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 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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