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Hutch Harris


A returning favorite Hutch Harris from The Thermals is our guest this week. He had come down from Portland for a bit of a vacation, so he came in and discussed what record producing is actually like, past romantic experiences and broke some big news about the status of the Thermals. We feature a new jingle from one of our fans and Lindsay Pavlas from Max Fun to do a little tease for our first Max Fun Drive, coming the week of April 2nd!


Hutch and Kathy- I Made You a Song

Hutch and Kathy- In Brilliance

Billy Bacci- Thats The Day I Found A Job

Roswell Kid- UHF on DVD

Jingle by Male Fraud

Bugs and Rats- I Felt A Funeral In My Brain

Ink Mouth- Panic At Home

The World at Large- Grand Plans for Strange Things

S- Like Gangbusters

The Julie Ruin- I’m Done

Judge John Hodgman Episode 356: Refrigerator Firefighter


Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about leaving hair dryers plugged in, splitting movie theater popcorn, auto insurance, when to wake up in the morning, and flamethrowers. Plus a dispute against the city of Seattle with special, expert testimony from friend of the court John Roderick!



Lady to Lady EP. 270 "My Body is a Wonderland" ft. Jackie Zebrowski

Jackie Zebrowski

Jackie Zebrowski (@Jacktheworm) and the ladies invent theme park rides would represent their lives, teeth issues, inconspicuous code words for telling people they have something on their face, blood condoms, a guy buys Barbara a drink and then takes it back, Produced by Kailynn West, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Inside Pop Ep. 115- Atlanta Season 2, Avengers: Infinity War trailer, Saturday Night Live, Wolverine Podcast

Inside Pop

This episode is the ultimate pop culture to do list for the week!

DO listen to our review of the second season of Donald Glover's series, Atlanta. We discuss whether the show overcomes the dreaded sophomore season slump.

DO hear our reaction to the latest trailer for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War. Who will live and who will die? We share our guesses and also estimate how much screen time Doctor Strange will get since he is sharing the screen with 8,000 other heroes.

DO NOT feel any jealousy as Sean tells you what it was like to attend a taping of Saturday Night Live.

DO wonder whether Amita will enjoy Sean's Big Sell from last week - the new podcast, Wolverine: The Long Night. And also find out which heroes they think should be next to have their own podcast. The inspiration for Sean's answer can be found in this amazing comic written by Greg Pak.

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#160 - Best Tool


Tools are an important building block of society, but which is the best building block? Don't worry. WE GOT THIS.

Still Buffering: How to Malls

Still Buffering

We've joked for a long time about our collective feelings towards Claire's, a mall staple for decades, and now (maybe unsurprisingly?) they're closing for good. So let's take a look back on what malls were for teens "back in the day" and what they are now!

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 523: Horny Conjuring with Mat Ricardo

Mat Ricardo

Jordan and Jesse as they set aside their usual topic to have a nice chat with cabaret performer Mat Ricardo. They get into the fog of horniness permeating The Magic Castle at Mat's performance the night before, the fact that Jordan can present as any type of nerd, and the time a woman used a bodily function to critique Mat's street performance. Plus, they take calls from people who have gotten foreign objects stuck in their bodies!

CIPYD 135: Alison Bennett and the Cane Corso

Alison Bennet

Hi there friend! How's it goin?

This week, Allegra triumphs AGAIN by remembering to write down the dog she met this week. We have an exciting Italian Mutt Minute on the Cane Corso. We also have some puzzling potentially cool Dog Tech. Plus, the very funny and talented, Alison Bennet is here to tell us all about her dog Rhoda!

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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 129: Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield w/ Jordan Morris

Jordan Morris

Jordan Morris joins Allie and Julia to talk about Scenes from the Class Struggle in Springfield. The episodes features wardrobe changes for the entire Simpsons family -- most notably Marge -- wearing a fabulous pink Chanel suit. Jordan tells us why he loves wardrobe changes in cartoons, and why Ogdenville is better than Shelbyville. Plus, Julia and Allie tease what they have planned for their upcoming live show in Chicago!

The MaxFunDrive is almost here! Tune into your favorite MaxFun shows (including Everything's Coming Up Simpsons) April 2nd through April 13th for all of the details. This is the best time to support this show and all of the MaxFun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Forest Whitaker and Armando Iannucci

Forest Whitaker
Armando Iannucci

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Forest Whitaker on playing Desmond Tutu in his new movie "The Forgiven"

Forest Whitaker has been acting for over thirty years now and has won award after award including the Academy Award for best actor for his role as Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland." He has a knack for taking huge figures from history and portraying them as complex, fascinating, and sometimes really fragile people. He played Charlie Parker in "Bird." He played Cecil Gaines, the White House butler in "The Butler." Now, he's starring as Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the new film "The Forgiven," directed by Roland Joffe, who also made the classic 1984 film "The Killing Fields."

"The Forgiven" takes place in South Africa, just after apartheid. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is in full swing- holding public and private testimony from the victims and perpetrators of past wrongs. Archbishop Tutu was the chairman of the commission, appointed by Nelson Mandela himself.

Whitaker chats with Jesse about Tutu's struggle to love the most heinous of criminals and how he himself struggles to love people that have hurt him. He talks about the origin of his movie "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" and what he learned about acting while playing the title role. He also explains why he stands by his movie "Battlefield Earth" - despite the many haters ready to poke fun about how bad the film was.

Click here to listen to Forest Whitaker's interview on YouTube.

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Armando Iannucci on his new movie "The Death of Stalin"

Armando Iannucci is a writer and director who created the HBO TV series "Veep," which has won seventeen Emmy Awards. He also created the BBC political comedy "The Thick of It," which later spun off into the move "In the Loop." He specializes in finding comedy in broken political systems and the bureaucrats who run them. He's found most of his material in the people who run democracies - UK cabinet ministers and presidential wannabes.

His latest project is called "The Death of Stalin." The film is set in Russia in 1953. Josef Stalin is dying from a cerebral hemorrhage and there's a power struggle brewing among members of his advising committee. He says the film is about five terrible people who pretty much all think they're fighting the good fight. The characters are all classic Iannucci: they're ambitious, chaotic and all deeply insecure. They betray one another at every turn, then feign concern and friendship when it's politically convenient.

He'll talks to Jesse about how this new movie took him out of his comfort zone, the fascinating stories he gathered from survivors of Stalin's regime, and why doing satire nowadays is harder than ever.

Click here to listen to Armando Iannucci's interview on YouTube.

Photo: Joe Brusky via Flickr Creative Commons

The Outshot: "The Coup"

Oakland's "The Coup" stand out among the greats of hip-hop's golden age of the late 80's and early 90's. They are standard bearers of that period's mix of politics, humanity, and humor.

Click here to listen to Jesse's Outshot on The Coup on YouTube.

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