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CIPYD 29: Theresa Thorn and You Are Dog Now

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Theresa Thorn

Well friends, another Puppy Bowl is in the books! Of course, we pre-recorded this so we have no idea who won... ANYWAY! What we do know is that we have a great episode for you this week! In Dogs We Met This Week, Travis sort of met a mysterious museum dog! Allegra tells us all about Dalmations in this week's Mutt Minute. We are so excited to be joined by the amazing Theresa Thorn to hear all about her two amazing dogs and the time they scared the living crap out of her! Allegra walks us through some Cool Dog Tech and we talk about what kind of dogs we would be! See, didn't I tell you it was a good one!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Todd Glass & Raffi

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Todd Glass
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Raffi
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Ariel Schrag

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Todd Glass Talks about "Busting Out of the Shed", Learning Disabilities, and Crafting Stand Up

Todd Glass is a veteran stand up comic. He's been performing comedy for thirty years. Four years ago, he made a big change. He had created a life for himself. He was a well-respected and well-liked comedian. But he was living in large part as a closeted gay man. He worried about who knew, and who didn't. At forty seven years old, he made the decision to come out, and finally live on his own terms.

His recent memoir is called The Todd Glass Situation: A Bunch of Lies about My Personal Life and a Bunch of True Stories about My 30-Year Career in Stand-Up Comedy.

Glass tells us why he waited so long to "bust out of the shed", the elaborate coping mechanisms and fake outs he constructed to hide his learning disabilities growing up, and why he thinks so much comedy doesn't stand the test of time.

For a schedule of appearances visit Todd Glass’ website.

The interview originally aired in September 2014.

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Ariel Schrag on 'September Girls' and Flipping the Mermaid Script: "I Wish I'd Made That"

Artists -- the people that make stuff -- are always influenced by the work of others. And sometimes, something an artist sees is so good, so perfect that they wish they had made it themselves.

This happens so often to the people we talk to, that we made a segment about it. It’s called I Wish I’d Made That. This week, we talk to cartoonist and author Ariel Schrag.

Ariel Schrag was already writing and drawing comics as a freshman in high school. Each summer, she'd create and self-publish a comic about the previous school year. The subject matter was, well, high school stuff. She wrote about her high school crushes, family issues, her struggles in AP Chemistry. Then she caught the attention of an indie comics publisher who decided to release her work as a series of graphic novels. She was only in the eleventh grade.

She recently wrote a coming of age novel, Adam. The title character is an awkward teenager who spends a summer visiting his older sister in New York City. He develops a crush on a girl. The problem is, this girl likes girls. To get around that problem, Adam convinces her that he's a trans man. The book is sweet, funny and frank.

For our segment, Schrag tells us about a very different kind of coming of age novel, Bennett Madison's September Girls, and how it's inspired her to infuse some magic and otherworldliness into her own work.

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Raffi on Performing for Kids, Growing Up in Egypt, and His Forty Year Career

If you were a parent or a child after about 1975, you probably know Raffi. He's one of the best known children's performers in the world, and his original works like "Baby Beluga" and "Bananaphone" and renditions of folk songs like "Down By the Bay" have helped him sustain a career for almost forty years.

Raffi Cavoukian talks to us about his early childhood in Egypt, his social activism, and why he's dedicated his life to entertaining children.

His most recent album is called Owl Singalong.

The interview originally aired in September 2014

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The Outshot: Van Morrison's Revenge Album

What happens when a musician records thirty one songs in one session, all out of spite? Jesse tells us about Van Morrison's "revenge album".

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How to Valentine

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Still Buffering

Rileigh and Sydnee find common ground on this week's episode as they reminisce about the days when everybody had to give you a Valentine and debate the best candy. They even share a more serious sister-to-sister conversation about how far teens have come in accepting one another. Then Rileigh has to go and make fun of Sydnee's sweaters again.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 412 - Sunee Dhaliwal

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Sunee Dhaliwal

Comedian Sunee Dhaliwal returns to talk about visiting India, Antiques Roadshow, and a ferry boat ride.

Download episode 412 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

Donate to Sunee's GoFundMe to fund a school in India.

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Emily Flake / Erin Whitehead

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Baby Geniuses
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Emily Flake
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Erin Whitehead

Hello Babies! So, we're basically hammers because we NAILED this episode! We're talking about weird features in Emily's new house. We're talking about swag we've been sent. We're re-branding as Puffy Geniuses. This one is full of hits! Hey, can we talk for a second about how great Yoko Ono is? In Chunch Chat, we take it back to the beginning! Cartoonist and illustrator Emily Flake joins us for this week's Wiki: William Hale Thompson, one of the most unethical mayors in America's history! Then Emily Flake tells us all about her and Lisa's Bored To Death cameo, baby skin diseases and trying to explain to people what you do for a living! Finally, we're joined by Expert Shelby Shelton and learn all about Animal Therapy!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Emily Flake
Erin Whitehead

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MBMBaM 289: Ben Stiller's Museum Nights

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Welcome, all, to our most fanciful episode yet! It's got everything: Extremely wrong-headed Super Bowl predictions, Travis' mushroom-tainted movie memories and a brief lesson on Mogwai rights. Come with us on a three-way mind voyage!

Suggested talking points: The Hug Heard Round the World, Mushroom Movie Editions, A Very Terrible Towel, Office Traps, Pirate Jeffcoats, Emu President

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 414: Fat Rips and Sweet Riffs with Sara Schaefer

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Sara Schaefer

Comedian and writer Sara Schaefer joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Octonauts corrections from last week's show, Jordan's dream wedding, and people from their past who they can't find on social media.

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The Flop House: Episode #197 - Seventh Son

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The Flop House

Is Seventh Son seventh fun? Perhaps, though we’re not sure what “seventh fun” means. Meanwhile, Elliott pitches us on FXXX, Stuart expresses his love for fantasy bullshit maps, and Dan feels terrible about mixing up En Vogue and TLC.

We also debut Jonathan Biegen’s “That’s How it Works (feat. The Flop House).” And a warning for sensitive listeners — we briefly get serious during the letters section with some talk about suicide.

Movies recommended in this episode:

Close Range
Diary of a Teenage Girl
Middle of Nowhere

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Conversation

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Shmanners

Sorry to interrupt, but we thought you might like to find out a little bit about conversational etiquette! The world of small talk can be a terrifying and dangerous place! How do you even begin to talk to someone at a business conference? What about all those swear words I keep hearing about?! Yes, with body language, eye contact and word choice to worry about, why does anyone ever talk to anyone at all?! Because you have to to get by in the world, that's why! So come with us and let's walk through the ins and out of conversation together!

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One Bad Mother Episode 140: WTF? Our Kids Are Unique Individuals? plus guest Barrie Hardymon

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Barrie Hardymon

Biz and Theresa discuss the ways our children are different from their siblings and from us! How dare they each be unique individuals?! Plus, Biz finds her Fight Song, Theresa gets as serious as she can with a four-year-old, and we're still laughing from our chat with the lovely and charming Barrie Hardymon, NPR’s Weekend Edition Book Editor, mom of two, and author of the article, "I Had A C-Section And I Loved It."

Article: I Had A C-Section And I Loved It
Follow Barrie Hardymon on Twitter @bhardymon

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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