Episode 328: Ian McKellen, Cindy Crawford, Wine Crime

Master thespian Sir Ian McKellen with etiquette advice and real talk about his least favorite co-stars… supermodel Cindy Crawford recalls her photo shoot with a 40-pound python… Investigative journalist Christine Haughney on why in wine, there’s not always truth… Will Toledo — of lo-fi indie rock band Car Seat Headrest — DJs your laid-back dinner party… filmmaker Kent Jones on his new Hitchcock doc… Plus, Ann Friedman on pigeon doctors, a history of the Pokemon Shockwave of 1997, a kid show-inspired cocktail, and more!

Car Seat Headrest - 'Two Tired'


Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest offers up an icebreaker about an exhausted bicycle, before giving you a party playlist filled with melodies and metaphors.

Those Pesky Pigeons Can Actually Spot Cancer

Small Talk

Writer and "Call Your Girlfriend" co-host Ann Friedman explains a new study which found that pigeons can detect cancer cells just as well as humans.

Pokémon Shockwave

A History Lesson With Booze ®

So many Japanese children were glued to Pokémon when a new episode was broadcast this week in 1997 that an oddity in the animation simultaneously made viewers across the country ill. Learn about this airwave error and then turn the TV off to enjoy a custom cocktail.

Melodies and Metaphors with Car Seat Headrest


Seattle-based musician Will Toledo -- of the indie band Car Seat Headrest -- got his start in Leesburg, Virginia recording music in his car, hence the band's name. He just signed to Matador Records, and he's got a new album called "Teens of Style." Here he is with a laid-back playlist.

Sir Ian Mckellen Dishes on Fame and Dame Judi Dench

Guest of Honor

Back in the '70s Sir Ian McKellen became one of the leading Shakespearean actors of his generation. Geeks the world over know him for his role as the anti-hero Magneto in the "X-Men" movies, and of course, the wizard Gandalf in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, for which he earned one of his two Oscar nominations. His latest role is as Sherlock Holmes in "Mr. Holmes." Before he took on a few etiquette questions, the veteran actor talked about his storied career, playing the "real" Sherlock Holmes, and why Dame Judi Dench is a "naughty, naughty girl!"

3 Perilous Tales From Cindy Crawford's Life As a Supermodel


Cindy Crawford is one of the most iconic supermodels in fashion history. In her new book, "BECOMING," she uses images from photo shoots as launch pads for stories about her life and career. She shares some of the scariest with us.

Wine Fraud: A Primer on the World of Counterfeit Wine

Main Course

Brendan talks to Christine Haughney, the investigative producer behind "Corkscrewed: The Art of Fake Wine." Learn all about how the fake wine industry has boomed in recent years and the real-life risks oenophiles face with high-end brands.

Sir Ian McKellen Won't Correct You, Even If You Call Him 'Yawn McKlelland'


The master thespian weighs in on our listeners' etiquette questions, and recalls a Jell-O fueled soirée with Gore Vidal.

'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Explores the Impact of a Chat Between Filmmaking Masterminds

Chattering Class

Back in 1966, at the height of his career, French filmmaker François Truffaut sat down with his hero, Alfred Hitchcock, and interviewed him about every film he'd ever made. That interview was transcribed into a hugely influential book called "Hitchcock-Truffaut." A new documentary explores the making of that book, and Rico talks to its director Kent Jones.

Nadia Reid - 'Call the Days'

One For The Road

Nadia Reid is a young New Zealand based folk musician with a new album called "Listen to Formation, Look for Signs." Here's a track from it entitled "Call the Days."