"Human Nature" David Plotz of Atlas Obscura and the Slate Political Gabfest tells tales of political triumph and crushing defeat, and takes us on a journey to the most fascinating places on earth, some of which are right in our neighborhoods. Nic Kelman has found a manual from Android Zero entitled "How to Pass as Human." It is a clear-eyed catalog of our behavior that will make you question what it means to be fundamentally human. Plus, it's a thrilling adventure and a relentless race...
“Only The Young” - Pamela Ribon is a bestselling author - when it came time to write her new book, she realized she had written much of it years ago, in the form of various “Notes to Boys.” It’s worth seeing how these notes hold up after all of these years. Richard Kramer wrote and directed many episodes of “Thirtysomething” and “My So Called Life,” and then he wrote a book “These Things Happen”, and then he came on the show to talk about it. What happened next, no one can accurately...
"Hollywood Digs" Tales from the darker side of Tinseltown - first, stars Laura Slade Wiggins (The Tomorrow People) and Izabella Miko (Clash of the Titans), and writer/director Tara Miele reveal the tale of "Starving in Suburbia," their new Lifetime movie premiering Saturday, April 26th. Then, writer Ken LaZebnik (A Prairie Home Companion, Touched by an Angel), tells crazy true tales of Hollywood from his new book "Hollywood Digs," including the time he made a movie with Peter O'Toole and...
"Mortified" - David Nadelberg is the creator and producer of the show "Mortified", a nationwide stage show, television show, and now movie (www.mortifiednation.com), where grownups get up and read terrifically embarrassing writing from when they were kids. We also learn the shocking truth about the host's own mortification. Dwayne Perkins is a comedian, and the author of "Hot Chocolate for the Mind." He is very nice and helpful. Stay with us.
"That's Amore" Danny Lobell (RISK!, This American Life) loves pizza, and he has some absolutely incredible stories about his love of pizza. Allie Goertz (aka Cossbysweater) is a singer-songwriter loves nerdy things, and has some absolutely incredible songs about her love of nerdy things. Love and pizza goes together like peanut butter and chocolate, as you are about to hear.
"Fallow Period" - First up, Sascha Rothchild, author of "How to Get Divorced by 30," and known for her appearances on a radio show and television series that is apparently called "This American Life" (??), and Margot Leitman, author of the new book "Gawky: Tales of an Extra Long Awkward Phase," indulge the host's desire to really dig into that time of the late 80's and early 90's that they all grew up in.
"Guys Who Got Their Start with Jerry Seinfeld" Two brilliant men who happened to have gotten their big break working for Jerry Seinfeld. Joel Hodgson is the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Learn the surprising true story behind the creation of the show, and so much more. Peter Mehlman wrote many of your favorite episodes of Seinfeld, popularizing the phrases "yada yada," "spongeworthy," and "double dipping." WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THIS EPISODE? Stay with us.
"Robots of Mystery and Science" This American Wife is back from hiatus with a very special episode. Joel Hodgson created the iconic television series Mystery Science Theater 3000. And he got by with a little help from his robot friends. Interviews with Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot) and Kevin Murphy (Tom Servo) on man and machine, with a little bit of insight from Joel. Stay with us.
Hollywood stories from "Janie and Aaron Does Hollywood" co-host, and actress extraordinaire, Janie Haddad Tompkins. Plus some of our favorite moments from 2012, including a story from Kelly Carlin, and some good advice from Superego and singer/songwriter Adam Cohen. Plus, a sneak peek at our imminent web series, featuring dubstep superstar Drillbit.
Happy and horrible stories of single life from writer Julieanne Smolinski, This American LIFE contributor Eric Klinenberg, author and professor Michael Cobb, and comedian and Moth winner Dave Ross (with Sandra Daugherty). Stay with us.
This week on the podcast, good advice from comedian Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous) on sex and other human activities, Maggie Serota (Low Times podcast) on breakup songs, and Faith Salie (PRI's Fair Game with Faith Salie, WNYC's Relationshow) on getting yourself out there. Stay with us.