395: Shania Twain, Sterling K. Brown, Cheese Tea

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Shania Twain explains how a vegetarian can survive a country bbq… Musician Emily Haines challenges you to pick difficult music for your dinner party… Erin McCann makes a case for the mosquito emoji… The filmmakers behind “Battle of the Sexes” reveal why there was 40-year-old underwear on the set of their film… Rico drink tea with cheese on top (really)… and more.

Sterling K. Brown Talks Fathers and Sons, Sinners and Saints

Guest of Honor

Actor Sterling K. Brown won his first Emmy for portraying Christopher Darden in "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story." And he won his second, a little over a week ago, for his performance as Randall Pearson in the acclaimed NBC drama "This Is Us." His latest role in the biographical drama "Marshall." Sterling talks to Brendan about his "This Is Us" character being "black on purpose," not-so-blind justice, and more.

Shania Twain's Advice Hits Just the Right Note


Each week you send us your questions about how to behave, and here to answer them this week is Shania Twain. Hailed as the queen of country music, she is one of the biggest selling female country artists of all time. Her new album, titled "NOW," is her first in nearly 15 years. Listen as she talks about her return to music, before helping our listeners with concert etiquette and more.

Cheese Tea: It's Real and It's Spectacular

Main Course

Cheese tea. Yes, it's a thing. And yes, it really is tea topped with cheese. In fact, Rico sampled some in Downtown L.A. at a cheese tea shop called Little Fluffy Head. Listen as the shop's owner, Jenny Zheng, explains how she stumbled on the tea, what kind of cheese tops the drink, their special lid, and more.

'Battle of the Sexes' Filmmakers on Finding the Humanity in Feminists and Chauvinists

Chattering Class

Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton started out as rock video auteurs, co-directing classic clips like Extreme's "More Than Words." They leapt to the big screen with "Little Miss Sunshine" -- which was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. Their new film is "Battle Of The Sexes." A dramedy about the real-life, 1973 tennis match between women's champion and feminist Billie Jean King, played by Emma Stone and the chauvinist former men's champion Bobby Riggs, played by Steve Carrell. The two talk to Rico about why they created a more nuanced portrayal of Riggs… what was really going on beneath those 1970s costumes.

Emily Haines Encourages You to Get a Little Weird With This Party Playlist


Emily Haines is the frontwoman of the Canadian band Metric, which combines rock with gritty electronic music. She also has her own solo project called Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton, and her her second album "Choir of the Mind" is out now. She mixes up a soundtrack that includes songs by Dead Meadow, The Avalanches, and more, that'll push your dinner party to new (and weird) heights.

Emily Haines' Tortilla Soup Recipe


After mixing up a soundtrack and teasing us with a delectable-sounding tortilla soup, Emily was kind of enough to give us the recipe and a glimpse inside her home.