BoingBoing founder and editor Mark Frauenfelder joins us to share a few of his all-time favorite pop culture picks. His first recommendation is The Hunter, a dark 1962 novel reminiscent of antihero-driven television shows like Breaking Bad. Next, you'll need something to soothe your senses – how about some new music? Check out Every Noise At Once, a website that introduces listeners to obscure genres from Arab soul to zouk.
You might not recognize Nile Rodgers, who began his music career as part of the purposely faceless band Chic -- but you'd definitely know his music if you heard it. He founded Chic with bassist Bernard Edwards, launched a string of hits including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", and went on to become a songwriting and producing superstar with a tried-and-true formula.
The anthem "We are Family"? That's one of his, too. He was behind Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", and Madonna's "Like a Virgin". He continues to make and perform music, both with Chic and as a producer. This month, you can hear him on Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories, contributing a signature guitar sound to the single "Get Lucky".
Back in 2011, Rodgers spoke with us about a beatnik childhood, decades of writing hits (including the gay anthem "I'm Coming Out" for Diana Ross), and the legacy of disco.
His memoir is Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny.
(This interview originally aired in November 2011.)
Who are Mike Nichols and Elaine May? You might know them both for their film and theater work (among many other things, Nichols directed The Graduate and May helmed The Heartbreak Kid). But first, they performed as a improvisational comedy duo in the early 1960s on TV and on bestselling comedy albums, often fixed on skewering relationships. Case in point: a classic comedy sketch from 1962's Nichols and May Examine Doctors, in which a workplace fling becomes a matter of life or death.
Nichols and May Examine Doctors was recently reissued as a CD and digital download.
Jesse examines the often superficial fashion world and finds a stunningly sincere and emotional portrait of a man. The man is New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, and the portrait is Richard Press's biographical documentary Bill Cunningham New York.
(This segment originally aired in April 2012.)
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Here ye, hear ye, beer me! Throwing Shade is on a race against time to bring you all the 'ssues of the week with an essay by Bret Easton Ellis attacking the "culturally gay elite", Erin takes on "Brave"'s Merida Disney Princess redesign, Abercrombie's problem with ladies who have junk in that trunk, and the offical third member of Throwing Shade, Kulap Vilaysack of "Who Charted?".
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Comedian Brett Martin joins us to talk cowboys, furnace jingles, and mayor stuff.
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Who will live? Who will die? Who will be betrayed? Whose terrible secrets will be revealed? Find out on this thrilling season finale of MBMBaM. And join us next week, for more, new MBMBaM.
Suggested talking points: Sweeps, In Vino Punchitas, Bully Vibe, A Cat Called Burden, Thinner and Closer, Farm Wisdom, Beeeeeees
Comedian Natasha Muse joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of rare Dr. Pepper, artisanal pickling, and Jordan talks about his trip to Nicolas Cage's estate sale.
Episode 72 is up in your grill dammit! Join me as I sit down with comedian and writer H. Alan Scott (@halanscott) to talk about his bout with testicular cancer, wild nights in a Berlin dungeon, whether or not Hitler was gay, tough talking urologists, what it's like walking around with one nut all the time, comedy, his #chemocation project and much, much more. I also answer important listener questions and Ian Ball delivers the Hot Jamz from London. In short, this one pretty much has everything. Tell me what you think in the forum section and I will love you forever.
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This week, we examine J.J. Abrams's affinity for lens flares, Rhea dishes about the movie that made her, and we dive into the exploits of the space traveling, sexual dynamo Barbarella. Hey, is it hot in here?
WARNING! This week, Biz and Theresa share their birth stories. If you are even slightly hesitant to hear such personal details, we suggest you go with your instincts and listen to our Mother's Day episode...again. Otherwise, settle in to hear about the miracle of birth in explicit, disturbing detail.
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Tight, Shayna Ferm and the Upper Deckers
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans (www.cornbreadted.com and available on iTunes)
RISK! brings its live show to the 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Fringe Festival in Charleston, SC for three great nights of storytelling.
Friday, May 24 @ 9:30pm
Our theme for the first show is "Psyched." Featuring Shon Kennedy, Camille Lowman, Paul Van Slett and Andy Livengood.
Saturday, May 25 @ 10pm
Saturday's story theme is "In Awe." Featuring Nathaniel Bates, Katy Frame, Marie Cecile Anderson and David Appleton.
Sunday, May 26 @ 9:30pm
Our theme for our final show is "Jolt." Featuring Brian Carter, Stacey Lathem, Lauren Krass and Michael Clayton.