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#42 - Best Christmas Special


Every year around this time, we're surrounded by holiday programming. With so many classics to choose from, only one TV special can reign supreme. Your heart will grow three sizes when Mark and Hal defeat the Bumble to show you the true meaning of Christmas (specials).

Topics include:

- Mouth music

- Chewbacca's Family

- Fever Dreams

Get tickets NOW for the 1/10/16 live recording of our Star Wars vs Star Trek episode at San Francisco Sketchfest, with special guest Adam Savage and opening act Carter Parton Rogers!

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CIPYD 21: Noël Wells and Sleeping Dogs

Noël Wells

A chill is in the air, but it's warm in the studio! Travis is back this week and we welcome him with a brand new title! In Dogs We Met, Renee encountered two pugs or perhaps we should say "puglets"? Have you noticed less and less Cocker Spaniels around? Could there be a reason?! Learn all about them in Mutt Minute! We are joined this week by the amazing Noël Wells (SNL, Master of None). Not only is she an amazing guest, she just might have the pitch for the dog movie hit of the summer! In Dog News, Allegra shares an interesting study on how having pets with you impacts your sleep! (Hint: based on how our show goes, you can probably figure out what the study found!) Come on in and warm up!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn Holiday Special: Rob Halford & Ronnie Spector

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Rob Halford of Judas Priest rings in Christmas in his own unique style

Rob Halford is the legendary Metal God, and frontman of seminal heavy metal group Judas Priest. The band's hits include Breaking the Law, You've Got Another Thing Coming and Hell Bent For Leather. One of his solo albums is a heavy metal holiday celebration called Halford III: Winter Songs.

Halford sat down to talk with us about why he included the most spiritual songs on his Christmas record, the early days of Judas Priest, and what it was like to be both a metal god and a closeted gay man.

This interview originally aired in December 2009.

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Girl Group legend Ronnie Spector on Christmas, the Beatles and the perfect coiffure

Ronnie Spector, the very bubbly and Christmas-spirit filled lead singer of legendary 60s girl group The Ronettes, performed what became Christmas classics on A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector, and she's recorded some more recent songs to add to the list with Ronnie Spector's Best Christmas Ever.

This interview originally aired in December 2010.

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The Outshot: The Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

Jesse doesn't have many holiday traditions. But he'll tell you about the one thing that he makes time for every year: The Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 404 - Kathleen McGee

Kathleen McGee

Comedian Kathleen McGee joins us to talk single dads, barfs, and the Kool-Aid movie.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 407: Anal Tending

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Jordan and Jesse roll duo in this episode for a discussion of the magical land of Mentos commercials, Rage Against the Machine's apology for Limp Bizkit, and the enchanting dream of a listener. Plus, there's an update to the Ted Cruz correction policy.

Action Item: What episode of JJGo should presidential hopeful Martin O'Malley listen to? Send your suggestions to @MartinOMalley and hashtag #JJGo.

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Joselyn Hughes/Nate Fernald

Baby Geniuses
Joselyn Hughes
Nate Fernald

Hello Babies! Happy holidays to all! Emily has already received the best gift of all: A Palin sighting! Lisa also received a great gift: positive listener feedback! One On Fun asks the important question, which animal would you like to have super tiny on your body and grazing on your pubes? Joselyn Hughes (Writer/Performer, host of DIY, Dammit!) joins us for Wiki of the Week to discuss the remarkable historical bad ass that was Julie d'Aubigny. Then, Joselyn shares her experience seeing bands live, water skiing and eating alone! Finally, expert Michael Sauce-Cranberry teaches all how to "be cool". Thanks for stopping by!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Joselyn Hughes
Nate Fernald

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MBMBaM 281: Sisterball of the Dribbling Shorts

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The metamorphosis has begun. Come all, and bear witness to our rebirth into a new world -- a world full of hoops, dunks and wonder. Come, luxuriate in our basketball fantasies.

Suggested talking points: Basketball Fantasies, Bubble Gum Adventures, Fair Use, Tardis Impressions, Griffin McElroy's Slam Dunk Sports Wine, Spurs Dad, Huntington Revitalization Project

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The Flop House: Episode #193 - United Passions

The Flop House
David Kalan

On this episode we uncharacteristically talk sports, specifically futbol, as we watched the definitely-not-about-a-corrupt-organization FIFA film, United Passions. And who better to join us as we wade into these unfamiliar waters than sports expert and Flop House nemesis, David Kalan. Elliott introduces us to the American Bean Council mascot, Stuart coins an all-new word, Dan instructs you on sportsball Fisher Stevens cosplay, and David tells us a fascinating story about Executive Decision.

Movies recommended in this episode:

Shaolin Soccer
Steve Jobs
The Battered Bastards of Baseball
Beasts of No Nation
Beau Geste

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EP. 152 "Blowing Raspberries" ft. Emmy Blotnick

Lady to Lady
Emmy Blotnick

Emmy Blotnick (@EmmyBlotnick) joins the ladies to discuss eating junk food, vodka tampons, belly buttons, acid, fleshlights, #YoungBoyRumor, Where's Waldo and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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One Bad Mother Episode 133: Reading Is FUNdamental, plus guests Andrew and Polly

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One Bad Mother
Andrew and Polly

Biz and Theresa talk about kids' books and outside of a few, how totally horrible they can be. Is it ok to just skip pages or not even let our kids know some classic children’s literature exists? What about books about TV shows or merchandise -- “And then the little Hot Wheel saved Christmas!” HUH?! Plus, Biz is desperate to hear "those three little words" from Ellis, Theresa is on the other side of Oscar’s surgery, and we have a blast talking about children’s music with performers Andrew and Polly.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Grapes, Andrew and Polly, Odds and Ends
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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