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Bullseye Live in Boston!

11/18/2015 - 20:00
Cambridge, MA
Venue Name: 
Oberon at ART

Come see a live taping of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn in Cambridge, Massachusetts as part of our World Tour of Several American Cities! Live interviews, music, comedy and more!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

8:00pm Doors

Oberon Theater at ART
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

$20 + $2 service fee

Tickets on sale now!

We're pleased to announce our interview guests, former Congressman Barney Frank and post-punk legends Mission of Burma, plus a live set from Mission of Burma and comedy from Lamont Price!

#33 - Best Halloween Candy LIVE in NYC w/ John Hodgman!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Davis and Ladykiller
John Hodgman

Recorded live at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, Mark and Hal are joined by fellow MaxFun host John Hodgman to pick the best Halloween Candy once and for all!

Topics include:
- Razor Blades
- Carter Parton Rogers
- Good friends
- Foundering
- Surprise return guests!

Special thanks to Carter Parton Rogers for opening for us, (le) poisson rouge for the great venue and support, and to Danielle and the LadyKiller crew for making everything run smoothly!

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Justin and Sydnee Enter the Mystery Hole: Great Switcheroo Edition


NEW EPISODE! You waited and waited and waited for the great day to come. And now it is here. Maximum Fun's Great Switcheroo comes to "Oh No, Ross and Carrie," when Sydnee and Justin, the hosts of "Sawbones," take over our show for one exciting episode.

What is the Mystery Hole? Why does water seem to roll uphill there? Will Sydnee lose her lunch? How much will Justin spend at the gift shop?

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CIPYD 12: Lesli Margherita and Pit Bull Month

Lesli Margherita

We did it! Another episode in the books! In Dogs We Met, Allegra is denied a meeting and we all get angry on her behalf! We also discuss the leash code! In Mutt Minute, the controversial breed... type? Breed? The Mountain Feist! Two big pieces of dog news: It's Pit Bull Awareness Month! Also, Amtrak has made some small changes to it's policy on allowing dog passengers! We are so excited to be joined this week by Broadway superstar Lesli Margherita! You're going to be excited too! We also have our first winner of our Throw Back Thursday picture contest and we announce our October contest! Enjoy and tell a friend!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tig Notaro & John Darnielle


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Come see Bullseye LIVE in Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia and Washington DC next month! Live interviews, comedy, music and more. Get your tickets now, they're going fast. Check out for tickets.

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"I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

You’re probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn’t feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, “Hello, I have cancer”.

She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

Notaro is in remission now, and she’s continued to perform stand up. A recent documentary on her called Tig, tells the story of the Largo performance and her life since. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. Her recent national tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted is now a comedy special airing on HBO.

Tig Notaro spoke with Jesse last year.

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John Darnielle on 'Wolf in White Van', Working with Teenagers, and Artistic Responsibility

You probably know John Darnielle as a lead member (and sometimes only member) of the band The Mountain Goats. His music is known for its poignant lyrics and simple instrumentation. Darnielle started the band in 1991 and has since released 14 albums.

Now, he’s written his first novel Wolf in White Van. The novels tells the story of Sean, a young man who has survived a suicide attempt, but is horribly disfigured in the process. Sean goes on to create a mail-order role-playing game, only to find out how his imagination can have real-world consequences.

Darnielle talks to Jesse about why lyrics are so important to him, subliminal messaging, and how much artistic responsibility we should assign to writers, musicians and other creative people.

Wolf in White Van is now available in paperback.

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The Outshot: Nina Simone’s “Four Women”

Jesse talks about one of his favorite singers, Nina Simone, and “Four Women”.

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RISK! #702: Behind the Mask

Jen Curran, John Flynn and Jude Treder-Wolff share stories about saving and losing face.
Jen Curran
John Flynn
Jude Treder-Wolff
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 395 - Kayla Lorette

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Kayla Lorette

Actress and comedian Kayla Lorette returns to talk about sad film festival parties, tennis, and a kind of butler.

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MBMBaM 272: Dr. Strings

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We're so excited to be back in the MBMBaM saddle, but before we get started with the goofs, we want to talk to you about an exciting cosmetic business opportunity. Tell us, how skilled are you at working that hallway like a runway?

Suggested talking points: Beautytainment, Joy Leech, Vape and Bate, Telescope Money, Beatbox School, Piano Dad, Marmadukin'

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 398: Amateur Stepdad with Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion about being friends with Oprah, speaking to indifferent audiences, and the idea that dogs are having a cultural moment. Plus, Jordan tells us about the scrolling search terms on PornMD.

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The Great Switcheroo! Adventure Zone Flop House Takeover

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The Flop House

As part of the MaxFun Great Switcheroo, Justin, Travis, Griffin, and Merle McElroy of The Adventure Zone have taken on Leprechaun: Origins. Meanwhile, if you want to hear the Original Peaches (plus guest star Zhubin Parang) you can find them playing D&D over at The Adventure Zone!

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