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Recent Episodes

Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

It's a special "ALL-TV" Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" smiles into the void... T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)... "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer... TV mastermind Norman Lear reminisces about the birth of the medium..."The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi tells us a thriller-ing story.. And listeners chime in with their favorite TV theme songs. The revolution will be televised...or, you know, streamed.

Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins... Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road," the new "Kill Your Friends") revels in a bit of depravity - and a good fanny pack... "American Psycho" gets the Broadway treatment, from Tony winner Duncan Sheik... A portrait of Georgia O'Keefe as a young woman... A Chicago priest battles the "Polish Edison" over credit for the bulletproof vest... And the band Heron Oblivion transports us to a rustic seaside dinner party -- so rustic, in fact, that it's set in a chicken coop.

Episode 341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of "Marketplace" and "Actuality" ponders the ghosts of peanuts past… The band Quilt DJs the chillest dinner party ever… NYMag’s Sierra Tishgart dishes on the deal with eel… Plus a bitter drink to accompany a North Pole rivalry, and more!

341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of "Marketplace" and "Actuality" ponders the ghosts of peanuts past… The band Quilt DJs the chillest dinner party ever… NYMag’s Sierra Tishgart dishes on the deal with eel… Plus a bitter drink to accompany a North Pole rivalry, and more!

340: Jeff Nichols, Lauren Weedman, Tindersticks

Southern filmmaker Jeff Nichols ("Mud," the new "Midnight Special") brings sci-fi down to earth, then offers up some pearls of wisdom... One of the art world's bright lights, Dan Colen, muses on his new visions-- part-Disney, part-J.M.W. Turner... Scene-stealer and storyteller Lauren Weedman tells a tale of moms and "Miss Fortune"... We recall the day when Niagara did not Fall... Stuart Staples (of Tindersticks) spins a soundtrack that's easygoing and elegiac... And we check the hype on the (deep breath!) scotch shortage. Plus, advice with "Ask Polly," & a new breed of biker-rebel.

Speakeasy Special #6: Alan Cumming, Adam McKay, Dave Navarro

It's an all new "Speakeasy"! In this newest installment you'll hear Brendan and Rico make a few martini recommendations for folks in NYC and L.A… Alan Cumming regales us with a Scottish joke, complete with audio subtitles (you’ll understand this term we just coined when you listen, we swear)… Oscar award-winning screenwriter Adam McKay recalls a time before directing “The Big Short” when he was just a chipped toothed coachman struggling to get rides for his horse drawn carriage in Philadelphia… and Dave Navarro recalls a Dee Dee Ramone tale that proves the life of a rock musician isn’t always what it seems in the love department. Plus a DPD giveaway and more!