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Recent Episodes

Episode 225: Jessica Chastain, Dave Barry, and Joy(ful) Division

This week: one of our favorite episodes of 2013, in which Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain of “Zero Dark Thirty” riffs on Pitt and pigs… Humorist Dave Barry offers insane advice… Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff plays dinnertime DJ… Joy Division’s Peter Hook tells the bright side of a dark band… We excavate the story of a crown jewel, then drink a sparkling cocktail… Plus, flying goats, contagious laughter, and the spider of the year.

Episode 224: The 2013 All-Movie Episode

This week, it's a special ALL MOVIE EPISODE! Starring Oscar-nominees Michelle Williams and David O. Russell ... Also: Laura Dern re-examines David Lynch's brain(s) ... "Hunger Games" make-up artist Ve Neill lists a few fave transformations ... Spike Lee plays matchmaker ... Steven Spielberg incites a teenage riot ... Dick Cavett teaches us "how to Hitchcock" ... David Alan Grier gives "two snaps up" to listeners' questions ... And we toast the biggest premiere in movie history.

Episode 224: The 2013 All-Movie Episode

This week it's a special ALL MOVIE EPISODE! Starring Oscar-nominees Michelle Williams and David O. Russell... Also: Laura Dern re-examines David Lynch's brain(s)... "Hunger Games" make-up artist Ve Neill lists a few fave transformations...Spike Lee plays matchmaker... Steven Spielberg incites a teenage riot... Dick Cavett teaches us "how to Hitchcock"... David Alan Grier gives "two snaps up" to listeners' questions... And we toast the biggest premiere in movie history.

Episode 223: Bob Odenkirk, Linda Thompson, and Peaches Teaches

This week: Bob Odenkirk, comedy polymath & "Breaking Bad" breakout star, talks sketch and Saul. ... Pop provacateur Peaches strips down etiquette... Folk-rock icon Linda thompson plays party DJ ... Small island, big library ... & food writer Nigel slater recalls pre-parm Britain ... Behind the scenes with Johnny Carson ... Leafy green humor ... And a flood of beer was not as fun as it sounds.

Episode 223: Bob Odenkirk, Linda Thompson, and Peaches Teaches

This week: Bob Odenkirk, comedy polymath & "Breaking Bad" breakout star, talks sketch and Saul... ... Pop provacateur Peaches strips down etiquette... Folk-rock icon Linda thompson plays party DJ ... Small island, big library ... Food writer Nigel slater recalls pre-parm Britain ... Behind the scenes with Johnny Carson ... Leafy green humor ... And a flood of beer was not as fun as it sounds.

Episode 222: Dane DeHaan, Anna Calvi, and Modernist History

This week: Dane DeHaan is a water sap … David Bowie inspires Anna Calvi’s on-stage fashion … When etiquette meets home repair … The Italian couple who defined late 20th Century style … David Picker does an unusual Hollywood deal … Little Richard throws stardom in the ocean … Using pronouns confidently in the workplace or cave … The “soul food” of Asia … A green, felt-covered icebreaker … And Bill Callahan “Sings” us home.