Dan Savage on skanky pigeons, extreme musicals, and his new book

Author, journalist, and activist Dan Savage is best-known for his internationally-syndicated weekly column “Savage Love,” in which has been answering readers’ sex and relationship questions since 1991. He talks to Rico about squeamishness, skanky pigeons, and his snowboarding soundtrack.

Indie Queen Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) finds her voice

British singer Tracey Thorn has recorded hits with the duo Everything But The Girl and in collaboration with acts like Massive Attack. More recently she’s released a couple of solo albums, like 2012’s Tinsel and Lights.) Tracey’s new memoir “Bedsit Disco Queen: How I Grew Up and Tried to Be a Pop Star” covers her decades-long career in punk and pop. Today we overhear a tale about the time she found her voice.

Reyhan Harmanci on the most delicious encyclopedia

Reyhan Harmanci, Deputy Editor of the new food & culture magazine Modern Farmer guides us to La Tacopedia: Enciclopedia del taco which may be the world’s most delicious reference book.

Autism expert Temple Grandin on thinking across the spectrum

Dr. Temple Grandin is a college professor, scientist, inventor, activist, best-selling author - and a person with autism. In her newest book, The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum, Grandin incorporates her own experiences with cutting-edge science and innovative theory, and advocates for embracing and educating children anywhere on the autism spectrum.

Words even older than tubular

Sadie Stein, Deputy Editor of The Paris Review, shares a story close to her bookworm heart: two-hundred core words have been in use for up to 15,000 years… including the word “worm.”

Marisa Silver develops a single photograph into a touching tale

Marisa Silver first made waves as a filmmaker, winning a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. In the last decade she’s transitioned to writing - earning acclaim for her short stories and novels. Today, we over hear a part of Marisa’s new novel Mary Coin a fictional re-imagining of the iconic “Migrant Mother” photo.