Episode 284: B.J. Novak (live!), The Dukes of Hazzard, and Miriam Toews

A special fireside chat with writer-actor B.J. Novak, from our “Holiday Frolic” road show … Also: Canadian author Miriam Toews’ tale of two sisters… We tag along on “The Search for General Tso” … The stars of classic 1970’s  “The Dukes of Hazzard” play holiday DJ for us … Actor Joel Edgerton swims right into a punchline … A reality show in the UAE crowns the “Prince of Poets” … King C. Gillette’s 1895 invention of the disposable razor and his against-the-grain politics … Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning pop in bearing a sack full of etiquette tips for the nice and naughty … And D’Angelo returns with “Black Messiah,” his first release in fourteen years.


Joel Edgerton - "Fish Wall"


Australian actor Joel Edgerton's first big Hollywood role was in 2002's "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones." Since then, he's been seen in "Zero Dark Thirty," "The Great Gatsby," and last fall's smart thriller "Felony." Now he directs himself (along with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall) in the drama "The Gift" (out August 7th).

A Reality Show for Poets (Is a Real Thing)

Small Talk

Abu Dhabi has a hit reality show that combines "American Idol," improv.... and poetry.

A Close Shave with History

A History Lesson With Booze ®

We know we can thank King C. Gillette's 1895 invention of the disposable razor for at least two things: making shaving easier and safer for the average man - and, a century later, giving faux-vintage hipster barbershops something to rebel against.

Photo: Carol Loewen

Miriam Toews' Tale of a Family in Flux


Canadian author Miriam Toews new novel, "All My Puny Sorrows," draws from her own life story to tell a story of two sisters touched by tragedy.

B.J. Novak Tells Stories with No Pictures — AKA Radio

Eavesdropping, Guest of Honor

Between his appearances on film and television screens, B.J. Novak published two best-selling books in 2014. At our Holiday Frolic live event, he read a poignant piece from his collection "One More Thing" and then joined Rico and Brendan on the couch for a conversation.

The Dukes of Hazzard Drive 'Home for Christmas'

Guest of Honor, Soundtrack

Christmas comes early for Brendan when "Dukes of Hazzard" stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider swing by the studio and play holiday DJ for us.

A Filmmaker Documents His Search for General Tso

Main Course

After seven years and 838,706 servings of General Tso's chicken, filmmaker Ian Cheney talks about his globe-trotting new documentary, "The Search for General Tso." It traces the origins of the dish and, through it, tells a story of Chinese and Chinese American identity, and the interplay between food and culture at large.

Lizzie Post and Daniel Post Senning. Courtesy of The Emily Post Institute.

Festive Facts and Folding Factions with The Posts


Emily Post's great-great-grandkids Lizzie Post and Dan Post-Senning return bearing a bag full of etiquette tips for holiday gift-givers, napkin-folders, and Santa fact-checkers.

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D'Angelo Introduces a "Sugah Daddy"

One For The Road

For a decade and a half, rumors and anticipation built about a long-awaited new record from neo-soul genre-definer D'Angelo. The crooner finally returns to the scene with "Black Messiah."