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Anne Lamott Tells Us How to Be Merciful to Ourselves

Anne Lamott's spunky, soul-bearing non-fiction has made her a best-selling author many times over. Her books sometimes investigate spiritual themes and sometimes they're about very human triumphs and tribulations, like overcoming alcoholism or raising a son as a single mother. In her new book, she celebrates a virtue that seems to be in short supply these days: mercy.


Charlamagne Tha God Explains ‘Black Privilege’

Millions of listeners tune in to hear Charlamagne co-host the nationally syndicated radio show "The Breakfast Club." He's known for his long, sometimes combative interviews with everyone from Kanye West to Hillary Clinton. Now, he's available in book form. Before answering our listeners' etiquette questions about competitive gym bunnies, he explained his ideas behind the title of the book, his "F" Your Dreams principle, and more.


Charlamagne Tha God Reminds Us Manners Will Take You Where Money Won’t

Each week, our listeners send in their questions about how to behave, and answering them this time around is Charlamagne Tha God. He is an outspoken giant of terrestrial radio, co-hosting the morning show "The Breakfast Club," which is syndicated by iHeartRadio. He's also got an MTV2 show. After we spoke to him about his new book, "Black Privilege," he stuck around to help our listeners with a few etiquette woes and shared some sage wisdom from his grandmother.


When Mozart Met His Teeny Tiny Feathered Match

In each chapter of her book "Animals Strike Curious Poses," Elena Passarello tells a different true story about an animal that made its mark on history. In the audio above, she reads from a chapter called "Vogel Staar" co-starring a young Mozart... and a musically inclined starling.


Why Rorschach’s Inkblots Are Still the Best Blots Around

Our topic for Chattering Class this week: Psychology's infamous Rorschach test. And our teacher is author Damion Searls. His new book, "The Inkblots," is all about Hermann Rorschach, an artistically-inclined Swiss psychiatrist who in the 1910s learned he could diagnose patients just by asking them to describe what they saw in abstract blots on paper. He talks with Rico about Hermann's history and what made the Rorschach's blots so effective and unique.


George Saunders Ponders Purgatory and Patience With Messy Co-workers

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time is author George Saunders. He is a bonafide MacArthur genius, and he has won international acclaim for his work in almost every prose form from hilarious satire to short stories. His newest work is his first novel, called "Lincoln in the Bardo." George explains what inspired him to the tale, before channeling his inner nun to solve our listeners' book club conundrums and more.


What Chivalry Means in 2017 and Other Valentine’s Day Thoughts

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and usually we post them to a randomly chosen celebrity but here to answer them this week is an actual expert in the field, our friend Daniel Post Senning. He offers up a few tips to help us avoid faux pas for the most romantic holiday of the year before solving a few of our listeners' car pool problems and more.


Steve Jones Adds His Two Cents on Sex Pistols History with ‘Lonely Boy’

Back in the '70s, Steve Jones and his band, Sex Pistols, lasted all of three years and put out a single album, but they helped turn punk from a fringe musical movement to a snarling, international phenomena and gave misfits everywhere anthems like, "Anarchy in the U.K." Before telling our audience how to behave in mosh pits, the musician stopped by to talk about why writing his autobiography felt like torture and explains his stance on the disputed origins of punk.