Our Jewish guest this week is actor David Duchovny, whose latest novel, Bucky Fcking Dent, follows a Red Sox-loving father and son during the 1978 World Series. He tells us how fox Mulder, the fictional FBI agent he played on The X-Files, would feel about James Comey right about now, his favorite X-Files* meme, and his long-lost Yale Ph.D. thesis on magic and technology in 20th century fiction.
Our Gentile of the Week is John Cleese, whose memoir, So, Anyway, is out in paperback. The legendary British comedian and actor tells Liel about the first time he heard a good Jewish joke, why The Hangover is a terrible movie, and how the Black Knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail might just be a metaphor for Jewish history.
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“Unorthodox Theme Song” by Golem
“Egg Man” by The Beastie Boys
"Main Title Theme from Californication" by Tree Adams & Tyler Bates
“David Duchovny” by Bree Sharp
“Mailtime” from Blues Clues
“Planta Baja” by Tres Tristes Tangos
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” by Eric Idle, performed by the Traditional Jazz Band of Brasil
Senate Republican leaders Thursday unveiled a health-care measure that would undo large parts of the Affordable Care Act. Wall Street Journal reporter Michelle Hackman says, among the many changes, the bill would phase out taxes for high-income earners.