Eavesdropping


When Mozart Met His Teeny Tiny Feathered Match

In each chapter of her book "Animals Strike Curious Poses," Elena Passarello tells a different true story about an animal that made its mark on history. In the audio above, she reads from a chapter called "Vogel Staar" co-starring a young Mozart... and a musically inclined starling.


Jason Jones Relives the Terrors of Moving to New York City

Jason Jones was a correspondent for "The Daily Show." Now, he plays the patriarch of the Parker family on the TBS comedy "The Detour." He tells a tale of how one misheard letter almost led to an unexpected visit from a lady of the night.


Sam Richardson Gains Confidence Through a Bad Joke

Comedian and actor Sam Richardson has become a standout on HBO's "VEEP" as a White House staffer who "fails up" better than anyone in history. Sam also stars in the new series Comedy Central series "Detroiters" with "Saturday Night Live" alum Tim Robinson. The show is about two best friends trying to eke out a living in advertising in the Motor City. In the audio above, Sam shares a tale about another best friend... or is he?


Baron Vaughn Teaches us the Meaning of ‘Oi!’

Standup comic Baron Vaughn is known for his breakneck absurdity and a voice built for impressions. He's also co-hosted a movie podcast with Leonard Maltin, and he acted alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in Netflix's "Grace & Frankie." Listen to him tell a tale the mysterious human embodiment of a British phrase.


Nora McInerny Recalls Living Life in the Face of Death

In 2014, writer Nora McInerny had a year like few others: she miscarried a child, then lost her father and her husband to cancer. Those tragedies are the jumping off point for her new podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking," a show about talking honestly -- and with humor, too -- about the painful things in life. Nora shares a story from her recent memoir in the audio above.


Hasan Minhaj Makes a Lofty Proposal

As Senior Correspondent for "The Daily Show," Hasan Minhaj spends his days skewering the political theater. But he's also doing theater of his own. His autobiographical stage show "Homecoming King" opened off-Broadway last fall, and it's now touring the country. In the audio above, he shares a tale he didn't work into that show... about the best -- and most stressed -- day of his life.


Jade Chang Shares a Riches-to-Rags Story

L.A. author Jade Chang's novel "The Wangs Vs. the World" appears on just about every list of the fall's most anticipated books. Jade reads an excerpt, which was edited for time (and for some very salty language). Get a taste of the full (uncensored) flavor in this excerpt from a chapter of the book when you click the link above.