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Recent Episodes

Episode 221: Daniel Radcliffe, Lars Ulrich, and Elizabeth Gilbert

This week: Daniel Radcliffe wears a mask that's not for a role ... Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich tells your roommate to turn that racket down ... Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) sets the planets spinning ... Cartoonist Jeff Smith lists favorite strips ... Visiting the Candyland of vegetables ... There is danger and allure at "The Summit" ... A famously bad sitcom is still famous ... And art students build the next Robocop ...

Episode 220: Margaret Atwood, Gunn Culture, and Hulk Hogan: Hero

This week: Literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for mega-bears ... Tim Gunn returns, just in time to save listeners from the 'comfort trap' ... Guitarist Steve Gunn (no relation) 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 220: Margaret Atwood, Gunn Culture, and Hulk Hogan: Hero

This week: literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for mega-bears... "Project Runway's" Tim Gunn returns, just in time to save listeners from the 'comfort trap'... guitarist Steve Gunn (no relation) 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 219: Colin Firth, Bobby Flay, and Molly Ringwald's Vault

This week: Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth explores masks and the mind ... We grill star chef Bobby Flay on etiquette ... Food writer Michael Pollan says we are because we cook ... Molly Ringwald sets a new standard for musical standards ... Jane Fonda's headbands and home videos inspire a health-crazed cocktail ... And Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers" strikes it rich -- as a 4-year-old. Plus, Rachel Kushner's hot new novel, part-time chickens, and a cowpoke joke.

Episode 218: Jonathan Lethem, Alt-J, and the Fab Four's Freda

This week: Jonathan Lethem goes to New Jersey ... Alt-J are kind of over triangles at this point ... The Beatles' secretary gives a peek into music history ... Restaurant trends, from bars to bathrooms ... Astronaut agriculture ... Miss Manners is not telling you to lie, boast, and start rumbles ... A tempest in a cocktail glass ... Populist experimentation (in film) ... And letters from listeners like you.

Episode 217: Arctic Monkeys, Van Jones, and Fashion Asylums

This week: Van Jones plays with crossfire ... Simon Doonan says the best outfit is the one your friend is already wearing ... Poet Nick Laird explains "Epithalamium" ... The Arctic Monkeys want to make you want to shower ... VHS cassettes inspire eighties nostalgia ... Bavarian build a giant rake for a monster turtle ... Having beef with the real Uncle Sam ... A different way to stuff meat and cheese into bread ... And, of course, "There Can Be Only One" -- for the road...