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Recent Episodes

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 […]

378: Danny Boyle, RuPaul, Alan Tudyk

The one and only RuPaul gives some “godly” etiquette advice… filmmaker Danny Boyle reflects back on his cult film “Trainspotting” and why he decided to make a sequel more than 20 years later… Actor Alan Tudyk picks a list of his favorite robots… And sommelier protocol with the New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov. […]

SXSW Speakeasy Special: RuPaul, Rachel Bloom, Adrianne Lenker

(Heads up: This week’s episode features some *ahem* adult humor. It may not be suitable for young listeners.) Folks! It’s an all-new Speakeasy Special. This time, Rico and Brendan are reporting from the South by South West festival in Austin, TX. Learn all about the good (and odd) food they dined on and new music […]

377: Gillian Jacobs, Sam Richardson, Jay Som

Actor Gillian Jacobs shares her “Love” for her Netflix show and public radio… Comedian Sam Richardson finds a friend — and his mojo — at the edge of the world… Jay Som DJs a Halloween party (springtime be damned)… And Emily Post’s scions bring tips on hotel tips. Plus, decrypting the Rorschach test, Norway’s answer […]

376: Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Valerie June

Comedian Jordan Peele’s hit horror film “Get Out” is a deadly serious exploration of racism…Pete Holmes used his divorce as inspiration for his new HBO comedy, “Crashing”…Nashville singer Valerie June throws a party at Elvis’ house…Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen tackles issues of race, immigration, and identity…Plus, how the film, “Nosferatu,” almost burned to […]