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Podcast: Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock's "Kenneth"

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Jack McBrayer plays the almost alarmingly lovable NBC page Kenneth in the new sitcom "30 Rock." He's unquestionably the breakout star of the program, lighting up the screen with a 10,000 watt smile. (In case you haven't noticed, I think he's fucking great.)

While Jack is a newcomer to the national stage, he's a comedy veteran. He appeared in the film Talladega Nights, and has graced the boards of The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the IO for many years.

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By the way, the day after this interview was recorded, it was announced that 30 Rock has been renewed for a second season!

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Podcast: Faking It with Yuval Taylor

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Yuval Taylor is the co-author of "Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music." We discuss what Taylor and his co-author Hugh Barker see as the three forms of musical authenticity: cultural, personal and representational.

We discuss (and hear music from) artists including Leadbelly, Nirvana, Neil Young, Woodie Guthrie, the Rolling Stones, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Billy Joel and even Jennifer Lopez.

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Podcast: The Human Giant

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Our guests are Rob Huebel, Aziz Ansari and Paul Scheer of The Human Giant. These three friends' popular short films, directed by Jason Woliner, landed them a deal to produce an MTV comedy series, which premiers this week.

They talk with us about making the films "The Illusionators" (above) and "Shutterbugs" (below), working with MTV, and more. Joining them on the show are friends like Jon Glaser, Patton Oswalt, Dan Mintz, Nick Swardson and Brian Posehn.

The first episode of their series is currently available free in iTunes.

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Podcast: Cornucopia!

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We hear an exclusive-to-TSOYA sketch from Clifford & Kidd, then a track from Jonathan Katz's great new album Caffeinated, and then the first episode of our newest podcast, Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters.

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Podcast: Scott Dikkers, Editor-in-Chief of The Onion

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Scott Dikkers served as Editor-in-Chief of The Onion from 1989 to 2000, when he left for the warmer climes of Hollywood. He returned to The Onion in 2005.

We talk with Scott about The Onion's newest venture: Onion News Network. It's one of The Onion's most ambitious ventures into non-text media, and will feature parodies of cable news, Sunday-morning talk shows and C-Span. The network's motto is: "You'll never read again."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: A Very Magical TSOYA with Amy Krause Rosenthal and Ricky Jay

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Ricky Jay is a magician, actor and historian of magic. He can kill a man or slice a melon with a thrown playing card. He's also the author of a number of amazing books about the history of magic and odd performance.

Amy Krause Rosenthal is the author of "An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life," a touching and funny memoir, presented in alphabetical order.

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Podcast: Legacy Collection: Doug Benson and The Hollow Men

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Legacy Collection.

Doug Benson is a fixture on VH1's talking head programs, particularly "Best Week Ever." He's also a wonderful standup comedian, and was recently awarded the "Stoner of the Year" award by High Times Magazine.

The Hollow Men's short-lived Comedy Central television series was executive produced by Dave Foley.

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Podcast: Storytellers with Colin Meloy and Harvey Pekar

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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

Our first guest on this show, which bears the theme "Storytellers," is Colin Meloy of The Decemberists. Jordan tells me they've got a major deal now, we interviewed Colin not long after their first record was released. We knew him when! And he didn't seem to like us too much!

Also: Harvey Pekar is the creator of the amazing comic "American Splendor." The comic tackles stories from Pekar's life as an ordinary guy in Cleveland, Ohio. It's one of my favorite things ever.

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Podcast: Scharpling & Wurster, 2-3-05

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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

This week, it's an hour-long visit with our friends Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster, of The Best Show on WFMU. The Best Show is a weekly three-hour decent into madness. Tom hosts, and a variety of oddballs -- many real, some imagined -- call in to discuss their problems, play on-air games and discuss their insular world. Tom is generally a genial host, but when provoked, he transforms into a despot, wielding his catchphrase, "GET OFF MY PHONE" at any and all offending parties.

TBSOWFMU is best known for Wurster's calls. Jon assumes one of a variety of personae and calls Tom, often with a perfectly reasonable comment or response to a question or contest. Slowly, over the course of twenty or thirty minutes, things spin out of control. Often, Tom is left incredulously blubbering his dissent in response to a stream of bizarre proclomations on the other side of the phone.

This episode of The Sound of Young America features an interview with Jon & Tom as well as a selection of material from one of the compilation CDs they release on their label, Stereolaffs.

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Podcast: Beyond the Fringe

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The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

This program is an hour-long look at the scions of UK comedy, Beyond the Fringe. Through a stage show and LP, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller changed the course of satire in the UK and abroad.

We talk about Beyond the Fringe with a curator from the Museum of Television and Radio, and play examples of their work.

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