This week: Comedy duo Tim and Eric get into the Etiquette Zone… New U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera wears many hats, counts many lizard tails… An “UnREAL” new show skewers reality TV… Debut novelist Naomi Jackson links Brooklyn and Barbados…The best form-breaking talk shows, handpicked by comedian Chris Gethard (“The Chris Gethard Show”)… And we browse menus, through the centuries. Plus, the history of the typewriter, Medieval egg throwing, and Neil Young, howling at the moon!
This week's Eavesdropping guest, Brooklyn author Naomi Jackson, shares a little eye humor.
Christopher Latham Sholes’ “literary piano” led to the 1868 invention of the typewriter - and, along with it, the QWERTY keyboard layout. Learn about some of the quirks of Sholes’ device, and then try to type the alphabet while drinking this cocktail.
For years, actor and comedian Chris Gethard hosted the cult favorite public access TV show, "The Chris Gethard Show." Now his show is on the Fusion network, and he tells us about some of the twisted, hard-to-categorize variety shows that shaped his tastes.
U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera takes us from the spoken-word poems of his mother's kitchen to the inherent contradiction of being the nation's appointed poet. Plus, he'll share with you the nutrients that poems need to grow.
Brooklynite Naomi Jackson drew upon her family's roots in Barbados, to write her acclaimed new debut novel. But she says, "The most interesting parts are fiction." Today we overhear an excerpt from "The Star Side of Bird Hill."
USC Associate Professor Josh Kun recently curated an exhibition for The L.A. Public Library on the vast history of the city's menus called, "To Live and Dine in L.A." He gives Rico a peek at the some of the tens of thousands of menus they have in their collection, ranging from the subtle to the absurd.
Channeling their new self-help book, comedians Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim ("Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!") teach our listeners how to be better people, and of course, how to "remove their tubes."
Writer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro draws inspiration from her previous role as producer for nine seasons of "The Bachelor" to bring in her newest series, "UnREAL." Find out why her own experience on "The Bachelor" was "kind of like a vegan getting hired to work in a slaughterhouse." Plus, Rico and Sarah exchange tips on surefire ways to make a 20-something cry.
Neil Young is a singer... well, you've heard of him. He's got a new album out this week called, "The Monsanto Years." Here's a track from it called "Wolf Moon."
All the music from episode 312.