Hey Meredith Vieira, is a hot dog a sandwich? 

As the saying goes, our next guest needs no introduction. What should we say here? Meredith Vieira is Meredith Vieira. She’s been a fixture on American television since the ’80s. She’s a journalist, an expert interviewer and moderator, and a practiced host, helping anchor everything from Today to Who Wants To Be A…

Last Call: Daft Punk, Stevie Wonder, and a book recommendation for better decision-making

I’m currently making my way through the book Thinking In Bets, from former professional poker player Annie Duke. It’s about a lot of things: Embracing uncertainty, decision bias, the pitfalls of Monday Morning Quarterbacking. If you’re fans of books like Factfulness, The Signal and the Noise, Thinking, Fast And Slow, …

Last Call: A book to help you think about beer, as if you’re not already

An upshot of spending way too much time delayed in airports over the past few days: I’ve had a lot of time to read, and drink beer, and read about drinking beer while drinking beer. Last night in a miserable, overcrowded Denver airport, I completed John Holl’s new book, Drink Beer, Think Beer, and can say it’s a…

Last Call: You should read Michael Pollan’s book on psychedelics and listen to Dinosaur Jr.

Michael Pollan has a new book out, and it’s not about eating plants or how pollination works. It’s about tripping balls, man! (Okay, Pollan would really object to that characterization.) The book, whose full title is How To Change Your Mind: What The New Science Of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying,…

Last call: An intriguing Jell-O history and a supermarket made of felt

Jell-O is one of those foods that was an absolute staple of my childhood: with whipped cream, in salads, and my aunt even made a mold that put carrots in purple gelatin. Granted, I don’t consume as much Jell-O now as much as I did then (although my kids love Jell-O snack packs in their lunches), but I was nonetheless…

Last Call: More Americans are reading poetry, probably because the world is a mess

The National Endowment for the Arts announced earlier this month that its annual Survey of Public Participation in the Arts shows more American adults are reading poetry than at any other time in the survey’s 15-year history (a whopping 12 percent!). Pacific Standard digs into the reasons why, noting that movements…