Episode 282: Michael Cera, Nick Hornby, and Viv Albertine

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe
Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

This week: How Michael Cera keeps the act alive … Viv Albertine of The Slits on punk rock conformity … Nick Hornby reveals his secret plans for “Wild II” … Essayist Meghan Daum is not impressed by Cronuts … Conor Oberst serves up an eclectic dinner party playlist … Momo dumplings migrate from the Himalayas to Queens … The first text message ever sent … And how a cartoon mouse got involved in an art heist.

Nick Hornby - "Hot Potato"


A royal laugh from writer Nick Hornby about a peculiar way to cook potatoes.

How a Cartoon Mouse Solved a Century-Old Mystery

Small Talk

Anna Sale tells us about a big discovery one Hungarian art historian made while watching the 1999 kids' movie, "Stuart Little."

The Short History of the First SMS

A History Lesson With Booze ®

How postcards, holiday greetings, and a whole bunch of random sentences created the text messaging protocol that defined a decade.

Conor Oberst's Perfectly Imperfect Playlist


Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst takes us through a party, from dancing with crab rolls and admiring national treasures, to what he thinks might clear the room (though we beg to differ).

Nick Hornby's Hopeless Liberal Arts Sensibility


Beloved writer Nick Hornby's newest project is the screenplay he adapted from Cheryl Strayed's best-selling memoir, "Wild." He suggests annexing your lover's books immediately.

A Supposedly Food Thing Meghan Daum Will Never Do Again


The foodie world of "heirloom tomato ketchup and chanterelle mushroom omelets" holds little appeal for columnist and essayist Meghan Daum.

Mo' Momos, Mo' Popular

Main Course

Long a staple of Tibetian and Nepalese cuisine, the momo dumpling is having a momo-moment.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Michael Cera Sings the Body English

Guest of Honor

Michael Cera has been acting on film and television since the tender age of 9, but his current turn as Warren in "This is Our Youth" marks his Broadway debut.

Punk Legend Viv Albertine of The Slits on Rules and Rock

Chattering Class

The punk movement of the 1970s was all about rebelling against the establishment - but it wasn't quick to embrace changing roles for women. Viv Albertine was among a group of feminist pioneers in the scene who paved the way for Riot Grrl and everything after.