Director Damien Chazelle on his record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, and why he's attracted to art forms on their way to extinction... A New York Times editor reveals the elaborate accommodations for canine competitors at the Westminster Dog Show... Author George Saunders dishes out advice and reveals his *real* first novel... Musician Rhiannon Giddens picks a playlist for the perfect potluck... Plus, decoding menu mysteries and how John Harvey Kellogg invented corn flakes!
Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in "Moana," and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping... "Nerdette" co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers... Rapper Kevin Abstract gives us a dinner party soundtrack for time travelers... Writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her favorite characters nostalgic for other eras... Plus, the fanciest way to eat beer for breakfast, the history of the Monopoly game, and the only Valentine's Day advice you need from an Emily Post descendant.
"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom schools us in online stalking and making contemporary musicals... DJ Steve Aoki marries hardcore music with rap... "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal makes us all smarter... Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck pays tribute to the late, great James Baldwin in his new documentary... Comedians John Early and Kate Berlant recommend three classic tales of the quest for Hollywood immortality... Plus, the history of paper money, a molasses-inspired cocktail, the Southern delights of pimento cheese, and more!
Holy Tuesday, it's an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast. This time, Brendan and Rico are in the studio together -- a rare event! In this special, you'll hear an icebreaker from the Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay that didn't make it to air. Also, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins -- who is up for TWO Academy Awards -- reveals why our theme song band, The Sea and Cake, makes him nostalgic for his college years. Plus, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and Rico compare Faces (and Small Faces), Brendan and Rico debate adult "Harry Potter" fandom, and more.