Mark Ronson is ‘Leaving Los Feliz’

Mark Ronson is best-known for his work with Amy Winehouse and others as a music producer extraordinaire, but for his newest solo album, he took on a particularly high-profile collaborator, the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Michael Chabon.


Keeping Up with the Kolatches

Czech immigrants arrived in Texas around the mid-1800s and brought many native foodways with them, including the kolache. Over time, the stuffed dough balls evolved beyond their original form to include the beans, meats, and other foods for which Texas would become known. Now this iconic regional snack is on the national scene.

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Middle America is Ready for Eddie Huang, Anger and All

Eddie Huang is unconventional celebrity chef and restaurateur. His 2013 memoir, "Fresh Off the Boat," relating his experiences growing up in an immigrant family, has now been developed into a sitcom, which he also narrates.

‘CITIZENFOUR’ Documentarian Laura Poitras on Recording History

Laura Poitras is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. In 2013, she was two years into making a new film about surveillance, when she received an encrypted email from an anonymous source calling himself Citizenfour. That source turned out to be NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden and she would find herself documenting his leak -- and the personal and political consequences -- as they unfolded.

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How Accents Are Like Pork Buns to Comedian Nick Kroll

Comedian Nick Kroll has created his own show on Comedy Central, aptly titled "Kroll Show," which consists largely of parodies of other television shows, in which he portrays dozens of characters from confused Canadian teenagers to idiot gigolos. The show's third and final season began this week.

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Cinematic Opera with Joseph Calleja, The Maltese Tenor

Singer Joseph Calleja hails from Malta, where he started singing tenor at age sixteen. Today he's one of opera's emerging stars. This weekend, he wraps up a month-long residency at London's Royal Opera House. Off-stage he's a bit of a film fan, so he composed this list of his favorite opera moments in movies.

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An Oil Gusher Bursts Texas Into History

Texas was known mainly for cattle and cotton until Pattillo Higgins came along. His hunch that there might be oil in them thar' hills lead to the discovery of a massive gusher, which would fuel the 20th century.

Playlist 287

All the music from episode 287