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Garrison Keillor's Mansion


Our man GK is making that fa sho' dough. Seven bedrooms? Daaaamn.

"The house is so grand that Mr. Keillor and his wife, Jenny Lind Nilsson, a violinist in the Minnesota Opera orchestra, feared their friends might consider them pretentious for buying it. Ultimately, the beauty and spaciousness of the house, which was built in 1914 by the French architect Emmanuel Masqueray, persuaded them."


(Sidenote: what is it with people in public radio and ACTUALLY DRIVING VOLVOS? That's like the junior senator from Mississippi showing up for a hearing in denim overalls.)

PRX hates The Sound of Young America


PRX is the Public Radio Exchange, a sort of online content depot for public radio producers. Independent producers upload their content -- programs, news reports, features -- to the site, and stations visit to license pieces to fill holes in their programs or schedules.

Part of the system is a sort of peer-review mechanism. PRX has an "Editorial Board," and at least one of them reviews nearly every piece uploaded to the site. Additionally, any PRX member (anyone can sign up for free) can write a review of any piece.

It's a great system... two of The Sound's affiliates found out about the show through PRX, and lots of people in public radio get to hear the show that otherwise might not.


A sample review (from an editorial board member who works for Radio Netherlands):

The guests, Jonathan Goldstein and Jonathan Katz are typically public radio. But stylistically our host is all slick baritone Clear Channel morning zoo. Without being intentionally offensive, how old is the program host? He sounds like someone older trying to be young. He looks young in the picture.

Or this one (from an editorial board member from Atlantic Public Media), which included a rating of one out of five:

It's just a little jarring to have jokes come out of nowhere and not a natural part of the conversation. The humor has that disruptive effect from the back of the classroom....

So, uhm, if you get the chance, head over there, sign up (it's free), and write a thoughtful review of a show.

Zach Galifianakis & Fiona Apple "Up in Them Guts"


Sasquatch from claims that this will make more sense once the new Comedy Central series "Dog Bites Man" starts airing June 7th. In the meantime, just "suck it off 2006 style."

Lifton & Coulton, together forever.


David Lifton, a regular in the comments of this very blog, points us to his interesting interview with Jonathan Coulton, the very funny singer-songwriter whose music has been heard several times on TSOYA.


Ricky Gervais Meets Larry David


Will Franken in Gelf


Interesting piece on Will Franken, who you may remember from last week's show, in the excellent Gelf Magazine.

A half-hour into it and he's taken over his audience members' minds. He has them singing, praising Jesus, and laughing at child murder. Characters and scenes, public service announcements and daytime television show segments rise up and fall away. Franken changes roles as fast as putting on a hat, and the effect is so narcotic that you can see why the SF Bay Guardian named him the Best Alternative to Psychedelic Drugs. The fuel of "Good Luck With It" is the disgust of an intellectual raised in a religious small town, combined with the dismay of a religious, small-towner living in a metropolitan Babylon. It's more acting than stand-up, and no race, minority, nor pet cause is safe. It belongs in some London theater and it's way too good for cable TV.

Actually, looking at the date, I'm wondering if the author came to a show that I performed in. Anyway, interesting piece.

Zach Galifianakis on The Best Show


The delightful bearded comedian Zach Galifianakis will be on this week's episode of The Best Show on WFMU, our favorite radio show. It runs from 8-11 PM Eastern time tonight, and you can either listen to WFMU's stream live or wait to catch the archived version when it goes up.

Teaching for the Future


I was more than happy earlier this week to speak with TSOYA listener / podcaster Dave LaMorte about a topic which I know very little about -- podcasts in education. You can hear my interview on his "Teaching for the Future" podcast here.

And I should mention that if you have a podcast or a blog and you'd like to interview me, I'm happy to do it.

And speaking of soul...


It's pretty tough to top the Hardest Working Man in Showbusiness, seen here performing "Please, Please."

Otis Redding Tears it DOWN


There are a couple of live Otis Redding records with amazing versions of "Try A Little Tenderness," but it's amazing to see him rip it on film.

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