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Episode 271: Bill Hader, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Betty Halbreich

Actor Bill Hader shows off his drama schooling … Bergdorf's Betty Halbreich dresses down America, while endorsing wearing hats on your face ... Biographer Mark Whitaker reflects on Bill Cosby's comedy and complicated identity ... Alt-country musician MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger crafts a party playlist for introverts ... Marlon James' novel imagines an intimate peek into the life of Bob Marley ... Would you pay for a restaurant reservation? Rico gets in (somehow) to L.A. hot-spot Bestia for some table talk ... Smells and the City with The Paris Review's Sadie Stein ... The botched roll-out of the Vietnam draft lottery ... Math for poets ... And some 'Pom Pom' pop (pop) ...

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Episode 270: James McAvoy, Jon Favreau, and Emma Straub

This week: Actor James McAvoy (of "X Men" and "Filth") flies the Scottish flag ... Writer-director Jon Favreau cooks up a foodie film ... Top author of the summer Emma Straub keeps the vacation going forever ... Indie pop duo Sylvan Esso score your next brat barbecue ... The one time when you want food to stain your clothes (it's art!)... Globetrotting comedy writer Kristin Newman does etiquette, for all nations ... A drink for America's first speeding ticket victim ... And more.

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Episode 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

This week: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates "Young Frankenstein" then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death threats, flatulence, gallows humor, and uncontrollable laughter)... Actress Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha") tries a love story on for size... AC Newman of indie rock super-group The New Pornographers spins a party soundtrack that's so cool, it'll annoy you... The one and only 'Cat Cafe' in North America (no, you do not eat the cats)... The science of "nose-blindness"... We toast Emma Nutt, the first female switchboard operator in history. And music from your new (old) grrlfriends Ex Hex.

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Episode 268: Daniel Radcliffe, Benjamin Booker, and ‘The Narcissist Next Door’

Actor Daniel Radcliffe's favorite language ... NOLA rocker Benjamin Booker's wild party ... The era when your granddad's music was super-rebellious ... Emily Post-approved place-settings for palaces (and regular restaurants) ... Novelist Edan Lepucki's arty darkness in the California sun ... Hula hooping to outer space ... Cronuts, ramen burgers, donnolis, and the future of fusion foods ... Katy Perry's kindergarten couture ... And how to handle the narcissist next door.

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