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Recent Episodes

383: The 2017 All-Music Episode

We’re putting on our own music festival with a special “ALL-MUSIC EPISODE”! You’ll hear sets from our favorite artists: Run the Jewels, Alice Cooper, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Punk legend Viv Albertine, Perfume Genius, folk musician Joan Shelley, Tony Bennett, and more. Plus Kristen Bell singing the praises of her favorite Disney movie (no, it’s not “Frozen”), […]

382: Charlamagne tha God, John Ridley, Feist

Radio kingpin Charlamagne tha God explains the concept behind his new book, “Black Privilege,” and reminds us manners will take you where money won’t… Oscar-winning screenwriter and director John Ridley looks back at the L.A. riots 25 years later… Rico takes a trip to Lawry’s to check in on the Prime Rib renaissance… and we […]

381: Thomas Middleditch, Justin Simien, Cold War Kids

“Silicon Valley” star Thomas Middleditch gets silly and waxes poetic on his days as a Dungeons & Dragons wizard… “Dear White People” creator Justin Simien tells us how to deal with a Northerner who says y’all… Two-fifths of Cold War Kids mix a sentimental playlist… and author Elena Passarello introduces us to Mozart’s favorite pet. […]

Speakeasy Special: Sasheer Zamata of ‘SNL,’ Danny Boyle, Gillian Jacobs

Give Tuesday a fun boost with this Speakeasy Special! This episode covers it all: Nerds, Steve Inskeep jokes, pizza crust etiquette… need we say more? First up, you’ll get a previously unaired slice from our interview with Gillian Jacobs. Then, hear a full dose of etiquette from our South by Southwest show with “Saturday Night […]

380: Aimee Mann, Hank Azaria, Jason Jones

Aimee Mann dishes out etiquette advice and disses tattoo copycats … Hank Azaria talks about baseball in at least five different voices … Jason Jones relives the terrors of moving to New York City … Molly Wood unveils the latest scholarship at the University of Utah — for video game players … and we learn […]

379: Katie Couric, Prentice Penny, Jens Lekman (w/ guest host Lauren Ober)

Journalist Katie Couric is not flattered by her nickname of “America’s Sweetheart”… HBO’s “Insecure” showrunner Prentice Penny gives some “Upscale” advice… Swedish troubadour Jens Lekman throws a dance party in the Middle East… the creators of the hit Broadway musical “Come From Away” list some musicals based on real events. Plus, a divorce hotel, a […]