We talk life, (near-)death, and tree-climbing with "The OA" creator and star Brit Marling, then learn how she broke her nose making it... Comedian Cristela Alonzo gives us some "Lower Classy" advice... Booker Prize-winning novelist Aravind Adiga teaches us a thing or two about the sport of cricket... A medical breakthrough inspires a healthy tipple...And the documentary "Gleason" showcases the real struggles of living with ALS. Plus, Big Top puns, McDonald's disastrous Hula Burger, and how squirrels are secretly master hackers. (The truth is out...)
Ava DuVernay unpacks the issues at play in her searing documentary, "13th," then reveals the cheeseball '80s movie that's her true fave... Legendary Sex Pistol Steve Jones tells you when it's OK to steal from your opening act... Indie band Whitney gives a retro playlist that'll raise the roof... Comedian Baron Vaughn meets a turn-of-phrase... And Brendan finds out what you get when you cross a cheesesteak with a pancake (hint: not cheesecake!). Plus, the history of FM radio, hip(pie) humor, and a drug that'll give dentists a run for their money.
Filmmaker Mike Mills celebrates his mom and other "20th Century Women"... Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering a.k.a. Weyes Blood takes us to the opera (inside her tiny apartment)... The Posts bring etiquette gifts that never expire...We learn about the secret that brilliant cartoonist George Herriman ("Krazy Kat") kept 'til his death... Rico samples guarapo, Cuba's signature street beverage... And we look back at the time when a giant wave of molasses hit north Boston. Plus, beer's musical notes, a little good shroom-er, and a newly-remastered track from the late Elliott Smith.
We look back at our favorite moments of 2016! Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro professes his love for insects and imperfections... Actor Saoirse Ronan pronounces Brendan's name correctly... Mya Taylor (star of "Tangerine" and winner of DPD's "NOTscar") finds home on the range ... We toast the high-flying, history-making exploits of Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot... Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of TV's "Fleabag," shows off her performing chops (and something else) ... And rising R&B star Jamila Woods provides a funky playlist for your next outdoor, overnight hangout! Also on the menu: Bolivian salteñas, Sam Heughan spacing out, and etiquette tips from an all-star crew including Norm Macdonald, Cameron Diaz, Maria Bamford, and Jessica Williams.