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Recent Episodes

Episode 305: Blondie, Oscar the Grouch, Thomas Vinterberg

This week: The band Blondie talks mod style and hoarding habits... Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg ponders the vicissitudes of fate - and then yodels... Oscar the Grouch deigns to give us etiquette advice (DON'T thank him for it)... Comedian Maz Jobrani gets his dream gig, with a nightmarish caveat... We digest some Knish Knowledge... British band Public Service Broadcasting deejays the loneliest dinner party in the world ... Plus: canes with eyes, riots over Shakespeare, and Muppet humor.

Speakeasy Special #2: Remembering Chris Burden

Today we bring you the second installment of "Speakeasy," an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. In this edition, Rico and Brendan talk about conceptual artist Chris Burden, who died this Sunday at the age of 69.

Episode 304: Mike Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Encore Broadcast: Filmmaker Mike Leigh talks about crop circles (yes, those crop circles) ... Actor Gina Rodriguez explains how "Breaking Bad" is crazier than a telenovela ... What we can learn about dictators from thier food obsessions ... A replay of the history of the replay ... Joseph Gordon-Levitt on art outside the Hollywood machine ... Lambs on the run ... And we read Dick Cavett's new book, even though he thinks that's kind of naive.

Episode 303: Amy Schumer, Cokie Roberts, Kurt Cobain in His Own Words

This week: Peabody Award-winning comedian Amy Schumer talks on the wild side... NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts celebrates our female forebears, then offers some civil advice ... A new documentary is at home with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain... Improv wizard and general smartypants Greg Proops challenges three brains to a battle... Nashville's hot chicken lives up to its name... Writer Heidi Julavits lets us snoop on her diary...We toast the mysterious "Elise" behind Beethoven's iconic composition... And lots more!

Episode 302: Mark Ronson, Young Fathers, 'War Fries'

This week: Mark Ronson makes a new Macarena, dissects the many roles of a modern-day music producer... Writer Amelia Gray imagines a world of competitive grieving... Scottish hip-hop artists Young Fathers - winners of the Mercury Prize for Best 2014 British Album - deejay a deep dinner party... The Posts return with gripping advice ... Rico steels himself to eat "war fries" in Amsterdam... Rain facts keep falling on our heads.... Spam reaches its first inbox... And lots more!

Episode 301: The 2015 All-Music Episode

This week: Just in time for the last Coachella weekend and Record Store Day, it's a special ALL-MUSIC EPISODE! We've got tunes and tales from Nancy Sinatra, Miguel, Carrie Brownstein, Weird Al Yankovic and Steve Martin. Also, David Crosby chats about crafting his classic California album… Classical maestro Gustavo Dudamel declares his love for all things Aerosmith... Todd Snider gets his wallet stolen by Tony Bennett (well, kinda)... Lars Ulrich bows to the crowd... And Jenny Lewis and Benjamin Booker pitch in as dinnertime DJs.