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Recent Episodes

Speakeasy Special #1

Welcome to the first episode of "Speakeasy," an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. Think of it like the casual little bistro beside our bustling restaurant. On this inaugural podcast, Aubrey Plaza and Brendan invent a new morning beverage - the breakfast martini; Zachary Quinto and Rico discuss the pros and cons of wearing high heels; and Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster of "The Best Show" propose a novel solution for when you pick up two lids instead of one at a salsa bar. Brendan and Rico also chitchat about upcoming guests, life, and the darkness in men's souls. You know, just light banter.

Episode 298: Aubrey Plaza, Laura Marling, Scharpling & Wurster

Actress Aubrey Plaza needs no introduction (because she's got it memorized)... Singer-songwriter Laura Marling has a soundtrack for evenings warm and chilly... Writer Jon Ronson looks shaming on social media and sees our modern pillory... The comic duo Wurster & Scharpling take our etiquette segment to the strangest of places (it might be a city in Pennsylvania!)... A new taste of Hawaiian food -- the ultimate fusion cuisine...Two bitter rivals in North Pole exploration inspire an icy cocktail...Essayist Meghan Daum ponies up a joke... And more.

Episode 297: Zachary Quinto, Sara Schaefer, Leon Bridges

This week: Actor Zachary Quinto gets a memento from Tennessee Williams... Soul singer Leon Bridges steps back in time... Comedian Sara Schaefer aces her hygiene homework... Beating food waste, in new ways... The most costly art heist in U.S. history inspires a bitter cocktail (made by a former art guard!)... A soundtrack from post-punk band Viet Cong....And more.

Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

This week: Ethan Hawke's intimate portrait of an artist... The ladies of "Broad City" riff on their fave BFFs... Newly-minted *novelist* David Duchovny sees a baby wolf and flees... Troubadour Vetiver serenades our party with the sounds of Brazil... One modern man's quest to find Atlantis... An artist types his way through the canon... And we toast a time when radio made major waves.

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

This week: "Chappie" star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames... Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment... Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant... Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for us, and for her best friend Shervin..."The Cat in the Hat" trumps Dick and Jane... Suggestions from a "mustard sommelier"... We meet "The Wrecking Crew" -- the session musicians behind hundreds of '60s/'70s hits... And more!

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

This week: "Chappie" star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames... Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment... Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant... Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for us, and for her best friend Shervin..."The Cat in the Hat" trumps Dick and Jane... Suggestions from a "mustard sommelier"... We meet "The Wrecking Crew" -- the session musicians behind hundreds of '60s/'70s hits... And more!