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)

Dev Patel Marvels at Machines and Maggie Smith

"Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel is having a(nother) moment with the sci-fi film "Chappie." He ponders a world full of machines... and tells us why Dame Maggie Smith is LIKE one.


Tania James Takes On A New Perspective

Indian-American novelist Tania James has won acclaim for fiction that spans continents and takes bold leaps. She shares an excerpt of her new novel, told from the perspective of an elephant, in crisis.


The No-Motor Boat Race

Luke Burbank hosts the radio show "T-B-T-L" and, it happens, bears annual witness to one of America's strangest naval feats... a NO-motor boat race.


Dave Barry: How to Live Right, with a Machete

Since winning a Pulitzer Prize for his humor writing, Dave Barry has busied himself with writing bestselling novels, literary collaborations, and essay collections. His latest is called "Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings." We asked him to shower our listeners with excellent advice. He gave us...machetes.


Pierette Huttner, Mustard Sommelier.

A Mustard for Every Occasion

French mustard brand Maille opened up a store in Manhattan recently. They sell dozens of mustard varieties there, and to help people decide what to pair them with, they hired "mustard sommelier" Pierrette Huttner.


The Wrecking Crew in the studio to record with Phil Spector.

‘The Wrecking Crew’: Legendary Music Hit-Men

If you're like most folks, you've heard "The Wrecking Crew," but you haven't heard OF them. Brendan gets the skinny on these unsung session musicians, who played on hundreds of pop hits in the '60s. They're the subject of a new documentary, out next week in theaters.


DPD up for a Podcast Award – Vote!

We’re nominated for a Podcast Award in the Food and Drink category. Voting officially kicked off on March 2 and ends on March 24.


The Rise of the Escalator and The Iron Pier Swizzle

This week back in 1859, a Massachusetts man Nathan Ames patented the idea of a “revolving stairway.” Let us walk you through the ensuing history of the escalator… then ascend to giddy heights with this custom cocktail.