Charles Graeber “Sucking In” Ep. 185

HWYW Book Club! HWYW Book Club! Welcome back to HWYW Book Club. CHARLES GRAEBER is this week’s guest. He wrote the fabulous True Crime book THE GOOD NURSE, and he’s here to tell Julie about the banality of evil, and how bureaucratic failure is scarier than a lone psychopath, how sex stuff can make murderers confess, why his book was originally called THE PRESSURE SUIT, and how, to the man who killed around 400 people, the story could be best described as a “dark comedy.”

Plus: Finally appreciating PIPPIN, and how it’s about choosing disappointment over death; a nosy dog named Ringo; Bridget Everett as Iggy Pop; and the return of Spoony’s BORED-walk Empirezzzzz recaps!

Jake Fogelnest, Danielle Henderson, Nellie McKay “HWYW Live” Episode 184

A treat! Enjoy this recording of the live show we did at The Bell House on June 1 of this very year. Featuring guests Jake Fogelnest, Danielle Henderson and Nellie McKay? Yes Please!

Plus: Spoony sings “Garbage Dump,” Danielle is inducted -and KNIGHTED!- into the Guest Hall of Fame, a story about weasels, and Ted & Julie duet on “If I Were a Carpenter.” You’ll love this show so much, you’ll leave saying “Boy Am I Glued.”

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Steven Hammel “Starship Truthers” Ep. 183

This week’s episode features artist STEVEN HAMMEL! Enjoy this chat about design influences, the 1940s, tiered cakes, the bicentennial, and FARM WIFE magazine.

Also! A disturbing thing to hear mid-massage, what Joan Rivers’s funeral was like, a theory about audience participation and dancing at parties, The Big Chill, and how it is the most horrible movie, and a tie between Nev Schulman and the employees of AREA 51 TATTOOS for worst living humans. Plus- why French women don’t get fat. Hint: It’s because they’re the opposite of Jewish!

Enjoy, enjoy.

Joan Rivers “A Cup and Saucer Made Out of a Daffodil” Ep. 182

On April 7, 2011, JOAN RIVERS was kind enough to appear on episode 5 of this podcast. Here is that interview in full.

In addition to being a small tribute to the enormous legacy of this phenomenal woman, it also features the following exchange: Julie: “What DO dogs know?’ Joan: “Oh, the usual crap.”

In addition to a remembrance of Joan, this week’s podcast also features a story about a candy store in Montauk, a lesson about baths versus showers from Reverend John Waters, a meditation on the rhythm of The Simpsons, some Glenn Hetrick news about his cats and Halloween, a sock-eating Great Dane whose privacy doesn’t matter, and extensive rumination about Kevin Spacey’s upcoming concert in our nation’s capital, which is surely a great idea.

RIP Joan. We miss you already.

Natasha Lyonne “STANLEY” Ep. 181

Natasha Lyonne! Natasha Lyonne! Everybody screams for Natasha Lyonne! What a treat, America. NATASHA LYONNE, goddamn movie and television star and wonderful human, is here to chat with us right before the Emmys, kiddos. Enjoy as Natasha explains to us why everything is Hitler’s fault, why she hasn’t watched OITNB yet in full, how bonobo monkeys are totally passé, the veracity of @UberFacts, whether Diane Keaton could attend an orthodox shul wearing what she usually wears, and that time some girls in sleepaway camp thought she was the devil.

Also- more meditations on disappointment! How you are trapped in the moment when fantastizing just depresses you! The Bourdain-Lite rock ‘n’ roll anthem that is the HOTEL HELL theme song! What “Soulless” is a synonym for (Unhaunted)! Michelle Williams doing something very weird during CABARET! Ice Water as social media! How the residents of Sweethaven from the film “Popeye” are just big weirdos! And how, if you show your ugly stuff as well as your glittering gold, nobody can “getcha” for being miserable.

Hooray for this show.

Joshua Wolf Shenk “My Dog Hates Me” Ep. 180

Hi! This week’s show is a great show. JOSHUA WOLF SHENK, author of THE POWERS OF TWO, a new book about creative duos, is here to talk to Julie about autonomy and collaboration! And it’s truly fucking fascinating, daddy-o. Enjoy this chat about a kind of intimacy that is not in the service of romance, but instead, speaks to ART. This is a good talk that covers the bases of: the balance between being alone and being with others, the myth that ladies are all satisfied with the identity of “the woman behind the man,” and the elusive nature of chemistry.

Also, Julie has an article about how we really screwed up by domesticating dogs! When whistling was sexy! Pauley Perrette’s horrible Twitter hashtag she created to deal with the passing of Robin Williams! Avocado talk! And a controversial hunch about Koko the Gorilla.

Hallelujah! A great show for you

David Rees “Rita Moreno is Going Through Some Stuff” Ep. 179

Wonderful news! DAVID REES,host of GOING DEEP WITH DAVID REES, is here to talk to Julie about his awesome new show, and what making it entails, including interviewing grave diggers, dealing with filthy insects, watching a cadaver arm move when triggered, and how planes fly.

Also! Tony Bennett is collaborating with Lady Gaga, and is clearly confused and possibly being exploited, Satsumas and what they are, whether it’s persuasive to mention the twin towers when negotiating your rent (it isn’t), and exciting news about a woman’s COLLEAGUE joining her soon at Pret a Manger!

Enjoy this magic morsel.