371: Ava DuVernay, Steve Jones, Pancake Cheesesteak

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.

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370: Mike Mills, Weyes Blood, the Crazy Cat Behind ‘Krazy Kat’

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.

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Best of 2016: Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro, Jamila Woods

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 salteƱas, Sam Heughan spacing out, and etiquette tips from an all-star crew including Norm Macdonald, Cameron Diaz, Maria Bamford, and Jessica Williams.

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The 2016 Holiday Special: Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, Alton Brown, Nick Offerman

Zooey Deschanel and M Ward of the band She & Him suggest some holiday music deep cuts, for the sun and the snow... Alton Brown waxes poetic about eggnog, before serving up etiquette advice... "Parks and Rec" alum Nick Offerman breaks down his Oscar-worthy YuleLog video (that's just him sipping whiskey for 45 minutes)... Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson stuffs our stocking with unconventional holiday movies... And listeners chime in with tales of the WORST gifts ever. Plus: merry musings from Brendan and Rico, a generous helping of holiday history, and more!

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