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Mara Wilson Confronts the Hereafter

As a tiny kid with a huge smile, Mara Wilson starred in films like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Matilda." Now 29, she's traded acting for writing in outlets like McSweeney's. And her latest work is a memoir called, "Where Am I Now." She shares an excerpt that sheds light on what it's like to grow up obsessed with death.


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Tipping Tips and the Etiquette of Party Trash with Lizzie Post and Daniel Post-Senning

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave and often we post them to totally unqualified famous people, but this time we're calling in the pros: Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. This time around, they school us on the art of catching up before advising our listeners on hotel housekeeping gratitude, self-checkout slowpokes, and more.


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How Bruce Lee’s Legacy Lives on After His Death

Each week on Chattering Class, we're schooled by an expert in some party-worthy topic. This week, the topic is the most famous martial arts fighter of all time, Bruce Lee. And our teacher is Charles Russo. His new book is called "Striking Distance: Bruce Lee and the dawn of Martial Arts in America." He examines how Lee’s passion for martial arts came to be and his life before movies made him a legendary fighting figure.


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Emma Cline Discusses the Cult of Her Hit First Novel

Emma Cline is author of "The Girls," this summer's hottest literary debut. The New York Times describes it as, "A seductive and arresting coming-of-age story... told in sentences at times so finely wrought they could almost be worn as jewelry." She examines the cult around cults and talks about the beauty and darkness of California.


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Nicole Dennis-Benn Finds Trouble in Paradise

Lately, there's been a flowering of fiction from Caribbean writers. Jamaican-born Marlon James won last year's Man Booker prize. Now he's one of a chorus of voices singing the praises of his countrywoman Nicole Dennis-Benn, and her debut novel, "Here Comes The Sun."


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Jessi Klein Plays the Child Card… You Should, Too!

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time around is comedy writer Jessi Klein She's the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and executive producer of "Inside Amy Schumer." She's also written for "Saturday Night Live" and "Transparent." She explores her feminine ideals verse the feminine ideal in her new book, then advises our listeners on blanket hogs and costume conundrums.


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Negin Farsad Teaches us How to Make White People Laugh

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and to answer them this time around is comedian Negin Farsad. The comedian schools us on her brand of “social justice comedy” while solving our listeners’ chatty friend problems and #revolution fatigue.


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Cameron Diaz Talks Life, Longevity, and Black Beans

Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this time is Golden Globe nominated actor and author, Cameron Diaz. Among her many hit movies, "There's Something About Mary," "Being John Malkovich," and the "Charlie's Angels" franchise. She has just recently published her second book, called "The Longevity Book."