PODCAST | “Death, Sex & Money”
“Death, Sex & Money” addresses all the things we were told growing up not to mention in polite conversation. Hosted by Anna Sale and produced by WNYC Studios in New York, the show topped the Apple podcast chart when it launched in 2014 and is still going strong. Conversations dig deep into all the “things we think about a lot, and need to talk about more,” Sale said, and include talks with celebrities and listeners about money, relationships, infidelity, career shifts, parenting, mental illness, divorce, gender identity, dying and more. The best part about the podcast is its interaction and projects with listeners, many of whom end up speaking on the bi-weekly podcast. Listen through any podcast app, the WNYC website, NPR and more.
BOOK | “Tequila Mockingbird” | Running Press
“Think of this recipe guide as Spark Notes with a liquor license.” Indeed, as the introduction so clearly notes, this book pairs great cocktails with great books. With chapters titled “Are you there God, it’s me Margarita” and “Vermouth the bell tolls,” this is good stuff. Authored by Tim Federle, the same guy who wrote “The Great American Whatever” and co-authored the movie “Ferdinand,” this book combines recipes, a glossary of barware, and even some drinking games at the end of the tome.
MOVIE | “Bad Times at the El Royale” | Paramount Pictures
Seven strangers with seven secrets meet at a run-down motel on the border of California and Nevada. That’s the premise of this new flick by Drew Goddard (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “The Martian”) which promises to deliver a decade’s worth of recognizable one-liners such as, “Shit happens; get the whiskey,” uttered by Jeff Bridges. The movie also stars Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Johnson and Jon Hamm. The characters all get a shot at redemption in this mystery thriller. The movie hits theaters on Oct. 12.