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MaxFun Meet Up Day!


Sunday, October 19 is MaxFun Meet Up Day! Thanks to listeners across this great nation (continent/world), we've got meetups planned all over. Each one begins at 7PM local time.

If you don't see your city on this list and would like to, please email with your city, venue and other information you want to include!



Palomino Smokehouse
109 7th Ave. SW
Calgary, AB T2P 0W5
(Just off the C-train)
Look for listener Lauren Stieglitz wearing either a Rocket Tee or a dark green MaxFunCon 2014 tee! The Facebook invite is here!

Remedy Café (Garneau location)
8631 109 St. NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 1E8
Look for listener Tara Stieglitz wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Palasad North
777 Adelaide St. North
London, ON N5Y 2L8
NE Corner of Oxford & Adelaide
Look for listener Jester Lind wearing a grey fedora. The Facebook invite is here!

St Veronus
129 Hunter Street West
(Corner of Hunter and Water)
Peterborough, ON K9H 2K7
Look for listeners Zach and Val - one is tall with a beard, one has long blond hair, both will be wearing black t-shirts.

11 St. Clair Avenue West,
Toronto, ON M4V 1K6
Look for listener Jackie in glasses and a purple scarf. Back riser on the first floor is reserved for you!


The Foggy Goggle
1667 Argyle St.
Halifax, NS B3J 2B5
Look for listener Katharine Anderson who will be wearing a blue sweater with roses on it! The Facebook invite is here!

Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
424 Charlotte St
Sydney, NS B1P 1E1
Look for listener Aneal Virick in either a Rocket Tee (if it arrives quickly enough) or a hunter orange shirt! The Facebook invite is here!


Le Lieu-Dit
6, rue Sorbier
72020 Paris
(Métro Gambetta or Ménilmontant, Bus 96 Henri Chevreau)
Look for listener Marc Naimark; he looks like his Facebook profile photo! The Facebook invite is here!


Vagabund Brauerei
Antwerpener Strasse 3
Listener and producer of Piffle Radio, Josh Telson, will be there early recording a radio show. Anyone is welcome to come by for that. Info for members of the Internationals in Berlin group can find more info here!


Karakedi Kültür Merkezi
(off Istklal St, around Tünel)
Look for listener Lance Powell! The Facebook invite is here!



Kitchen 56
3433 N 56th St.
Phoenix AZ 85018
(Southeast corner 56th St and Indian School Rd.)
Look for listener Debi Shields wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Los Angeles:
Club Tee Gee
3210 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
The bar is CASH ONLY! The Facebook invite is here!

For families unable to attend a Sunday evening meetup, One Bad Mother is hosting a family-friendly meetup on Saturday, October 18 at 11AM!
The Pirate Park in Pasadena (also known as Brookside Park)
360 N Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Located directly behind the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center!

The Trappist
460 8th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Look for listener Avi Warner who will be wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!

San Francisco:
House of Shields
39 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Look for listener Brandon Evans!


Atomic Cowboy
141 S Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Look for listeners Greg Rosen & John Dillon! Greg looks like his Facebook profile and John looks like a "slightly balding Superman in a MaxFun shirt." These were John's words, not MaxFun's!


Washington DC:
Rocket Bar
714 7th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(near Chinatown Metro Station)
Look for listener Mike Rosenberg wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Cloak and Blaster
875 Woodbury Rd.
Suite 108
Orlando, FL 32828
Look for listener Kyle Stonebraker! The Facebook invite is here!

1170 Howell Mill Rd.
Atlanta Ga. 30318
Look for listener Bret Gunter who will be wearing a Sound of Young America Tee!


106 N Walnut St.
Champaign, IL 61820
Jennifer Marmor from MaxFunHQ will be there! The Facebook invite is here!

Guthrie's Tavern
1300 W Addison St.
Chicago, IL 60613
Look for listeners Jenny Benevento & Benjamin White! The Facebook invite is here!

Chicago (suburbs):
Bavarian Lodge
1800 Ogden Ave.
Lisle, IL 60532
Look for listener Jeff Klein wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Northampton (Western Mass):
Northampton Brewery
11 Brewster Court
Northampton, MA 01060
Look for listeners Thomas Malsbury & Holly Rowland! Thomas will either be wearing a Rocket Tee or a MaxFunCon Tee. The Facebook invite is here!


Ann Arbor:
Arbor Brewing Company
114 E Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Look for listener Samuel Hansen who will be wearing a black shirt! The Facebook invite is here!


Grumpy's Bar & Grill
1111 S Washington Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Listener Art Allen will be there wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


St. Louis:
SoHa Bar & Grill
2605 S. Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
Look for listener Pat Mobley, who will have a Rocket Tote!


Spielbound Board Game Cafe
3229 Harney St.
Omaha, NE 68131
Look for listener Greg Harries wearing a Rocket Tee!


South Orange:
Gaslight Brewery
15 South Orange Ave.
South Orange, NJ 07079
Look for listener Allison Greenberg!


Union Hall
702 Union St.
Brooklyn, New York 11215
Please make sure to pay with cash towards the group tab. Look for listeners Jeremy Frank & Lizzie Bartelt wearing Rocket Tees! The Facebook invite is here!

Whiskey Tavern
79 Baxter St.
New York, NY 10013
Look for listener Troy Torrison wearing a Rocket Tee!


The Bywater
796 Riverside Dr.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Listeners Melissa Hahn and Pox Holiday will be there wearing Rocket Tees! The Facebook invite is here!

Charlotte area:
4253 S New Hope Rd.
Gastonia, NC 28056
(The bar is at the opposite end of the restaurant from the entrance)
Look for listener Travis Rhyne! The Facebook invite is here!


Happy Dog
5801 Detroit Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44102
Look for listener Phil Drotleff with his pal Alex who will be wearing a Rocket Sweatshirt!

Seventh Son Brewing Co.
1101 N. Fourth St.
Columbus, OH 43201
Look for listener Erin Deel wearing a Rocket Tee! Facebook invite is here!


White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th Ave.
Portland, OR 97214
Look for listener Alex Ragsdale wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Bruhaus Schmitz
718 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Look for listener Kate Marino wearing a Rocket Tee! The Facebook invite is here!

Settlers Ridge Red Robin
1230 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
Look for listener Jen Braun who will be wearing a red Dave Hill Tee! The Facebook invite is here!


Wooden Legs Brewing Company
309 5th St #100
Brookings, SD 57006
Listener Stephanie Harding will be there, in a rocket shirt! The Facebook invite is here!


Shangri-La Bar
1016 E 6th St.
Austin, TX 78702
Look for listener Meg McLaughlin, who will be on the patio, weather permitting! The Facebook invite is here!

3422 N Shepherd Dr.
Houston, TX 77018
Listener Aryn Keen will be there wearing a Rocket Tee!


Cafe On the Ave
4201 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Listener Hunter Elenbaas will be there wearing a Rocket Tee!


Tornado Steakhouse
116 S Hamilton St.
Madison, WI 53703
John Hodgman will be hosting this meet up after his live show at The Barrymore Theatre! FYI, John will be arriving at 11 PM.

Cafe Centraal
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
Look for listeners Allie Schwartz & Sam Sieger! Allie will be wearing leopard print! Here is the Facebook invite!

Sawbones: Acne


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are rubbing every foul smelling substance in their cupboard on your face to try to cure your acne.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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Ross and Carrie Take the Voice Polygraph: Lying for Satan Edition


Has Ross lied on the podcast? Is he truly open to the possibility of the paranormal? Does he eat his boogers? Find out this and more in our voice polygraph episode! In this hilarious investigation, Carrie asks Ross some very personal (and a few silly) questions, and an expert analyzes the sound waves in his voice to see if he's a truth-teller or a stinkin' liar. The results may surprise you... and Ross.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and John Darnielle

Merrill Garbus
John Darnielle
Josh Dorman

If you're in Los Angeles, come see Bullseye with Jesse Thorn LIVE on Wednesday, October 15th at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Featuring conversation with Rob Corddry (Wedlock, Childrens Hospital) and Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown), music from Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour), comedy from Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program) and Andy Kindler (Maron, Letterman) and more! Plus, your ticket gets you a free beer after the show at our meet-and-greet sponsored by NPR's Generation Listen.

Tickets are going fast - get yours now!


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Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs on Discovering the Ukulele, Hip Hop, and a Sense of Place

Merrill Garbus is the creative force behind the musical project tUnE-yArDs. The group’s first album, BiRd-BrAiNs, was released in 2009 and if it sounds lo-fi, it's because it is. Garbus recorded the album almost entirely on handheld voice-recorder. All those music loops? She created them by copying and pasting the sound files over and over on her computer.

tUnE-yArDs released a new album earlier this year. It’s called Nikki Nack. It still features the band's signature mix of drum loops, samples and ukulele, but it’s a much smoother-sounding production than their debut.

Garbus talks to us about why she was drawn to the ukulele as a hormonal teenager, how she fell into producing Bay area hip hop, and how to weave political and social issues into music without getting preachy.

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Landscape with Yellow Birds, Paul Klee

Memento Mori, Josh Dorman

"I Wish I'd Made That": Josh Dorman Experiments with Childlike Vision

Artists are always influenced by the work of others. And sometimes, something that an artist sees is so good, so perfect that they wish they had made it themselves.

This happens so often to the people we talk to, that we made a segment about it. It’s called I Wish I’d Made That.

Josh Dorman is a fine artist from New York. He specializes in invented landscapes, created in a mixture of collage, drawing and painting. His images play around with the ideas of time and space to create an unusual reality.

Dorman was a sophomore in college when he discovered Paul Klee and his painting Landscape With Yellow Birds. And it really affected him -- maybe too much? He'll explain.

If you’re in New York, you can see Josh Dorman’s solo exhibition, Whorled, at the Ryan Lee Gallery, through October 11.

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

You probably know John Darnielle as 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, which is long-listed for the National Book Award for Fiction.

Wolf In White Van is 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.

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The Outshot: The Area Man

Jesse praises the true hero of The Onion: The Area Man.

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You can 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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Stop Podcasting Yourself 342 - Charlie Demers

Charlie Demers

Charlie Demers returns to talk urban legends, store security, and gout.

Download episode 342 here. (right-click)

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

Brought to you by:
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MBMBaM 220: Pissbeards and Pooh Corner


Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe. Farm animals: You're done. Chip clips: Roasted. Goldblum: So sorry. Kenny Loggins' most sensitive works: Toast. We're sorry for us.

Suggested talking points: Spooks Not Goofs, Sexual Jeapordy, Clip the Chip, Superfriends, Richard Gere Scarecrow, Farm Wisdom Returns, Justin Becomes the Monster He Fears So Much, Ruining Pooh Corner

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 345: Saab Story with Chris Fairbanks, Asterios Kokkinos and Alie Ward

Chris Fairbanks
Asterios Kokkinos
Alie Ward

JJGo favorites Chris Fairbanks, Asterios Kokkinos and Alie Ward join Jordan for a discussion of Chris' mustache, Jordan's quest for a new video game and Alie's job working with butterflies at the Natural History Museum.

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Live with Bawdy Storytelling!

Caitlin Gill
Allison Moon
Geoff Millard
Lesley Jones

Caitlin Gill, Allison Moon, Geoff Millard and Lesley Jones share kinky true stories when RISK! teams up with Dixie De La Tour's Bawdy Storytelling show in San Francisco.

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Destination DIY Detour with Kate Bingaman-Burt

Destination DIY

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We’re kicking off a new interview series to complement our regular podcast episodes — a collection of detours, full of conversations that go into uncharted territory with some of our favorite thinkers, makers, and tinkerers. We’re still going to be bringing you monthly Destination DIY stories. These conversations will just be an additional stop (and download) along the way. We hope you enjoy it and, please, let us know what you think!

Our guest for this inaugural detour is Kate Bingaman-Burt. She's a maker, illustrator, and associate professor of design at Portland State University. You may have seen her work in her long-running series of zines, which became the book Obsessive Consumption, in which she documented her daily purchases. She also designed the paper that goes in the basket with your Chipotle burrito.

Kate is fascinated by outdated technology, like cassette tapes, and she's not a very effective thief. Destination DIY's Julie Sabatier sat down with Kate inside a geodesic dome that serves as the headquarters for Design Week Portland.

Kate's multimedia show, including eight years of daily drawings, More, More, More is going on at Liquid Agency through the end of 2014.

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The Flop House #162 - The Quiet Ones

The Flop House
Hallie Haglund

BOOOOOGENS! Welcome to the first episode of SHOCKTOBER 2014 (and the first episode officially under our new podcast network, MaxFun). And because we would never Halloween trick you, instead we’re treating you to a guest appearance by Hallie Haglund, sitting in with the OP’s, to discuss The Quiet Ones. Meanwhile, Elliott lists all the great MaxFun podcasts, Stuart once again shows his ignorance of all things Internet, and Hallie puts Dan in his place.

Movies and TV recommended in this episode:

From Beyond
The Returned
The Hidden

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