Giancarlo Esposito is one of the most celebrated character actors in America. He's recently starred in not one but THREE TV shows: As the fiery pastor on "The Get Down." As the Narrator of the Netflix show "Dear White People." And, of course, as the murderous criminal genius Gus Fring on "Better Call Saul" and "Breaking Bad." Listen as the actor digs deep into one of his most iconic roles and reflects on his work in "Bob Roberts" and "Do the Right Thing."
Millions of listeners tune in to hear Charlamagne co-host the nationally syndicated radio show "The Breakfast Club." He's known for his long, sometimes combative interviews with everyone from Kanye West to Hillary Clinton. Now, he's available in book form. Before answering our listeners' etiquette questions about competitive gym bunnies, he explained his ideas behind the title of the book, his "F" Your Dreams principle, and more.
You may know Jordan as half of the comedy duo behind "Key & Peele," but his latest project has a totally different tone. It's a horror movie he wrote and directed called "Get Out." Hear our extended interview, where talks about his transition to writing and directing horror, making a serious exploration of racism, and his deep love of Disney.
You may know comedian Cristela Alonzo from her ABC comedy series "Cristela," but she initially got her start performing standup in her home state of Texas. Now, she's got a new comedy special launching January 24 on Netflix. It's called "Lower Classy," and before she tells our audience how to behave, we chat with her about New Kids on the Block day dreams and more.
Back in the '70s, Steve Jones and his band, Sex Pistols, lasted all of three years and put out a single album, but they helped turn punk from a fringe musical movement to a snarling, international phenomena and gave misfits everywhere anthems like, "Anarchy in the U.K." Before telling our audience how to behave in mosh pits, the musician stopped by to talk about why writing his autobiography felt like torture and explains his stance on the disputed origins of punk.
Last year, the "Parks and Recreation" star appeared in a viral parody of those classic Yule log videos. Instead of a crackling fireplace... it showed Nick sitting beside a fireplace serenely sipping Scotch. The comedian tells us why the job was a dream come true and how it all came together.
Alton Brown's Peabody-winning show "Good Eats" took us down fascinating wormholes in the food universe, weaving in science and history and humor. He's got a new book out that includes a recipe for "lacquered bacon." Learn what exactly that is and learn why you should be aging your eggnog.
As a homeschooled, pop-culture-obsessed 17-year-old, Caitlin Moran landed a gig writing columns for the Times in the U.K. Twenty-odd years later, she's racked up a ton of awards for these frank and funny pieces. Her new book, "Moranifesto," collects her favorite recent writings and before turning to our audience’s etiquette questions, she shared her methods for improving the world (hint: saunas) and maintaining an optimistic outlook in dark times.
In 2000, Anthony Bourdain's best-selling memoir, "Kitchen Confidential," gave readers what was then a shocking glimpse at the difficult, dangerous and sometimes hedonistic lives of restaurant kitchen workers. He's also won a Peabody and three Emmys in a row for his current CNN travel show, "Parts Unknown." Bourdain's new cookbook -- co-written with Laurie Woolever -- is called "Appetites." He explains how working with his daughter in the kitchen help shaped the recipes and tells us how the culinary world has changed since "Kitchen Confidential."
Normally during Small Talk, we have a newshound share their favorite under-the-radar story. For our show at the Now Hear This podcast festival, we welcomed to the stage one of the most delightful bomb-throwers in Southern California journalism -- Gustavo Arellano. He's the publisher and editor of the OC Weekly. He breaks down the trend of “Columbusing” in the culinary world, before explaining why that “door close” elevator button is just for your mental health.