Episode 306: Michael Ian Black, Angel Olsen, Marlon James, Lizzo

Michael Ian Black attends the 15th Annual Webby Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for The Webby Awards)

This week, it’s a special live(ly) edition of the DPD, recorded at the historic Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Comedian Michael Ian Black comes bearing terrible casseroles and terribly funny etiquette advice… Rocker Angel Olsen plays the lights out… Acclaimed novelist Marlon James remembers the time when his inner diva took center-stage, then introduces us to Jamaican geek subcultures… We connect the dots in the history of Twister – a game once derided as “sex in a box”… And hip-hop phenom Lizzo closes the show with an anthem of self-acceptance.

Rich Sommer - 'Silent P'


The former "Mad Men" actor and Minnesota native gave us a prehistoric-themed icebreaker for our live show at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

White Rhinos headed to the Lone Star State?

Small Talk

Kerri Miller, host of MPR News with Kerri Miller, informs us about a plan for people to adopt white rhinos from South Africa and move them to the back yards of South Texas.

Twister's Tangled Origin Tale

A History Lesson With Booze ®

Around this time in 1966, two guys in the Twin Cities dreamt up a party game that had people falling all over each other. Connect the dots in the history of Twister, then gingerly sip on a colorful drink.

Michael Ian Black's Pursuit of 'Amazing'-ness, and a 'Wet Hot American' Time Warp

Guest of Honor

The comedian talks about breaking into comedy, sheds a little light on the new Netflix "Wet Hot American Summer" series... and reveals a new development in biotechnology.

Angel Olsen Lights up the Stage with 'Lights Out'


North Carolina-based songstress Angel Olsen gave enthralling performances of her singles "Iota" and "Lights Out," on the Fitzgerald stage in St. Paul, Minnesota. She also sang a haunting cover of Richie Havens' "I'm a Stranger Here."

Marlon James Lets his Inner Diva Strut


The author remembers a time when he dared to turn the tables on school bullies and chats with our hosts about Hollywood and Jamaican geek subcultures.

Michael Ian Black Isn't Here to be Nice, He's Here to Give Advice


The comedian gets a little naughty with the Minnesota-nice crowd as he doles out wisdom on snacks, baby showers and becoming friendly-ish neighbor.

Lizzo Gets Lively at the Fitz with 'Paris,' 'Batches & Cookies'

One For The Road

The Minneapolis-based hip-hop artist gave three high-energy performances during our live show at the Fitzgerald Theater, including "Batches & Cookies," "Paris," and a brand new tune called "My Skin."