Kristen Bell as Jeannie Van Der Hooven in House of Lies (Season 4, Gallery). - Photo:  Brian Bowen Smith/SHOWTIME

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.


364: Davy Rothbart, Annabelle Gurwitch, Gustavo Arellano, Demi Adejuyigbe

This week, it's a special podcast episode taped LIVE at the Now Hear This podcast festival! Davy Rothbart, host of the acclaimed "Found" podcast, tells us about heart-warming root canals... "Gilmore Guys" co-host Demi Adejuyigbe tries to convert Brendan and Rico into, well, "Gilmore Guys"... The OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano pushes buttons left and right... And humorist Annabelle Gurwitch pities a certain Egyptian princess, before leading our illustrious etiquette panel.

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363: Nick Offerman, Emily Witt, Rick Astley

"Parks and Rec" alum Nick Offerman carves out his own niche, solves problems with bear hugs... Singer and godfather-of-memes Rick Astley lists some alternatives to his beloved "Rick-roll"... Journalist Emily Witt ponders sex and love in the 21st century... And "Daily Show" correspondent Hasan Minhaj makes a lofty proposal! Plus: drooling drummers, a cold war close call (with a nerve-settling cocktail), and sous vide fast food.


362: The 2016 All-Book Episode

It's a very special all-book show! Featuring etiquette tips from "Eat, Pray, Love" author Elizabeth Gilbert... A lesson on tribal society with "The Perfect Storm" writer Sebastian Junger... Man Booker prize recipient Marlon James confronts his bullies in drag... Israeli novelist Etgar Keret welcomes a newborn amidst a terrorist attack... Illustrator Molly Crabapple talks about her time in the "naked girl business." Plus: We hear from not one, but two(!) poet laureates, listeners invite a literary character to dinner, small talk about a single-item bookstore, and a QWERTY-inspired cocktail.


349: Barney Frank, Anna Chlumsky, Hailu Mergia

Encore Broadcast: This week, it's a special edition of the DPD, taped in front of a D.C.-area crowd! Think of it as a political party: Former congressman Barney Frank pines for pragmatism and left-(handed) progress... Anna Chlumsky of HBO's "VEEP" swears she can leave her character's quirks on-set... Local keyboard legend Hailu Mergia, once a part of Ethiopia's jazz scene, tells us his incredible story and then plays us out... And we talk Martinis (and Martinezes) with D.C.'s bartender-in-chief Derek Brown. Plus, the man behind the President's "Between Two Ferns" appearance, some crooked Nixon humor, and more!

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361: Kelly Reichardt, Kevin Hart, Chris Thile

Critically-acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt chats about her new film "Certain Women"... The hilarious Kevin Hart brings his kids to work... Grammy-winner and newly-minted "Prairie Home Companion" host Chris Thile spins us a soundtrack... Comedian Kyle Kinane unwinds with some conspiracy theories... Etiquette experts the Posts help us deal with unskilled Uber drivers... Plus: Growing food amidst LA's continuing drought, a donut delivery man in disguise, we paint the town red with an unruly cocktail, and more!

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360: Rebecca Hall, Jane Lynch, How To Dress Well

Actor Rebecca Hall - star of the new film "Christine" - demonstrates her range (from Shakespeare to Bjork!)... The always gleeful Jane Lynch brings an alter ego to therapy and gives us etiquette advice... Electro-pop maestro Tom Krell, a.k.a. How to Dress Well, DJs your dinner party ... Novelist Jade Chang shares a riches-to-rags story of an immigrant who wants to emigrate... Plus, the underground Bolivian Llama Party, how you may be left-footed, the innovative origins of "I Love Lucy," and more!

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359: Seth Meyers, Maureen Dowd, Eric Andre, Phoebe Robinson

Seth Meyers dishes about working his "Late Night" gig (and not about "Saturday Night Live!")... Pretend talk show host Eric Andre lists his favorite train wreck interviews... Comedian Phoebe Robinson teaches us how to avoid being the black friend... New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd gives us etiquette advice and describes what happens when Donald Trump calls you crazy... Plus, Indonesian food in Amsterdam, foul play at Wrigley field, pumpkin lies, and more!


Debate Party Download “InstaPod!” Feat. Maureen Dowd

Surprise! It's our first-ever extra-special-INSTA-pod! Normally, we help you win your dinner parties, but today we're going to help you win your DEBATE party. We chatted with New York Times Op-Ed columnist Maureen Dowd for "etiquette" (tune in for her full chat on Friday), but we couldn't resist also asking her about her thoughts on tonight's presidential debate and what you should watch out for. According to Maureen, the debate pits the "king of winging it" against the "queen of homework." Listen, learn, and prepare for those bingo cards...


Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

Encore Broadcast: It's a special "ALL-TV" Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" smiles into the void... T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)... "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer... TV mastermind Norman Lear reminisces about the birth of the medium..."The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi tells us a thriller-ing story.. And listeners chime in with their favorite TV theme songs. The revolution will be televised...or, you know, streamed.