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Pine Oaks Community Newsletter


I think that this community newsletter is sweet and hilarious.

The Word Nerds take a crack at jokes...


Every week, The Word Nerds, a couple of high school teachers (and long-time Sound of Young America supporters) with too much time on their hands, take a crack at the English language on their podcast. They recently dedicated an episode of their show to jokes, and it's as entertaining as always. I'm sure the subject is of special interest to TSOYA listeners, so I thought I'd share it hear. A Sound of Young America recommended listen.

Can I make a reccomendation?


Brass Eye is one of the funniest television shows every produced, and I just found out you can buy it on a region-free DVD from You have no business missing this amazing series.

If you visit this past TSOYA post, you can watch an episode of the program, youtube-style. That tiny screen, however, can hardly match the full power of this amazing program on your television set.

Imagine the satire of South Park, executed with a scalpel instead of a baseball bat. A withering mockery of Hard Copy-style news... even more relevant today as 24-hour cable has itself veered dangerously near parodic territory.

Anyway, it's 14.99 (don't know how to make the pounds symbol) at sendit, 17.99 at, and if anyone can find any better prices for the US, let us know. But seriously, get on this now.

Powerful Testimony from Mr. Rogers


Mr. Rogers speaks before a congressional committee on behalf of public broadcasting, I cry. Thanks to Carla for reminding me of this amazing piece of video.

And on the subject of Mr. Rogers and me weeping like a baby, I can't reccomend this episode of This American Life enough, for Davey Rothbart's amazingly moving story of his childhood relationship with the man himself.

How to spend your holiday...


Watching D'Angelo and the Soultronics live on the Chris Rock Show.

Then listening to a full set recorded during rehearsals for the Essence Festival. (Band includes ?uestlove, Roy Hargrove, Pino Palladino, Jeff Lee Johnson, Anthony Hamilton on backup vox, etc etc etc)

Jonze in my Bones
Cruisin / Me & Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine
Shit, Damn, Motherfucker
Send it On
When We Get By
Brown Sugar
Lady / Medley

Exactly what's wrong with Dane Cook.


Whether you're a fan or a less-than-fan, you'll learn a lot from this exceptionally well considered piece on Dane Cook in Salon. It's worth watching the ad to read.

No new show this week...


I'm syncing up the production schedule of the show with that of KUSP. In the meantime, visit us on iTunes and download a show you've never heard before!

Podcast: The Impostors


This week on The Sound of Young America, a special show dedicated to The Impostors, Coyle & Sharpe.

My guest, Mal Sharpe is one half of Coyle & Sharpe, a legendary pair of street put-on artists. In the early 60s, they roamed the streets of San Francisco with a tape recorder hidden in a briefcase, looking for marks. Their insane questions were met with amazing credulity by ordinary San Franciscans. Sharpe recently released a three-CD, one DVD box set of their work together.

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So what podcasts are you listening to?


Tell me and your fellow TSOYA listener/readers... any hot tips?

The Sound of Young America in the News


Thought I'd offer a little roundup of some of the press the show has gotten over the years... if you'd like to interview me for your media outlet (be it podcast, broadcast, print or online), I'd be happy to help.

Santa Cruz Sentinel Profile (April 2005)
Wallace Baine wrote this piece which I think totally "gets" the show and is really wonderful. A lot of background on the show, with a sort of David & Goliath angle. I understand it made the rounds at NPR.'s Audiofile (11/05)
This is the most laudatory article ever on the show, and it was in Salon! I flipped out when I heard about it.

Time Magazine (6/06)
"Pick of the Podcasts"

Wall Street Journal (7/06)
This piece focuses on our blog, rather than the podcast. A very nice writeup.

Metro Santa Cruz (8/06)
I wrote this one -- it's excerpts from my 12,000 page memoir. Focuses on "The Santa Cruz Years."

Montreal Mirror (6/06)
A nice little look at the show from Montreal's alternative paper.

Stay Free! Magazine (5/06)
Joe Garden of The Onion picks TSOYA as an "essential" podcast.

Interview on Small World Podcast
Lots of background and perspective. Basically me running my mouth.

Podcasting Piece in the Santa Cruz Sentinel
Remember when you couldn't turn around without whacking your nose on an article about podcasting?

Extensive Interview on (6/05)
This is a listener's blog -- a pretty exhaustive review of where the show stood at the time, not to different from where it stands now.

The Philadelphia City Paper (4/06)
A writeup from a Philadelphia comedian and comedy enthusiast.

The Python Clip on DailyLlama (3/06)

Another cool write-up in Salon (3/06)

The New Sincerity hits the Metro Santa Cruz (3/06)

Same sort of deal in the Santa Cruz Good Times

A Mention of the Sound in the Metro Santa Cruz (5/05)

Review of The Sound of Young America in Vox Monitor

We've also appeared in a few places that have no or pay-only archives. The San Jose Mercury News... the Monterey Herald... Podcast411. That's all I can think of, if I'm missing something, I'll add it here.

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