Episode 351: Anna Kendrick, D.A. Pennebaker, Fantastic Negrito

“Pitch Perfect” star Anna Kendrick answers your etiquette questions (and threatens to eat your family)… Documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan… Comedian Aparna Nancherla explains how she embodies science… Musician Fantastic Negrito DJs your dinner party… Plus, we meet the lovechild of Japanese pancakes and tiny hamburgers, learn the history of keeping cool (with a drink to keep you cool too), follow the rent-a-friend trend, and more!

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.

Fantastic Negrito's Party Mix is Good for Your Soul and Your Kidneys


Xavier Dphrepaulezz, better known by his stage name, Fantastic Negrito. He survived homelessness and a near fatal car crash to create what he describes as "black roots music for everyone" with "zero concern for 'pop' anything." Gives us a playlist featuring cuts from legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and more.

Anna Kendrick Threatens to Eat Your Family...While Giving You Life Advice


Anna Kendrick spent part of her teen years on Broadway, winning a Tony nomination for the musical "High Society" at age 13. She earned an Oscar nomination for her performance opposite George Clooney in "Up in the Air." Since then, she's starred in films like "Into the Woods" and the mega-hit "Pitch Perfect." The multi-hyphenate actor tells us how her improv went a little too far on the set of "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates," before solving our listeners' wedding gift gripes and sing-a-long sorrows.

D.A. Pennebaker: Witness to History

Guest of Honor

The legendary documentary director behind films like "Monterey Pop," "The War Room, and "Dont Look Back," reflects on his illustrious career, reveals what drove him to make his new film, "Unlocking the Cage," and celebrates both sides of Bob Dylan.

Aparna Nancherla Brings Self-Criticism to a Whole New Level


Aparna Nancherla has written and appeared on comedy shows from "Late Night with Seth Meyers" to "Inside Amy Schumer." She's performed improv and stand-up for years, and Variety just named her one of their Ten Comics to Watch. However, one area of performance remains a thorn in her side. Listen to her tale.

The Okonomiyaki Slider Combines Japanese Soul with an American Burger

Main Course

Brendan visits Osaka Grub to learn what happens when Japanese pancakes and tiny cheeseburgers get fused together in one delicious dish.

Playlist 351


All the music from episode 351.