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Episode 155: The All-Movie Episode

This week, it’s our first ever ALL-MOVIE EPISODE – a blockbuster hour of our favorite film-centric interviews, starring John C. Reilly, Miranda July, Terry Gilliam and more: Val Kilmer plays Mark Twain playing an etiquette expert… Jackie Collins invites us to a Hollywood party… author Jonathan Lethem casts Drew Barrymore in his surreal fiction… One of cinema’s greatest sound designers lists some of cinema’s greatest sounds… and Michel Hazanavicius, Oscar-winning director of “The Artist,” doesn’t enjoy the silence. Plus: David Cronenberg plays around, rockers Howlin’ Rain suggest the most unlikely dinner party soundtrack ever, and Molly Ringwald barks like a dog.


Episode 154: Benh Zeitlin, All-American Etiquette, and the Automat

This week: Filmmaker Benh Zeitlin (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) paints with an axe… Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain swear they can answer your etiquette questions peacefully… Actress Alison Pill, of Aaron Sorkin’s new show “The Newsroom,” takes us behind-the-scenes… New Yorker receptionist Janet Groth reflects on (almost) being Mrs. John Berryman… Lunching at the ‘Automat’…Plus, doubled data, a summer fashion preview, and a soundtrack from playful pop band Micachu and the Shapes.


Episode 153: Patti Smith, Bryan Cranston, and Drinkable Shrubs

This week: Punk icon Patti Smith dreams of little black dresses… “Breaking Bad’s” Bryan Cranston builds green houses, not meth labs… Zosia Mamet (Girls, Mad Men) picks other ‘against-type’ actors… we inhale the tale of the original “smoke-filled room”… and novelist Nathaniel Rich finds a rhino with all the answers. Plus: drinkable shrubs, a new track from Odd Future’s Frank Ocean, and the fastest road in the USA.


Episode 152: Stephen Merchant, Demon Children, and The War on Drugs

This week: We revisit one of our favorite episodes"The Office" co-creator Stephen Merchant spars with Brendan... fashion guru Simon Doonan advocates mullets... humorists Dave Barry & Alan Zweibel (attempt to) read their epic epilogue... The soundtrack of The War on Drugs... Artist Chris Burden's slot-cars on steroids... And Rico digs into Frito Pie. Plus: silent senators, devil children in film,illin' crosswords, and far-out jokes.


Episode 151: Michael Apted, Buddy Guy, and Defordometrics

This week: Director Michael Apted on “56 Up” — the new installment of one of the greatest film series ever… Sportswriting legend Frank Deford tackles your etiquette questions… Guitar master Buddy Guy revisits his Louisiana roots… Fantasy author Leigh Bardugo lists her favorite fictional worlds… A filmmaking duo plug in to the world of indie video games… and a sweet roll gets a savory twist on Manhattan’s High Line. Plus: We fear the food world’s revolutionary new robot, and spin a Bad Thing from Vermont rocker King Tuff.

Episode 150: James Franco, Paul Theroux, and a Cowardly Display

This week: Actor/polymath James Franco rebels against beds... Preeminent travel writer Paul Theroux offers etiquette advice to globetrotters (and public radio hosts)... Nashville raconteur Todd Snider tells of his brush with NASCAR fame... The NY Public Library remembers Noel Coward... and Hollywood's top auctioneer remembers memorabilia. Plus: We learn the history of blue jeans, hear a new Twin Shadow tune, sommeliers for your ears, and listen to some (Guinness) rock records.

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Episode 149: Richard Linklater, Christopher Buckley, and Independent Spirits

This week: Acclaimed filmmaker Richard Linklater takes us behind “the Pine Curtain”… Satirist Christopher Buckley on international (etiquette) relations… Actor Rich Sommer goes Mad about board games… Brooklyn band Violens cues up a dinner party soundtrack… Brendan sips indie spirits… We toast Spider-Dan’s [sic] epic climb… Three hysterical histories… Plus, sexy literary hoaxes, humor from troubadour Todd Snider, and a listener letter - from a dolphin.


Episode 148: Santigold, Manly Manners and a Pilgrim’s Process

This week: musician Santigold pines for a day job...Time's gonzo humorist Joel Stein offers some manly etiquette tips...Three ancient art treasures we HAVEN'T found...Rico visits crawfish country...Shakespearean theater worth fighting for...Writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus walks us through pilgrimages...Plus, humor from Violens, Sendak remembered, and the canine brain.


Episode 147: The All-Music Episode

This week: Our first ever All-Music Episode! Willie Nelson gets lost in the haze of memory…Patton Oswalt on public radio’s music problem…TV on the Radio, on request…James Mercer tells a Cold War secret… America’s #1 hit writer Lamont Dozier remembers a miss…A Wild retro soundtrack…Henry Rollins on etiquette and a memorable get together…And we get back - to the Beatles’ rooftop concert. Plus, sound/silliness from Billy Bragg, Wanda Jackson, and Cass McCombs.


Episode 146: Mike D, Taco USA, and Ballet Lessons

This week: The Beastie Boys’ Mike D injects life (and caffeine) into museum-going… Lizz Winstead, comedienne and co-creator of the Daily Show, exposes herself… Gene Ween plays Rod McKuen… The descendants of Emily Post on cupcake etiquette… Ballet Lessons from a dancer-director… And a little piece of Heaven, courtesy of The Walkmen. Plus, genius delinquents, Eiffel Towers of booze, and a joke about burning ambition.