Episode 234: Best of 2013

This week, we ring in 2014 by looking BACK at our favorite interviews of 2013.  (Because, yes, we’re punk like that.)  You’ll hear “things you didn’t know” from Daniel Radcliffe, Margaret Atwood, and many more… Sounds big and small from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff and They Might be Giants… Writer Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) sets the planets spinning… Tim Gunn and Lars Ulrich take the etiquette chair… Comedian Nick Kroll (attempts to) atone for Octoberfest… The year in Small Talk… “Gatsby” ringleader Baz Luhrmann kicks of our party… A liquid bikini… and lots more.

“An Only Child” – Baz Luhrmann


Best of 2013 Small Talk

Small Talk

By this point, you're probably buried under recaps of 2013's major headlines. So here, in tiny digestible pieces, are all of the crazy news items that didn't make the front page, but probably helped you win your dinner parties...

The Birth of the Bikini

A History Lesson With Booze ®

This week back in 1946, Frenchman Louis Reard dropped an explosive new invention on the unsuspecting world: the bikini. Learn the sizzling story, then cool down with a two-part drink direct from Paris.

They Might Be Giants Keep it Short & Sweet

Guest List

Grammy-winning duo They Might Be Giants (John Flansburgh and John Linnell) have been churning out catchy, smart tunes since 1986 - for both adults and on several albums for kids. Their 16th album “Nanobots” (out this week) features a whopping 25 songs in just 45 minutes. To celebrate the less-is-more idea, they suggest a few other tiny gems.

Best of Etiquette 2013


We look back at some highlights of 2013 etiquette conversations, featuring Tim Gunn, Lars Ulrich, and other unlikely advice givers.

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Elizabeth Gilbert 'Loves' a Party


Elizabeth Gilbert, the woman who launched a thousand book clubs with her 2006 best-seller "Eat, Pray, Love," is back with a new novel, "The Signature of All Things," set in the world of nineteenth century elites.

Catching up on the Cronut craze

Main Course

What has New Yorkers queuing for hours, launching a crazy black-market, and food-blogging so hard? Cronuts, of course. Brendan visited Dominique Ansel Bakery to learn all about the buttery treats - but that doesn’t mean he got to taste one.

2013 Guests of Honor: Things We Didn't Know

Guest of Honor

"Things you didn't know" from a few of our favorite Guests of Honor in 2013, including Daniel Radcliffe, Margaret Atwood, and Dan Savage.

Comedian Nick Kroll Atones for an Epic Oktoberfest


Actor and comic Nick Kroll is best known for playing defense attorney Rodney Ruxin on FX’s “The League.” This Wednesday his new sketch comedy show “Kroll Show” premieres on Comedy Central; it features bits with signature Kroll characters like Bobby Bottlservice (one of the ‘Ed Hardy boys’) and flamboyant caterer Fabrice Fabrice. Today he tells us about the time when he got run out of Munich on a rail.

We Fall Hard for Jimmy Cliff


Recording since 1968, Jimmy Cliff deserves tremendous credit for shaping reggae music in Jamaica and for popularizing it around the world. Back with a new record, he's enjoying reaching a whole new generation of fans.