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SXSW Speakeasy Special: RuPaul, Rachel Bloom, Adrianne Lenker

(Heads up: This week's episode features some *ahem* adult humor. It may not be suitable for young listeners.) Folks! It's an all-new Speakeasy Special. This time, Rico and Brendan are reporting from the South by South West festival in Austin, TX. Learn all about the good (and odd) food they dined on and new music acts they saw. Plus, unheard tidbits from our interviews with RuPaul and Rachel Bloom!


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377: Gillian Jacobs, Sam Richardson, Jay Som

Actor Gillian Jacobs shares her "Love" for her Netflix show and public radio... Comedian Sam Richardson finds a friend -- and his mojo -- at the edge of the world... Jay Som DJs a Halloween party (springtime be damned)... And Emily Post's scions bring tips on hotel tips. Plus, decrypting the Rorschach test, Norway's answer to comment trolls, and MARTINI Madness. Fill out your boozy brackets, y'all!


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376: Pete Holmes, Jordan Peele, Valerie June

Comedian Jordan Peele's hit horror film "Get Out" is a deadly serious exploration of racism...Pete Holmes used his divorce as inspiration for his new HBO comedy, "Crashing"...Nashville singer Valerie June throws a party at Elvis' house...Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen tackles issues of race, immigration, and identity...Plus, how the film, "Nosferatu," almost burned to crisp, a cocktail that will wake you from the dead, and running a marathon...with a bike?


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Dinner for One: Jordan Peele Reflects on the Real Horrors at the Heart of ‘Get Out’

This week, something a little different! We're giving you the first in an all-new series we're calling "Dinner for One" -- essentially, a single, almost unedited conversation with someone amazing. This time, comedy -- and now horror -- genius Jordan Peele chats with Rico about "Get Out," the new film he wrote and directed. The 'social thriller' tackles race head-on, with a totally different tone than a typical horror film. Plus, we've got an exclusive new trailer for an *ahem* absolute must-see movie. Cheers!


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375: Damien Chazelle, George Saunders, Rhiannon Giddens, Menu Mysteries

Director Damien Chazelle on his record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, and why he's attracted to art forms on their way to extinction... A New York Times editor reveals the elaborate accommodations for canine competitors at the Westminster Dog Show... Author George Saunders dishes out advice and reveals his *real* first novel... Musician Rhiannon Giddens picks a playlist for the perfect potluck... Plus, decoding menu mysteries and how John Harvey Kellogg invented corn flakes!


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374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in "Moana," and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping... "Nerdette" co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers... Rapper Kevin Abstract gives us a dinner party soundtrack for time travelers... Writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her favorite characters nostalgic for other eras... Plus, the fanciest way to eat beer for breakfast, the history of the Monopoly game, and the only Valentine's Day advice you need from an Emily Post descendant.


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373: Rachel Bloom, Steve Aoki, James Baldwin in His Own Words

"Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" star Rachel Bloom schools us in online stalking and making contemporary musicals... DJ Steve Aoki marries hardcore music with rap... "Marketplace" host Kai Ryssdal makes us all smarter... Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck pays tribute to the late, great James Baldwin in his new documentary... Comedians John Early and Kate Berlant recommend three classic tales of the quest for Hollywood immortality... Plus, the history of paper money, a molasses-inspired cocktail, the Southern delights of pimento cheese, and more!


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Speakeasy Special: Ava DuVernay, Barry Jenkins, Steve Jones

Holy Tuesday, it's an all-new episode of our off-the-cuff Speakeasy podcast. This time, Brendan and Rico are in the studio together -- a rare event! In this special, you'll hear an icebreaker from the Academy Award-nominated director Ava DuVernay that didn't make it to air. Also, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins -- who is up for TWO Academy Awards -- reveals why our theme song band, The Sea and Cake, makes him nostalgic for his college years. Plus, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and Rico compare Faces (and Small Faces), Brendan and Rico debate adult "Harry Potter" fandom, and more.


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358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

Encore Broadcast: "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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372: Brit Marling, Cristela Alonzo, Aravind Adiga

We talk life, (near-)death, and tree-climbing with "The OA" creator and star Brit Marling, then learn how she broke her nose making it... Comedian Cristela Alonzo gives us some "Lower Classy" advice... Booker Prize-winning novelist Aravind Adiga teaches us a thing or two about the sport of cricket... A medical breakthrough inspires a healthy tipple...And the documentary "Gleason" showcases the real struggles of living with ALS. Plus, Big Top puns, McDonald's disastrous Hula Burger, and how squirrels are secretly master hackers. (The truth is out...)