NPR: 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.)

Jesse will talk to Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham about how their USA show 'Playing House' came together. We'll also hear from Bob Saget. You know him. 'Full House'. But he'll tell you himself: Danny Tanner is actually the role that changed everything for him. He's proud of it. Then later Jesse talks to Jim Rash. If you've seen him, it was probably on NBC's Community. They'll talk about the awkward-yet-inspiring summer talks he had with his dad and stepfather as a teenager, and the "bad carpet party" that his writing partner Nat Faxon once threw. Plus, Mark Frauenfelder from BoingBoing.net will share a couple of new games you should try out. And there's one very special movie out there. It's a movie Jesse loves. And if you like it too, it means you can be friends.

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[r] As a member of James Brown's band, The J.B.'s, Bootsy helped create the revolution that was funk.  Later, Bootsy joined forces with a very different kind of funk legend: George Clinton. In an extended interview, Jesse will talk to Bootsy about his unique career. Then later the folks at the film site The Dissolve will look back at two classic satires that you should check out immediately. The music critic Oliver Wang will join us to explain how a forgotten Al Green record helped create a new kind of soul music.Then Jesse will tell you about Orson Welles' final masterwork, ‘F For Fake’.

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Steve Coogan’s resume is long and varied, but Alan Partridge has been a constant. Coogan talks about how the character has taken on a life of its own over the past twenty years. Kevin Kerrane talks with Jesse about his classic baseball scouting book called ‘Dollar Sign on the Muscle’. Andrew Noz suggests a couple of favorite all-time rap songs. Hari Kondabolu tries to figure out what happened to Weezer. Lastly, Jesse talks about a very surprising thing he found inside the National Postal Museum.

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It's been awhile since 'Rushmore', but Jason Schwartzman will always remember the advice that Bill Murray gave him on-set. Jesse and Jason will talk about the first time he met Wes Anderson, what it was like to help write 'The Darjeeling Limited' and the experience of working with Ted Danson and Zach Galifianakis on 'Bored to Death'. Then later Jesse talks to Russell Simmons. He co-founded Def Jam Recordings and helped build hip-hop. Now, he's written a book about the importance of meditation. Plus, actor Michael Peña will talk about the part that changed everything for him. The AV CLub's Todd VanDerWerff will tell you to check out HBO's 'Silicon Valley'. And everyone knows that rock music came from the blues, right? Well yeah. But there's actually a lot more to it than that. Jesse will explain.

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[r] Rick Moranis was a movie star. Strange Brew; Ghostbusters; Spaceballs; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids... and then, he quit. Find out why he doesn't regret leaving show business to raise his children. Then later, Jesse talks to Mary Roach. Her book 'Gulp' takes readers on a tour of the human digestive system. Glenn Weldon and Linda Holmes from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour will talk about a couple of surprising takes on classic character archetypes. Then, the Bay Area singer-songwriter Thao Nguyen will talk about the Smokey Robinson song that made her want to crawl into the stereo speaker and stay there forever. And Spring is in the air. Warmer weather is nice and all, but Jesse's more excited about Opening Day.

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