391: The 2017 All-Icebreaker Episode

It's time for a cavalcade of icebreaker jokes! We've gathered a year's worth of our show-starting jokes into one convenient listening experience. Brace yourselves for awesomely lame one-liners, knock-knock jokes, and more, courtesy of guests like Jordan Peele, Gillian Jacobs, Ava DuVernay, Danny Boyle, Rachel Bloom, Jane Lynch, Barry Jenkins, Norm Macdonald, and Tituss Burgess. Some are funny... most are not. But there are definitely a lot of them. Cheers!


374: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ottessa Moshfegh, Beer Porridge

Encore Broadcast: Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about his latest work in 'Moana,' and reveals how a cross country trip helped him perfect his freestyle rapping...'Nerdette' co-host Greta Johnsen proves why Virginia is NOT for lovers... Rapper Kevin Abstract gives us a dinner party soundtrack for time travelers... Writer Ottessa Moshfegh shares her favorite characters nostalgic for other eras... Plus, the fanciest way to eat beer for breakfast, the history of the Monopoly game, and the only Valentine's Day advice you need from an Emily Post descendant.


390: Flying Lotus, Kyle Mooney, Teju Cole, And a Chill Playlist to Beat the Heat

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Kyle Mooney takes on some first world problems... Writer and photographer Teju Cole explains how he tried to be gangsta in his new book... Flying Lotus chats with us about his nightmarish film 'Kuso' and why you shouldn't believe everything you read about it... New York Times Editor Erin McCann explains how eagles are taking on drones... Singer Vagabon gives us a party playlist that demands respect... Why you're missing out on fish collars... and more.


389: Alan Alda, Mitski, and a $12 Million Card Trick

Alan Alda offers up etiquette advice (including when it's OK to punch someone)... comedy duo the Lucas Brothers show us how to cheat at driver's tests... rocker Mitski provides a party playlist for people who don't party... Jody Avirgan and Rose Eveleth of ESPN's "30 For 30" tell a tale of a $12 million card trick... And Rico revisits the dumpling of his Pittsburgh youth -- the Polish pierogi. Plus, 300,000 missing umbrellas, the history of UK's food rationing, and a new track from Maya Killtron.


Speakeasy Special: Vinyls, Tyson(s) and Bears!

Surprise! Instead of serving up some delicious leftovers (i.e. a rerun), we're serving up a fresh out of the oven Speakeasy special! This time around, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why Albert Einstein would never use hairspray, "I Love Dick" and "Transparent" star Kathryn Hahn shares a story you should NEVER tell at a dinner party, and Rico pays tribute to a beloved Pittsburgh pal: Jerry of Jerry's Records.


388: Alison Brie GLOWs, Samin Nosrat on acid, & more

How Alison Brie body-slammed her way to a role in "GLOW"... Cook and author Samin Nosrat explains why Iranians are the best hosts ever... Beth Ditto serves up a party soundtrack -- and great gravy... Giancarlo Esposito ("Better Call Saul") gives us the silent treatment... a detailed discussion on Piet Mondrian (the guy who painted the squares). Plus, a Kentucky town's pit-bull politician, a record-smashing cocktail, and more!


Look Up and Listen!

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Feist, Fleet Foxes, a talking wolf named Nick Offerman, and more join us on an audio odyssey designed to reacquaint you with the wonders of nature! Hosts Brendan and Rico -- two city slickers -- stumble their way through the great outdoors (and outer space!), gleaning wisdom from unexpected sources.


346: Saoirse Ronan, Cameron Diaz, Solomon Georgio

Encore Broadcast: Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan sharpens her skills in Broadway's Crucible... Actor-and-author Cameron Diaz gives us impeccable advice -- for the long haul... A new doc paints a portrait of David Hockney, an artist both bright and blue... One-man-band Kevin Morby recommends a few other artists (and BBQ masters) who went solo... Comedian-on-the-rise Solomon Georgio recalls his low point... And we toast "Queen Bess" -- the African-American pilot who blazed a (con)trail before Amelia Earhart did. Plus, a cure for cell phone zombie-ism, a new funk-tastic track, and some horseplay.


386: Damon Lindelof, Phoenix, Farewell to Frank Deford

Showrunner supreme Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers") hops into Rico's hot tub time machine, then considers the paradoxes of fandom... The band Phoenix toasts a purring Bryan Ferry, video games in Japan, and the sounds of le cinema... We pay tribute to late great sportswriter Frank DeFord, who throws us some etiquette curveballs... Musician Lynn Castle recalls her proposal from a certain Phil Spector... And we learn about Gertrude of Arabia (sorry Lawrence)! Plus, naked school, Pluto's origins, and a tasty joke from Tituss Burgess.