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Episode 244: Wes Anderson, Dave Barry, and the Sweet Sounds of Real Estate

This Week: Filmmaker Wes Anderson on stoves that witnessed history... Humorist Dave Barry takes aim at your etiquette questions... Real Estate (the band, not the biz sector) play party DJ... Lit phenom Helen Oyeyemi gazes into the mirror, mirror....And Noah Strycker opens up his bird-brain. Plus, Wild camels roaming Texas, the strangest cleanse ever, and Mac DeMarco's tuneful "Brother."


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Episode 243: Pharrell, Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen, and Much MØ

Portlandia duo Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen open up about hot-tubs, underwear, and weddings ... Music multi-hyphenate Pharrell Williams explains his 'exotic rainbow' of 'Happy'ness ... A birthday party of ill-repute ... How the grandest experiment in scientific history speaks to our common humanity ... Musical instruments children will really, really want to practice (and eat) ... We pour one out for Broadway's most biggest flop... The Brian Eno of Druids ... And boogie humor.


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Episode 242: Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen, and Vermouth Strikes Back

Oscar Isaac, star of "Inside Llewyn Davis" and the new "In Secret," talks travis pickin' and tabbies ... Mads Mikkelsen of Oscar-nominated Danish drama "The Hunt," looks on the bright side of strife ... Bestselling author Janet Evanovich tells us how to politely destroy a van ... Changing views of Manhattan from the roof of the Chelsea Hotel ... Enjoying the Mutual Benefit of music ... A shave fit for a King ... Sultry Lady Liberty ... Carrot-noses that aren't just for snowmen ... And "Red Eyes" you'll want, from The War on Drugs.


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Episode 241: Stephen Malkmus, Doughnuts for Groughnups, and Oscar’s Finest “Act”

This week: Stephen Malkmus on rock and roll fatherhood ... Comedienne Annabelle Gurwitch makes an effort at etiquette .... Rebecca Mead revisits "Middlemarch" ... Humble doughnuts get a sophisticated make-over ... "The Act of Killing" is a difficult, fascinating, and important film to watch ... Angel Olsen takes flight ... Clown college admissions decline ... And the history of an obselete historical artifact, the printed phone book.


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Episode 240: Jonah Hill, House of Cards and Luxury Toast

This week: Jonah Hill's search for the perfect coupling ... Skip Lievsay explains how movies should sound ... Life imitates board games imitating life (but not The Game of Life) ... One mother's love-hate relationship with a thousand plastic blocks ... Getting what you pay for with luxury toast ... The creator of "House of Cards" tells us how politics is like jazz ... Woods to the left (to the left) ... How to flirt with a Viking ... And when to politely drink up and move on.


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Episode 239: Steve Coogan, Hugh Bonneville, B.J. Novak, and “Broad City” BFFs

This week: Oscar nominee Steve Coogan ("Philomena") meditates on condiments and dramedies... "The Monuments Men" star Hugh Bonneville - a.k.a. Lord Grantham on "Downton Abbey" - minds his manors... ex- "The Office" employee B.J. Novak introduces us to Wikipedia Brown, Boy Detective... The BFFs behind Comedy Central's "Broad City" riff on funny friends who came before them... Rico inhales $50,000 worth of fungus ... and we learn how Satchmo changed American music. Plus: Why single men should get into yoga and puppies... And a happy "Chinese New Year."


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Episode 238: Brie Larson, Baz Luhrmann, and Nomnomnom-enclature

This week: "Short Term 12" star Brie Larson fears oranges & lobsters... Baz Luhrmann talks movie music from Bee Gees to Gatsby... author Juan Gabriel Vásquez shares a story of narco-trafficking and lost hippos... A Jimmy Buffet song brings indie band Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr to tears... We learn about the real-life divas who inspired Melba Toast and Fettuccine Alfredo... and Emily Post's great-great grandkids offer etiquette for present and future. Plus: The history of the cold war hot line, and we learn tardiness is a medical condition.


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Episode 237: Zoe Kazan, Jackie Collins, and Thinking Outside the Pizza Box

Zoe Kazan, writer/star of "Ruby Sparks" and the new play "Trudy & Max Love," uses our show to save a chihuahua... bestselling author Jackie Collins kidnaps our etiquette segment... Actor Sam Harris wages war on a little ham... all about an American who was big in Japan... New software monitors if 'retail therapy' actually works... Oscar-nominated documentarian Jeffrey Karoff goes underground ... And we hear a killer "Kong" song. Plus: the best pizza box in the world.


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Episode 236: Timothy Olyphant, Rosanne Cash, and Carl Hiaasen’s Pizza Surprise

This week: "Justified" star Timothy Olyphant says he's just the help... Etiquette from Carl Hiaasen, chronicler of bad Floridian behavior... Rosanne Cash takes a trip into music & literary history... You can't win 'em all - unless you're the Harlem Globetrotters ... Luxembourg gives it all away ... Indie band Diane Coffee brews us a pot of songs ... Fancy bibs for your fancy duds ... Useless geometry ... And scholarly advice on easing the transition for our inevitable robot overlords.


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Episode 235: Lupita Nyong’o, Gary Shteyngart, and Rust Belt Restos

This week: Lupita Nyongo, Golden globe nominee for "12 Years A Slave" reveals the secret to happiness... Gary Shteyngart develops a crush on the Iron Lady ... Beyond the tabloid tale of Tonya Harding ... Pittsburgh, PA steels itself for an influx of foodies... Novelist Chang-Rae Lee's dystopian vision of Baltimore ... Night clothes with thinking caps ... Playing political games ... And advice you asked for about the questions you shouldn't ask.