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Recent Episodes

Special Live Performance from Teenage Fanclub!

Scottish indie rockers Teenage Fanclub joined us for a recent live event with Merge Records. We asked them to cover some of their favorite songs, and to perform one of their own. This internet exclusive gives you a bit of that performance.

Episode 264: Margaret Atwood, Tim Gunn, and Hulk Hogan: Hero

This week: literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for giant bears... Tim Gunn returns, just in time for Project Runway's 13th season debut, to save listeners from the 'comfort trap'… Guitarist Steve Gunn (no relation to Tim, as far as we know) spins a mellow party playlist... The author behind the bestselling "Jack Reacher" series lists toughs he loves... "China, Illinois" Animator Brad Neely wants Hulk Hogan to eat him... The tale of one man's flight(s) to settle a bar bet... And we meet Rihanna, P.I. Plus: Rico tastes a bowlful of sweet, savory surrealism.

Episode 263: Bill Nye, David Crosby, and Our Big Party in Big Sur

Bill Nye The Science Guy takes us on a trip around outer space ... Seventies singer-songwriter David Crosby gets spiritual about redwoods ... Ghost-hunter Richard Senate spins some California spookiness ... Novelist John Brandon takes us into the wild ... Elizabeth Gilbert invites us to a 'star-studded' party ... and Brazilian musician Rodgrigo Amarante plays us some music for a night outside.

Episode 262: Scarlett Johansson, Billy Eichner, and Slint

This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol' blue eyes and earthly aliens ... Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets ... We catch up with 90's alt stars Slint ... A baseball game everyone wanted to lose ... Terrifying Easter bunnies, brought to you by UCB co-founder Matt Walsh ... Uncovering Uzbek cuisine ... And, check your chins, we might be at Peak Beard.

Episode 261: Patricia Arquette, Weird Al, and Jenny Lewis

Pop-parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and "Weird") ... "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette's stolen Santa Clauses ... How singer Jenny Lewis kicks people out ... A trademark-licensing dispute that lead to a big hit ... Visiting a magical-realist Virgin Islands with author Tiphanie Yanique ... New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert counts coughs to judge a concert ... Famous little fishes ... And a new song for Swiss-es.

Episode 260: Audra McDonald, Thomas Jefferson, and Haggis in the U.S.A.

She may perform fearlessly, but Broadway star Audra McDonald tells us which party decoration freaks her right out ... Thomas Jefferson (well, scholar and radio host Clay Jenkinson channeling Thomas Jefferson) expounds on patriotic decorum ... Get ready, people, for a playlist from indie-supergroup People Get Ready ... A scoop of new Spoon ... Blankets that broadcast your mood to fellow flyers ... One man's vendetta against disco ... The national pride of eating sheep innards stuffed in a stomach and stabbed with a knife ... Reuniting a musician with his only recording ... And avoiding scams with Priceonomics.