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.)
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The AV Club's editors join us to tell us about the best music and movies of 2007.

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Chris Hardwick is the host of PBS TV's Wired Science, and half of the comedy music duo Hard N Phirm.

Direct download: tsoya071213_chrishardwick.mp3
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Chris Elliott is a legendary comic writer and actor.  Now he's also a novelist.

Direct download: tsoya071211_chriselliott.mp3
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 Comedy from Wyatt Cenac.

Direct download: tsoya071210_wyattcenac.mp3
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Steve Albini is one of the world's most accomplished rock producers.  He's recorded over 1000 albums for more than 1000 bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and Joanna Newsom.  Recorded live in Chicago at the Second City.

Direct download: tsoya071206_stevealbini.mp3
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Comedy from Hannibal Burress, Schadenfreude, Team Submarine and The Second City.  Recorded live in Chicago.

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Nick Hornby is the author of High Fidelity, About a Boy and most recently Slam.

Direct download: tsoya071129_nickhornby.mp3
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Simon Rich is the author of the humor book Ant Farm and Other Desperate Situations.  He's also a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a writer for Saturday Night Live.

Direct download: tsoya071126_simonrich.mp3
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Sarah Lamm is director of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox, a new documentary about the legendary Dr. Bronner and his peppermint soap, which has become a counter-cultural icon.

Direct download: tsoya111707_sarahlamm.mp3
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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are the creators of two Cartoon Network [adult swim] shows -- Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!

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Comedy from Bryan Coffee's stage show The Weekly Armenian.

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Ira Glass is the host of This American Life.  He recently edited the book The New Kings of Nonfiction.

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An interview with Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade, and improvisation from the UCB Theater.

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Colin Hay is a Scotland-born, Australia-raised, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter.  He was also the frontman of the 1980s rock group Men at Work.

Direct download: tsoya071030_colinhay.mp3
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Dan Deacon is an electronic pop musician with a background in electronic art music.  His latest album of frenzied ecstatic tunes is Spiderman of the Rings.

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Rocker Kenna was born in Ethiopia and raised in Cincinatti and Virginia.  His dramatic, new-wavey records are co-produced by Chad Hugo of the super-producing duo The Neptunes.

Direct download: tsoya071022_kenna.mp3
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The Sklar Brothers, standup comics and television and radio hosts, return to The Sound of Young America.  They have a new standup comedy CD called Sklar Maps, as well as a new series on Superdeluxe.com.

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Brian Posehn and Steve Agee are co-stars of The Sarah Silverman Program.  They play Brian and Steve, Sarah's gay, nerdy neighbords.

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Ask the Optimist

An audio adaptation of a piece from George Saunders' most recent book, The Braindead Megaphone.  Features Dan Klein of Kasper Hauser, Andy Daly (The Office, Mad TV), John Hodgman, Xeni Jardin, Jonathan Katz and more.

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George Saunders is a MacArthur grant-winning satirist.  His newest book is The Brain-Dead Megaphone.

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Comedy from Los Angeles sketch group Ten West.

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Austin Grossman's new novel is called Soon I Will Be Invincible.  Before he started writing superhero literature, he was a writer for video games.

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When she's not fronting the band Gloria Deluxe, Cynthia Hopkins creates acclaimed multi-media theater performances.

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Standup comedy from Jarrett Grode.

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Comedian Paul F. Tompkins is a regular on VH1 talking head series, was a castmember of HBO's Mr. Show and Real Time with Bill Maher, and is really really funny.

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John Sellers is the author of Perfect From Now On How Indie Rock Saved My Life.

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Brian Coleman is the author of the book Check the Technique Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies.  The book is an oral history of the hip hop canon.

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Comedy sketch from LA's Oh You and Your Bone Spurs.

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Mick Brown was the last journalist to speak with Phil Spector before the legendary music producer murdered a young woman.  He is the author of Tearing Down the Wall of Sound.

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The Lifesavas talk about their Portland roots, their introduction to the Native Tongues, and more.

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The Lifesavas are the leading light in the Portland, Oregon hip-hop scene.  Their new record is conceived as the soundtrack to a lost blacksploitation film.

Direct download: tsoya070807_lifesavas.mp3
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Live performance from standup comic Dan Mintz

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Miranda July is an artist, author and filmmaker.  Her latest book is No One Belongs Here More Than You.

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Guests Brent Weinbach, Rob Thomas and Eleni Mandell.  Recorded live at the Westside Eclectic in Santa Monica, California.

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Rock band They Might Be Giants are in their 25th year.  Their newest record is "The Else."
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Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt stops by.  He has a new comedy CD on Sub Pop, and he's also the star of the new Pixar film Ratatouille.

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Elmore Leonard is the author of 41 novels, including "Get Shorty," among many other best-sellers.  He's perhaps the most critically-acclaimed popular fiction writer in the country.  His most recent is "Up in Honey's Room."

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Comedian Dave Hill is the host of the popular New York stage show The Dave Hill Explosion, as well as the star of the television program King of Miami.

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Betty Davis is a funk and soul legend.  This is her first radio interview since the 1970s.

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Oliver Wang is a popular blogger and DJ, and a professor at CSU Long Beach.  His new CD compilation of classic soul music is Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers.

Direct download: tsoya070619_soulsides.mp3
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Michael Cera starred as George Michael on Arrested Development.  He currently stars in the web series Clark and Michael, and will soon star in the film Superbad.

Direct download: tsoya070613_michaelcera.mp3
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Comedy from Greg Proops, Jen Kirkman, Jonathan Coulton, Kasper Hauser, Coyle and Sharpe, The 3rd Floor, The Farce Side, Two Girls for Five Bucks and Drop Six.

Direct download: tsoya070604_comedcopia.mp3
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Greg Saunier is a drummer and multi-instrumentalist in the rock band Deerhoof.  The band is one of the most critically acclaimed in rock, and has toured with Radiohead, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth and The Roots, among others.

Direct download: tsoya070601_deerhoof.mp3
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Sa-Ra are a group of three hip-hop producer/performers whose first album The Hollywood Recordings is now available.  They've worked with artists ranging from Dr. Dre and Ice T to Bilal and Pharoahe Monch.

Direct download: tsoya070529_sara.mp3
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With his brother Sid Krofft, Marty Krofft produced many of the 1970s best remembered childrens shows, including HR Puffnstuff and Land of the Lost, as well as a number of variety shows.  The latter included Donnie and Marie Osmond, the Brady Kids, and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

Direct download: tsoya070522_martykrofft.mp3
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Bob Odenkirk is the co-creator of Mr. Show with Bob and David, and a feature film director.  His newest project is the web series Derek and Simon.

Direct download: tsoya070516_bobodenkirk.mp3
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Guests Amelie Gillette of The AV Club and Alex Blagg of BestWeekEver.TV discuss the proliferation of celebrity snark.

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Jack El-Hai is the author of The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness.

Direct download: tsoya070508_thelobotomist.mp3
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Sarah Thyre is the author of the memoir Dark at the Roots.  As an actress, she's been seen on Strangers with Candy and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, among other venues.

Direct download: tsoya070503_sarahthyre.mp3
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Anne Beatts was an original writer on Saturday Night Live as well as the first female editor of the National Lampoon.  She also created the cult sitcom Square Pegs.

Direct download: tsoya070501_annebeatts.mp3
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Louis Theroux is the author of The Call of The Weird: Travels in American Subcultures.  He has been the host of several television series, including Weird Weekends, which aired in the US on Bravo.

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Dave Willis is the co-creator of The Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a cult comedy series on Cartoon Network.  He and his partner Matt Maiellaro also made the new film adaptation Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theatres.
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Steven Wright is a legendary standup comedian.  He's also an Academy Award winner, and has been featured in films including Reservoir Dogs and Half Baked.

Direct download: tsoya070419_stevenwright.mp3
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Ted Leo is the lead singer and songwriter of the rock band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.  Their newest album is Living with the Living.

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Live on The Sound of Young America.

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Live on The Sound of Young America

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Live on The Sound of Young America.

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Brian P. Stack is a writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.  Among his beloved characters are Frankenstein and The Ghost Crooner, and he created Peirre Bernard's Recliner of Rage.

Direct download: tsoya070412_brianpstack.mp3
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Jack McBrayer portrays the lovable NBC page Kenneth on the sitcom 30 Rock.  He's also a veteran of the New York and Chicago improv scenes.

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Yuval Taylor is the author of Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music.

Direct download: tsoya070405_fakingit.mp3
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The Human Giant are a comedy group formed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.  Their eponymous series premiers this week on MTV.
Direct download: tsoya070403_humangiant.mp3
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Comedy from Clifford and Kidd and from Jonathan Katz.  Also a sample of the new maximumfun.org podcast, Coyle and Sharpe: The Imposters.

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Scott Dikkers is editor-in-chief of The Onion, and is overseeing their new ventures in video.

Direct download: tsoya070503_scottdikkers.mp3
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Former con-man Simon Lovell is the author of How to Cheat at Everything.

Direct download: tsoya070320_simonlovell.mp3
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Guest Dan Harmon is the Executive Producer of Acceptable TV, and was the co-creator of Channel 101 and the cult TV pilot Heat Vision and Jack.

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Zach Galifianakis is a standup comedian who has been seen on Comedy Central's The Comedians of Comedy, and in his own VH1 series, "Late World with Zach."
Direct download: tsoya070306_zachgalifianakis.mp3
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Chicago rapper Rhymefest won a Grammy award before releasing his first LP.  His debut record was "Blue Collar," and he's preparing his follow-up, called "El Che."

Direct download: tsoya070302_rhymefest.mp3
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Guest Rhymefest talks about tour with legends like A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan, and about his upcoming album.

Direct download: tsoya070302_rhymefestbonus.mp3
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Comedian Maria Bamford talks about impersonating Star Trek characters, collective living and how much comedians actually make.

Direct download: tsoya070227_mariabamford.mp3
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Neal Pollack is the author of "Alternadad."

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Jackson Publick is the co-creator of The Venture Brothers, a series on Cartoon Network's [adult swim].

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Philadelphia rapper Peedi Crakk is a member of the group State Property.  His solo album, "Prince of the Roc" is due later this year.

Direct download: tsoya070216_peedicrakk.mp3
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Vendela Vida is the author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name" and the co-editor of The Believer magazine.

Direct download: tsoya070213_vendelavida.mp3
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Comedy from Jonathan Coulton, Maria Bamford and Clifford & Kidd.

Direct download: tsoya070209_americancomedy.mp3
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Julie Snyder is senior producer of the public radio program This American Life.

Direct download: tsoya070206_juliesnyder.mp3
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Rock star Andrew W.K.'s most recent album is "Close Calls with Brick Walls."

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Brandon Bird's paintings place minor celebrities into bizarre situations, which often combine ridiculousness with banality.

Direct download: tsoya070130_brandonbird.mp3
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Guest Tim Hornyak is the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots.

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Guest Woodrow Phoenix discusses his book "Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World."

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Sketch comedy from Los Angeles' "Clifford & Kidd"

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Jeff Chang won the American Book Award for his book, "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation."  We talk about Jay-Z.

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Jeff Chang talks about the "crack rap" phenomenon.

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Soul singer Omar started the new classic soul movement in the late 1980s in the UK.  It's taken fifteen years and the professed admiration
of US stars like Erykah Badu and D'Angelo to bring him to US audiences.

Direct download: tsoya070117_omar.mp3
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David Koechner (Anchorman, SNL) and Dave (Gruber) Allen (Freaks & Geeks) talk about their new Comedy Central series, "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show."

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Jamie Hewlett is co-creator of The Gorillaz, as well as an award-winning designer and the creator of Tank Girl.

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Brendan Canty is the creator of the film series Burn to Shine, and a member of the band Fugazi.

Direct download: tsoya070105_burntoshine.mp3
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Guests Rob Beckerman and Rob Burnett.  Beckerman and Burnett are the creators of the new series "The Knights of Prosperity," as well as the cult favorite dramedy "Ed." 
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