WTF Episodes

Episode 658 - Jim Ladd & Frazer Smith

Recorded in front of a live audience at the LA Podfest, Marc pays tribute to the radio legends who helped make it possible for podcasters to operate with complete freedom. Jim Ladd and Frazer Smith are icons of freeform rock radio and they have no shortage of stories, lessons and secrets to divulge about the Golden Age of FM DJs. This episode is sponsored by Topps NFL Huddle, SimpliSafe, Audible and MeUndies.

Episode 657 - Ira Kaplan / Bob Odenkirk & David Cross

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan tries his best to demystify the band, but Marc is convinced that Yo La Tengo remains hugely influential in the world of indie rock. Hear Marc make his case while Ira takes it in stride. Plus, Bob Odenkirk stops by and Marc gets David Cross on the phone so they can all talk about the new Netflix series, W/ Bob and David. This episode is sponsored by, Zip Recruiter, Fandango, and ShipStation.

Episode 656 - Robert Trujillo & Flea / Aziz Ansari

Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers are two of the best bass players on earth. Now both of them are in the garage, paying tribute to Jaco Pastorius, a bass legend who is the subject of a new documentary that Robert made. Plus, Aziz Ansari also stops to talk about his new series, Master of None. This episode is sponsored by The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Squarespace, Fandango and ShipStation.

Episode 655 - Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe has his head on pretty straight for someone who was thrust into worldwide superstardom at the age of 10. Daniel stops by the garage to talk about growing up as part of the Harry Potter juggernaut and how he’s chosen projects like Equus, Kill Your Darlings, and Victor Frankenstein to help distinguish himself from everyone’s favorite boy wizard. This episode is sponsored by the Cracked Podcast, SimpliSafe, John Mulaney’s The Comeback Kid on Netflix, and

Episode 654 - Elvis Costello

Fresh off writing his memoir and primed by a high octane espresso from Marc’s kitchen, Elvis Costello is ready to dive into his past and connect the dots on his prolific career. Elvis talks with Marc about forming The Attractions, producing for The Specials, working with Nick Lowe, collaborating with Burt Bacharach, and writing dozens of indelible hit songs. This episode is sponsored by Master of None on Netflix, Nathan For You on Comedy Central, The Message on Panoply, and Warby Parker

Episode 653 - Lorne Michaels

In the history of WTF, Lorne Michaels is talked about more than any other person. Now he is finally a guest. The man behind SNL goes through it all, from the reason he started the show back in 1975 to the reason he keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Marc tries to get some closure on the meeting he had with Lorne 20 years ago that has haunted him ever since. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, ZipRecruiter, Fandango, and Audible.

Episode 652 - James Corden

James Corden knows a thing or two about hosting a talk show. The host of The Late Late Show trades notes with Marc about their respective jobs, and James explains that he got the gig by accidentally pitching it to CBS executives. Marc and James also nerd out over some favorite films and James reveals why he believes there are only two types of actors in the world. This episode is sponsored by the Star Wars Card Trader app, SimpliSafe and


Episode 651 - Patricia Arquette

Long before Patricia Arquette won an Oscar, long before she filmed a movie over the course of 12 years, long before she worked with directors like Scorsese, Burton, and Lynch, and long before she delivered a star-making turn in True Romance, she was a kid from a showbiz family growing up on a hippie commune in Virginia. Patricia and Marc get into all of it, including her acceptance speech at the Academy Awards. This episode is sponsored by Squarespace, Fandango and

Episode 650 - Steve Albini

Steve Albini had his hands and fingers on the mixing board for some of the greatest albums ever, like Nirvana’s In Utero and the Pixies’ Surfer Rosa. But don’t call Steve a producer. He hates that. As Steve tells Marc, he sees himself as an audio engineer and a musician with his own bands, not as someone who should take credit for other people’s albums. This episode is sponsored by Nathan For You on Comedy Central, Chipotle, and


Episode 649 - Aaron Draplin

It’s likely that Aaron Draplin has more passion about graphic design than you have about anything. Marc visits Aaron at the seat of the empire he created in Portland and finds out how a skater kid from the Midwest worked his way up through Snowboarder Magazine to build his own independent design business from scratch and become the go-to guy for some of the country’s most prominent brands. This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron, SimpliSafe, and

Episode 648 - James Taylor

Legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor stops by the garage for one of the more surprising conversations Marc can remember. James holds nothing back as he tells Marc about the ups, the downs, the darkness, the light, and everything else he encountered during his storied music career, leading up to his first new album of original music in 13 years. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, Chipotle, Audible and NatureBox.

Episode 647 - Mikal Cronin / Patrick Stickles

A garage is a pretty comfortable place for Mikal Cronin. He’s been making rock music with his buddies since high school, especially with his longtime friend and collaborator Ty Segall. As he tells Marc, it’s always been a DIY affair. Plus, Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus returns to get Marc up to speed on his new rock opera. This episode is sponsored by Merge Records, Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts And Prayers on Netflix, Nathan For You on Comedy Central, and

Episode 646 - Mike Epps / Pashman Returns

Mike Epps doesn’t stop. The comedian and actor is one of the busiest people in show business, starring in new TV shows like Survivor’s Remorse and Uncle Buck, making movies like the upcoming Richard Pryor biopic, doing standup around the country, and being a dad. It’s a long way from the young guy who went to prison for selling drugs on the streets. Mike tells Marc how he made it out. Plus, Dan Pashman from The Sporkful is back for the second course. This episode is sponsored by BetaBrand, Chipotle and Fandango

Episode 645 - Annie Baker

Playwright Annie Baker is one of the most original and exciting voices in American theater. She’s already a Pulitzer Prize winner and counts super-producer Scott Rudin as one of her most ardent supporters. But as she tells Marc, Annie just wants to write plays for the type of people who don’t want to go see plays in the first place. This episode is sponsored by SimpliSafe, Chipotle, and Audible

Episode 644 - John Mayall / Dan Pashman

Blues legend John Mayall founded one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th Century. John talks with Marc about ushering musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and John McVie through his band, giving birth to Fleetwood Mac and using music to get himself through the Korean War. Plus, Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, stops by to argue with Marc about cereal. This episode is sponsored by the new film Steve Jobs, Chipotle and MeUndies.