This week, instead of a rerun, we're serving up a Dinner for One special with one of the most celebrated character actors ever -- Giancarlo Esposito. Plus, get a little taste of next week's "Look Up and Listen!" audio adventure and a sneak peek at our chat with "Glow" and "Mad Men" actress Alison Brie.
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.
Dinner for One: Damon Lindelof, Creator of ‘Lost’ and ‘The Leftovers,’ Goes Hot Tubbing With Rico
We're back with another digital delight! It's another installment of our almost-unedited "Dinner for One" series. For this mini-episode, Rico chats with former co-worker Damon Lindelof. Yes, it's true! Listen as he and Damon reminisce about their days working together on MTV's "Undressed" as writers (of many hot tub scenes). Damon also reflects on how his days as a young "Encyclopedia Brown" fan shaped his storytelling style and his love of interpretive endings. Plus, he talks about interacting with fandoms and ponders if "Lost" maybe answered too many questions.
385: Paul Feig, Samantha Irby, Danger Mouse & Sam Cohen
Director Paul Feig tracks your laughs, fights T-shirt tyranny... Producer duo Danger Mouse and Sam Cohen say Vive la "Resistance" (and French party music)... Writer Samantha Irby (of the B**ches Gotta Eat blog) fakes her way into pregnant yoga... Burlesque meets baseball (meets cocktail!)... And the Posts lead us into the 'gaping maw' of yawning etiquette. Plus: migrating trees, Zacatecan cuisine, and love from Phoenix.
Dinner for One: Paul Feig, Champion of Female Friendships… And Walking Sticks
We're serving up something different on the feed today. It's the second installment of our new "Dinner for One" series -- a single, almost unedited conversation with a luminary in arts and entertainment. This time around, Brendan talks with writer, director, and producer extraordinaire Paul Feig. Listen as the two examine how "Bridesmaids" led to more creative freedom when writing women characters, why Melissa McCarthy's rage as Sean Spicer is so funny, and more. Plus, he and Brendan bond over style and Paul explains why "comfort is a state of mind." Cheers!
384: Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Mac DeMarco
The irrepressible Tituss Burgess from "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" doles out etiquette advice and plays matchmaker... "I Love Dick" actor Kathryn Hahn pokes fun at the high-art world... Indie musician Mac DeMarco DJ's his Italian family dinner... A visit to a vegan butcher... Wisdom from New York Times bestselling author Anne Lamott. Plus, a cocktail tribute to VHS tapes and Jane Fonda, how to look like leadership material, and a new track from alternative hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces!
Speakeasy Special: Charlamagne Tha God, Aimee Mann, Thomas Middleditch
Surprise! It's an all-new Speakeasy Special -- a bonus mid-week treat filled with unheard bits and bobs from our interviews. Listen as "Silicon Valley" star Thomas Middleditch flexes his improv muscle and invents an entire fictional food chain (with a signature drink!) in less than 60 seconds. Then, get a mint condition etiquette answer from singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, before settling in with a thoughtful discussion with author and radio personality Charlamagne Tha God about why Twitter isn't the greatest place for constructive conversation. Plus, Rico shares a not-so-hot "Star Wars" investment tip and more.
320: Peter Capaldi, Paul Scheer, Shamir
Encore Broadcast: Peter Capaldi -- star of the beloved sci-fi series "Dr. Who" -- brings etiquette advice via TARDIS... Funnyman Paul Scheer revels in terrible movies, pseudo-reality... Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi explores how the tech boom and gentrification have remade San Francisco, her hometown... Dance-pop star Shamir works it, while working retail, and whips up a party soundtrack... We connect the dots in the history of Twister -- a game once derided as "sex in a box"... and more!
383: The 2017 All-Music Episode
We're putting on our own music festival with a special "ALL-MUSIC EPISODE"! You'll hear sets from our favorite artists: Run the Jewels, Alice Cooper, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Punk legend Viv Albertine, Perfume Genius, folk musician Joan Shelley, Tony Bennett, and more. Plus Kristen Bell singing the praises of her favorite Disney movie (no, it's not "Frozen"), a story about the mostly unknown FIFTH Beatle, and a "Sublime" wedding proposal. Best of all, you don't even have to leave your house to experience this festival (except we will charge 10 dollars for a bottle of water.)