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Episode 262: Scarlett Johansson, Billy Eichner, and Slint

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attends 'Her' Premiere during The 8th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on November 10, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol’ blue eyes and earthly aliens … Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets … We catch up with 90’s alt stars Slint … A baseball game everyone wanted to lose … A terrifying rabbit, brought to you by UCB co-founder Matt Walsh … Uncovering Uzbek cuisine … And, check your chins, we might be at Peak Beard.


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“A Well-Dressed Gator” – Lance Bangs

Icebreaker


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The Fuzzy Science of 'Peak Beard'

Small Talk

Beards have become so popular in contemporary fashion that a study shows we may have hit Peak Beard - the tipping point when clean-shaven stands out as rare and attractive.


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32 Innings of Cold, Unpleasant Baseball

A History Lesson With Booze

In 1981, the longest professional baseball game in history played out - for eight hours on a freezing Rhode Island night.


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An Easter Bunny that Will Haunt Your Dreams

Eavesdropping

In an attempt to recreate a sweet tradition started by his father, Matt Walsh accidentally terrifies his child, ruins the Easter Bunny, and nearly breaks a window.


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Scarlett Johansson's Golden Age

Guest of Honor

Scarlett Johansson on grit, glamour, and punching the nicest man in Hollywood in the face.


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The Exotic-Yet-Familiar Fusion of Uzbek Cuisine

Main Course

Uzbek cuisine has yet to break through in the US - but it might be on the cusp, blending Silk Road flavors into soulful dishes.


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Billy Eichner's Advice from the Street

Etiquette

On comedian Billy Eichner's show, "Billy on the Street," he grabs random New Yorkers, shoves a microphone in their face, and yells questions. We figured it was time he answer a few, behind our microphone.


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Slint's Trail from Obscure to Essential

Chattering Class

In 1991, Slint released their second record - and then almost immediately disappeared. The band never reached mainstream success, but their swan song influenced a generation of musicians and remains an underground classic. Rico talks with drummer Britt Walford and with filmmaker Lance Bangs, whose Slint documentary is in theaters (and a new box set) now.


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