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371: Ava DuVernay, Steve Jones, Pancake Cheesesteak

Ava DuVernay unpacks the issues at play in her searing documentary, "13th," then reveals the cheeseball '80s movie that's her true fave... Legendary Sex Pistol Steve Jones tells you when it's OK to steal from your opening act... Indie band Whitney gives a retro playlist that'll raise the roof... Comedian Baron Vaughn meets a turn-of-phrase... And Brendan finds out what you get when you cross a cheesesteak with a pancake (hint: not cheesecake!). Plus, the history of FM radio, hip(pie) humor, and a drug that'll give dentists a run for their money.

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370: Mike Mills, Weyes Blood, the Crazy Cat Behind ‘Krazy Kat’

Filmmaker Mike Mills celebrates his mom and other "20th Century Women"... Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering a.k.a. Weyes Blood takes us to the opera (inside her tiny apartment)... The Posts bring etiquette gifts that never expire...We learn about the secret that brilliant cartoonist George Herriman ("Krazy Kat") kept 'til his death... Rico samples guarapo, Cuba's signature street beverage... And we look back at the time when a giant wave of molasses hit north Boston. Plus, beer's musical notes, a little good shroom-er, and a newly-remastered track from the late Elliott Smith.


Best of 2016: Saoirse Ronan, Guillermo del Toro, Jamila Woods

We look back at our favorite moments of 2016! Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro professes his love for insects and imperfections... Actor Saoirse Ronan pronounces Brendan's name correctly... Mya Taylor (star of "Tangerine" and winner of DPD's "NOTscar") finds home on the range ... We toast the high-flying, history-making exploits of Bessie Coleman, the first black female pilot... Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of TV's "Fleabag," shows off her performing chops (and something else) ... And rising R&B star Jamila Woods provides a funky playlist for your next outdoor, overnight hangout! Also on the menu: Bolivian salteñas, Sam Heughan spacing out, and etiquette tips from an all-star crew including Norm Macdonald, Cameron Diaz, Maria Bamford, and Jessica Williams.


The 2016 Holiday Special: Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward, Alton Brown, Nick Offerman

Zooey Deschanel and M Ward of the band She & Him suggest some holiday music deep cuts, for the sun and the snow... Alton Brown waxes poetic about eggnog, before serving up etiquette advice... "Parks and Rec" alum Nick Offerman breaks down his Oscar-worthy YuleLog video (that's just him sipping whiskey for 45 minutes)... Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson stuffs our stocking with unconventional holiday movies... And listeners chime in with tales of the WORST gifts ever. Plus: merry musings from Brendan and Rico, a generous helping of holiday history, and more!


367: Barry Jenkins, Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Dacus

Filmmaker Barry Jenkins finds magic in "Moonlight"...Actor Gael Garcia Bernal waxes poetic about art and "Neruda"...U.K. wit Caitlin Moran proposes steam baths for politicians and onesies FOR ALL... Folk phenom Lucy Dacus spins us a soundtrack built for living rooms and river beds. Plus: Jedi poetry, "Surfy Christmas," and tiny Jane Austens.

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Speakeasy Special: Anthony Bourdain, Jamila Woods, Rick Astley

Ta-da! It’s an all-new episode of our impromptu Speakeasy podcasts. This time, Rico and Brendan reflect on their recent trip to Cuba (be sure to check out photos here). Plus, you’ll hear a few bonus pieces of audio not included in full episodes! Rick Astley tells us how his daughter helped him cope with becoming a meme, Anthony Bourdain talks about the contradictions inherent in his hero Hunter S. Thompson, and poet-singer Jamila Woods recommends a gorgeous song that’s part-Disney dream, part wake-up call.


DPD Holiday Special Special: Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Fran Lebowitz, Macklemore

It's one of our favorite (holiday) episodes: Hip-hop legend Darryl "DMC" McDaniels riffs on his mega-hit "Christmas in Hollis"... TV's "Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver injects some health into our holiday menu (okay, some butter remains)... Humorist Fran Lebowitz cuts through holiday sap with tart advice... Macklemore & Ryan Lewis craft a Yuletide playlist, featuring your crazy Uncle Larry... Plus, Santa's whereabouts during the Iranian Revolution ,and re-remember holiday movies good and bad: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" and the infamous "Star Wars Holiday Special."

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366: Anthony Bourdain, Mackenzie Davis, Kurt Wagner

Celebrated chef Anthony Bourdain gets tough and tender in our etiquette segment... Breakout actor Mackenzie Davis (TV's "Halt and Catch Fire," the new film "Always Shine") opts for reality over (manic pixie) dreams... Kurt Wagner, frontman of Nashville band Lambchop, turns back the clock with his party soundtrack...Iconic silver screen rebel Toshiro Mifune gets a new close-up...And Nora McInerny, host of the new podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking," travels through time and tragedy, with comedy. Plus, sinister smog, verboten leftovers, and maybe the most tongue-tied joke in DPD history.


The 2016 All-Food Show

It's a week of feasting, which means it's time for our special All-Food Show! Star chef Roy Choi reinvents fast food, in the heart of Watts... Comedian Jim Gaffigan advises you to pack your kids' lunch with pub fare... Nahnatchka Khan, showrunner for TV's "Fresh Off the Boat," thanks her Dad for drive-thru laughs...Marlon Brando orders room service... And musician Fantastic Negrito builds a playlist that's good for your soul AND your kidneys. Plus, the man and myth behind the donut (as we know it), knish knowledge, soup jou mou, and more!

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Episode 354: Kristen Bell, Sharon Jones, Junius Meyvant

Encore Broadcast: We revisit our conversation with the late great soul singer Sharon Jones… “Bad Moms” star Kristen Bell entertains our emoji etiquette questions… Comedian Josh Gondelman celebrates his Sublime relationship… Icelandic musician Junius Meyvant DJs your dinner party… Author Charles Russo teaches us about Bruce Lee’s early days… Plus, the robots that wrote the world’s scariest movie, the most popular fake student at a real university, a deceptive cocktail, and more.