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Episode 295: Dev Patel, Dave Barry, Lady Lamb

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Dev Patel attends the IWC Gala Dinner during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2015 at the Palexpo on January 20, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)
Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC

This week: “Chappie” star Dev Patel on acting alongside robots and Dames… Dave Barry brings a machete to our etiquette segment… Author Tania James sees life (and loss) through the eyes of a child elephant… Singer Lady Lamb makes a playlist for us, and for her best friend Shervin…”The Cat in the Hat” trumps Dick and Jane… Suggestions from a “mustard sommelier”… We meet “The Wrecking Crew” — the session musicians behind hundreds of ’60s/’70s hits… And more!


Dev Patel attends the IWC Gala Dinner during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2015 at the Palexpo on January 20, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

Dev Patel - 'Underwater Armies'

Icebreaker

"Chappie" and "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" star Dev Patel attempts to torpedo his own career with a terrible joke.


The No-Motor Boat Race

Small Talk

Luke Burbank hosts the radio show "T-B-T-L" and, it happens, bears annual witness to one of America's strangest naval feats... a NO-motor boat race.


First lady Michelle Obama prepares to read Dr. Seuss's 'The Cat in the Hat', during an event at the Library of Congress on March 2, 2010 in Washington, DC. Over three hundred local students participated in the event to promote reading and to mark 'Read Across America Day' and the birthday of author Theodor Seuss Geisel. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How 'The Cat in the Hat' Began With A Random List Of Words

A History Lesson With Booze ®

One of the classics of literature... began with a random list of words.


Lady Lamb's Party Soundtrack feat. Sing-alongs (and Shervin)

Soundtrack

Maine multi-instrumentalist Lady Lamb creates an eclectic party soundtrack for us... and for her best friend, Shervin.


Dev Patel attends the IWC Gala Dinner during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2015 at the Palexpo on January 20, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for IWC)

Dev Patel Marvels at Machines and Maggie Smith

Guest of Honor

"Slumdog Millionaire" star Dev Patel is having a(nother) moment with the sci-fi film "Chappie." He ponders a world full of machines... and tells us why Dame Maggie Smith is LIKE one.


Pierette Huttner, Mustard Sommelier.

A Mustard for Every Occasion

Main Course

French mustard brand Maille opened up a store in Manhattan recently. They sell dozens of mustard varieties there, and to help people decide what to pair them with, they hired "mustard sommelier" Pierrette Huttner.


Tania James Takes On A New Perspective

Eavesdropping

Indian-American novelist Tania James has won acclaim for fiction that spans continents and takes bold leaps. She shares an excerpt of her new novel, told from the perspective of an elephant, in crisis.


Dave Barry: How to Live Right, with a Machete

Etiquette

Since winning a Pulitzer Prize for his humor writing, Dave Barry has busied himself with writing bestselling novels, literary collaborations, and essay collections. His latest is called "Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer is Much Faster): Life Lessons and Other Ravings." We asked him to shower our listeners with excellent advice. He gave us...machetes.


The Wrecking Crew in the studio to record with Phil Spector.

'The Wrecking Crew': Legendary Music Hit-Men

Chattering Class

If you're like most folks, you've heard "The Wrecking Crew," but you haven't heard OF them. Brendan gets the skinny on these unsung session musicians, who played on hundreds of pop hits in the '60s. They're the subject of a new documentary, out next week in theaters.


Courtney Barnett / Photo Credit: Mia Mala McDonald

Courtney Barnett's 'Pedestrian at Best' is Anything But

One For The Road

Courtney Barnett lives in Australia, writes killer songs, and has new album coming out this month. Here's a track from it called "Pedestrian at Best." It’s much better than that.


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