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Judge John Hodgman Episode 254: Greasy Rider

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Guests: 
Alton Brown

We're going strong in the second week of MaxFunDrive!!

Become a member today and support the production of Judge John Hodgman every week. This show could not exist without your support!

During MaxFunDrive, we hope you'll share your thoughts about the show with us and your friends. You can enter to win an the Breville Smart Oven in our Twitter contest - just Tweet the reason you give to MaxFun, or why others should, with the hashtag #ToastToMaxFun and the link www.maximumfun.org/donate.

Plus Judge Hodgman is still doing his Instagram shoutouts to donors at the leadership level - hear more about it on this episode.

With Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Stephanie brings the case against her partner Jeff, who works as a chef. Jeff will often leave his smoky and bacon-y aprons and detritus in his car. Stephanie thinks that the car should remain neat and clean; Jeff says the mess is manageable, and comes with the job. Who's right? Who's wrong?

You can find Alton Brown on his website (where you can find recipes, tourdates and more) and on Twitter!

Thanks to Jon Combs for naming this week's episode!

Gremlins! w/ Jordan Morris

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Guests: 
Jordan Morris

Hey there Buddies! Hbclk dvaufhpbvnelfv va;j; Oh, sorry for the gibberish! Something is wrong with the computer but we can't seem to find any problems! Maybe... it's a GREMLIN! No, not the creatures from the 80's movie! Well, also those but not JUST those! Gremlins actually have quite a history! From the Royal Air Force to Playboy, Gremlins have popped up all over the place. We're joined by funny man and podcast superstar Jordan Morris! And don't worry, we're gonna talk A LOT about the 80's movie! Plus, a poem! Don't forget to support Bunker Buddies in the MaxFunDrive! www.maximumfun.org/donate

Success! 5,000+ new and upgrading members!

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We've achieved our goal of 5,000 new and upgrading members. In fact, we've breezed past our goal, and we're at 5,762. This is just astonishing; if you've already stepped up and joined or upgraded, thank you so much. If not, you still have 3 1/4 days to join or upgrade your membership, get all of our exclusive pledge drive thank you gifts, and add to our growing grand total.

For every new and upgrading member above our initial goal of 5,000, MaxFun will be donating the cash equivalent of 5 meals to our friends at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. That means we're already in for over 3800 meals for needy families in LA, and we're not stopping until the drive ends on Friday. Let's give back to MaxFun HQ's home community, together!

Plus, we're adding a stretch goal to the mix! If we hit 7,500 new and upgrading members, we'll release a pack of MaxFun Digital Premiums for $5+ monthly donors, which will include:

- A pledge drive exclusive desktop wallpaper designed by Megan Lynn Kott (the genius brain behind the beautiful MaxFun bandana designs) featuring all of your favorite MaxFun hosts geared up for an old-timey adventure

- An exclusive MaxFunDrive ringtone!

We're about to head out to our local MaxFun meet up tonight (you can find yours here), but we just had to give you this awesome news and thank you again for your amazing support and listenership. Let's finish strong!

Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 4): Dianetics and Volcanoes

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The "fun" continues as Ross and Carrie get certified in Dianetics. The pair spend 22 hours at the Church over a single weekend, learning how experiences are encoded in our cells, what an "engram" is, and how to audit your friends for neither fun, nor profit. Plus, find out the secret menu item for Scientologist vegetarians. It's a super-sized MaxFunDrive episode!

Donate to support this investigation at http://maximumfun.org/donate

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One Bad Mother Episode 147: Date Nights and Sex Ed. with guest Caitlin Krapf

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Caitlin Krapf

It's the final week of #MaxFunDrive 2016! Support the show at MaximumFun.org/donate. Thank you! This week, Biz and Theresa talk about all the ways "date night" can go terribly wrong for parents and zero in on some tips for actually making date nights great. Plus, Biz is in Spring Break Hell, Theresa is in another, less festive hell, and we talk with Caitlin Krapf, Co-Producer of the documentary film Sex(Ed), about the fascinating history of Sex Education in the United States.

http://www.sexedmovie.com/

Caitlin's recommended resources:
Laci Green: https://www.youtube.com/user/lacigreen
Scarlet Teen: http://www.scarleteen.com/
Unitarian Minister Debra Haffner, From Diapers to Dating

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

MaxFunDrive Special: Dogs

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Show: 
Shmanners
Guests: 
Allegra Ringo

Hello Internet! It's Week Two of the MaxFunDrive and we teamed up with Allegra Ringo from Can I Pet your Dog (another hit MaxFun podcast!) to bring you a very special episode! Learn a little dog history! Learn some dog park etiquette! Learn about leash/walking manners! Maybe even pick up a few training tips! And don't forget to support Shmanners and CIPYD in the MaxFunDrive! www.maximumfun.org/donate!

CIPYD 35: Veronica Belmont and Jesse Thorn

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Guests: 
Veronica Belmont
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

Hello friends! It's Week 2 of MaxFunDrive and oh boy are we happy to see you! We have put together an AMAZING show for you this week! First, hear Renee's harrowing babysitting tale in Dogs We Met (BABYSAT!) This Week! (Warning, it gets a little gross!) Then, learn a lot about Beagles and a little 'bout Snoopy in this week's Mutt Minute! We have an INCREDIBLE interview with internet superstar Veronica Belmont! She tells us all about her amazing dog Bodega and surprises us with her incredible and surprising dog activity! Then, a SECOND INTERVIEW with MaxFun founder and podcast guru Jesse Thorn! Like we said, this week's episode is amazing! And don't forget to support CIPYD in the MaxFunDrive! www.maximumfun.org/donate

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Dick Van Dyke

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Dick Van Dyke
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

If you liked this episode of Bullseye, you can help support our production by becoming a monthly member! It's our annual MaxFunDrive, the time of year we ask for your help. Visit www.maximumfun.org/donate today and help us reach our network goal of 5000 new and upgrading members, and you'll not only get the satisfaction of sustaining the show -- we'll send you some nice swag, too, like a custom Bullseye bandana or an adventure pack with a Swiss Army knife and a paracord!

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.


Photo by Jesse Thorn

Dick Van Dyke on His Early Years in Television, Worrying Less, and Owning Up to the Worst English Accent in Film History

For over 70 years, Dick Van Dyke has been an entertainer of stage, film and television. His work has garnered him generations of fans as well as numerous honors including a Grammy, a Tony and several Emmy awards.

Though he initially sought out a career in radio, he was soon performing on the stage and on the new medium of television, which included the classic comedy, The Dick Van Dyke Show created by Carl Reiner. Along with his many other television appearances, Dick Van Dyke has starred in films that are still family favorites decades after they were made, including Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Dick Van Dyke joined Jesse to talk about landing the lead role in Bye Bye Birdie on Broadway despite not being a trained singer or dancer, his memories of working with a very young Mary Tyler Moore, his alcoholism and getting sober, and how he maintains a healthy physical and mental lifestyle in his nineties.

Dick Van Dyke’s new book, Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging is available now.

Canonball with Margaret Wappler on Bjork’s Post

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Canonball.

This week we're joined by the pop culture critic and writer Margaret Wappler. She'll talk about Bjork’s 1995 album, Post. This album served as the follow-up to Bjork’s first album, Debut. The album went beyond being a repetition of what she had created before, and served as "a breakout work of feminine emotional electronica".

Margaret Wappler’s essay on Bjork can be found in the anthology Here She Comes Now. Margaret’s novel, Neon Green will be out in July. She can also be heard as our sister-podcast, Pop Rocket.

The Outshot: Ralph Lauren

Jesse will tell you about how Ralph Lauren captures the shared American-ness of Sonia Sotomayor, Jay-Z and Donald Trump. (You can find his video interview for Put This On here.)

How to Music

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Show: 
Still Buffering

Rileigh and Sydnee swapped playlists and are ready to take you on a tour of teen music, from the arduous years of cassette rewinding to the dangerous game (that we certainly never played) of illegally downloading music. Also, Rileigh had never heard of a VJ.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Stop Podcasting Yourself 418 - Alicia Tobin

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Guests: 
Alicia Tobin

It's week 2 of MaxFunDrive 2016. Donate to the show at maximumfun.org/donate. This week, Alicia Tobin returns to talk ghosts, other people's child discipline, and small town commerce.

Download episode 418 here. (right-click)

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

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