Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)

Guests John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart & Moustaches for Kids.

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Guests Paul Feig, Mike Birbiglia & Kasper Hauser.  Paul Feig is the director of the new film Unnacompanied Minors, as well as the creator of Freaks & Geeks.

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Guests Kurt Andersen, Andres du Bouchet, Elephant Larry and Jonathan Coulton.  Kurt Andersen is the host of PRI's "Studio 360" and was the co-founder of Spy Magazine.  Andrew du Bouchet is a New York comedian.  Elephant Larry are a sketch comedy group, also from New York.  Jonathan Coulton sings songs, and I believe lives in Connecticut.

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Guests David Wain, Heather Lawless, Mike Daisey and Tanya Morgan.  Our first live-on-stage program, recorded at The People's Improv Theater in New York City.

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Recorded live on The Sound of Young America.

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Recorded Live on The Sound of Young America

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Mal Sharpe and I guest on Public Radio International's Radio Open Source, talking about Borat.

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Guests V. Vale and Josh Karp.  V. Vale is the legendary underground publisher behind Re/Search Publications, a series of zine-like books on the counter-culture.  Josh Karp's new book examines the history of the National Lampoon, and how it changed American comedy.

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Guests Amy Sedaris and Jimmy Carr.  Amy Sedaris is an entertainer and now, a home economics maven.  Jimmy Carr is a British comic and the author of a new book on jokes and comedy.

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From the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast.  I'm producing a podcast for our friends in Kasper Hauser, and I thought I'd share this hilarious video with you.  Their book "SkyMaul" is in stores, and it's hilarious.  I personally reccomend it extremely highly.
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 Guests Roz Chast and Bill Hader.  Roz Chast is a long-time New Yorker cartoonist.  Bill Hader is a castmember of Saturday Night Live.

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Guests Chris Elliott and Terry Gilliam.  Chris Elliott is an actor and author, best known for his work on "Get A Life" and "Late Night with David Letterman.  Terry Gilliam is a filmmaker and member of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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Guests Matmos and Dan Levitin.  Matmos are avante-garde electronic music artists, who create music from non-musical sound.  Dan Levitin is a neuroscientist, and the author of "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession."

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The Sound of Young America presents Todd Barry live in San Francisco Saturday, October 8th at the Hemlock Tavern, 1131 Polk St.  Shows are at 9 and 11:30 PM.

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 Guests John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.  Our guests were college classmates, and remain close friends today.  Hodgman is an author and is regularly seen on The Daily Show.  Coulton is a comic singer-songwriter.

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Bonus material for 10/13 show.  John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton fight over cat care.

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Bonus Material for 10/14 show.

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Guest Killer Mike.  Killer Mike is an Atlanta-based rapper, best known for his affiliation with Outkast and Big Boi's Purple Ribbon Records.

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Guests Joe Flaherty & Allison Silverman.  Joe Flaherty was a cast member on the seminal sketch comedy program SCTV.  Allison Silverman is the Emmy-winning co-head writer and supervising producer of The Colbert Report.

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Guests Michael J. Nelson, Ron Moore and Steve Eley.  Mike Nelson was the host of Mystery Science Theater 3000, now he makes commentaries for Rifftrax.  Ron Moore is co-creator of the SciFi Network series Battlestar Galactica.  Steve Eley is editor of the sci-fi podcast Escape Pod.

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Guest Steve Eley.  Stephen Eley is the editor of Escape Pod, one of the world's most popular science fiction podcasts.

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Guests Merrill Markoe and Caleb Crain.  Merrill Markoe is the author of the novel "Walking in Circles Before Lying Down," and was co-creator of "Late Night with David Letterman."  Caleb Crain writes for the New Yorker; we speak with him about the Mass Observation movement of the 1930s and 40s.

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Guests Maz Jobrani, Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler.  Maz Jobrani is an actor and standup comedian who's the star of the upcoming sitcom The Knights of Prosperity.  Lisa Jervis & Andi Zeisler are the founding editors of Bitch Magazine, "A Feminist Response to Popular Culture."

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Guest Mal Sharpe.  Mal Sharpe was half of Coyle & Sharpe, a ground-breaking team of put-on artists who terrorized 1960s San Francisco.

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Guests Patton Oswalt and Masta Ace.  Patton Oswalt is a standup-comic, the creator of "The Comedians of Comedy," and the co-star of CBS' The King of Queens; he is also star of the upcoming Pixar film "Ratatouille."  Masta Ace is a hip-hop legend and original member of the Juice Crew.

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Guests Eddie Argos of Art Brut and Paul Malmont.  Paul Malmont is the author of "The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril."  Eddie Argos is the frontman of the acclaimed rock band Art Brut.

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Guests The Flaming Lips' Michael Ivins and Lawrence Weschler.  Michael Ivins is a bassist and idea man with The Flaming Lips.  Lawrence Weschler is a long-time New Yorker writer, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of "Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences."

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Guests Dave Attell and Michael Showalter.  Dave Attell is a celebrated standup comedian, and the former host of Comedy Central's Insomniac.  Michael Showalter is best know for his work on MTV's The State and Comedy Central's Stella; he also wrote and directed the feature film The Baxter.

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Comedy from Jonathan Coulton, Hard n Phirm, The Hazzards, Todd Barry, Mike Birbiglia, Marc Maron, and Brent Weinbach.

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A special preview of the Kasper Hauser Podcast, due in late summer.

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Guests Chuck Klosterman and Dave Foley.  Klosterman is the author of "Killing Yourself to Live" and other pop-culture commentary.  Foley is a member of The Kids in the Hall, and was the star of the sitcom Newsradio and the Pixar film A Bug's Life.

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Found-stravaganza 6-24-06

Guests Davy Rothbart and Jason Bitner.  Davy Rothbart is editor of Found Magazine, a compendium of lossed and tossed documents and items.  Jason Bitner is co-editor, and the editor of the book LaPorte, Indiana.

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Guests Doug Martsch of Built to Spill and Bill Plympton.  Bill Plympton is the Oscar-nominated animator of numerous short films.  Doug Martsch is the frontman of Built to Spill, one of the indie rock world's most influential bands.

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Guests Henry Owings and George Saunders.  Henry Owings is the editor of Chunklet Magazine; we talk about their new publication, "The Overrated Book: The Only Book You'll Ever Need."  George Saunders is an acclaimed satirist, we talk about his new book of short stories, "In Persuasion Nation."

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Guests Matt Walsh and Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere.  Matt Walsh the star of the Comedy Central series Dog Bites Man, and a former correspondent on the Daily Show and co-founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade.  Charlie Todd is the creator of the street prank group Improv Everywhere.

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Guests Paul F. Tompkins, Tim & Eric and Will Franken.  Tim & Eric are the creators of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series Tom Goes to the Mayor.  Paul F. Tompkins is a standup, and has been a regular on series including The Daily Show, Best Week Ever, Mr. Show and Real Time with Bill Maher.  Will Franken was recently chosen "Best Comedian" in San Francisco by the SF Weekly.

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Guests John Vanderslice, Xeni Jardin and Mark Frauenfelder.  Mark Frauenfelder and Xeni Jardin are among the co-authors of Boing-Boing.net, the weblog visited by 1.75 million people every day.  John Vanderslice is a recording artist, producer, and recording studio owner who has worked with MK Ultra, Spoon and The Mountain Goats.  His Tiny Telephone Recordings is the country's premier all-analog recording studio.

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Guest Kevin Kelly.  Kevin Kelly of Wired Magazine tells us about the digital future of the old-fashioned book, and the copyright issues that complicate it.

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Guests Dan Clowes and Annabelle Hurwitch.  Dan Clowes is the screenwriter of the film "Art School Confidential," which is based on a short comic story from his anthology series Eightball.  Eightball was also the birthplace of "Ghost World."  Annabelle Hurwitch is the former host of TBS' "Dinner and a Movie," and the author of "Fired," a collection of firing stories from "entertaining people," including David Cross, Felicity Huffman, and Robert Reich.  Also: a comedy sketch from Free Love Forum.

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Guest Brian Posehn.  We're joined by comedian, writer and actor Brian Posehn (Mr. Show, Just Shoot Me, Seinfeld, Newsradio, Comedians of Comedy).  We talk about his long career in comedy.  Plus comedy from Todd Barry, Meat, Hard n Phirm, Jonathan Coulton, and Flight of the Conchords.

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Guests Philip Lopate, Sharon Waxman and Sean Uyehara.  Philip Lopate is the editor of the Library of America's Anthology of American Film Criticism.  Sharon Waxman is Hollywood reporter for the New York Times and author of "Rebels on the Backlot," which examines the indie film explosion of the mid-90s.  Sean Uyehara is a programmer for the San Francisco International Film Festival.  Also: a message from Jen Kirkman.

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Guests Jonathan Katz and Jonathan Goldstein.  Jonathan Katz is a comedian, and the co-creator and star of "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist."  Jonathan Goldstein is an acclaimed radio producer (This American Life, Wiretap) and the author of the novel "Lenny Bruce is Dead."

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Guest Jimmy Pardo.  Jimmy Pardo is a nationally headlining comedian and the former host of "National Lampoon's Funny Money" and AMC's "Movies At Our House."  His long-running stage talk show "Running Your Trap" is a fixture in Los Angeles.  He also recently began podcasting.

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Guest Andrew WK.  This week is our last broadcast from our long-time home base, KZSC in Santa Cruz.  We bid an affectionate farewell to the station with two of our favorite segments from our six years in Santa Cruz.  The first is a chat with Andrew WK -- he talks about his philosophy of life, and offers some rock & roll advice to Jesse's younger brother Brendan.  Then, we hear the original old time radio-style serial "Mace Detective, Private Detective."  Mace investigates the mystery of Popinjay's Whizbang, when he's not being distracted by Goofus & Gallant.  Also: a brand new sketch from the Kasper Hauser Skit Club.

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Guest Simon Reynolds.  This week our theme is "Rip It Up & Start Again," and we investigate the history of Post-Punk music.

Our guest is Simon Reynolds, a British pop music critic, and the author of the book which gives our show its name. His book aims to retrofit the reputation of the rock music of the early 80s, describing the sonically disparate artists who created something new in the wake of the first punk movement's self-destruction.

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(Un)Clean 4-1-06

Guests Jim Gaffigan and the creators of Wonder Showzen.  Jim Gaffigan is an actor and comedian who's been seen in films like "Super Troopers," and is one of the most popular touring comics in America.  John Lee and Vernon Chatman created Wonder Showzen, one of the most bizarre, dark, and hilarious half-hours on television.

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Guests Maira Kalman and George Pelecanos. This week, two looks at style. Maira Kalman created lyrical illustrations of the classic writing handbook The Elements of Style. George Pelecanos is a noted crime author, and a writer/producer for HBO's The Wire.

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Guests Terry Jones and Dino Stamatopoulos. Terry Jones is a founding member of Monty Python, as well as an author, historian, actor and director. We talk about Python and all that other stuff. Dino Stamatopolous is the creator of Moral Orel on Cartoon Network's [adult swim], and a former writer for Conan O'Brien, Mr. Show, and the Ben Stiller Show.

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Making Friends with Black People

Guests Nick Adams and Calvin Levels. Nick Adams is a comedian and the author of the new book "Making Friends with Black People." Calvin Levels is a Tony-nominated actor and the star of the one-man show "James Baldwin: Go Tell It On the Mountain."

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Guests Chris Hardwick and Patton Oswalt. A classic from the vaults of The Sound of Young America featuring two of our best comedian pals... Chris Hardwick is half of Hard N Phirm, and the former host of Singled Out on MTV. Patton Oswalt is a co-star of CBS' The King of Queens, and the creator of The Comedians of Comedy. Both talk about their comedy, Chris talks about how he ended up hosting "Shipmates," and Patton talks about his passion for deep-fried Mac and Cheese.

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Monty Python Footage This Monty Python footage hasn't been seen in over 30 years. Originally broadcast on Dallas' PBS affiliate KERA the day after Holy Grail was released, and discovered only recently. The nice folks at KERA and the Python organization were nice enough to share it exclusively with Sound of Young America listeners. Please note that this is a video cast -- it can be viewed on the video iPod or on your computer.
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Moustaches, Etc. 2-25-06

Guests Andy Daly and Richard Montoya. Andy Daly is a former castmember of MadTV, and a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Showbiz Show with David Spade." He's also invented a "hip party game that's sweeping the nation," called "Mustache TV." Richard Montoya is 1/3 of the legendary Latino/Chicano sketch comedy group Culture Clash. Their newest play is "Zorro in Hell." He can also be seen in the upcoming Jack Black film "Nacho Libre."

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Guests Louis CK, Florian Keller, and Neil Hamburger. Louis CK is one of America's best standup comics -- we talk with him about his new kind of old-fashioned sitcom. Florian Keller writes in his book "Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream" that Kaufman's work was a satire of that cherished ideal. Also, America's Funnyman, Neil Hamburger stops in to talk about his sad, sad, sad life.

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The Future 2-11-06

Guests Chad Trujillo, Paul Moller, and Dippin Dots. A look deep into the future. We talk with the inventor of the Skycar, with the discoverer of a new planet, and with a representative of the Ice Cream of the Future, Dippin' Dots. Plus the future of scrapbooking, reptiles, and more, and relationship advice from The Evil Computer Bent on World Domination.

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All World Knowledge 2-4-06

Guests John Hodgman and Fred Rees. Is it possible to contain all of the world's knowledge within the boundaries of one book? One radio show? We find out here. John Hodgman can be seen on the Daily Show, heard on This American Life, and read in his new book The Areas of My Expertise. The book is a compendium of made-up facts more valuable than the vastest library. Fred Rees is creator of The Book of Cool, a DVD set (and book) that teaches you every cool skill you need in life, from pen-spinning to behind-the-back dribbling.

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Rockets! 1-28-06

Guests Dan Piraro, Josh Kornbluth, Amanda Congdon, and Andrew Baron. This week's show features a mish-mash of folks. Dan Piraro is the creator of the popular newspaper comic "Bizarro." Josh Kornbluth is a monologuist and host of "The Josh Kornbluth Show." We talk with Josh about his show "Ben Franklin: Unplugged," in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth. Also, Andrew Baron and Amanda Congdon are the co-creators of Rocketboom, the world's most popular video blog, or v-log.

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Southern Soul 1-21-06

Guests Todd Bowman and Devin the Dude. Devin the Dude is a Houston-based rapper whose self-depracating, hilarious, and sometimes profane raps has made him a favorite of Dr. Dre. DJ Premier, and other hip-hop insiders. Todd Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. We talk to him about the DVD release of the concert film "Wattstax."

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Wholphin! 1-14-06

Guests Fred Armisen and Brent Hoff. Fred Armisen is a star on Saturday Night Live, and he's really, really nice (funny, too). Brent Hoff is the editor of McSweeney's new DVD magazine, Wholphin. Also, music from the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and a comedy sketch from Kasper Hauser.

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Dog Days 1-7-06

Guests H. Jon Benjamin and Demetri Martin. Jon Benjamin is best known as the voice of Ben, the layabout son in the long-running Comedy Central series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He's also a stage comedian. Demetri Martin is a standup comedian, former writer for Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinborough Fringe. He's also a graduate of Yale University, and an NYU Law dropout. Also... how did that dog get in here?

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