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Episode 311: Joe Manganiello, Devendra Banhart, Joy Williams

This week: "Magic Mike" star Joe Manganiello strips away our bad etiquette habits... Artist-musician Devendra Banhart ruminates on art, ritual, and everlasting honey... Grammy-winner Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) shares a party soundtrack, direct from her Nashville "Night Circus"...The pros and cons of dining with dogs... Nina Simone gets a close-up, from acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus... Writer Rebecca Makkai asks, what if Bach were one of us? (and we wanted to date him). Plus! Epic pie fights, the saxophone's humble beginnings, and a throwback Will Smith icebreaker


Al Pacino attends 'The Humbling' premiere during the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2014 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

This week: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth... Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy "The Overnight," pass our etiquette pop(corn) quiz... Precocious singer Flo Morrissey fashions a soundtrack for lovers, dreamers, and an international man of mystery... The highlights (and lowlights) of redheadedness, through history... We toast baseball's first female umpire... Filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (of the Sundance sensation "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," now in theaters) tells of his wild reversal of fortune. And more!


Paul Dano attends the 'Youth' Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

On this week's show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy...The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk of models, lost underwear, and a stolen microwave... Crystal Moselle reflects on her unique new documentary, "The Wolfpack," an extreme case of pop culture-as-parent... Alexis Taylor of the band Hot Chip serves up a synthy, soulful playlist, while wearing his heart on his (vinyl) sleeve... And Israeli writer Etgar Keret delivers a darkly funny new memoir, with an assist from "Girls" guy Alex Karpovsky. Plus, Ernest Hemingway's sloppy joe infatuation, selfie art, and more.


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Episode 308: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

Encore Broadcast: Marion Cotillard shines a light ... Kenny G goes Brazilian ... The challenges and rewards of working with a spouse ... How what we feel affects our feelings ... A totes fake resto ... A picky bit of history ... Corin Tucker calls ... Kelly Link's story of an unusual relationship ... New tune from Mikal Cronin ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!


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Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

On this week's show: Alison Bechdel -- whose graphic memoir "Fun Home" is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical -- tells us how she gets comfy, with her life on stage... "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk schools us in prank-ology, to celebrate his new sequel... The Posts tackle some especially hairy etiquette hang-ups... We tune into an avant-garde-tinged soundtrack, courtesy of French songstress Colleen... 2015 ballpark cuisine - from nachos-on-a-stick to pulled pork parfait. Plus, the surprisingly continental history of blue jeans, a library you can't visit for 100 years, and lots more.


Michael Ian Black attends the 15th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

Episode 306: Michael Ian Black, Angel Olsen, Marlon James, Lizzo

This week, it's a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Comedian Michael Ian Black comes bearing terrible casseroles and terribly funny etiquette advice... Rocker Angel Olsen plays the lights out... Acclaimed novelist Marlon James remembers the time when his inner diva took center-stage, then introduces us to Jamaican geek subcultures... We connect the dots in the history of Twister - a game once derided as "sex in a box"... And hip-hop phenom Lizzo closes the show with an anthem of self-acceptance.


Chris Stein and Deborah Harry attend the Harpers Bazaar Women of the Year awards at Claridge's Hotel on November 4, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Episode 305: Blondie, Oscar the Grouch, Thomas Vinterberg

This week: The band Blondie talks mod style and hoarding habits... Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg ponders the vicissitudes of fate - and then yodels... Oscar the Grouch deigns to give us etiquette advice (DON'T thank him for it)... Comedian Maz Jobrani gets his dream gig, with a nightmarish caveat... We digest some Knish Knowledge... British band Public Service Broadcasting deejays the loneliest dinner party in the world ... Plus: canes with eyes, riots over Shakespeare, and Muppet humor.


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Speakeasy Special #2: Remembering Chris Burden

Today we bring you the second installment of "Speakeasy," an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. In this edition, Rico and Brendan talk about conceptual artist Chris Burden, who died this Sunday at the age of 69.


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Episode 304: Mike Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Encore Broadcast: Filmmaker Mike Leigh talks about crop circles (yes, those crop circles) ... Actor Gina Rodriguez explains how "Breaking Bad" is crazier than a telenovela ... What we can learn about dictators from thier food obsessions ... A replay of the history of the replay ... Joseph Gordon-Levitt on art outside the Hollywood machine ... Lambs on the run ... And we read Dick Cavett's new book, even though he thinks that's kind of naive.


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Episode 303: Amy Schumer, Cokie Roberts, Kurt Cobain in His Own Words

This week: Peabody Award-winning comedian Amy Schumer talks on the wild side... NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts celebrates our female forebears, then offers some civil advice ... A new documentary is at home with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain... Improv wizard and general smartypants Greg Proops challenges three brains to a battle... Nashville's hot chicken lives up to its name... Writer Heidi Julavits lets us snoop on her diary...We toast the mysterious "Elise" behind Beethoven's iconic composition... And lots more!