Episode 233: Liev Schreiber, Wild Belle, and Cheese Drama

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This Week: We take a brief holiday break (and hope you’re able to do the same) and leave you with this choice episode from earlier in the year … Liev Schreiber (just nominated for a 2014 Golden Globe) talks canine engineering and bad answers … Choire Sicha, founder of The Awl, offers etiquette quips … Chicago band Wild Belle bring us the world, on a platter of sound… A tale of cheese and blood feuds in the Spanish countryside … David Gilbert shares a story of absent fathers, from his acclaimed novel “& Sons”… And the Mona Lisa goes missing!  Plus, conflict cuisine, organic baseball, and HAIM (one of the buzziest bands of 2013) makes it in under “The Wire.”

“Hip Lightbulbs” – Jordan Vogt-Roberts


Organic Produce, Grown in the Outfield

Small Talk

San Francisco may have a bit of a reputation for being a green, hippie town. Marah Eakin, music editor at The AV Club, tells us how they are making a major league outfield a bit more organic.

The Mona Lisa Returns to Italy

A History Lesson With Booze ®

A brazen art thief repatriated the Mona Lisa to Italy - and helped make it one of the most famous paintings in the world in the process.

Wild Belle Spin Tracks, Span Globe


Elliot and Natalie Bergman are the core of the band Wild Belle. The siblings put together some songs with summery, global accents and a bit of romance - influences that can also be heard in the music they make.

Choire Sicha Has Awl the Answers


Choire Sicha, co-founder and co-editor of culture and current events website The Awl, has just published his debut book, "Very Recent History: An Entirely Factual Account of a Year (Circa AD 2009) in a Large City." His book focuses on navigating a difficult and strange time - so we asked him to help our listeners navigate their own difficult and strange etiquette situations.

David Gilbert and a Fateful Email


David Gilbert's new novel "& Sons" is already being lauded as a contender for one of the best books of 2013. Here, Gilbert reads a short excerpt, adapted from this poignant story.

Love, Betrayal and Cheese

Chattering Class

Journalist Michael Paterniti set out for a small village in Spain to learn about a cheese which was considered the greatest in the world, but what he uncovered once he got there was a rather less savory story.

Conflict Kitchen Wants to Change the World, a Meal at a Time

Main Course

Pittsburgh restaurant Conflict Kitchen has a mission beyond just serving delicious meals: they seek to educate Americans about nations with which the US has conflicts, through the experience of food.

Liev Schreiber on 'Ray Donovan' and Hybrid Dogs

Guest of Honor

For two decades, Liev Schreiber has been acting in a wide assortment of theater and film - but he never wanted to do a television show. That, however, was before finding himself in the starring role on Showtime's new series, "Ray Donovan."

HAIM Comes Down to 'The Wire'

One For The Road

Los Angeles-based sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim have been performing together as HAIM since youngest sister Alana was just 15. The buzzy band has been trickling out singles in advance of their first full-length record, and is kicking off a major international tour. You'll want to kick off your summer parties with this song.

Playlist: Episode 212


All of the music from episode 212.