Speakeasy Special: DPD News and Comic Relief with Whitney Cummings

Thought you were getting an encore broadcast? Surprise! It's actually an all-new Speakeasy! First: Lots of news in the DPD universe including a big announcement about the future of the show. Up next: an almost-unedited chat with comedian Whitney Cummings! She stopped by to answer a few etiquette questions and ended up teaching us about the math behind the perfect roast joke...and about the wonder that is co-dependency.

397: Willem Dafoe, Depeche Mode, Carla Hall Shares Her Grandmother’s Cornbread Recipe

Actor Willem Dafoe explains what he learns from screen newbies... Electro band Depeche Mode on how travel has made their music more socially conscious... A former Obama speechwriter convinces us that ferns are the most romantic plant... Chef Carla Hall shares her grandmother's cast iron cornbread recipe... Rachel Bloom takes on your etiquette questions... and more!

Double Take: Joel Kim Booster Reflects on the Evolution of His Career… and His Pony Stylist Dreams

(Heads up: This week's episode features adult humor. It is not suitable for young listeners.) We've got something entirely new for you today... introducing "Double Take"! A new podcast-only goody where you'll hear comedians dissecting their craft, and then, they'll talk us through the evolution of a single joke: from its first, usually pretty awful telling to now. Today's guest is Joel Kim Booster.

396: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ director Denis Villeneuve, Brendan and Tobin Low Take Manhattan

While Rico's away, Brendan plays hooky with special guest co-host Tobin Low, of WNYC's Nancy (but don't tell Rico!) Also: Filmmaker Denis Villeneuve worries about the pressure in making the sequel to "Blade Runner"... Comic Joel Kim Booster breaks down a bad joke and how he made it better... Etiquette experts Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning give advice on how to thank someone who's been forced to host a public radio show. Plus, producer Khrista Rypl flies to Colorado for some "baked" goods, Parisians unite to defend pigeons' rights, and we showcase a new song from Little Dragon.

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