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Episode 299: Oscar Isaac, Fran Drescher, Wayne Coyne

This Week: 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!


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Speakeasy Special #1

Welcome to the first episode of "Speakeasy," an occasional special podcast in which we share never-before-heard bits that didn't make it into our weekly episodes. Think of it like the casual little bistro beside our bustling restaurant. On this inaugural podcast, Aubrey Plaza and Brendan invent a new morning beverage - the breakfast martini; Zachary Quinto and Rico discuss the pros and cons of wearing high heels; and Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster of "The Best Show" propose a novel solution for when you pick up two lids instead of one at a salsa bar. Brendan and Rico also chitchat about upcoming guests, life, and the darkness in men's souls. You know, just light banter.


WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02:  Actress Aubrey Plaza attends the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Episode 298: Aubrey Plaza, Laura Marling, Scharpling & Wurster

Actress Aubrey Plaza needs no introduction (because she's got it memorized)... Singer-songwriter Laura Marling has a soundtrack for evenings warm and chilly... Writer Jon Ronson looks at shaming on social media and sees our modern pillory... The comic duo Scharpling & Wurster take our etiquette segment to the strangest of places, which might be a city in Pennsylvania!... A new taste of Hawaiian food -- the ultimate fusion cuisine... Two bitter rivals in polar exploration inspire an icy cocktail...Essayist Meghan Daum ponies up a joke... And more.


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Episode 297: Zachary Quinto, Sara Schaefer, Leon Bridges

This week: Actor Zachary Quinto gets a memento from Tennessee Williams... Soul singer Leon Bridges steps back in time... Comedian Sara Schaefer aces her hygiene homework... Beating food waste, in new ways... The most costly art heist in U.S. history inspires a bitter cocktail (made by a former art guard!)... A soundtrack from post-punk band Viet Cong....And more.


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Episode 296: Ethan Hawke, Broad City, David Duchovny, Vetiver

This week: Ethan Hawke's intimate portrait of an artist... The ladies of "Broad City" riff on their fave BFFs... Newly-minted *novelist* David Duchovny sees a baby wolf and flees... Troubadour Vetiver serenades our party with the sounds of Brazil... One modern man's quest to find Atlantis... An artist types his way through the canon... And we toast a time when radio made major waves.


Dev Patel attends the IWC Gala Dinner during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2015 at the Palexpo on January 20, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

This week: "Chappie" star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames... Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment... Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant... Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for us, and for her best friend Shervin..."The Cat in the Hat" trumps Dick and Jane... Suggestions from a "mustard sommelier"... We meet "The Wrecking Crew" -- the session musicians behind hundreds of '60s/'70s hits... And more!


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Episode 294: Jason Schwartzman, Weezer, Barbara Kruger, Tenacious D

Encore Broadcast: Actor Jason Schwartzman – star of the new film "Listen Up Philip" – pits his ego against Brendan's... A soundtrack from Weezer's Rivers Cuomo inspires hand-holding... Iconoclastic artist Barbara Kruger points and doesn't shoot... And Jack Black and Kyle Gass of Tenacious D shred etiquette to pieces. Also, humorist Simon Rich ponders barbarism and hamsters, a new Kit Kat craze hits the US, we tune into static small talk, and more!


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Episode 293: Titus Welliver, Sleater-Kinney, Tracee Ellis Ross

This week: Actor Titus Welliver on shooting a gun, canonically ... Corin Tucker doesn't think her band's music is too awful ... Tracee Ellis Ross shares the gift of laughter and a loopy life coach ... Comedian Maz Jobrani helps our listeners confront stereotypes and racism, with jokes ... Hollywood costume creator Colleen Atwood reveals one dress she won't be designing ... Small, squishy creatures with powerful mouths (and we're not talking about politics) ... Why one type of Chinese cooking is so hot right now, while also less hot than you think ... Some splashy history ... And a newly-released song from the iconic Pop Staples ...


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Episode 292: Marion Cotillard, Kenny G, High Maintenance

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 ... And why positive linguistic bias is awesome!


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Episode 291: Eddie Redmayne, Issa Rae, Andrew Jarecki

Eddie Redmayne reveals his egg-y fears ... Issa Rae gives tips for shutting down awkward asks ... Why not leaving a tip might be the nicest thing you can do for a waiter ... Swedish star Seinabo Sey warms us up ... A documentarian tells us why audiences love true-crime stories ... We get some insight into the cockroach psyche ... New music to know from Unknown Mortal Orchestra ... And the Posts stop by to remind you to do something a little nice for Valentine's Day this year.