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Episode 289: Frank Gehry, Miranda July, Dame Edna

This week: A musical peek into Frank Gehry's house ... Dame Edna delivers 'glorious' advice ... Miranda July builds a system ... The children raised amid resource extraction ... Adding butter to coffee to make it 'Bulletproof' ...Natalie Prass curates a list of sisters and goddesses ... and a case of déjà vu (déjà vu)


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Episode 288: Nick Kroll, Laura Poitras, Eddie Huang

This week: The filmmaker who documented Edward Snowden (but didn't decorate his hotel room) ... Comedian Nick Kroll goes in search of the weirdest voices in America ... Chef and author Eddie Huang tries to bring authenticity to a network sitcom ... Kolache pastries heat up ... An opera star shares moments when music made the movie ... Lionfish on the prowl ... The luck of the Lucas Gusher ... and a brassy new number from super-producer Mark Ronson.


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Episode 287: J.C. Chandor, Mark Duplass, Twerps

This week: Actor-writer-director Mark Duplass on brotherly love - without eye-contact ... A spicy, south-of-the-border drink trend ... Filmmaker J.C. Chandor makes art inspired by tragedy ... FM radio is invented, and we're pretty grateful ... An ex-Aerosmith roadie/sailor/journalist settles down on an unlikely farm ... Aussie rockers Twerps turn up the volume ... Latin lessons from Panda Bear ... The West Virginia town without modern technology (because of modern technology) ... And a mammoth of a story from author Thomas Pierce.


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Episode 286: Best of 2014

We are kicking off 2015 by rounding-up some of our (and your!) favorite moments from 2014. Actor Jeffrey Tambor talks parenting -- in real life and television ... Grilled cheese sandwiches fall from the sky ... Anjelica Huston will not be forgotten ... A collection of all-star etiquette wisdom from Billy Eichner, Mel Brooks, Betty Halbreich, Justin Simien, and Annabelle Gurwitch ... Jessie Ware shows us some love ... Marlon James takes us to Jamaica, Bill Nye takes us to the stars, and Greta Gerwig jumps for joke-joy.


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Episode 285: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and Real Estate

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror... And Noah Strycker opens up his bird-brain. Plus, wild camels roaming Texas, the strangest cleanse ever, and Mac DeMarco's tuneful "Brother."


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Holiday Bonus: Frolic with Molly Ringwald and Friends

We're issuing you a holiday bonus — in the form of an extra podcast. We know, it's what you wanted most of all. So we've wrapped up the contents of our recent Holiday Frolic live event in Los Angeles. You'll hear an extended version of the B.J. Novak story and conversation from last week's broadcast, plus some podcast-exclusives: Etiquette (and sushi secrets) from Molly Ringwald and music from Moses Sumney and The Silver Lake Chorus.


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Episode 284: BJ Novak (live!), The Dukes of Hazzard, and Miriam Toews

A special fireside chat with writer-actor B.J. Novak, from our “Holiday Frolic” road show ... Also: Canadian author Miriam Toews' tale of two sisters... We tag along on "The Search for General Tso" ... The stars of classic 1970's “The Dukes of Hazzard” play holiday DJ for us ... Actor Joel Edgerton swims right into a punchline ... A reality show in the UAE crowns the "Prince of Poets" ... King C. Gillette's 1895 invention of the disposable razor and his against-the-grain politics ... Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning pop in bearing a sack full of etiquette tips for the nice and naughty ... And D’Angelo returns with "Black Messiah," his first release in fourteen years.


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Episode 283: Mike Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This week: 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 282: Michael Cera, Nick Hornby, and Viv Albertine

This week: How Michael Cera keeps the act alive ... Viv Albertine of The Slits on punk rock conformity ... Nick Hornby reveals his secret plans for "Wild II" ... Essayist Meghan Daum is not impressed by Cronuts ... Conor Oberst serves up an eclectic dinner party playlist ... Momo dumplings migrate from the Himalayas to Queens ... The first text message ever sent ... And how a cartoon mouse got involved in an art heist.


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Episode 281: All-Food Special 2014

To celebrate Thanksgiving (and, even better, leftovers!) it's our annual All Food Special. Featuring: Perfection on a sushi plate ... Hot, spicy, and festive horseradish ... Filmmaker Jim Jarmush gets corny ... Jimmy Buffet makes an indie rocker cry ... Trendy Filipino flavors ... Obsessive food Instagramming ... A glimpse inside a restaurant kitchen ... And the 'Delicious' life of Ruth Reichl.