This week: Stage and screen star Kevin Spacey channels Richard III (and Bill Clinton)... Food icon Ruth Reichl has us eating her words... Folk-rocker Todd Snider meets Tony Bennett in an unlikely place... English pop duo Elephant come together to DJ a dance party... Pluto gets discovered, gets a name - and then gets demoted ... Etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Daniel Post-Senning urge America to move to the left... Hawaii's state legislature pits ukeleles versus steel... and singer Haley Bonar does not actually Kill The Fun ...And Brendan drinks California's state flower.
This week: 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 ... Danish electro-pop phenom Mø spins us a party playlist... author Cari Lynn tells the tale of a NoLa birthday party of ill-repute... How the grandest experiment in scientific history speaks to our common humanity ... Brendan tests out a musical instrument kids will actually want to practice (and eat) ... We pour one out for Broadway's biggest flop ... The Brian Eno of Druids ... And boogie humor.
Scottish indie rockers Teenage Fanclub joined us for a recent live event with Merge Records. We asked them to cover some of their favorite songs, and to perform one of their own. This internet exclusive gives you a bit of that performance.
This week: literary giant Margaret Atwood is prepared for giant bears... Tim Gunn returns, just in time for Project Runway's 13th season debut, to save listeners from the 'comfort trap'… Guitarist Steve Gunn (no relation to Tim, as far as we know) spins a mellow party playlist... The author behind the bestselling "Jack Reacher" series lists toughs he loves... "China, Illinois" Animator Brad Neely wants Hulk Hogan to eat him... The tale of one man's flight(s) to settle a bar bet... And we meet Rihanna, P.I. Plus: Rico tastes a bowlful of sweet, savory surrealism.
Bill Nye The Science Guy takes us on a trip around outer space ... Seventies singer-songwriter David Crosby gets spiritual about redwoods ... Ghost-hunter Richard Senate spins some California spookiness ... Novelist John Brandon takes us into the wild ... Elizabeth Gilbert invites us to a 'star-studded' party ... and Brazilian musician Rodgrigo Amarante plays us some music for a night outside.
This week: Scarlett Johansson muses on ol' blue eyes and earthly aliens ... Comedian Billy Eichner takes etiquette to the streets ... We catch up with 90's alt stars Slint ... A baseball game everyone wanted to lose ... Terrifying Easter bunnies, brought to you by UCB co-founder Matt Walsh ... Uncovering Uzbek cuisine ... And, check your chins, we might be at Peak Beard.
Pop-parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic on being weird (and Weird, and "Weird") ... "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette's stolen Santa Clauses ... How singer Jenny Lewis kicks people out ... A trademark-licensing dispute that lead to a big hit ... Visiting a magical-realist Virgin Islands with author Tiphanie Yanique ... New York Philharmonic conductor Alan Gilbert counts coughs to judge a concert ... Famous little fishes ... And a new song for Swiss-es.
She may perform fearlessly, but Broadway star Audra McDonald tells us which party decoration freaks her right out ... Thomas Jefferson (well, scholar and radio host Clay Jenkinson channeling Thomas Jefferson) expounds on patriotic decorum ... Get ready, people, for a playlist from indie-supergroup People Get Ready ... A scoop of new Spoon ... Blankets that broadcast your mood to fellow flyers ... One man's vendetta against disco ... The national pride of eating sheep innards stuffed in a stomach and stabbed with a knife ... Reuniting a musician with his only recording ... And avoiding scams with Priceonomics.
The life and legacy of critic Roger Ebert ... Secret liaisons with Jackie Collins ... Boozing and camping with "Mad Men" actor Rich Sommer ... Heavy metal rockers Zig Zags crash your party ... A spooky, supernatural adventure ... Crafting a symbol of Pride ... A joke for book-worms ... And dating for super-nerds.
A podcast-only bonus! We're sharing the extended cut of our interview with Steve Martin, just in time for his 4th-of-July bluegrass shows at The Hollywood Bowl. Steve discusses his musical life, his early days as a performer, and the connection between banjo & de Kooning.