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Episode 269: Mel Brooks, Greta Gerwig, and AC Newman

Encore Broadcast: Comedy legend Mel Brooks reanimates "Young Frankenstein" then offers priceless etiquette advice (warning: may include death threats, flatulence, gallows humor, and uncontrollable laughter)... Actress Greta Gerwig ("Frances Ha" and "Mistress America") tries a love story on for size... AC Newman of indie rock super-group The New Pornographers spins a party soundtrack that's so cool, it'll annoy you... The one and only "Cat Cafe" in North America (no, you do not eat the cats)... The science of "nose-blindness"... We toast Emma Nutt, the first female switchboard operator in history. And music from your new (old) grrlfriends Ex Hex.


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The 2015 Icebreaker Episode

Witness the 2015 all-joke extravaganza! Per DPD tradition, we've crammed a year's worth of so-bad-they're-good icebreakers into one nifty little package. You'll hear enough lightbulb-changing jokes to last you a lifetime, along with witty one-liners and groaners, from guests including Adam Scott, Marion Cotillard, Joe Manganiello, Tracee Ellis Ross, Oscar the Grouch, Jenny Slate, David Duchovny, Nick Kroll, Fran Drescher, Rivers Cuomo, and more. EYES WILL ROLL. Enjoy!


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Speakeasy Special #3

"Speakeasy #3" is here! It's our special podcast where we share behind-the-scenes bits and never-before-heard snippets that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. In our newest installment, Jason Schwartzman and Adam Scott talk power bar problems, Al Pacino invites Brendan on a play date in NYC, and Jason Segel "freaks" out (in the most charming way possible). Plus, rocker Courtney Barnett gets real about encores and Diablo Cody professes her love for her imaginary boyfriend


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Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

Encore Broadcast: Ethan Hawke's intimate portrait of an artist... The ladies of "Broad City" riff on their fave BFFs... Newly-minted *novelist* David Duchovny sees a baby wolf and flees... Troubadour Vetiver serenades our party with the sounds of Brazil... One modern man's quest to find Atlantis... An artist types his way through the canon... And we toast a time when radio made major waves.


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Episode 315: Jason Segel, Diablo Cody, and Three Cool Cats

This week: Actor Jason Segel turns over a new leaf, as David Foster Wallace, in the biopic "The End of the Tour"... Etiquette (and karaoke) tips from rock star writer Diablo Cody ("Ricki and the Flash")... Bobcat Goldthwait remembers Barry Crimmins, the man who brought conscience (and anger) to comedy... A taste of haute cuisine baby food, courtesy of the novel "The Kitchens of the Great Midwest"...Breakout musician Thundercat adds some crazy to the party...Plus: incendiary stoplights, magnetic moss, and more!


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Episode 314: Abigail Spencer, Riki Lindhome, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths -- and roots -- of TV's "Rectify" ... Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new parody series "Another Period," gives real talk to Lolitas and 'Downton' divas ...Rico hops off-menu to try Oaxacan pickled bread a.k.a. "Piedrazos"...A most absurd list, from the masterminds of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"...The cool history of air conditioning ...And more.


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Episode 313: Liev Schreiber, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mark Ronson

On this week's show: Liev Schreiber, star of the hit hit-man series "Ray Donovan," brings stories of his dog days... A follow-up documentary from Oscar nominee Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing") looks into the eyes of mass murderers... Mega-producer Mark Ronson DJs our dinner party, gets us out of our seats... A requiem for summer, and siblinghood, from writer Amelia Gray... Brendan visits an Austrian "imbiss" shack -- a sort of meat-and-greet... And the Posts let us eat cake (and sleep at work). Plus: the birth of Bugs Bunny, the garbage robots on the horizon, and the vegan you don't want to meet at a party.


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Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

Encore Broadcast: Actor Oscar Isaac ("Ex Machina," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") isn't bullish on 'the future' (but his is bright)... Fran Drescher and her dog laugh in the face of our etiquette questions... The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne turns our party into a Lynch-ian dreamscape... Mary Norris, copy editor at the New Yorker, shares a love note from her literary crush... Dutch Crunch and NorCal cuisine find a home in Brooklyn... A striking discovery inspires a brilliant cocktail...Cats wearing headphone, and more!


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Episode 312: Tim and Eric, Juan Felipe Herrera, UnREALity TV

This week: Comedy duo Tim and Eric get into the Etiquette Zone... New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wears many hats, counts many lizard tails... An "UnREAL" new show skewers reality TV... Debut novelist Naomi Jackson links Brooklyn and Barbados...The best form-breaking talk shows, handpicked by comedian Chris Gethard ("The Chris Gethard Show")... And we browse menus, through the centuries. Plus, the history of the typewriter, Medieval egg throwing, and Neil Young, howling at the moon!


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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