Electronic pop outfit Sylvan Esso has been one of our favorite acts over the years. Earlier this year, they put out the album "What Now." But here's a track that's been stuck in our brains for a while called "Coffee," because who can resist ending a dinner party with a great pun.
One bakery in Manhattan is making it hard not to hate bread. It's called Arcade Bakery, and their "laminated baguette" has eaters in ecstasy. To find out what it is, Brendan met with owner Roger Gural.
After tackling pop culture catastrophes on TV's "Chelsea Lately," she landed her own sitcom called, crazily, "Whitney" and co-created the long-running hit "Two Broke Girls." She is also a staple on the stand-up circuit and she has a new memoir-of-sorts called "I'm Fine... And Other Lies." Listen as she doles out advice to fantasy football spouses, seemingly good samaritans, and more.
Each week on chattering class, we're schooled by an expert in some party-worthy topic. The topic this time around? The creator of Wonder Woman, William Marston. And our teacher is indie filmmaker Angela Robinson. Her new biopic is called "Professor Marston and the Wonder Women." Listen as Angela shares with Rico how she heard about Marston’s fascinating life story, why she became obsessed with it, and how his psychological theories influenced her point of view.
On the "Mortified" podcast, brave adults read aloud the most embarrassing moments from their childhood journals. The show's inspired a new book called "My Mortified Life.” Listen to this favorite from the show, perfect for Halloween, about a middle school girl who desperately wanted to be a vampire in the 1990s.
Abbi Jacobson and her co-writer and co-star Ilana Glaser created the Comedy Central hit "Broad City." She’s also an artist and merges that training with her comic sensibilities on her podcast, "A Piece of Work" -- produced in conjunction with New York's Museum of Modern Art. She talks to Brendan about doing an audio show about a visual medium, how her life has changed since “Broad City” (and how it hasn’t), and more.
Patty Schemel was the longtime drummer for the band Hole and a slew of other rock, grunge, and indie bands. Her new memoir "Hit So Hard" delves deep into her relationship with Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, her addiction and homelessness, and her eventual recovery. Let Patty set the mood of your next get together with some tasty drum beats.
We're heading to Northwest to celebrate the end of an era!
A quick note from Brendan and Rico.
Willem Dafoe has lit up the big screen for three decades, from his Oscar-nominated performance in "Platoon," to playing Jesus in "The Last Temptation of Christ," to great character roles in "Wild At Heart" and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." His latest is "The Florida Project," directed by Sean Baker. Willem talks with Brendan about working alongside screen newbies in the film, the moment when an actor becomes creative artist and not just an interpreter, and maybe reveals a little too much answering one of our standard questions.