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Judge John Hodgman Episode 203: Habeas Spiritus

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Carrie Poppy

Rachael brings the case against her boyfriend Anton. Rachael believes that psychics with real spiritual gifts do exist, and wants Anton to visit one with her. Anton is "an unshakeable realist" and says all psychics are faking it, and are just in it for the cash.

Should Anton give psychics a chance? Only one man can decide (with the assistance of expert witness Carrie PoppyTfor!)

This week's episode title suggested by Aurora Hannigan! Thank you!


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MaxFunDrive progress report: 3982 new and upgrading members!


After destroying our initial goal of 2000 new and upgrading members, we're now sitting at 3982 new and upgrading members, which is right below our stretch goal of 4000. We are so, unbelievably close to all shows releasing 2 new bonus episodes, but we need your help to push us over the edge. Become a MaxFun member or upgrade your existing membership now, and give us a shove!

Don't forget, we're committed to contributing 5 meals for every new and upgrading member over our initial goal of 2000. We're almost at 10,000 meals, which is amazing. We hang it up Friday night -- how far can we take this?

We have an extra-special goal in mind for 6000 new and upgrading members, which is a pretty big stretch for these last few days, but you have all shown up so far, and we think you'll really like what we have in the works. Keep an eye on the blog for the challenge, which we hope to announce tomorrow.

Thank you all for your awesome support! Let's keep it up!

Vampires! with Brentalfloss


Hello Buddies and happy week two of MaxFunDrive! We're joined this week by the composer of our intro/outro and internet celebrity Brentalfloss! We discuss the age old threat of the Vampire! Why do we stake them? Do the stakes have to be wooden? What's their deal with salt/birdseed? When chopping off their heads, what do you do with the head afterward? Where did we get the idea of vampires in the first place? Have there been "real" vampires? Do Travis, Brent and Andie do terrible vampire impressions? (Yes, they do.) Enjoy and then tell a friend! Then, don't forget to donate!

To donate to MaxFunDrive and Bunker Buddies, click this link here!

And don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Sawbones: Medical TV (Part 1)


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee hands the reins to Justin as they explore the history of medical TV, and explain why most of TV doesn't actually exist.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Pop Rocket: Episode 12 Monica Lewinsky, SxSWi & Mission Impossible 5

Guy down the line from New York
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell
Margaret Wappler
Oliver Wang

Guy and Margaret are both all about Monica Lewinsky’s recent TED presentation, Wynter’s been at South by Southwest Interactive and Oliver thinks you should listen to the new Earl Sweatshirt album.

Plus it’s the last week of the MaxFunDrive and we’ve got some Pop Rocket bonus offers to encourage you to donate.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Nick Jonas, Jealous
Oliver Wang - Huey by Earl Sweatshirt
Margaret Wappler - Tobias Jesso Jr’s How Could You Babe
Guy Branum - Simple Man by Graham Nash

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PRPod on Twitter.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live in Santa Cruz

04/24/2015 - 21:00 - 22:30
Santa Cruz
Venue Name: 
The Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar Street

Jesse and Jordan are returning to their roots in Santa Cruz with a live taping of Jordan, Jesse, Go! at The Kuumbwa Jazz Center.

Tickets are $20 and available here

Doors at 8:30, Show at 9

RISK! Live in Boston

04/25/2015 (All day)
Venue Name: 
Laugh Boston

April 25th RISK! Live will be part of the Women in Comedy Festival in Boston at Laugh Boston. Our theme: "Breakdown" More info TBA!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Lynda Barry & Tom Arnold

Lynda Barry
Tom Arnold
Brian Coleman

It's MaxFunDrive time! The production of Bullseye is funded by your donations. Become a monthly sustaining member now, and get cool thank you-gifts, plus unlock challenge funds from other donors and help us meet our goal of 4000 new and upgrading members by March 27th. Just visit!

Photo: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY

Lynda Barry Inspires Us to Get Creative with Monsters

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin.

What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process.

Her most recent book, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor collects her lesson plans and writing and drawing exercises.

Lynda talks with us about using monsters as a tool, why we're sometimes afraid to draw, and how elementary school aged kids can teach us a thing or two.

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Canonball: Brian Coleman Talks about Mantronix: The Album

Every so often we interview music journalists and experts, and ask them which records they think should be part of the pop music canon. It's Canonball.

This week, we're talking with the acclaimed rap journalist Brian Coleman, author of the series Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies. He chose to talk to us about Mantronix.

In the mid-1980s, producer Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee joined forces and created the hip hop group Mantronix.

Kurtis Mantronik rocked the TR-808 drum machine, and MC Tee moved the party along with his lyrics.

Together, they recorded Mantronix: The Album, and influenced the producers who followed them.

Brian Coleman's newest edition of "liner notes" is Check the Technique Volume 2.

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Tom Arnold Talks About Shaking Off the Bullies and Making His Own Way

Tom Arnold is a real show business survivor. In the mid 1990s he got famous -- both the kind you want to be, and the kind you don't want to be. His first big job in Hollywood was as a writer on Roseanne. He ended up married to her. He became a regular on the show and their relationship was tabloid fodder for five years. By the time they broke up in 1994, you couldn't make it through a late night monologue without a Tom Arnold joke.

But that was just the beginning of Tom Arnold's ride. A star making performance in a huge hit movie, True Lies, made him a star. Then a disastrous series of broad comedies made his career a punchline again.

But Arnold never stopped working, as a character actor, as a sports talk show host, as a stand up comic, and now in his 50s he's a dad for the first time and he's now been a star in Hollywood for thirty years. His new show is Yahoo's Sin City Saints. Arnold also continues to perform stand up across the country.

Tom talks with us about growing up in Iowa and fighting bullies, the difficulties of working in Las Vegas, his enduring respect for Roseanne, and the way he's found satisfaction with his work.

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The Outshot: MacGruber

Jesse heartily disagrees with A.O. Scott's review of the film version of MacGruber. In short: MacGruber exists, and the world is better for it.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 366 - Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger

Comedian Matt Braunger joins us to talk Portland, fair play, and drinking at a Legion. To support the show, go to

Download episode 366 here. (right-click)

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

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RISK! #626: Intimates

Mollena Williams, Andrew Aghapour, and Melanie Hamlett tell true stories that get very up close and personal.
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