This week: “Short Term 12” star Brie Larson fears oranges & lobsters… Baz Luhrmann talks movie music from Bee Gees to Gatsby… author Juan Gabriel Vásquez shares a story of narco-trafficking and lost hippos… A Jimmy Buffet song brings indie band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr to tears… We learn about the real-life divas who inspired Melba Toast and Fettuccine Alfredo… and Emily Post’s great-great grandkids offer etiquette for present and future. Plus: The history of the cold war hot line, and we learn tardiness is a medical condition.
The medical community has a new diagnosis: Chronic Lateness
Cold War communiques between Washington and Moscow were dangerously slow. Leaders agreed to establish a "hot line" - but it wasn't the famous red phone you've heard about.
Detroit indie-popsters Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr give us a playlist designed to stimulate conversation - and cleanliness.
Brie Larson has packed a lot of career into the last few years. Her newest project, "Short Term 12," is a challenging drama - which is also occasionally very funny - but she would prefer to talk about the Renaissance, okay? That or how lobsters are now eating each other.
Juan Gabriel Vasquez's new novel, "The Sound of Things Falling," sets a noirish investigation into a mysterious figure amid the darkness of Columbia's notorious drug trade.
Stacy Conradt recently researched a number of popular food items named after real people - be they the dish's inventor or inspiration.
Lizzie Post and Daniel Post-Senning are always on the cutting-edge of etiquette. While issues of "biotech-tiquette" might still be a few years away from the mainstream, they are also up to answer modern-day questions, from online dating to old-fashioned wedding invitations.
Baz Luhrmann was perfecting the soundtrack of his life years before he created the acclaimed soundtracks for his movies. We talked to him about the role of music in film, and about his Bowie-influenced eclecticism.
A list of tracks in this week's show.