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Episode 210: Andrew Bujalski, Andrea Martin, and Fishy Business

This week: pioneering indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski plays "Computer Chess" and speaks up about mumblecore... SCTV alum and Tony-winner Andrea Martin gets car-jacked, politely... Debut novelist Gabriel Roth debuts a list of debuts... "Blackfish" director Gabriela Cowperthwaite plunges into controversy... and NYC's Russ & Daughters celebrate herring season by teaching Brendan to eat like a marine mammal. Plus: America's first parking meters pop up... Emily Post's great-great-grandkids give bad manners a summer holiday... and your next holiday could be a camping trip on the moon.

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Episode 209: Herb Alpert, Chuck Klosterman, and Big Stars

Pop Savant Chuck Klosterman grapples with villains… Music legend Herb Alpert grapples with your etiquette questions... Comedian Tig Notaro has a *very* rude awakening…Why cult rockers Big Star never quite lived up to their name… Documentarian Lucy Walker does call it a comeback… The explosive birth of the bikini… Indie metal darlings Deafheaven get a little loud… and we crunch the numbers (and cucumbers) behind the McWrap.

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Episode 208: Kevin Hart, Aisha Tyler, and Frozen Beer

This week: Superstar comedian Kevin Hart grows an inch ... Comic, writer, TV host and -- now-- etiquette expert Aisha Tyler steers listeners clear of video game hogs and sunshine nazis... UK scholar Terry Eagleton tells us what Brits really think of Americans... Memoirist Ashley Cardiff is haunted by Prince... The Spinto Band present a menu of dinner party tunes... and Rico celebrates the Fourth of July with Japanese beer. Plus: The most famous soup cans in history, 'shroom humor, and how the internet may be making us less intelligent.

Episode 207: Natalie Cole, Ralph Nader, and Rogue Soundwaves

This week: Natalie Cole sings en Espanol … Activist Ralph Nader gives etiquette advice and restaurant recommendations … Bestselling novelist Curtis Sittenfeld goes from preppy to psychic … Rogue Wave’s playlist washes over us … How National Lampoon became the center of the comedy universe … The history of the typewriter … The most excruciating test in the food/wine universe … Plus, Lightning rods, nutty jokes, and a haunting new track from David Lynch & Lykke Li.

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Episode 206: Greta Gerwig, Questlove, and Drinkable Spam

This week: We ride the rerun ship back in time, for an episode that turns out to be pretty prescient … Francis Ha star Greta Gerwig on naturalism vs. quirk … The Roots’ Questlove on food … Author Carl Hiaasen gives us a reality check … Kathy Griffin, queen of misbehavior, offers etiquette advice… The forgotten Astaire … The first spam email inspires a drink you shouldn't delete … And musicians The Imagination Movers give entertaining tips on keeping kids entertained. Plus, a Spurlockian joke, a soprano drought, and your new favorite song from the Alabama Shakes.


Episode 205: Sofia Coppola, Jonathan Goldstein, Zombies and blooood

This week: Filmmaker Sofia Coppola talks about “The Bling Ring” and growing up in an Apocalypse… Humorist and “Wiretap” host Jonathan Goldstein takes his dad for a beer of rebellion … It’s the time of the season for a party playlist from The Zombies … Lidia Bastianich dishes out food etiquette and makes a divine intervention … Reviving corpses with blood and booze … Shining the spotlight on back-up singers … And gin’s pal tonic gets a make-over. Plus, screaming pigs, Jackie Chan: The Musical, and a Washed Out song that just feels right.

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Episode 204: Ellen Page, Colum McCann, and Miraculous Fruits

This week: Actress Ellen Page (The East) on saving the planet and playing with dolls… National Book Award winner Colum McCann takes us on a Transatlantic trip…Laura Osnes – Tony-nominated Cinderella on Broadway – shares her favorite rags-to-riches stories… Rico stuffs himself with stuffies… Etiquette advice to make air travel a tiny bit more comfortable… Hunting for the world’s most exotic – and seductive – fruits… And a classy, grassy cocktail for a baseball legend. Plus, a rogue joke, new Faces in music, and the only time The Price is Right can cost you.


Episode 203: Dan Savage, Jessica Walter, and the Kings of Summer

This week: Sex writer Dan Savage on cheating and snowboarding… Actress Jessica Walter of Arrested Development plays nice for etiquette… Doo-wop legend Kenny Vance on closing for the Rolling Stones… The director of indie gem The Kings of Summer warms us up for the season… Learn the history of Pac-Man, then gobble up a pizza-themed cocktail… The mutant cro-nut invades NYC… and an Alpine track that’s setting the internet ablaze. Plus, life lessons from Karate, apathetic jokes, and tacopedias. Browse with your mouth!

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Episode 202: Andrea Riesborough, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Saving Italy

This week: Andrea Riesborough lets us in on a mystery... Fitz and the Tantrums spins a retro party playlist... Novelist Joanna Hershon starts off the summer in a 1960s yacht club... Italian pork is washing up on American shores - but it's not the only kind of treasure from Lo Stivale... Etiquette from the Posts... A song from The Dodos... And one long overdue speeding ticket.


Episode 201: James Franco, Paul Theroux, and a Cowardly Display

We look back to one of our favorite episodes, in which 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 celebrates Noel Coward… and Hollywood’s top auctioneer remembers memorabilia. Plus: the history of blue jeans, a Twin Shadow tune, sommeliers for your ears, and smashing (Guinness) records.