Episode 248: Jim Jarmusch, Lavender Country, and Horseradish Hazards


This week: Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch sinks his teeth into a new genre and Tom Waits metaphors… Comedy writer Carol Leifer (“Seinfeld,” “SNL”) kicks off her shoes… Lavender Country brought gay rights to country …  “Review” star Andy Daly reviews other reviewers … Rock music insider Lisa Robinson shares her backstage stories (and takes credit for U2) … The Pickle Guys don their horseradish haz-mat suits for Passover …  “Rage quitting” isn’t just a meme, it’s actually kind of a problem …  A new tune from tUnE-yArDs.

“Bar Food” – Jim Jarmusch


'Rage Quitting' Video Games Leads to Violence

Small Talk

We might imagine that, after a session playing a video game a player's violent outburts in real life would be inspired by the on-screen depictions of violence, but that may not be directly so.

Ping Pong Diplomacy with “Chairman Wow”

A History Lesson With Booze ®

This week back in 1971, a chance encounter between two ping pong players — one American, one Chinese — led to a thaw in the cold war, and paved the way for President Nixon’s biggest political coup.

Andy Daly's Human Guinea Pigs

Guest List

On Andy Daly's television show, he plays a journalist who will review any life experience - except this is a comedy show and his character isn't exactly Nellie Bly. In his gonzo list, he highlights others who have gone 'undercover' with comic results.

For Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch: Luck and Cool

Guest of Honor

Jim Jarmusch's new film "Only Lovers Left Alive" stars Tilda Swinton as half of an ineffably cool and tasteful couple - who happen to be vampires.

Lisa Robinson Takes Lou Reed to See CBGB's Best Act


Music journalist Lisa Robinson has been backstage with the biggest names in rock music since her first job in 1969. In this story from her new memoir, she remembers a 1970s New York City night out with Lou Reed.

Hot, Bitter Horseradish Tears

Main Course

New York's The Pickle Guys have been making pickles - and horseradish - since 1910. Around Passover, things really heat up: they produce barrels and barrels of fresh horseradish.

Carol Leifer's Teflon Back


Standup, author, and producer Carol Leifer is best known for her work as a writer for TV hits like "Seinfeld." Her newest book, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying," offers advice on succeeding in life and business. So we asked her to do the same for our listeners.

A Country Music Victory for Gay Rights in 'Lavender Country'

Chattering Class

As a young activist in the earliest days of the American gay rights movement, Patrick Haggerty recorded the first openly gay country music.

tUnE-yArDs, "Water Fountain"

One For The Road

The music Merril Garbus makes as tUnE-yArDs has always been innovative, globe-trotting, and rewarding. For her new record, she learned to dance.

Playlist 248


Music From Episode 248