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In which Julie Klausner asks guests how their week was, and also we learn stuff and have fun.
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Dec 27, 2013 0

Merry Over-mas! This week's show features an essential chat with comedian Sasheer Zamata about the year in pop music, which basically means the year in Beyoncé's new album. We also talk about Sasheer's web series, THE PURSUIT OF SEXINESS, how commenters expect all black comics to be all things to all black people everywhere, and how an actor plaing "White Jesus" interacted with Kanye on stage at the Barclay Center one time.

Also: the difference between cat and dog models, how nice it is to finally be able to happily do nothing, how Britney Spears describes sharks, and why shoplifting is awesome.

The last show of 2013 is the best show of the RIGHT NOW. Enjoy it!

Dec 20, 2013 0

Xappy Xmas! This week's show features professor LIZ WOLLMAN, author of the book Hard Times: The Adult Musical in 1970s New York City. Dr. Wollman will entreat us to a discussion about all of the sexy, dirty, nudie musicals created in this great city in response to Oh, Calcutta alone. Learn about the shows LET MY PEOPLE COME, THE FAGGOT and GAY COMPANY.

Also: Julie has an idea for a middling Holiday song, some new ideas about suicide, how lame it is to brag about stuff you don't know, what a bummer it is that Hugh Hefner outlived Al Goldstein, how fucked up FUNNY GIRL is. and why I am seriously done with HOMELAND this time for real.

Plus! It turns out that a documentary about a crack house is disturbing! Reasons to Hate New York! Possums and their useless pouches! And some Beyonce stuff.

Holy Jingle Bells, Batman!

Dec 13, 2013 0

Brrr! It's a chilly episode for your ears and ear muffs! Comedian ADAM CONOVER is here to discuss with Julie the notion of dogs licking our human faces, all of the interiors we will never see, and how disgusting fleece is.

Also, Julie has strong feelings about the patriotism of that Pearl Harbor Spaghetti-O, is very angry about this Gwyneth Vanity Fair thing, has an embarrassing Candy Crush story, and watched a video starring one Roger Bacon.

Plus: a lesson about the flammability of clothes! Winter, and what it does to your face-skin! And what Rachael Ray's end-game is.

Oh, and there's a thing about a kangaroo.

Dec 6, 2013 0
Happy Holidaze! This week's episode of How Was Your Week is an early Christmas Miracle. JAMALA JOHNS is here to talk to Julie about upping her blouse game, natural hair and her blog le coil, Susan Sarandon, and why a high waist is better than a boat neck, unless you're Geena Goddamn Davis.

Also, Julie has thoughts about gradual patriarchy-toppling, a story about a name-dropping masseuse, a eulogy for selfies, and a bunch of ideas about Lady Gaga (sorry.)

Plus: artisanal chocolate bar browsing! The tyranny of Vanity Fair in regards to its efforts to keep that Paltrow article out of our reach! And a beardless Mandy Patinkin.
Nov 29, 2013 0

Blackest of Fridays to you, pilgrims. This week's episode of HWYW features a truly fascinating interview with STEVE YOUNG, Letterman writer and co-author of EVERYTHING'S COMING UP PROFITS: THE WORLD OF INDUSTRIAL MUSICALS. Steve is here to explain to us exactly what Industrial Musicals are and were, and to share and explain a few songs that illustrate some important concepts from that genre, including "My Bathroom," "Tires to Sell," and "Kinney Manager's Song."

Also, Julie has some ideas about Disney, fatherhood, post-WW2 America, and the jingoistic notions that fuel our patriarchial society! Seth MacFarlane flexes his power muscles! And why Baby Boomers's stories abou where they were when JFK was shot are only getting more predictable. 

Gobble it up, pals! 

Nov 25, 2013 0

Happy almost Thanksgiving! Today you are thankful for this exclusive premium extra-sode, featuring an incredible interview with the great KATHLEEN HANNA. Kathleen is the subject of a new doc called THE PUNK SINGER, and she is also a legend and perfect.

Join Julie and Kathleen as they chat about how weird it is to promote a film you didn't make, the feminism of taking care of yourself, what she thought when she first saw Ad-Rock, and precisely how hard Lyme disease can go fuck itself.

A heart warming episode for you and your brain.

Nov 22, 2013 0

Good November Day. This week features two guests: DENNY TEDESCO, who made a documentary about The Wrecking Crew, has a personal connection to that iconic troupe of '60s studio musicians because his dad, Tommy Tedesco, was one of the greatest guitarists of all time in that group. Julie chats with Denny about Cher, the Three's Company theme song, and the woman who came up with the bass line for WICHITA LINEMAN: Her name is Carol Kaye and she's a badass.

Then, JILL SOLOWAY is here to chat about her various television, film and web projects, strippers and prozzies, what it's like to be a "food Jew" and to have a gay sister, and what kind of tweets make her jealous.

Also: Julie is coming for Alec Baldwin's job! Charles Manson is getting married! Two ladies who love Sandra Bullock and what Julie wants from them! And Happy JFK Assassination Day to all.

A heady show full of suds and studs and iconic things with which you need to grapple.

Nov 15, 2013 0

Hi everybody! This week's show features the DELIGHTFUL Emily Altman, who is hilarious, smart, interesting, beautiful, and just generally wonderful. Emily is a comedy writer and a PROFESSOR OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE, and she is here to tell us about her Bulgarian roommate, the time she passed out at a Halloween party, and why old people sing like birds.

Also, Julie has become addicted to Candy Crush, despite its unacceptable aesthetic; Lars Ulrich and his art-buying ways; The most obnoxious thing a couple at a Brooklyn party said recently, why Jeff Koons stinks, and why editing TOO CUTE: PUPPIES would be the worst job.

Enjoy this show like it's the last thing you'll ever do before you expire!

Nov 8, 2013 0

Hi pals. This week's episode is chockfull of things, ideas and notions that will put a bee in your bonnet! That's because CAMILLE PAGLIA, firestarter supreme, is a guest on the show, and she's got stuff to say about Real Housewives, Rhianna, the death of style, feminism, sex, porn, millennials, art history, and her book GLITTERING IMAGES, which is now available in paperback. We do not agree with everything Professor Paglia has to say, but we sure enjoyed chatting and listening. She is a spark plug and a genius, goddamn it!

Also: Julie is in Los Angeles, and a moving billboard is hypnotizing her! Thoughts about lingerie and foreplay, and how we needed both things in the 1980s in order to go through with intercourse, apparently! What Meat Loaf's music sounds like! How the "Swan Lake" song goes! Who America's Most Famous Sex Slave was! My cat's ophthalmologist is on vacation! And precisely what Europe does NOT need, Woody Allen.

A controversial, crackling episode for your brain and ears and soul

Nov 1, 2013 0

Hi! This week's podcast features an interview with legendary cartoonist PETER BAGGE (Hate, Apocalypse Nerd), who wrote a new graphic novel about Margaret Sanger called WOMAN REBEL. This is a lovely interview with a wonderful man!

Also, Julie tells Banksy to not let the door hit his tush on the way out of New York City, complains about Turner Classic Movies and Drew Barrymore's undereducated introduction of some of the films on that there channel, half-recaps THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN, and explains the depths of procrastination that one has to get to in order to put a bowtie on one's cat.

Plus: popsicle tangents! Lysol as a reasonably safe douching method, if you use the right proportions! And the presumed personality traits behind a man with a law degree who holds a full time job at DC Comics.

Enjoy this show, because we could all get hit by cars tomorrow and die.

Oct 28, 2013 0

Welcome to our first Premium Extrasode! This wonderful couple of hours or so shines a spotlight on Jeff Guinn's incredible book, MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. Join Guinn, Julie, Jake Fogelnest and Chris "Spoony" Spooner as we delve into the cultural history of the 1960s and who gets to write it, the context that gave Manson his opportunity, and a lot of stories about Dennis Wilson.

Plus: what our Manson nicknames would be, which (maybe only) part of the book Charles Manson himself probably would have liked, the racism of public transportation, just how bad Manson's music was, the John Waters/Manson connection, and so much more.

Even if you're not a teenager in your "serial Killer phase," I swear, this is essential and fascinating listening. Enjoy it.

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Oct 28, 2013 0

Welcome to our first Premium Extrasode! This wonderful couple of hours or so shines a spotlight on Jeff Guinn's incredible book, MANSON: The Life and Times of Charles Manson. Join Guinn, Julie, Jake Fogelnest and Chris "Spoony" Spooner as we delve into the cultural history of the 1960s and who gets to write it, the context that gave Manson his opportunity, and a lot of stories about Dennis Wilson.

Plus: what our Manson nicknames would be, which (maybe only) part of the book Charles Manson himself probably would have liked, the racism of public transportation, just how bad Manson's music was, the John Waters/Manson connection, and so much more.

Even if you're not a teenager in your "serial Killer phase," I swear, this is essential and fascinating listening. Enjoy it.

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Oct 25, 2013 0

JULIANNE MOORE! Welcome to the first episode of HWYW that features an interview with an actual goddess. Join us as we chat with legendarily talented and beautiful and cool and sweet and funny and generally just spectacularly awesome actor and human, JULIANNE MOORE, and learn about how she met Paul Thomas Anderson, what her favorite line as Maude Lebowski is, her complicated relationship with birds, and why it's important to admit that you don't eat bread when you don't, and to say hi to other redheads on the street.

Other things happen on the podcast this week, too. We announce the HOW WAS YOUR WEEK APP, for one, and that is something you can buy for yourself if you want access to this Monday's HOW WAS YOUR MANSON extrasode and future premium content. It's super cool and so are you!

Also: Julie painfully recaps the "Stewmaker" episode of THE BLACKLIST, prays to God that she needn't see BAD GRANDPA with a girl, a plea for Halloween costumes at the Oct 30 HWYWLive, and an exciting new way to reach the layer of self-pity and loneliness that is never further than a tiny step away!

Enjoy this wonderful show starring the Queen of The Redhead Hall of Fame.

Oct 18, 2013 0

Hello! This week's episode of HWYW features CHRIS ELLIOTT and JASON WOLINER, who are here to talk with Julie about the upcoming new season of their television show EAGLEHEART, beard-trimming, the death talk, and The Magic Castle's wonderful brunch.

Also, Julie left her wallet in a cab and has a connection to make between small dogs and little person prostitutes, which is GREAT news. Plus! Why there's never time in a haunted house, the temptation to make a joke off the "Matt and Trey blow their deadline" headline, and the choice every man has to make in his life and which path Alec Baldwin took.

A wonderful show for you to enjoy and celebrate with your loved ones.

Oct 11, 2013 0

Here it is! One of the best episodes of this thing yet. Writer/DIrector NICOLE HOLOFCENER joins Julie to talk about ENOUGH SAID, James Gandolfini's first day on set, the perfection of MODERN ROMANCE, her oldest friend, watching the dailies of HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, and meeting Catherine Keener at the gym.

A plea for people to feed their dogs Cheerios on film, some observations about cartoon characters and their fuckability, "Stand By Your Man" and its terrible messages, and Julie presents a very special version of the end of "Layla" with her very own Lyrics. Don't miss it!

This show is everything.

Oct 4, 2013 0

Hello. This week's show features an upbeat and fun interview with former LETTERMAN writer TOM RUPRECHT. Tom has written a fake oral biography of J.D. Salinger and he joins us to discuss that as well as Eric Clapton's various cocaine and non-cocaine related misdeeds, and how not to endear oneself to David Letterman.

Also, Julie is in Los Angeles eating chocolate chip pancakes in the middle of the night after not selling a show to network television! Britney Spears is under the impression that straight guys are watching her mean new video! And a magical fable about a cat named Ron.

Plus: Carrie Keagan's revelatory dating life, why it's okay to be mad at Homeland, an addendum to the "Threeway" vow, and a gross story about a bloody shoe.

Sep 27, 2013 0

This week's episode of HWYW delves deep into the science of animal behavior, and it should awe and inspire. DR. IRENE PEPPERBERG, author of Alex & Me and the subject of EMILY WICK's new documentary, Life With Alex, joins us to chat about her late, great colleague, Alex the African Grey Parrot. Dr. Pepperberg has more wisdom to impart about animal intelligence than any past guest (SORRY ANDY KINDLER!) and we were thrilled to talk to her about the obstacles she faced starting out as a female scientist in the late 1960s, how Alex the Parrot would be a dick when Dr. Pepperberg went away on vacation, and how the parrot's language center in its brain rivals that of the chimpanzee's.

Plus: a plea to update so it sets apart Chris Spooner from Dee Dee Ramone, some ideas about Melissa Leo's unique Emmy outfit, how a perm can change a life, and what specific incarnation of Jesus Christ Jimmy Jazz the cat would be, if he were that particular messiah.

Sep 20, 2013 0

Hello, Hello! This week's episode of HWYW features IN THE HEIGHTS star and creator LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, who joins us to discuss the process of writing the opening musical number from this year's Tony Awards with Neil Patrick Harris, whether Eminem or Sondheim is gayer, and how Antonio Banderas interpreted the Phantom of the Opera vocally.

Also: ruminations about the changing seasons, an unusual way to unwind after this week's episode of BREAKING BAD, things we didn't ask Julie Chen about her face full of secrets, and the thing that guy who designs food animals for CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 tells his friends.

A good show. A FINE show.

Sep 13, 2013 0



Anyway, hi. This week, there's a lot to say. First, we welcome guest and friend THERESE MAHLER, host of THE THERESE SHOW on WFMU. Therese is here to talk to us about her time at Action Park, an infamously dangerous amusement park in New Jersey, at which she worked as an employee for many summers. There are wonderful stories here, because countless Action Park visitors were injured or died.

Also, THE CITIBIKE PHOTO IS HERE. Yes! Because you tipped us cash money, we made good on our promise to get Julie on a Citi Bike with one brawer strap showing, and boy is this photographic evidence glamorous.

Plus! A summary of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, what to do when Julie starts talking about the "sexy versus beautiful" thing, whether or not one is as racist as Charles Manson if one doesn't demonizes Michael Bloomberg, and why Meryl Streep is beautiful.


Sep 6, 2013 0

Well, here we are. A new Jewish year and what have we learned? Well, we're about to learn a lot about Barbra Streisand. She, and her bizarre fake basement shopping mall, are the subject of the fantastic play BUYER AND CELLAR, and its playwright JONATHAN TOLINS and its star MICHAEL URIE are our guests for this week's show.

Therefore! This week's show features an examination of: whether or not Barbra truly likes to eat; why it was a blessing that The New Yorker rejected Tollins's idea as an essay originally; what James Brolin must really be like based on the time he tore an ad out of a magazine that one time; how Barbra would sound on the phone if she were applying for a job at Souplantation, and so, so much more.

Furthermore: enjoy the following things, also, which are discussed in cartoonish abundance. The preference of being happy over being healthy! The weird nature-objects that comprise a Sukkos celebration! A lot of talk about Charles Manson and how shitty the '60s must have been if you were black or female! And a major guilt trip concerning the upcoming release of the Citibike photos.

A legendary show studded with Divadom.

Aug 30, 2013 0

GRUMPY CAT MET LIL' BUB AND EVERYTHING IS MADE OUT OF CHAOS! Hi there. This week's show was recorded in Minneapolis, site of the Internet Cat Video Film Festival and also the State Fair. The good news? Julie has "takes" on both!

The one and only guest on the new HWYW is BEAU WILLIMON, the creator and writer of the Netflix version of HOUSE OF CARDS. He is wonderful, and you will agree. Listen to him tell us about his intentions going into the adaptation of the show, how that Howard Dean scream exploded during pre-meme times, which of Kevin Spacey's to-camera asides ended up on the cutting room floor, and how little he and David Fincher care about unlikeability. We also learn that Beau has a cat named Norbert.

Also: some tantalizing details about the CITIBIKE PHOTO SHOOT, breathing, breaking up and being bad at both, some pressing questions about THE PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, the time #JoshJazz and I killed a moth together, a call for the violent murder of the think piece, and some confusion around Beetlejuice's sales pitch.

A good show. An IMPORTANT show.

Aug 23, 2013 0

Cronuts! That's the leading story of this week's podcast. Cronuts are disgusting, and Julie tried one and got sick. But enough about her garbage body! This week, we welcome WFMU DJ and delightful human GAYLORD FIELDS, who talks to us about the difference between a writer and a person who writes, the time a silly woman assumed he was a jazz fan because of the color of his skin, what kind of people used to go to the Mudd Club, and how The Macarena affected him and America.

Also--a fun cable guy told us the premise of SUITS, which we forgot right away! An appreciation of HOUSE OF CARDS starring Robin Wright and a skeptical glance toward the rise of Al Jazeera America! And Hollywood is making the male Laverne and Shirley, thank merciful Christ.

A wonderful late-summer show for your ears and your earbuds!

Aug 16, 2013 0

Hi! This week's show starts with a lot of food shame and then there are other things that are covered. Such as! Twin brothers RANDY AND JASON SKLAR join us to discuss their enemies, who are also identical twins; growing up watching Seinfeld, Mel Brooks and the Zucker brothers and how that influenced their comedy, and why they never delegated one of themselves as "The Straight Man."

Also, enjoy a longer-than-usual monologue that spans the topics of:

-Why LOVELACE was horrible

-How there is no such thing about too much dog-talk

-What happens when Julianne Moore retweets you

-Whether the Today Show got a new social media person

-Why Michael Pollan can go suck on eggs

-That time Julie made a dubious sexual choice during the NYC blackout of 2003

And many more things!

Enjoy this week's show, please. Do me a favor.

Aug 9, 2013 0

Hi guys. This week's episode of #HWYW is very heady and there is also a lot of talk about dogs.

We have one and only one guest, and her name is Tami Sagher, and she is terrific. Tami and Julie talk about Tami's dogs and the time she did stand-up with one, being a math major and how that made her a Second City superstar one time, and why Reagan ruined everything.

Then, Julie waxes poetic about whether folksy is the new whimsy, that time we let Scarlett Johanssen do whatever she wanted, why HuffPo columnists start with a faulty premise, and how sandwich cookies affect the writer body.

Plus: Cheers to the Colbert content from this week and jeers to its Mumford and Sons video! The sadness of realizing you want to be an outdated fictional character from another time! And the rejected tagline from LOVELACE. Plus, a lot more! It's a long monologue this week.

Aug 2, 2013 0

Ahoy! This week's episode of HWYW features one guest because that's all we need! DANNY ZUKER is here to discuss writing for Arsenio Hall, wearing Burt Reynolds's actual shoes, dealing with his cocaine problem during his stint on JUST SHOOT ME, Twitter-feuding with Donald Trump, and, thank Christ, debunks the legendary "Who Jackie?" story/myth.

Also: An exciting encounter with Gloria Steinem! A harrowing tale about a broken curling iron! An insight into Jim Steinman's probable writing process! And a horrible thing we all now know about Brett Butler.

Plus: Much more stuff! A great show for you.

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