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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.)
 
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
The Turnaround is a new series about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and The Columbia Journalism Review. Featuring conversations with prominent interviewers about their careers and their craft, the show is a perfect resource for a new generation of storytellers and journalists. You'll hear Jesse speak with Larry King, Terry Gross, Werner Herzog, Audie Cornish, and so many more!
 
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John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.
 
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If you know actor Hiam Abbass from one thing, it's probably Succession. Abbass plays Marcia, Logan Roy's wife. On a show famous for its craven, manipulative, sometimes frightening characters, Marcia dominates the lineup in all three categories. Most recently, though, Hiam's performed in a new movie - it's called Gaza, Mon Amour. It's Palestine's su…
 
Danielle Koenig and Kristine Kimmel (How to Survive podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of an epic question about picking apart raspberries on AskCulinary Reddit, how to survive if you crash your car and end up underwater, and John Taffer's beef loin at Costco. Danielle and Kristine have a great new podcast called How to Survive with Da…
 
Myles files suit against his wife, Isabel. Myles says that Isabel’s graduate school work takes up too much space in the living room. But, Isabel says that her setup is the most comfortable way to do her work. The living room is her space too! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Twitter User @BenjaminWalkup for naming this week’s case! To suggest…
 
Mike Mills is a writer and director who's worked in film, TV, and on music videos. He's made the films Beginners and 20th Century Women and his newest movie is called C'mon C'mon. It's a film about the extraordinary burdens of parenthood and the ways it changes parents. It's also about kids and how amazing and resilient they can be, even in the fac…
 
When Andrew Pask pointed me toward Plan 9 (and made an initial introduction), I couldn’t really tell what I was getting into. The soundtrack work was very interesting, and their recent releases mapped out a compelling set of skills. But then I checked out Modwheel – which is their sample library company – and started to connect the dots: Really uni…
 
Joe Pera Talks with You is one of the quirkiest shows on television right now. Comedian Joe Pera portrays a fictionalized version of himself. He's a soft-spoken, unassuming, kind person. Each episode involves Joe, a middle school choir teacher, guiding viewers through his life in the city of Marquette, Michigan. He talks about the simple things in …
 
Jon Gabrus (High and Mighty pod, Action Boyz pod) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about the age-old action movie debate: guns vs karate, the various museums Gabrus has toured hungover, and how The Blair Witch Project might be the germ of modern-day disinformation. Let us know about your inappropriate media viewing experiences – 206-984-4FUN or jjgo@…
 
Keil files suit against his brother, Aaron, over a bet they made during their childhood. The Jurassic Park tagline is, “An Adventure 65 Million Years in the Making.” Keil contends that the film took 65 million years to make, but Aaron disagrees. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Twitter User @kswizzle13 for naming this week’s case! To suggest …
 
A special treat from the Bullseye archives: Paul Reubens! The man behind Pee-wee Herman. Pee-wee is, of course, a beloved character among kids who grew up in the 1980s and 90s. He's the star of Pee-wee's Playhouse, Pee-wee's Big Adventure and so many others. Pee-wee's Playhouse remains a singular achievement in kid's TV. It's a kitschy pastiche of …
 
Sierra Katow (The Sex Lives of College Girls) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about the rare but deadly perineum infection haunting Jesse's thoughts, the breath and depth of topics in Minion memes, and the new HBO Max show that Sierra is in - The Sex Lives of College Girls. Have Jordan sign a copy of Bubble for the holidays! And please VOTE for Bubb…
 
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we're joined by Aimee Mann. Aimee is a singer-songwriter whose career dates back to the 80s when she sang in the new wave band Til Tuesday. But odds are you know Aimee for…
 
Drew Magary is a writer and novelist. He was a longtime columnist at Deadspin. He's written features for GQ, The Atlantic and more. His latest work is a memoir. In December of 2018, Drew collapsed after an award show in New York. In the days and weeks that followed, his life changed profoundly. In The Night The Lights Went Out, Drew recounts his ac…
 
John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how drinking coffee when he moved to New York may have changed his life, the miniature taxidermy figures that John and Jesse share an affinity for, and the story behind the incredible TMBG song Robot Parade. Plus, John tells us all about the new They Might be Giants a…
 
Andy shares about life & creativity during the pandemic, moving to Vegas to join 5FDP, guitar picks, solo albums and thoughts about leaving a legacy, enjoy! Follow Andy: https://www.instagram.com/andyjamesguitar/?hl=en Follow Chrys https://www.instagram.com/c__333j/?hl=en Follow Player's Pick https://www.instagram.com/playerspickpodcast/?hl=en Supp…
 
At the heart of They Might Be Giants, there are two Johns: John Flansburgh and John Linnell. The two singer/songwriters have been writing and recording together since 1982 — nearly 40 years. In that time, the band's released 22 albums, won two Grammys, and have cultivated a fanbase that is passionate, fun-loving... maybe a little nerdy. Their newes…
 
The documentary Little Girl is a profile of an 8 year old transgender girl named Sasha living in France. The film talks about the resistance Sasha meets from her school, the help she gets from medical caregivers, and the support she receives from her family. Throughout the film, you see how everywhere Sasha goes, she must explain who she is, answer…
 
One of the big surprises of the late 2010’s was the acquisition of Buchla and Associates by someone local to me: Eric Fox of Foxtone Music. I’d heard of Foxtone, but never visited, and never expected something like this to happen in good ‘ol Minneapolis. But sure enough, Buchla was now based out of the Twin Cities. While I’m not a Buchla user, I’ve…
 
John Dickerson (Slate Political Gabfest pod, CBS News chief political analyst!) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about the epic high school story that Jordan closed the loop on during his class reunion, the various personas that John tried on in high school, and the time Jesse lost an election to Jesse Frankenstein.…
 
Paul joyfully drops a tons of sage wisdom for all us students on the path towards guitar tone greatness and mastering our own technical difficulties, enjoy! Follow Paul https://www.instagram.com/paulgilbert_official/?hl=en Follow Chrys https://www.instagram.com/c__333j/?hl=en Follow Player's Pick https://www.instagram.com/playerspickpodcast/?hl=en …
 
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around we're joined by DāM-FunK. He's a modern day champion of funk music. DāM-FunK's recorded dozens of albums. His army of analog synths captures the funk sound of the late '70s…
 
Susan Orlean has been writing for decades. She's the author of the Orchid Thief, The Library Book and is also a staff writer for the New Yorker. This week we welcome her back to the show to talk about her latest book, On Animals. It's a collection of essays about animals and how we live with them. The animals we eat, the animals we call companions,…
 
Danielle Radford (Tights and Fights pod, many other things!) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of food with the narrowest gap between the best and worst version, what makes a Seattle hot dog really soar, and the key to comedy stunt casting voice over.Von Valerie Moffat, Danielle Radford, Brian Fernandes, Jesse Thorn, Jordan Morris
 
Tamron Hall is a TV veteran: She's host of Emmy Award-winning talk show Tamron Hall. Before that, Tamron worked in news. She had her own show on MSNBC and, for a time, was a host on the Today show. Recently, though, Tamron has taken on an entirely new endeavor: fiction writing. She just published her debut novel called As the Wicked Watch. Tamron H…
 
It's time to clear the docket! Wearing sleep shorts out of the house, Christmas cookie types, bringing outside produce into restaurants, loud typing, and much more! Plus more letters from Emily and her sister Louisa from Juvenile Court, and an interview with Aidan, the co-owner of the Spirit Halloween Wiki! A perfect way to close our 2021 Spooky Se…
 
Jo Firestone's new comedy special Good Timing is the culmination of months of work from her and a group of senior citizens she taught how to do standup comedy. It also features interviews between Jo and the students and behind the scenes footage from the classes. Jo joins us to talk about the new special, and what she learned when teaching stand-up…
 
Well, we welcome Mike Metlay back to the podcast. It’s been a while, and a lot has changed for Mike since our last discussion (episode 69!), and we find him in his new venture: as the editor-in-chief at Bjooks. If you are paying any attention to the world of electronic music, you’ll know that Bjooks just released a new book, entitled Synth Gems 1. …
 
Jessie files suit against her husband Carter. Carter says he grew up in a haunted house. But Jessie doesn’t believe him! Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Steve Ciabattoni for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow us on Twitter for naming opportunities: @JesseThorn & @Hodgman. Or keep track using the Twitter …
 
Sarah Morgan (Bubble graphic novel, The Fear pod) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of what her spooky Halloween Twitter name should be this year, what mistakes Jesse can make that he can blame on the steroids he is taking, and the best books to teach kids about sex. Plus, Jordan gets a very important missive that threatens to destroy his rep…
 
This week: a very spooky Bullseye Halloween spectacular! We've got Jamie Lee Curtis, Harvey Guillén and the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! Jamie Lee Curtis has had unforgettable roles in a bunch of the Halloween movies, as well as memorable roles in True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday and Knives Out. Lately, Curtis has been re…
 
Yngwie goes in deep about his writing process on his latest record, his approach to making records through the years and how he's able to keep things exciting and fresh through regular improvisation, enjoy! Follow Yngwie https://www.instagram.com/yngwiemalmsteen_official/?hl=en Follow Chrys https://www.instagram.com/c__333j/?hl=en Follow Player's P…
 
John Carpenter has made an impact on film in two different disciplines. As a director , there's so many memorable movies in his filmography: Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, and They Live – to name a few. His work as a composer is just as iconic. Carpenter scored many of his early films – including Halloween.…
 
Mark and Hal host the Maximum Fun show WE GOT THIS, wherein they settle small debates. In 2018, they attempted to decide the Best Pretzel Shape but came to an impasse. Hal thinks that Mark was too unwilling to properly entertain a debate. Mark says that Hal betrayed the show’s core by removing the default pretzel shape from contention. Who’s right?…
 
Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons, Small Town Dicks Podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Yeardley's favorite Lisa Simpson merch, how she deals with the weight of doing a true-crime podcast, and the magical food that she made on her cooking show, Oil and Water that made her feel like a sorcerer. Plus, we find out if more clergy members or …
 
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