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Debate Party Download “InstaPod!” Feat. Maureen Dowd

Surprise! It's our first-ever extra-special-INSTA-pod! Normally, we help you win your dinner parties, but today we're going to help you win your DEBATE party. We chatted with New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd for "etiquette" (tune in for her full chat on Friday), but we couldn't resist also asking her about her thoughts on tonight's presidential debate and what you should watch out for. According to Maureen, the debate pits the "king of winging it" against the "queen of homework." Listen, learn, and prepare for those bingo cards...


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Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

Encore Broadcast: It's a special "ALL-TV" Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" smiles into the void... T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)... "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer... TV mastermind Norman Lear reminisces about the birth of the medium..."The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi tells us a thriller-ing story.. And listeners chime in with their favorite TV theme songs. The revolution will be televised...or, you know, streamed.


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Episode 358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

"Ugly Betty" and "Superstore" star America Ferrera explains the "super" part of superstores... Comedian Norm Macdonald gives us etiquette advice and reveals why his new memoir, "Based on a True Story," is full of lies... Childstar-turned-writer Mara Wilson confronts the hereafter... Noise rock pioneer Lou Barlow celebrates soft rock with a soundtrack for your dinner party... Plus, the history of Play-Doh, a crimson cocktail, nanofish in your bloodstream, and more!


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Episode 357: Guillermo del Toro, Dave Barry, Jamila Woods

Visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth") celebrates bugs, monsters, and his FX Series "The Strain"... Comedian Dave Barry gives us etiquette advice and defends Florida... Actor Nicole Byer gets racially profiled by a child she babysits... Author Mark Greif lays out his case against exercise (and everything else)... rising R&B star Jamila Woods DJs your dinner party... Plus, "clean food," a real-life tale of time-shifting, a timeless twist on the Dark n' Stormy, and more!


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Episode 356: Craig Robinson, Angel Olsen, and Sake Karaoke

Actor Craig Robinson ("The Office") shows off his dramatic chops (and his German) in "Morris from America"... Phoebe Waller-Bridge-- star of Amazon's buzzy new series "Fleabag"-- pulls off the ultimate stage prank... Rocker Angel Olsen reflects on lost cities, found lovers, and songs worth preaching about... And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle assists in solving a REAL mystery -- which we celebrate with a custom tipple. Plus, the humble origins of sake, fall food (and restaurant bathroom!) trends from Bon Appetit, and tips on hotel tipping from the Posts.


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Episode 347: Colin Farrell, Maria Bamford, Frankie Cosmos

Encore Broadcast: Movie star Colin Farrell considers his new film, "The Lobster"... Comedian Maria Bamford channels her mother (and her mother's hairdresser) to give us etiquette advice... Writer and activist Lindy West stands up for Kermit the Frog... Musician Frankie Cosmos DJs your dinner/pajama party (no boys allowed!)... Writer and rocker John Doe regales us with stories of the early '80s punk scene in LA (X marks the spot)... Plus, hairy dead presidents, the lonely journey of the Gar-Barge, a trashy cocktail, and more!


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Episode 355: The 2016 All-Icebreaker Episode

It's time for our All-Icebreaker extravaganza! We've compiled a year's worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient package. Get your eyes ready to roll with these awesomely bad tiny tales of stuff walking into bars, bad trips to the doctor, and more, courtesy of guests like Ian McKellen, Cameron Diaz, Alice Cooper, Saoirse Ronan, Nicholas Hoult, Sam Heughan, Tatiana Maslany, and dozens more. Some are funny... most are not. But there are definitely a lot of them. Enjoy!


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Episode 326: Allison Janney, Norman Lear, John Mulaney

Encore Broadcast: Allison Janney, star of the CBS sitcom “Mom,” on the humor in life’s heavy stuff… Alan Palomo, better known as Neon Indian, DJs your bomb shelter dinner party (but you’ll have to bring your own food)…  Bon Appetit’s Adam Rapoport on how to pre-game for a food coma… The veteran producer behind “The Jeffersons” and “All in the Family,” Norman Lear, tells you how to behave… Up-and-coming comedy writer John Mulaney reveals the secret way to make him agree to anything… Plus, why scientists are studying the surface area of cats, one of France’s most peculiar battle strategies, and more!


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Speakeasy Special: Food Fight with Jim Gaffigan, ‘The Sporkful,’ and ‘Nerdette’

Surprise! It's an all-new edition of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast! This time, you'll hear a special treat from "The Sporkful"'s live event at Taste of Chicago: Brendan and Rico square off against Tricia Bobeda and Greta Johnsen, hosts of the "Nerdette" podcast, in a version of the newlywed game. Find out how well the guys know each other's idiosyncrasies after all these years. Then, drop in on a heated debate with comedian Jim Gaffigan about the WORST parts of a fruit salad. (Melon, right?) We've got a poll on our website so you can cast your vote, too. Tis the season!


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Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

Encore Broadcast: "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins... Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road," the new "Kill Your Friends") revels in a bit of depravity -- and a good fanny pack... "American Psycho" gets the Broadway treatment, from Tony winner Duncan Sheik... A portrait of Georgia O'Keefe as a young woman... A Chicago priest battles the "Polish Edison" over credit for the bulletproof vest... And the band Heron Oblivion transports us to a rustic seaside dinner party -- so rustic, in fact, that it's set in a chicken coop.