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388: Alison Brie GLOWs, Samin Nosrat on acid, & more

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How Alison Brie body-slammed her way to a role in “GLOW”… Cook and author Samin Nosrat explains why Iranians are the best hosts ever… Beth Ditto serves up a party soundtrack — and great gravy… Giancarlo Esposito (“Better Call Saul”) gives us the silent treatment… a detailed discussion on Piet Mondrian (the guy who painted the squares). Plus, a Kentucky town’s pit-bull politician, a record-smashing cocktail, and more!


An Attempted Demolition of Disco

A History Lesson With Booze ®

This week back in 1979, Chicago rock DJ Steve Dahl took revenge on the disco craze by holding a massive disco bash – literally.


Beth Ditto DJs a Potluck Party Worthy of Great Gravy

Soundtrack

Beth Ditto made a name for herself as the lead singer of indie-rock group Gossip, and her standout voice has been compared to Janis Joplin and Etta James. Her debut solo album "Fake Sugar" is available now. She spins us a playlist of songs by Cat Power, Nina Simone and more to go with grits and perfect potatoes.


Alison Brie Gets Slammed to the Mat on 'GLOW'

Guest of Honor

Actor Alison Brie played Pete Campbell's long-suffering wife Trudy on the hit drama "Mad Men," and straight-laced Annie Edison on the cult sitcom "Community." But this month, she takes on a very different starring role in the Netflix series "GLOW." Find out why the actor cried after nabbing the lead role, why having women in charge changed the tone of the set, and more.


Samin Nosrat Convinces Us to Go to Therapy

Etiquette

Celebrated chef and cooking teacher Samin Nosrat's first-ever fine dining meal was at the famed restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Almost immediately thereafter, Samin dropped everything to work there. That led her to develop a whole new way of cooking, which she teaches in her new book, "Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat." She digs a little into the acid element, before helping our listeners let go in the kitchen and more.


Giancarlo Esposito Channels a Murderous Mindset

Interview

Giancarlo Esposito is one of the most celebrated character actors in America. He's recently starred in not one but THREE TV shows: As the fiery pastor on "The Get Down." As the Narrator of the Netflix show "Dear White People." And, of course, as the murderous criminal genius Gus Fring on "Better Call Saul" and "Breaking Bad." Listen as the actor digs deep into one of his most iconic roles and reflects on his work in "Bob Roberts" and "Do the Right Thing."


Piet Mondrian: Genius Modernist and Party Animal

Chattering Class

The Hague's Gemeentemuseum has the world's largest collection of paintings by modernist master Piet Mondrian — and this month, for the first time ever, they put them all on display. Listen as Rico visits the museum and gets schooled on the life and work of the surprisingly hard-partying artist.