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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chris Gethard & Lawrence Weschler

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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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Chris Gethard on Public Access, Comedy, and Confronting an Internet Hater In Person

Jesse talks with comedian Chris Gethard about taking his anarchic stage show to television, how being bipolar has affected his creative work, and confronting one of his Internet haters in real life. His book is called A Bad Idea I'm About To Do.

The Chris Gethard Show started out life at the UCB Theater in New York, moved to public access TV and the internet, and recently found a new home on the cable network Fusion. You can see The Chris Gethard Show on your television, or live streaming on Tuesday nights.

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Lawrence Weschler on Goat Sacrifice, Storytelling, and the Uncanny Valley

Jesse talks with a master of creative nonfiction, Lawrence Weschler, about a goat sacrifice at UC Santa Cruz, the dangers of humans' bias toward narrative, and why the CGI faces in movies never look quite right. Weschler's most recent book is The Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative.

This interview originally aired in January 2012.

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Karriem Riggins on The Song That Changed My Life: "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"

Drummer and producer Karriem Riggins explained how James Brown's "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" changed his life. It all started because he liked the album cover.

Karriem's most recent album is called Alone Together.

This interview originally aired in November 2012.

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The Outshot: Quick Change

People often talk about two phases of Bill Murray's career. Think of Caddyshack and Ghostbusters in the 80s. Then, Lost In Translation and Broken Flowers in the 2000s. But there’s an oft-overlooked Bill Murray movie that was released in 1990; and you’ve got to watch it.
Jesse shares his love for the only movie Bill Murray has ever directed -- Quick Change.

This segment originally aired in May 2014.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 382: Cutting the Cheese Mini-Sode with Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe

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Guests: 
Kevin T. Porter
Guests: 
Demi Adejuyigbe

Kevin T. Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe from the podcast Gilmore Guys join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of summer boy activities.

Please note: because of technical issues with the recording, this episode is only a mini-sode of the last three segments of the full recording. For completists, a version of the show with the first two longer segments can be found at http://bit.ly/1SEnSUi. However, the sound quality of the first 50 minutes is not very good.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 379 - Sophie Buddle

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Guests: 
Sophie Buddle

Sophie Buddle returns to talk Facebook mistakes, baby babble, and obscure wrestlers.

Download episode 379 here. (right-click)

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

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John Hodgman Live in St. Louis

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Date: 
09/23/2015 - 19:00
City: 
St. Louis, MO
Venue Name: 
The Ready Room

John Hodgman will perform his new show, VACATIONLAND, live in St. Louis!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

The Ready Room
4195 Manchester Ave
St. Louis, MO, 63110
http://www.thereadyroom.com

Tickets and more information available here!

In his latest one-human show, VACATIONLAND, John Hodgman will discuss these topics:

-his home commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS, the birthplace of rage

-his exile to the state of MAINE, home to the world’s most painful beaches

-the laws regarding the dumping of household garbage in various rural towns

-how the people of various rural towns are probably planning to sacrifice you to their god

-the evolutionary purpose of the weird dad mustache

-how to decide which small animals you should love as members of your family and which you should kill with traps and poison

-other things he might think about that very morning--who knows?

-and how to tolerate the other great ambiguities of life, such as your death, garbage dumping (see above), and city busses, which, let’s face it, can pretty much end up going ANYWHERE if the driver goes crazy or just has a soul full of mischief. It's terrifying.

John Hodgman is the longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman Podcast. He has also appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show, @midnight, and This American Life. The Village Voice named his show RAGNAROK one of the top ten stand up specials of 2013. He has performed comedy for the President of the United States and George RR Martin, discussed love and alien abduction at the TED conference, and now he wants to talk to you.

MBMBaM 257: Swag Dads

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Happy belated Father's Day to you and yours! Assuming that you and yours are all dads, that is. If that's the case -- do you want to set up a super chill group hang for Swag Dads? We'll take our answer off the air.

Suggested talking points: Applebee's, Cloudnoon, NAD, Episode Sync, Baby Rubs, Travis Interrupted, Brice's YOLO Dad

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Caitlin Gill/Zach Broussard

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Caitlin Gill
Guests: 
Zach Broussard

Hello Babies! First, we thank some awesome people then we jump right into original Obama impressions! Want to hear some of Emily's fun tour stories? How about Lisa's fun stories from the James Beard Awards? We've got 'em! What un-stylish thing do you wish would become fashionable? In this Wiki of the Week, why DID the chicken cross the road?! How many podcast hosts DOES it take to screw in a light bulb?! WARNING! This week, we talk with guest Caitlin Gill about extremely gross (and yet strangely captivating) black head videos! Also, her time as a carnie! We're also joined by pick up artist Mezzmerizze who teaches us "how to pick up women". BONUS: Summer Jams!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Caitlin Gill
Zach Broussard

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Pop Rocket: Episode 24 OITNB, Rachel Dolezal & Jurassic World

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Wynter, Margaret, Guy and Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The gang share their fantasy contract riders, discuss the Rachel Dolezal debacle and take a team fieldtrip to see Jurassic World.

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

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 @PopRocket on Twitter.

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John Hodgman Live in Toronto

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Date: 
09/29/2015 - 19:00
City: 
Toronto, ON, Canada
Venue Name: 
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

John Hodgman will perform live in Toronto as part of Just For Laughs!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
7:00pm

Queen Elizabeth Theatre
190 Princes' Blvd.
Toronto, ON M6K 3C3
Canada

Tickets may be purchased for John's individual show or as part of a pass.

For individual tickets, click here.

For Just For Laughs passes, click here.

John Hodgman Live in Chicago

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Date: 
09/24/2015 - 20:00
City: 
Chicago, IL
Venue Name: 
Thalia Hall

John Hodgman: Vacationland Live in Chicago

Thursday, September 24, 2015
8:00pm Doors
9:00pm Show

Thalia Hall
1807 S Allport St
Chicago, IL 60608

Tickets are available now!

In his latest one-human show, VACATIONLAND, John Hodgman will discuss these topics:

-his home commonwealth of MASSACHUSETTS, the birthplace of rage

-his exile to the state of MAINE, home to the world’s most painful beaches

-the laws regarding the dumping of household garbage in various rural towns

-how the people of various rural towns are probably planning to sacrifice you to their god

-the evolutionary purpose of the weird dad mustache

-how to decide which small animals you should love as members of your family and which you should kill with traps and poison

-other things he might think about that very morning--who knows?

-and how to tolerate the other great ambiguities of life, such as your death, garbage dumping (see above), and city busses, which, let’s face it, can pretty much end up going ANYWHERE if the driver goes crazy or just has a soul full of mischief. It's terrifying.

John Hodgman will meet audience members and sign things after each performance.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 102 - Spy

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow
Guests: 
Emily V. Gordon

This week, Rhea and Ricky are joined by the hilarious Emily Gordon to discuss Melissa McCarthy's action/comedy Spy! Plus, Rhea reveals a movie that made her, and we all wonder why The Crow remake is a thing that's happening.

You can follow Emily on Twitter @thegynomite. Check out her video game podcast, The Indoor Kids!

Next week we'll be watching San Andreas which is in theaters now!

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

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