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#27 - Best Disney Princess

Juliana Hansen
Jennifer Marie Kelley

Mirror, Mirror on the wall: Who's the best Disney Princess of them all? Mark and Hal are joined by significant others Juliana Hansen & Jennifer Marie Kelley to scour the enchanted kingdoms of The Mouse House to emerge with the one Princess to rule them al

Subjects include:

- Off-brand princesses

- Attorneys

- The Bechdel Test

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Ross and Carrie and the Self-Realization Fellowship (Part 1): Meditate, Meditate, Meditate


NEW EPISODE! Jai guru, mofos. In this episode, Ross and Carrie immerse themselves in the Self Realization Fellowship, Paramahansa Yogananda's eastern-inspired religion that urges little eating, little sleeping, and lots of meditation. Can Carrie and Ross survive in a group where "restlessness of mind" is a cardinal sin?

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International Waters: Episode 57 Vice Vs. The Biggest Problem in the Universe

Dave, Robin, Megan, Josh & Maddox
Dave Holmes
Robin Higgins
Megan Koester
Josh Androsky

Maddox, Robin Higgins, Megan Koester and Josh Androsky join host, Dave Holmes as Vice takes on The Biggest Problem in the Universe, in a pop culture battle royal.

Maddox hosts The Biggest Problem in the Universe podcast and recommends the web series, We Need to Talk.

Robin Higgins wants to plug her website, The Higgs Weldon and recommends the web series Best Friends.

Megan Koester is online at

Josh Androsky wants to plug his regular LA comedy show Babe Island and recommends the music of Harry Neilson.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month.

Written by Asterios Kokkinos with Justine Barron. Produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

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Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That is LIVE!


Big news! Maximum Fun's first ever web series, Brian and Lindsay Will Totally Eat That, is live! You can catch all of them using this handy YouTube playlist link. Thumbs up, comment, share, and help us spread the word!

Thank you so much to all of our Kickstarter backers and our friends at Hover for making this project possible.

Ep. 6: Halloween and Corporal Smoky


Welcome to another episode of Can I Pet Your Dog! On this episode, Renee talks about a dog she has not met but desperately wants to! Have any ideas for costumes for your dog this Halloween? Be sure to share them and any photos you have of your dog dressed up with us! We've got some exciting dog news in Dog Victories this week! Allegra has something to admit in this week's Mutt Minute! Finally, hear all about the heroic tale of WW2 hero Smoky: The Yorkie Doodle Dandy! Don't forget to share your dog pictures with us on Twitter and Instagram! @CIPYDPodcast

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Allison Jones

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Allison Jones

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

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Photo: Tim Whitby/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images

"You’re Always Striving For Something": Chiwetel Ejiofor on 'Z for Zachariah', His Heritage and Getting 'Mamet-ed'

Chiwetel Ejiofor possesses a charisma on the screen that makes his characters both large and small to demand your attention. Whether he’s playing Othello, a drag queen in Kinky Boots or a free man forced into slavery in 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor not only inhabits his characters but expresses their humanity in a sincere and honest fashion.

In his new movie, Z for Zachariah, Ejiofor plays one of only a handful of survivors of the apocalypse. He finds his way to an untouched valley, and struggles to find his place in this new world.

Ejiofor joins us to talk the cultural constructs of our everyday lives (and how they apply in a post-apocalyptic world), his Nigerian heritage, why being Oscar-nominated doesn't feel like the end-all, be-all of acting and what happened when he got into the jiu jitsu ring(!) with legendary playwright and director David Mamet.

Z for Zachariah is in theaters and available on VOD now.

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The Difference Between Who "Is" Funny and "Can Be" Funny: Allison Jones on Casting Comedy

If you're a comedy fan, chances are you love at least one of the following shows or films. Parks and Recreation? The Office? Freaks and Geeks? Arrested Development? Curb Your Enthusiasm? Almost any Judd Apatow movie? Bridesmaids?

There's a person behind the scenes who helped put some of your favorite comedy actors on camera, and her name is Allison Jones. She's the go-to casting director for Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, and helped shape the face of comedy TV and film as we know it. She even discovered the awkward high school kid who would become McLovin.

She specializes in finding the kind of actor who "is funny" rather than ones who "can be funny" -- she'll explain the difference and why it matters.
Jones joins us to talk about her most memorable auditions (going way back to Family Ties), the challenges in casting funny women, and her own formative comedy experiences.

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The Outshot: Jimmy Witherspoon

Jesse explains what jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon can add to the discussion around race in America.

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RISK! #649: Live From DC 2!

Thomas Keegan, Elizabeth McCain and Melissa Murphy share stories at our Summer 2015 trip to Washington, DC.
Thomas Keegan
Elizabeth McCain
Melissa Murphy
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The Last Episode of Rendered


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Rendered is retiring. It was not an easy decision, but it was necessary. This has been a labor of love for me and my team for many years now. Even though Rendered has only been around for a few episodes, many of you know that the show had a long history under the name “Destination DIY” before that. You may also know that Rendered is something that everyone who works on the show does in our spare time. (I also have a full-time job as a radio producer for a daily talk show.) I love making the show, but I realized that this way of working is just not sustainable. And that’s especially true because I’m about to take on a new DIY project: becoming a mom. My son is due in January and I expect that once he’s here I won’t have a lot of time outside of work.

But that’s really not the only reason that I decided to retire Rendered. I love the work of making the show. It’s given me so much creative freedom and endless opportunities to learn new things. But there’s a lot of other, non-creative work that I’ve taken on behind the scenes in order to keep it going. I actually own my own business. It’s not profitable, but I still have to file taxes for it every year. I keep track of invoices and W9s, apply for grants and, as you know, raise money from listeners. I also manage our social media accounts, update our website, maintain our mailing list etc. And when I decided to start my own radio show, I really didn’t think about any of that stuff. It just kind of built up over time. And doing all the administrative tasks took away from the time I was able to spend doing the creative work of actually making the show. So, my goal now is to keep making radio stories that you’ll be able to hear on other shows, but I just don’t have the capacity to keep up with the responsibilities of sustaining my own show anymore.

I wanted to make this Last Episode, mainly as a way to thank all of the great people who have helped to keep the show going over the years — from my amazing team to people who have been guests on the show and especially you, the listeners. The fact that you thought this show was worth your time means a whole, whole lot.

Archived shows will have a permanent home on the web and the URL will point there soon.

Ongoing monthly donations will continue to support Maximum Fun programming and if you'd like to make any changes to your membership, you can do that here. Now that the show is ending, we will no longer be receiving funds from Maximum Fun.

A Short History of Rendered:
The show began in 2006 as a monthly, half-hour program on KBOO Community Radio and went on to be featured regularly on Oregon Public Broadcasting, as well as other public radio stations. For the past two years, the show has been primarily a monthly podcast. Rendered adopted its new name in 2015 after joining the Maximum Fun podcast network.

You may have some questions about what happens next. Feel free to email me at julie(at)renderedradio(dot)org.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 389 - Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin

Everybody, this episode is pure joy. Alicia Tobin returns to talk about her new podcast and book, Seal, communicating through music, and street fights.

Download episode 389 here. (right-click)

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

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One Bad Mother Listener Meet-Up!

09/19/2015 - 10:30 - 13:30
Atlanta, GA
Venue Name: 
Legacy Fountain Splash Pad in Piedmont Park

Calling all One Bad Mothers and Fathers in Atlanta! Join listeners for a meet-up / lunch play date at the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad in Piedmont Park, which is located at 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.

Bring your children and your lunch!

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