Episode 252: Marc Maron, Philippe Petit, and Soylent

Encore Broadcast: Marc Maron gives etiquette AND time-travel advice… Graphic novelist Mimi Pond lists criminals, spies, and other bohemians … “Man On Wire” tightrope-walker Philippe Petit explores creative chaos…  “The Descendants” author Kaui Hart Hemmings tells a new tale… load up on Kleenex ’cause here comes SADvertising… the history of the least respected trophy in sports… and Rico tastes Soylent: the pasty beige future of food.  PLUS: Our listeners sound off about mouths and sounds.

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"Expensive Seats" - Marc Maron


Comedian Marc Maron with a joke about a woman with a good excuse for not using her Super Bowl ticket.

A Surprising Surge in 'Sadvertising'

Small Talk

For years, the mega-trend in advertising was to make the consumer laugh. These days, though, it seems that advertising creatives are swinging to the sentimental.

The Most Famous Punch Bowl in Sports History

A History Lesson With Booze ®

In 1892, a certain Lord Stanley of Preston purchased the most notorious punch bowl in sports history. Learn about some of the (in)glorious moments in the lifespan of Stanley's "Cup," and then fill it with this sweet Canadian cocktail.

Mimi Pond's Risk-Taking Bohemians

Guest List

Author and artist Mimi Pond's newest work is a graphic novel memoir of her bohemian life in 1970's Oakland. She kindly conforms to our request for an orderly list of her favorite depictions of bohemians from the era's pop culture.

Marc Maron Doesn't Want You to Be a Doormat Person


Stand-up comic Marc Maron hosts the uber-popular podcast, WTF, and portrays a fictionalized version of himself in the TV series, "Maron," the second season of which debuted this week on IFC. He offers listeners advice on cats, subway creeps, and - most importantly - what to do when Hitler steals your time machine.

Kaui Hart Hemmings and 'The Possibilities' of Breckenridge


Like Kaui Hart Hemmings' first novel, "The Descendants," "The Possibilities" sees a family coping with trouble in paradise. She reads from the moving first chapter.

Soylent Aims to Solve the 'Problem' of Food

Main Course

A new concept in eating, an innovative 'lifehack', or simply a diet fad? Start-up Soylent is making waves with it's meal-replacing nutrient powder.

'Man on Wire' Philippe Petit on Creative Chaos

Chattering Class

In 1974, French high-wire artist Philippe Petit walked into the history books via a wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary, "Man on Wire." He continues to do wire-walking around the world and writes books, the latest of which is a book about the creative process.

Our Listeners Bite Back

Listener Letters

We love hearing what you love about the show. Of course - as evidenced by this selection of messages from our voice mailbag - what we usually hear about are all the dumb mistakes we made. Upside: at least you're smart and witty about it.