This week: Brendan sizes up humorist Andy Borowitz…we unearth a corny communist plot…and Rico gets tips on tipping.
Icebreaker: Comedienne Natasha Leggero tells a joke
Comedienne Natasha Leggero tells a joke about a Buddhist that does not involve a hot dog cart
Small Talk: Illegal police vehicles, model warnings & Norwegian cows
The staff from public radio’s Marketplace share their favorite offbeat news stories from the week
History Lesson with Booze: Corn for Commies & “Roswell’s Weapon”
This week in 1959, American farmer Roswell Garst and Nikita Khruschev threw corn at the press corps.
Guest of Honor: Andy Borowitz
Comedian Andy Borowitz writes for The New Yorker, is a pundit on CNN and his own comedy site The Borowitz Report, but he’ll always be remembered for creating The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Main Course: Tipping Tips
The foodosphere is deep in discussion about tipping and how it affects restaurant culture. Rico speaks with Phoebe Damrosch, author of “Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter,” about how to change the system.
One for the Road: Local Natives, “Airplanes”
A song for you to listen to on the way to, or coming home from, this weekend’s dinner party
Back in 1959, Iowa farmer Roswell Garst and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev struck up a most unusual friendship. Learn how corn helped thaw the cold war (for a time), then shuck this drink.