I listen to NPR talk radio all the time, like Diane Rehm, All Things Considered, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, The Story, Living on Earth, Tech Nation, etc., and I never miss This American Life.
My favorites movies are mostly from the 80s and 90s, like Goonies, Princess Bride, Monty Python, Angus, Wayne's World, Blast From the Past, Pleasantville, and so many more. I like most animated movies, especially Up and How to Train Your Dragon! Cripes, there are so many more of all genres. I usually try to see all the Oscars nods every year, and smart movies are my top choices, but I have an affinity for action movies and animated. I will usually see any and all superhero and comic-inspired films. I love the Avengers movie and all the character films. But I hate any type of scary or horror movie. No way in hell you catch me at anything with a fictitious creature. I guess suspenseful murder or crime dramas like Seven, Kiss the Girls, The Sixth Sense, etc. are about as far as I go along those lines.
I don't really pursue music but I love to discover new bands and artists. Meaning I don’t have time to hunt down new sounds, it just isn’t one of my priorities, but I welcome other people’s insights. Luckily one of my bests is dedicated to finding new music and we have almost identical taste. Honestly, though, I love a little of everything, from all time periods and styles. My Pandora stations are all over the map from Classical to Top 40 depending on my mood. Actual favorites that I have seen live or want to or intentionally listen to include, Arcade Fire, Zedd, Kings of Leon, Passion Pit, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, MGMT, Phoenix, Ryan Bingham, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys.
As for food, I love all food. I cook often and it is one of my favorite pastimes. I read cooking blogs, bookmark recipes, subscribe to food magazines, and buy cookbooks often. And of course, love to go out to eat. I will eat almost anything and especially ethnic food like Indian, Thai, Korean, and Mexican, good bbq, buffalo chicken anything, breakfast, brunch, and brinner, greasy diner food, huge and luscious salads, and plentiful buffets! I guess a bad restaurant is going out to eat and knowing I could cook a better meal at home.