Musician Conor Oberst gives us a topography lesson … A new movie – and fail-safe flirting tips – from actor Griffin Dunne… ‘Freakonomics’ Stephen Dubner is your kryptonite …. Colson Whitehead becomes a gambling man … Inventing the futuristic fastener Velcro … Why bad words might be good for you … Annabelle Gurwitch finds lust in a hopeless place … And we inspect teff: a tiny grain with a huge upside.
An uncomfortable joke the author originally wrote for a twelve year old.
Studies suggest that swearing can have physiological benefits and help to ease pain and stress.
How an Alpine plant inspired the space-age 'zipperless zipper' we know as Velcro.
For his newest book, acclaimed author Colson Whitehead inserted himself deep into the world of high-stakes poker. He shares a list of poker inspirations from books and film.
The indie-folk musician behind Bright Eyes and other projects talks about music as a process of finding truth and coping with an overwhelming world.
Actress Annabelle Gurwitch reads an excerpt from her memoir, “I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50,” about needing a little help from a young man at the Apple Genius Bar.
Half of the bestselling "Freakonomics" duo applies behavioral economics to our listeners' etiquette dilemmas.
A new company is betting Ethiopia's staple grain -- tiny, tiny, Teff -- will catch on with gluten-freers in America... and in the process help Ethiopian farmers. Rico learns it makes pretty good pancakes, too.
Actor, director, and film producer Griffin Dunne talks about returning to the starring role after years behind the camera - and shares some secrets about his famous aunt, Joan Didion.
Music from this week's show.