1. LENA HORNE DATED ORSON WELLES.
Host Karina Longworth continues her “Star Wars” series with another story of a celebrity who worked throughout the World War II era: Lena Horne. Through fascinating archival interviews and anecdotes, we learn about Lena’s background and some of the terrible treatment endured inside and outside Hollywood. Longworth notes Horne had a romantic relationship with Welles, though it fizzled by 1943. (A few years later, the African-American performer wed white composer Lennie Hayton. They kept the marriage a secret for three years.)
2. RACHAEL RAY WAS MUGGED TWICE IN A 10-DAY PERIOD—BY THE SAME MAN.
The podcast talks to the famous foodie about her early days working odd jobs and living in Manhattan. She says the catalyst for moving out of the city was when she was mugged and attacked by a man twice near her apartment. (It was after she left that she started to become recognized as a cook.)
3. NATHAN FILLION HASN’T BEEN CAST AS THE NEW SPIDER-MAN.
The 43-year-old actor chats about Firefly fandom, his pal Ryan Reynolds, his appearance on The Big Bang Theory, and a silly, completely false Spider-Man rumor that spread after he posted a photo of his $3 Spidey mug on WhoSay.
4. KEVIN SMITH IS GRIEVING THE LOSS OF HIS DOG OF 17 YEARS.
The show’s latest episode opens on a poignant note as Smith talks about losing his beloved dog, Mulder. He offers a sweet tribute to the yellow Labrador and thanks fans for enabling him to have a job where he could afford to spend lots of time with his ailing friend.
5. SOME U2 FANS PUT THE BAND’S NEW SONGS ON THEIR ALL-TIME TOP 10 LISTS.
While hosts Adam Scott and Scott Aukerman don’t begin talking about U2 until roughly an hour into the podcast, they do deliver fun top 10 lists of their all-time favorite U2 tracks. Along with hits like "With or Without You," a couple songs from 2014 Songs of Innocence are mentioned: "Raised by Wolves" and "This Is Where You Can Reach Me Now."
6. SPIKE LEE IS ADDICTED … TO AIR JORDANS.
The director speaks to host Jesse Thorn about his new film, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, as well as the legacy of one of his most acclaimed works, Do the Right Thing. He also talks about his addiction to Air Jordans and says if he could only have one pair, it would be the white Air Jordan 11 with black patent leather.
7. JOHN MALKOVICH REALLY CAN RESEMBLE ANYONE.
Photographer Sandro Miller talks about working with Malkovich on his latest project, in which the actor recreates famous portraits of Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Truman Capote and others. (The results are astounding.)