mirror, called "Playtest" — This horrific episode is filled with tons of easter eggs and we are here to breakdown all of it including behind-the-scenes and the psychology behind the main character, Cooper's decisions and behaviors.

These are OUR opinions—but What are yours???? Let us know on

Jan 23, 2018

What's up, friends, family, fans & stalkers! 

IT HAS BEEN ONE YEAR (ish) SINCE UPC BEGAN. This is a podcast ranking the "Best Of" our first year of episodes! Michael Drane & Corey Stewart sit down to tell behind the scenes stories and even respond to some Hate Mail from listeners. FYI: There are TWO BIG Announcements in this podcast that I am going to spoil below......

.. (keep scrolling for spoilers)



(Note: Nothing will be taken away, these are in addition to UPC episodes).

#1: We will be giving you a Patron-Only Podcast EVERY MONTH from now on! :) We're so excited to commit to this new schedule and give back to you patrons even more in our second year!!!!!! We're focusing on you guys rather than the free feed by making most of our content for you! 

#2: We're starting a New Podcast: The Climax Film Club! Movie and Television Reviews by a psychologist (Michael) and a graphic designer (Corey) to analyze the psychological & creative perspectives of YOUR favorite movies & tv shows! Let us know what YOUR favorites are in the FB group (we'll make a post related to this ASAP) so that we know what content to cover.

Can't wait to hear what you think <3

xoxo, C

Jan 14, 2018

In this bonus podcast, Michael Drane (@upcmd) and Corey Stewart (@corstew91) sit down to recap and review Season 4 of Black Mirror! Spoilers for every single episode! UPC breaks down fun easter eggs and gives raw first-reactions to USS CallisterArkangelCrocodileHang the DJMetalhead and Black MuseumOr you can read the full article here.

Jan 2, 2018

In this Patreon-Only Podcast, Michael Drane sits down with Tech (and Simpsons) expert, Ryan Lee, to discuss just how real this phenomenon is. Did the writers of the Simpsons really know Trump would be president and ride down and escalator in a blue suit one day? This and many other questions will be answered in the bonus episode—Let us know what you think! Click here to listen to this episode & become a Patron/Stalker.

Dec 15, 2017

Unpopular Culture and Psychology in Seattle join forces for an in-depth analysis of Tommy Wiseau, and James Franco's new movie "The Disaster Artist"

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Dec 15, 2017

[UNPLUGGED] Psychotherapist Michael Drane is interviewed by The Reasonable Risk Podcast about why people join Cults and Multi-level Marketing Schemes and how YOU can protect yourself. 

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Dec 11, 2017

[UNPLUGGED FORMAT] In this UNPLUGGED freestyle rant, Michael is joined by Cyber Security Engineer Ryan Lee to talk about the death of Net Neutrality and what YOU can do to help. 

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Nov 16, 2017

The Psychology of Black Mirror's "Nosedive" Season 3, Episode 1. Podcast & Narrative Analysis created and recorded by Psychotherapist, Michael Drane and Graphic Designer, Corey Stewart. Together, we have analyzed the psychology and visual creativity of all kinds of movies and television shows. Please enjoy the notes of our November discussion on one of the best episodes in the Black Mirror series, "Nosedive."

Nov 1, 2017

[EPISODE—Narrative Analysis] You are listening to "the Stabbing for SlenderMan," the infamous and recent story about about two twelve year old girls who tried to murder their friend in the name of the fictional internet character, SlenderMan. In what is NOW known as the SlenderMan Trial, their case has made national news as Anissa Weir and Morgan Geyser were both found NOT GUILTY for attempted first-degree homicide on the basis of being mentally-ill, specifically suffering from Shared Psychotic Disorder. 

My name is Michael Drane, I am a licensed psychotherapist with a background in forensics. I spent several years diagnosing evaluating and treating people who who were found not guilty for criminal behavior by reason of insanity. I am 

Oct 13, 2017

[UNPLUGGED FORMAT] It seduces us with its ease, its video games, and social media. Technology is advancing at an alarming rate, and we are all just trying to hang on. With every new generation of iPhone we spend even more time gazing into that screen. Some countries have declared technology addiction a threat to the mental health of their people. Will technology enslave us all?

Michael is joined by Corey and Cyber Security Engineer Ryan to analyze the audio book "iMinds". We will deep dive into the psychology of technology addiction, and interview the author of "iMinds", Mari K Swingle!

As always, let us know how you feel!

Xo - Michael

Oct 5, 2017

Last month- 1/3 of the U.S. population had their data stolen and this means YOU or someone you care about has more than likely been affected! In this episode of the podcast, psychotherapist, Michael Drane (@upcmd) is joined by Cyber-Security Engineer Ryan to breakdown the recent Equifax Data Breach that has already affected 143 million people. In this exclusive episode, Ryan is here, as a uniquely qualified cyber-security specialist and helps us all understand what we can do to protect ourselves. 

Ryan has been on the podcast a few times before and talked with us about this very issue! In the "How Companies Lose Your Data" Podcast, we learned (back in 2016) how easy it is for "Big Data" to gain access to your information and identity. LOL, it's like we predicted Equifax would happened or something ;) 


In the "What Hackers DO with YOUR Stolen Identity" Podcast, we learn the true motivations behind these criminals. Last year, Ryan and Michael were just giving their predictions. Now, it's 2017 and it's happening.

The time to act is NOW Stalkers! There are a few very simple things you can do to protect yourselves, so please take a few minutes now to do the things we outline in this podcast! Protect yourselves, my friends. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one!
—Michael, Corey and Ryan

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