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Episode 347: Colin Farrell, Maria Bamford, Frankie Cosmos

Movie star Colin Farrell considers his new film, "The Lobster"... Comedian Maria Bamford channels her mother (and her mother's hairdresser) to give us etiquette advice... Writer and activist Lindy West stands up for Kermit the Frog... Musician Frankie Cosmos DJs your dinner/pajama party (no boys allowed!)... Writer and rocker John Doe regales us with stories of the early '80s punk scene in LA (X marks the spot)... Plus, hairy dead presidents, the lonely journey of the Gar-Barge, a trashy cocktail, and more!


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Speakeasy Special: Ellie Kemper, Cameron Esposito, Michael McKean, Emmy the Great

It's an all new "Speakeasy" -- our occasional, off-the-cuff, slightly profane, online-only podcast where we share some of the great stuff we had to leave on the cutting room floor. This time around you'll hear Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" attempt to raise the bar for improv (or is it the roof?)... Plus, Comedian Cameron Esposito schools Brendan on the perils of wearing blue on TV -- and on the perks of entering a room with Tom Cruise...Michael McKean finds the silver lining in a fan diss... And -- bonus audio from our recent NYC live taping! -- Emmy the Great performs a cover of Faye Wong's cover of the Cranberries tune "Dream." Got it? Good. Cheers!


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Episode 252: Marc Maron, Philippe Petit, and Soylent

Encore Broadcast: Marc Maron gives etiquette AND time-travel advice... Graphic novelist Mimi Pond lists criminals, spies, and other bohemians ... "Man On Wire" tightrope-walker Philippe Petit explores creative chaos... "The Descendants" author Kaui Hart Hemmings tells a new tale... load up on Kleenex 'cause here comes SADvertising... the history of the least respected trophy in sports... and Rico tastes Soylent: the pasty beige future of food. PLUS: Our listeners sound off about mouths and sounds.


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Episode 346: Saoirse Ronan, Cameron Diaz, Solomon Georgio

Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan sharpens her skills in Broadway's Crucible... Actor-and-author Cameron Diaz gives us impeccable advice -- for the long haul... A new doc paints a portrait of David Hockney, an artist both bright and blue... One-man-band Kevin Morby recommends a few other artists (and BBQ masters) who went solo... Comedian-on-the-rise Solomon Georgio recalls his low point... And we toast "Queen Bess" -- the African-American pilot who blazed a (con)trail before Amelia Earhart did. Plus, a cure for cell phone zombie-ism, a new funk-tastic track, and some horseplay.


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Episode 345: Jessica Williams, Dick Cavett, Michael McKean

"The Daily Show" Senior Correspondent Jessica Williams dishes about her most devastating moment (in an olive oil shop in Park Slope)... Talk-show legend Dick Cavett waxes poetic on playing himself... Comedian Jen Kirkman loses her cell phone and changes her life... Actor Michael McKean, of "This is Spinal Tap" and "Laverne and Shirley" fame, briefs us on playing bad guys. Plus Helen Zaltzman -- host of the podcast The Allusionist -- on the spies sending you birthday cards, a real German cocktail to go with some fake German news, and music from Emmy the Great!


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Episode 344: Anderson Cooper, Nahnatchka Khan, Parquet Courts

Journalist and TV host Anderson Cooper dazzles us with details from the new memoir he co-wrote with his heiress mom, Gloria Vanderbilt... Nahnatchka Khan, showrunner for the sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat," thanks her Dad for trapping her in a car... Atlas Obscura's Reyhan Harmanci regales us with tales of lab rats with cold feet... Environmental journalist Cynthia Barnett talks April showers... Plus a cocktail to quench your thirst during the longest ball game ever, a mildly intoxicating mouthful of betel nut, and a tribute to our dearly beloved, Prince.


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Episode 318: Salman Rushdie, Alice Cooper, Carly Rae Jepsen

Encore Broadcast: Novelist Salman Rushdie stirs up age-old mischief - and magic... Shock rock legend Alice Cooper tells wild tales of Groucho Marx, Paul McCartney, and his "Hollywood Vampires" crew, then slays us with sensible etiquette advice ... Carly Rae Jepsen DJs our party (you'll really, really like her soundtrack).... We shed light on the daguerreotype, then watch a cocktail develop... And Rico samples "Grass Jelly," a white-hot topping for ice-cold desserts.


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Episode 343: The ALL-TV Episode

It's a special "ALL-TV" Episode, featuring big talent from the small screen! Ellie Kemper of "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" smiles into the void... T.J. Miller ("Silicon Valley") recommends wedding gifts for the budget-minded (just make sure you have your tetanus shot)... "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba invites Shakespeare to the slammer... TV mastermind Norman Lear reminisces about the birth of the medium..."The Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi tells us a thriller-ing story.. And listeners chime in with their favorite TV theme songs. The revolution will be televised...or, you know, streamed.


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Episode 342: Nicholas Hoult, Tatiana Maslany, Duncan Sheik

"Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany plays clones, twins, and Ying Yang Twins... Nicholas Hoult ("Mad Max: Fury Road," the new "Kill Your Friends") revels in a bit of depravity - and a good fanny pack... "American Psycho" gets the Broadway treatment, from Tony winner Duncan Sheik... A portrait of Georgia O'Keefe as a young woman... A Chicago priest battles the "Polish Edison" over credit for the bulletproof vest... And the band Heron Oblivion transports us to a rustic seaside dinner party -- so rustic, in fact, that it's set in a chicken coop.


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Episode 341: Daniel Clowes, Cameron Esposito, Quilt

Graphic novelist Daniel Clowes on his unusual and endangered drawing utensils… Newly-married comedian Cameron Esposito describes her very public bachelor party and gives us etiquette advice… Sabri Ben-Achour of "Marketplace" and "Actuality" ponders the ghosts of peanuts past… The band Quilt DJs the chillest dinner party ever… NYMag’s Sierra Tishgart dishes on the deal with eel… Plus a bitter drink to accompany a North Pole rivalry, and more!