Abigail Spencer arrives for The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) And InStyle Celebrate The 2015 Golden Globe Award Season - Arrivals at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on November 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

Episode 314: Abigail Spencer, Riki Lindhome, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths -- and roots -- of TV's "Rectify" ... Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new parody series "Another Period," gives real talk to Lolitas and 'Downton' divas ...Rico hops off-menu to try Oaxacan pickled bread a.k.a. "Piedrazos"...A most absurd list, from the masterminds of "Aqua Teen Hunger Force"...The cool history of air conditioning ...And more.

Photo by Jeff Riedel/SHOWTIME

Episode 313: Liev Schreiber, Joshua Oppenheimer, Mark Ronson

On this week's show: Liev Schreiber, star of the hit hit-man series "Ray Donovan," brings stories of his dog days... A follow-up documentary from Oscar nominee Joshua Oppenheimer ("The Act of Killing") looks into the eyes of mass murderers... Mega-producer Mark Ronson DJs our dinner party, gets us out of our seats... A requiem for summer, and siblinghood, from writer Amelia Gray... Brendan visits an Austrian "imbiss" shack -- a sort of meat-and-greet... And the Posts let us eat cake (and sleep at work). Plus: the birth of Bugs Bunny, the garbage robots on the horizon, and the vegan you don't want to meet at a party.

Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for BFI

Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

Encore Broadcast: Actor Oscar Isaac ("Ex Machina," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") isn't bullish on 'the future' (but his is bright)... Fran Drescher and her dog laugh in the face of our etiquette questions... The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne turns our party into a Lynch-ian dreamscape... Mary Norris, copy editor at the New Yorker, shares a love note from her literary crush... Dutch Crunch and NorCal cuisine find a home in Brooklyn... A striking discovery inspires a brilliant cocktail...Cats wearing headphone, and more!

Photo Credit: Rickett Sones

Episode 312: Tim and Eric, Juan Felipe Herrera, UnREALity TV

This week: Comedy duo Tim and Eric get into the Etiquette Zone... New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wears many hats, counts many lizard tails... An "UnREAL" new show skewers reality TV... Debut novelist Naomi Jackson links Brooklyn and Barbados...The best form-breaking talk shows, handpicked by comedian Chris Gethard ("The Chris Gethard Show")... And we browse menus, through the centuries. Plus, the history of the typewriter, Medieval egg throwing, and Neil Young, howling at the moon!


Episode 311: Joe Manganiello, Devendra Banhart, Joy Williams

This week: "Magic Mike" star Joe Manganiello strips away our bad etiquette habits... Artist-musician Devendra Banhart ruminates on art, ritual, and everlasting honey... Grammy-winner Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) shares a party soundtrack, direct from her Nashville "Night Circus"...The pros and cons of dining with dogs... Nina Simone gets a close-up, from acclaimed documentarian Liz Garbus... Writer Rebecca Makkai asks, what if Bach were one of us? (and we wanted to date him). Plus! Epic pie fights, the saxophone's humble beginnings, and a throwback Will Smith icebreaker

Al Pacino attends 'The Humbling' premiere during the 71st Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2014 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

Episode 310: Al Pacino, Adam Scott & Jason Schwartzman, Flo Morrissey

This week: Al Pacino reflects on playing himself (method, of course), improvising with Sidney Lumet, and watching YOU from the corner booth... Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman, two forces behind the risque new comedy "The Overnight," pass our etiquette pop(corn) quiz... Precocious singer Flo Morrissey fashions a soundtrack for lovers, dreamers, and an international man of mystery... The highlights (and lowlights) of redheadedness, through history... We toast baseball's first female umpire... Filmmaker Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (of the Sundance sensation "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," now in theaters) tells of his wild reversal of fortune. And more!

Paul Dano attends the 'Youth' Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

On this week's show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy...The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk of models, lost underwear, and a stolen microwave... Crystal Moselle reflects on her unique new documentary, "The Wolfpack," an extreme case of pop culture-as-parent... Alexis Taylor of the band Hot Chip serves up a synthy, soulful playlist, while wearing his heart on his (vinyl) sleeve... And Israeli writer Etgar Keret delivers a darkly funny new memoir, with an assist from "Girls" guy Alex Karpovsky. Plus, Ernest Hemingway's sloppy joe infatuation, selfie art, and more.

Photo: Eliott Bliss

Episode 308: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

Encore Broadcast: Marion Cotillard shines a light ... Kenny G goes Brazilian ... The challenges and rewards of working with a spouse ... How what we feel affects our feelings ... A totes fake resto ... A picky bit of history ... Corin Tucker calls ... Kelly Link's story of an unusual relationship ... New tune from Mikal Cronin ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!

Photo Credit: Elena Seibert

Episode 307: Alison Bechdel, Chuck Palahniuk, Colleen

On this week's show: Alison Bechdel -- whose graphic memoir "Fun Home" is now a 12-time Tony-nominated musical -- tells us how she gets comfy, with her life on stage... "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk schools us in prank-ology, to celebrate his new sequel... The Posts tackle some especially hairy etiquette hang-ups... We tune into an avant-garde-tinged soundtrack, courtesy of French songstress Colleen... 2015 ballpark cuisine - from nachos-on-a-stick to pulled pork parfait. Plus, the surprisingly continental history of blue jeans, a library you can't visit for 100 years, and lots more.

Michael Ian Black attends the 15th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

Episode 306: Michael Ian Black, Angel Olsen, Marlon James, Lizzo

This week, it's a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Comedian Michael Ian Black comes bearing terrible casseroles and terribly funny etiquette advice... Rocker Angel Olsen plays the lights out... Acclaimed novelist Marlon James remembers the time when his inner diva took center-stage, then introduces us to Jamaican geek subcultures... We connect the dots in the history of Twister - a game once derided as "sex in a box"... And hip-hop phenom Lizzo closes the show with an anthem of self-acceptance.