Office Hours is a newsletter and podcast about culture and conversations, written by Ernest Wilkins.

Hi! I’m Ernest Wilkins, a writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Over the years, I’ve written about culture for publications ranging from Pitchfork to Complex to the Chicago Reader.

I’ve learned over the years that there are very few resources where business people can learn about cultural trends in context. I also realized there are very few resources for the people who create those cultural trends to learn all the biz lingo and contextual information they don’t teach you. So I made one.

Expect interviews with the people behind big cultural moments, case studies, trend forecasts and data presented in a way that won’t put you to sleep.

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