Episode 358: America Ferrera, Norm Macdonald, Dinosaur Jr.

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“Ugly Betty” and “Superstore” star America Ferrera explains the “super” part of superstores… Comedian Norm Macdonald gives us etiquette advice and reveals why his new memoir, “Based on a True Story,” is full of lies… Childstar-turned-writer Mara Wilson confronts the hereafter… Noise rock pioneer Lou Barlow celebrates soft rock with a soundtrack for your dinner party… Plus, the history of Play-Doh, a crimson cocktail, nanofish in your bloodstream, and more!

The Story of Play-Doh: From Cleaning Putty to Crafty Toy

A History Lesson With Booze ®

Around this time back in 1956, an Ohio company turned a useless household product into one of the most beloved inventions ever. Learn the squishy history and enjoy a custom crimson cocktail.

Dinosaur Jr.'s Lou Barlow Mixes up a Cool (and Kid-Friendly) Playlist


Indie-rock legend Lou Barlow was one of the founding members of Dinosaur Jr, which arguably defined the genre by burying catchy melodies and vulnerable lyrics under layers of noise. The band just released their 11th studio album, "Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not." Lou has also helmed the band Sebadoh, and also Folk Implosion, whose song "Natural One" became a modern rock standard. So, naturally, we asked him to craft a dinner party soundtrack.

America Ferrera Imagines Herself in the Hero Role

Guest of Honor

America Ferrera is best known for starring as the homely office assistant with a heart in the ABC comedy "Ugly Betty." That role earned her an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actor's Guild award. Now she stars in the NBC sitcom "Superstore," and she talks to us about what drew her back to TV, what a lack of on-screen representation meant to her, and the one "Ugly Betty" question she can't stand.

Norm Macdonald Goes Gonzo


Norm Macdonald has been a major figure in the comedy world since at least the early '90s, when he began a long run as a cast member on "Saturday Night Live,” where he managed to delight and/or outrage the audience and his bosses with his take no prisoner satire. Now he's published a memoir called, "Based on a True Story.” Before tackling our listeners' etiquette questions, the comedian explains why the book is filled with half-truths.

Norm Macdonald Urges You to Release the Moths!


Each week you send in your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is comedian Norm Macdonald. After giving us a little insight on his new memoir and his "Saturday Night Live" days, he hung back for a bit to solve our listeners' etiquette woes.

Mara Wilson Confronts the Hereafter


As a tiny kid with a huge smile, Mara Wilson starred in films like "Mrs. Doubtfire" and "Matilda." Now 29, she's traded acting for writing in outlets like McSweeney's. And her latest work is a memoir called, "Where Am I Now." She shares an excerpt that sheds light on what it's like to grow up obsessed with death.