Episode 55: Thanksgiving with Gail Simmons

Gail Simmons is Canadian, so we compare it to U.S. Thanksgiving, and talk about beans, olives, root beer, her bold licorice choices, the phrase “soup to nuts,” and the mysteries of sweet potato casserole. Check out her cookbook right here.

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Music: Crabbuckit, k-os

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Giving Thanks: Thanksgiving Recipes and History, from Pilgrims to Pumpkin Pie

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Episode 51: Disgusting Things with Caitlin Doughty

Celebrity mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about the funeral industry, sharing a bedroom with a dead body, the gnarliness of the Victorian era, worms in apples, long pig, cold dead hands dragging you to hell, beheadings, mossy skulls, and the grossest thing in history: the “whale cure.” Get Caitlin's book, "From Here to Eternity."

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Music: (Don't Fear) the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult

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Episode 47: Pies, Crumbles & Grunts with Sam Pancake

Actor Sam Pancake (he's that guy from that thing) shares his strict rules about cobblers, talks about bacon grease as a secret ingredient, and reflects on shooting the TV show Kitchen Confidential - which required a lot of on-camera eating. Listen to how strong Sam’s accent gets when he talks about Southern food!

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Music: Life's Been Good, Joe Walsh

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Martha Stewart

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Episode 37: Ropa Vieja with Tony Rodriguez

Watch out: this episode contains so, so many swear words. In so many languages. Actor Tony Rodriguez joins Katherine Spiers to talk about ropa vieja, the hilarity of Spanglish, and how Christopher Columbus was the Jared Kushner of his time.

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Music: Just Another Day, Jon Secada

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Arousing Appetites

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