Best Way to Spend an Afternoon

1. An Interview with Nick Offerman

The amazing Nick Offerman sits down with Chris to talk about how the character of Ron Swanson came to be, starting his career in the theater and what it means to be a man!

2. Unraveling Bolero

In this podcast, a story about obsession, creativity, and a strange symmetry between a biologist and a composer that revolves around one famously repetitive piece of music.

3. China 3.0

Today on Sinica, join us for a discussion on economics, politics and geopolitics with Mark Leonard from the European Council on Foreign Relations. Our specific focus is China 3.0, the council's recent compendium of essays on contemporary Chinese approaches to policy issues from leading Chinese intellectuals and thinkers. What is China 3.0? The thinking behind this book is that China’s recent leadership transition in Beijing marks the country's shift into a third stage of its development following the Maoist revolution in 1949 and Deng Xiaoping's embrace of market reforms in the late 1970s. This is a meaty discussion about people, ideas and social change. So join Kaiser and Jeremy as they grill Mark on what he thinks about recent developments in China and what they mean for Sinica listeners worldwide.

4. An Interview with Jason Schwartzman

The extremely talented Jason Schwartzman sits down with Chris, Matt and Jonah to talk about skateboarding dogs, life as a drummer and filming the movie A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III!

5. Christ In Context: 'Zealot' Explores The Life Of Jesus

Writer and scholar Reza Aslan converted to Christianity when he was a teenager, but found that as he grew older, he was far more interested in Jesus as a man than as a Messiah. His new book, Zealot, considers Jesus in the context of the time and place in which he lived.

6. Sigur Rós, Live In Concert From Celebrate Brooklyn

It's not hyperbolic to suggest that Sigur Rós is one of the world's greatest live bands, creating a hypnotic, almost overwhelming experience. Hear the group, back on tour after four years, as it plays a sweeping two-hour set at Brooklyn's Prospect Park Bandshell during Celebrate Brooklyn recorded live on July 31, 2012.Set List:

7. An Evening with Bill Bishop

This week Kaiser and Jeremy welcome back Bill Bishop, the force behind the invaluable Sinocism newsletter and the man Evan Osnos once referred to as "the China watcher's China watcher". Starting with a look at Bill's past and how he ended up in China, our discussion moves on to why he decided to start his newsletter, before segueing towards his take on the most important but overlooked China stories of the past month.

8. An Interview with Tom Morello

Tom Morello invites Chris and Jonah into his home studio to talk about how he became the guitarist of Rage Against The Machine, baby music classes and just how nerdy Tom really is!

9. Questlove's Roots: A 'Meta' Memoir Of A Lifetime In Music

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the co-founder of and drummer for the hip-hop band The Roots, has been a musician since he was a teen. In Mo' Meta Blues, he explains how his musician father groomed him for a life in show business from an early age.

10. Evan Osnos Leaves China

In a summer when many reporters and their families are departing Beijing (including many people who have appeared on this podcast), perhaps the biggest loss to the foreign correspondents' pool in the Chinese capital is the departure of Evan Osnos, who has been in China since 2005 and writing for the New Yorker since 2008. In today's show, Kaiser and Jeremy caught Evan before he leaves for Washington next month to talk about the big kerfuffle at NYU, how the Snowden affair may or may not affect Sino-American diplomacy, his forthcoming book, and about his time in China. We're sure that once you listen to this you'll understand why Evan will be so sorely missed.

11. Tracy Morgan - an Intimate Interview

Stories: 1) Tracy Morgan On Being 'The New Black' 2) The Inner Life Of An Imperfect Marriage

12. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg: Friends Till 'The End'

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg met as adolescents on the Vancouver bar mitzvah circuit — and soon after began writing the script for what would become the movie Superbad. Their new project is This Is the End, a disaster-movie spoof in which the Rapture hits home in Hollywood.

13. An Interview with Amy Poehler

Jeff could not believe that Amy Poehler existed the first time they met. Amy explains why the podcast is like the new student film, shares some of the cool questions her children ask her, and tells us what kind of advice the older version of herself...

14. An Interview with Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien and Jeff have been pals since their days of rooming together in Chicago. Conan shares memories of being woken up by Jeff at 2 am to do something that amused him earlier that day, hosting a talk show called Wild Blue Yonder.

15. An Interview with Will Ferrell

No one can make Jeff shed tears of joy more than Will Ferrell. Will tells us his theory on Tommy Lee Jones reaction to his & Kristen Wiigs Golden Globes bit, the one time he had to perform sketch comedy for the O.J. Simpson jury in a courtroom.

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