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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.


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Our Bicentennial All-Icebreaker Episode

To celebrate the release of our 200th podcast, here’s our bicentennial All-Icebreaker show. Dozens of jokes culled from the last two years’ worth of DPDs. Some are funny, most are not. But there are definitely a lot.


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Episode 200: Noah Baumbach, David Alan Grier, Temple Grandin, and Kids Comix

This week: Filmmaker Noah Baumbach on the new New York... David Alan Grier answers (most of) your etiquette questions... Autism pioneer Temple Grandin diagnoses Mr. Spock... Travel writer Matt Gross goes to the edge... "Love & Rockets" co-creator Gilbert Hernandez on '60s comics that were super, sans superheroes... Why guilt is good (for groceries)... and we toast folk-hero Colonel Blood with a tipple from London. Plus: the caveman lexicon, and a song from Savages.


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Episode 199: Michael Shannon, Paul Theroux, and Hannibal’s Homies

This week: Actor Michael Shannon (“The Iceman”) revisits his Wobegon days… Hugh Dancy of TV’s “Hannibal” lists a few good baddies… Acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux on a place he won’t be heading back to… “Daily Show” co-creator Lizz Winstead grins and bares it … San Fran rocker Mikal Cronin serves up soundtrack… Biscuits on the rise…And the Posts deak with Brendan’s kickstarter requests… Plus, a cocktail inspired by garbage, forgotten fallout shelters, and broken banjos.


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Episode 198: Colin Firth, Bobby Flay, and Molly Ringwald’s Vault

This week: Oscar-winning actor Colin Firth explores masks and the mind… We grill star chef Bobby Flay on etiquette… Food writer Michael Pollan says we are because we cook…Molly Ringwald sets a new standard for musical standards… Jane Fonda’s headbands & home videos inspire a health-crazed cocktail… And Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers” strikes it rich - as a four year old. Plus, Rachel Kushner’s hot new novel, part-time chickens, and a cowpoke joke.


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Episode 197: Jamie Foxx, Macklemore, and Gollum’s Grandparents

Behold one of our favorite episodes...in which Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx plays Django and table tennis... JEOPARDY! champ Ken Jennings answers your etiquette questions (minus the buzzer)... Thrift Shop rap stars Macklemore and Ryan Lewis spin a playful party playlist... The Splendid Table's Lynne Rosetto Kasper is haunted by the ghost of Christmas-party past... The Hobbit's FX mastermind Joe Letteri traces Gollum's family tree back to Sherlock Holmes... And speaking of which, Rico learns to think like Sherlock Holmes. Plus: Civil War cocktails, Brazilian food rising, monkeys with no rhythm, and zen dogs.


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Episode 196: Julia Stiles, Paul Anka, and Edible Pigtails

This week: Actress Julia Stiles bashes brunch... Music legend Paul Anka answers your questions, his way... Jazz pianist Ben Sidran heps us to hepcats... Why the Summer of '68 changed baseball (and America) forever... The creators of a diabolical new TV comedy locate some hells on earth... The invention of the matchsticks inspires an incendiary cocktail... And nose-to-tail cooking gets literal. Plus, "girlfriend coats," anti-jokes, and soju-juice boxes.


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Episode 195: Eva Mendes, Julia Sweeney, and Blushing Stomachs

This week: Actress Eva Mendes decodes her new film - and hieroglyphics... Writer and "SNL" vet Julia Sweeney answers your etiquette questions from the fetal position... New Orleans indie rockers Generationals spin a sweet-and-sour soundtrack... Science writer Mary Roach takes us on a field trip down the alimentary canal... Twitter queen Kelly Oxford tiptoes into David Copperfield's private lair... And Wrigley's Gum inspires a cocktail that WON'T lose its flavor. Plus, salt mines in the sky, self-hating jokes, and a new Rogue Wave.


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Episode 194: Taiye Selasi, Andy Cohen, and Alt-J’s Pagan Playlist

This week: TV personality Andy Cohen - the man who launched 1,000 "Real Housewives" - tells us how to behave... Rising literary star Taiye Selasi on making novels and dresses... British prog-rock phenoms Alt-J throw a party in the woods... Satirist Sam Lipsyte on the joys of fatherhood... We tiptoe into "Room 237," a film about "The Shining"'s fanatical following... And Rico tastes the secret of panuchos. Plus, a drink born from cold fusion, new music from Mikal Cronin, and a monstrous joke..


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Episode 193: Harmony Korine, Chris O’Dowd, and Ramen Ravioli

This week: Filmmaker Harmony Korine on Cassevetes and mime contests… Chris O’Dowd, star of Bridesmaids and now The Sapphires on sudden successes… Marisa Silver develops an iconic photo into a novel… Noodling around with Ramen and Ravioli…The history of the Stanley Cup inspires a drink (with no ice!)…The Posts address door jams and outer-underwear…Your Spring fashion preview, featuring trendy Hamburglars…Plus, a new tune from “Vampire Weekend,” KFC’s poetry campaign, and a nuclear-powered joke.