Episode 309: Paul Dano, Jackie Collins, Hot Chip

Paul Dano attends the 'Youth' Photocall during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

On this week’s show: Actor Paul Dano channels his inner Beach Boy…The always saucy novelist Jackie Collins heats up our etiquette segment with talk of models, lost underwear,  and a stolen microwave… Crystal Moselle reflects on her unique new documentary, “The Wolfpack,” an extreme case of pop culture-as-parent… Alexis Taylor of the band Hot Chip serves up a synthy, soulful playlist, while wearing his heart on his (vinyl) sleeve…  And Israeli writer Etgar Keret delivers a darkly funny new memoir, with an assist from “Girls” guy Alex Karpovsky. Plus, Ernest Hemingway’s Sloppy Joe infatuation, selfie art, and more.

'Waldo's Stripes' – Judy Greer


A joke regarding the sartorial selections of an iconic character of Western literature. You know... Waldo. Of "Where's Waldo."

Museums Welcome Selfie-Snapping Patrons

Small Talk

Sadie Stein, contributing editor at the Paris Review, talks to us about the growing trend of museums catering to the selfie-taking crowd. Try not to inadvertently recreate the pose in Edvard Munch's "The Scream."

The Messy Mystery of Sloppy Joe History

A History Lesson With Booze ®

Dive deep into the complicated origin of the sloppy sandwich, which involves one of the greatest literary figures in history. Then wash it down with a tart drink.

Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor DJs a Dinner Party Full of Synth and Soul


Alexis Taylor of the UK band Hot Chip crafts a playlist without pretense featuring artists like Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and Keith Rowe.

Jackie Collins Heats up our Etiquette Segment


The always entertaining best-selling novelist advises our listeners on their particularly cheeky questions about lost underwear and a stolen microwave.

Etgar Keret Welcomes a Child Amidst Chaos


"Girls" actor Alex Karpovsky reads an excerpt from the author's memoir, "The Seven Good Years."

The Overlooked Eclair is on the Rise

Main Course

Brendan talks with Serious Eats writer Niko Triantafillou on how one of the most popular French pastries in America is on the verge of a trend.

Paul Dano Delves into Brian Wilson's Troubled Genius in 'Love & Mercy'

Guest of Honor

The actor talks to Rico about trying to capture the brilliance and sadness in the early years of the legendary music figure, whom he portrays in the music biopic.

Crystal Moselle Explores the Isolated and Creative World of 'The Wolfpack'

Chattering Class

The director talks about bonding with the secluded subjects of her documentary and capturing their struggle to establish their independence.