“This is terrific, because I always assumed that the only way I could get on the BBC would be to have David Attenborough narrate my mating rituals. Glad this happened instead.”—Peter Sagal on the new Wait Wait TV Special.
We want your AUDIO BEARDS! Here’s how to send us your audio beard update: call 1-800-424-2935, and at the tone, say your name and rub your beard on the receiver. Who knows, you may hear your face on next week’s podcast!
this is possibly the weirdest thing i’ve reblogged but please help ian and mike out, if you’re beardily inclined.
I think I’d just like to make the point that we tend to think of income inequality in this country as though it were a force of nature, that people really don’t have any control over. And certainly there are some underlying structural trends - the decline of unions, the increase of globalization and global trade - that are driving inequality to a certain degree.
But on top of that, and pushed by the Republican party, you have a tax policy that is favoring people who are getting more and more wealthy as a result of these structural trends and rewarding them with tax cuts that are allowing them to get richer still. And that is a new story in America and it’s not the one that we like to tell ourselves.
“This is a man who had defused himself, who had tamped down his desires. And when he came out, it was the beginning of him becoming more vivid and hot and present, which was often messy but always wonderful.”—Filmmaker Mike Mills talks about his father, who came out when he was 75.
We need your help for Monday's interview. Etiquette questions?
On Monday, we’re interviewing Philip Galanes. He’s the person who writes the New York Times advice column Social Q’s where he “offers lighthearted advice about awkward social situations.”
For example, he’s answered questions like:
What to do when you have a mistress and a son and you accidentally text your son instead of your mistress?
My husband’s grandmother takes really offensive photographs of my double chin and then sends them to our entire family, what do I do?
What should I do when strangers in coffee shops ask me to watch their stuff and I don’t want to?
We want to pose some modern day social etiquette from our listening audience to Philip on Monday. So if you have a burning question about your relatives, the holidays, technology, email gaffes and/or dating, please ask away!
“But when a saga popular with pre-adolescent girls peaks romantically on a night that leaves the heroine to wake up covered with bruises in the shape of her husband’s hands — and when that heroine then spends the morning explaining to her husband that she’s incredibly happy even though he injured her, and that it’s not his fault because she understands he couldn’t help it in light of the depth of his passion — that’s profoundly irresponsible.”—NPR’s Linda Holmes reviews Twilight Breaking Dawn, Pt. 1 (via diandrabird)
“Anytime you cast a movie and you need someone famous in the lead part, you’re a prisoner of whoever happens to be famous in the six month window in which you’re trying to get a film financed. I lament that many times, a director has to compromise about who these lead actors must be, simply in order to get the film financed — when that’s the single most important element of the film that should be never compromised.”—Director Alexander Payne is lucky, having cast George Clooney, Jack Nicholson, Reese Witherspoon and Paul Giamatti in his films. But he says many directors in Hollywood have to make casting compromises to finance their projects. [complete interview here]