Episode 314: Abigail Spencer, Riki Lindhome, ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’

Abigail Spencer arrives for The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) And InStyle Celebrate The 2015 Golden Globe Award Season - Arrivals at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on November 20, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

This week: Actor Abigail Spencer cherishes the Southern truths — and roots — of TV’s “Rectify” … Comedian Riki Lindhome, co-everything of the new parody series “Another Period,” gives real talk to Lolitas and ‘Downton’ divas …Rico hops off-menu to try Oaxacan pickled bread a.k.a. “Piedrazos”…A most absurd list, from the masterminds of “Aqua Teen Hunger Force”…The cool history of air conditioning …And more.


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).

Forget Everything You Know About Birth Order and Personality

Small Talk

Is the eldest child always the smartest? Is the youngest sibling destined to be spoiled? Throw out everything you know about birth order science because Marketplace reporter Mark Garrison tells us about a new study which shows that birth order has little to no effect on personality or intelligence.

How Willis Carrier Helped Us Keep Our Cool

A History Lesson With Booze ®

Back in 1902, a guy named Willis Carrier drew up plans for an invention that made life a lot more comfortable for everybody. Learn the history of the modern air conditioner and get a chilly drink to go with it.

'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' Creators Get Serious About Absurdity

Guest List

The creators of the surreal cult cartoon -- which concludes its 11th and final season on Cartoon Network this week -- list the absurd people and shows that encouraged them to create a series about a trio of anthropomorphic fast food items.

Abigail Spencer Cherishes her Southern Roots and 'Rectify' Truths

Guest of Honor

The "Rectify" star, best known for her roles in distinguished cable dramas, tells Brendan about her "Floribama" roots, her big break from "Mad Men," and undergoing therapy in public.

Piedrazos: The Brine-Soaked Snack Straight From Oaxaca

Main Course

Rico gets a lesson from food writer Bill Esparza on piedrazos, a dish typically served around Oaxaca during the time of the Guelaguetza in July.

Listener Feedback: A Dog Lover Speaks Up and Corrections on Corrections

Listener Letters

Our listeners talk back about a few things they might have disagreed with on the show, correct us... and themselves.

Riki Lindhome Solves Modern Problems with Gilded Age Wisdom


The co-creator and star of Comedy Central's series "Another Period" (and one half of comedy music duo Garfunkel & Oates) delivers frank advice about camera-shy "Lolitas," unwelcome living room concerts, and Debbie Down(ton)ers.

'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Finds Humor in the Darkness

Chattering Class

Director Brett Morgen talks to Brendan about his comprehensive documentary, which explores the late rock star's life through the lens of Cobain's own home videos, art and music.