I am very proud of a one-act I wrote titled "The Planeteers vs. The Fukushima Reactor." Too soon? Probably. (2013 update, no longer too soon.)
Here are a few things that I consider to be modern pinnacles of culture - in repeating order of musician, television program, and author x3: Elliot Smith, The Wire, Neal Stephenson, XTC, Venture Brothers, Robert Heinlein, Architecture in Helsinki, Peep Show, Margaret Atwood. Take from that what you will.
The world and all those people in it! Consummate consumer of NPR and the BBC, many topical broad/podcasts. I'm a very lefty&internationalist political person but can't stand the righteous of any ideological persuasion including my own. Don't like to talk about it really with people that aren't already into it. Annnd Syria, obsessed with Syria.