Like late-night for radio, hosted by Luke Burbank (Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me), the show artfully blends an eclectic mix of artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, comedians and cultural observers. Music, comedy, and conversation, live and packed with surprises.
Sam Jay, Jelani Memory, Leyla McCalla, and Black Violin
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello celebrate "Black History Month" with this special episode. Comedian Sam Jay (“Saturday Night Live”) discusses developing a whole new kind of late night show with her HBO series “PAUSE with Sam Jay;” writer and publisher Jelani Memory (“A Kids Book About Racism”) explains how he launched a book series for parents and kids to tackle heavy topics; cellist and folk musician Leyla McCalla brings the musicality of Langston Hughes' poetry to life with "Song for a Dark Girl" from her Smithsonian Folkways album “Vari-Colored Songs;” and instrumental duo Black Violin unpack the intersection of hip hop and classical music, before performing the titular track of their album “Stereotypes.”
J. Kenji López-Alt, Sara Schaefer, and Dehd
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello talk ambitious DIY projects; chef and food writer J. Kenji López-Alt tests his knowledge of cooking gadget infomercials; comedian Sara Schaefer leads a seminar on how to perform standup in various comedic styles... including puppetry; and indie rock group Dehd discusses bad loves stories and dental work, before performing "Bad Love" from their new album “Blue Skies.”
John Waters, Sasha LaPointe, and Deep Sea Diver
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello reveal what our listeners would like to have named after them; legendary filmmaker John Waters (“Pink Flamingos,” “Cry Baby”) chats about his first novel Liarmouth and why he'll never leave Baltimore; writer Sasha LaPointe (“Red Paint”) unpacks her nomadic upbringing in the Pacific Northwest and why “Twin Peaks” made an impact on her as young Native woman; and indie rock group Deep Sea Diver performs "Shattering the Hourglass" from their album celebrated album “Impossible Weight.”
Aubrey Gordon, Chris Meija, and Danielle Ponder
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello recall some fads of the past; Aubrey Gordon discusses how her hit podcast Maintenance Phase debunks the junk science behind nutrition, wellness, and fatness; stand-up comedian Chris Meija gives us an unexpectedly hilarious account of his call to the suicide hotline; and lawyer-turned-powerhouse vocalist Danielle Ponder performs "Only the Lonely" from her newest album “Some Of Us Are Brave.”
EXTRA: Maintenance Phase's Aubrey Gordon & The Jar of Truth
In this podcast EXTRA, Maintenance Phase podcaster Audrey Gordon participates in a round of “The Jar of Truth” and gives her hot takes on some fads past and present.
Gregory Gourdet and No-No Boy
Host Luke Burbank and announcer Elena Passarello talk wacky cooking hacks; acclaimed chef and restaurateur Gregory Gourdet (“Top Chef”) discusses how his newest cookbook “Everyone's Table” begins with his journey to sobriety; and musician and scholar Julian Saporiti, a.k.a. No-No Boy, describes how he transformed his doctoral research on Asian-American history into a multimedia project, before performing "Tell Hanoi I Love Her" from his latest album “1975.”