Whether you’re in the mood to hear from a famous chef or the man who co-wrote Anchorman and Step Brothers, there’s a podcast for you this week. Below are my recent favorites, and you can always delve into the archive for more suggestions.
WAFFLE HOUSE TRIES TO GET CUSTOMERS IN AND OUT IN 19 MINUTES.
What’s it like to work a 24-hour shift at Waffle House? Restaurant and drinks editor Andrew Knowlton shares what he learned from the experience, from its lingo—waitstaff are referred to as “associates,” for example—to the fact that the speedy Southern chain aims to get its diners out the door in about 20 minutes.
MARIO BATALI’S KIDS EAT AN AMAZING BREAKFAST EVERY MORNING.
The famous chef stays busy with several restaurants and his TV show, but he also makes sure his sons go to school with full bellies. In this interview, he says that each year he makes a special breakfast menu for them with choices that include an egg sandwich on a toasted English muffin with Fontina and prosciutto and “plain old ordinary crepes with cinnamon sugar and lemon.” Not too shabby.
ONLY 30 PERCENT OF MUSEUMGOERS READ WRITING ON THE WALLS.
How exactly does one pen those concise descriptions of art, artists, and exhibits we see at museums? Rachel Souhami reveals the keys to her craft (and suggests that more of us should read her work).
YOU CAN BUY MAGICAL SPELLS ON ETSY.
With the click of a button, anyone can hire someone to work his or her magic, whether it’s casting a spell for more money, true love, or, in this case, better sex. Writer Jaya Saxena puts an Etsy spell to the test, and her findings are somewhat surprising.
JASON JONES FILED MORE DAILY SHOW FIELD PIECES THAN STEPHEN COLBERT.
The show’s official podcast bids a fond farewell to Jones, who spent almost a decade as a correspondent. Jones shares some of his most memorable moments—his on-camera vasectomy may top the list—and the hosts share fun statistics, like the fact that he appeared in 130 field segments, edging out previous record holder Stephen Colbert.
ADAM MCKAY IS MAKING HIS MOST REALISTIC MOVIE YET.
This week, Slate’s popular podcast returned for a new season with a new host, Planet Money’s Adam Davidson. This special episode features Davidson’s conversation with writer, director and producer Adam McKay (Anchorman, Funny or Die) about his day-to-day life. McKay says while most of his projects aren’t completely rooted in reality, his upcoming flick, The Big Short (with Brad Pitt and Christian Bale) will be the most realistic project he has done.
YOU CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT SOMEONE AFTER WAITING IN LINE WITH THEM.
On this segment recorded in 2011, Starlee Kine shares a humorous and surprisingly suspenseful story about waiting several hours to see performance artist Marina Abramović at the Museum of Modern Art. And while it’s a slight spoiler to say she never meets the artist face-to-face, that isn’t what her story is about at all.