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CIPYD 17: Jeff Wysaski and Otto the Skateboarding Dog

Jeff Wysaski

We're so happy you're here! Welcome once again to the show! We start this one off with Dereck the Chubby Puggle in Dogs We Met This Week. Have you heard about the Bernese Mountain Dog? Well, you'll hear all about it in Mutt Minute! Every so often, we talk about humans on this show. Come, hear the ball of Mr. Dogtruckman in Human Hero! We're so excited to be joined this week by Jeff Wysaski from as he tells us all about Boomer and Freebie! And finally, Otto the dog has set a new world record by skateboarding between a bunch of people's legs!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Allison Janney & Ishmael Butler


You've got only a few more days to check out Bullseye Live on Tour - there are a handful of tickets remaining for Boston and Brooklyn with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, and Pharoahe Monch. It's all at Don't miss it!


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.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.

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Ishmael Butler on the Short Life of Digable Planets and the Cosmic Hip Hop of Shabazz Palaces

In the early 1990s, the hip hop group Digable Planets broke through with their single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)". The single was jazzy and laid-back, and became a crossover hit. The trio were pegged by some as a counterpoint to gangsta rap, but they didn't love the efforts to categorize their sound. They went further on their next boundary-pushing release, the classic record Blowout Comb. The album was critically acclaimed, but didn't sell well, and the group drifted apart shortly afterward.

Founding member Ishmael Butler was only in his mid-20s when Digable Planets broke up. And so he tried other things, like filmmaking. He still made music, but the releases were few and far between. About six years ago, he teamed up with Tendai Maraire to form a new group, called Shabazz Palaces.

Shabazz Palaces' latest release is called Lese Majesty, and it expands on their interstellar sound.

Butler spoke to us about his days as a indie label gopher, the awkward audition Digable Planets had to endure for a record company executive, and the the transformative sounds of Shabazz Palaces.

Digable Planets will be teaming up for a reunion show in Seattle this December.

Todd Martens on Young Love and Defying Expectations

Beyond interesting conversations with people in culture, we like to tell you about interesting cultural stuff. There's so much stuff out there, you don't have time to listen to everything. That's why we've brought in Todd Martens, who writes about music for the LA Times, to tell you about two albums you can dive into without hesitation.

Martens recommends Material Issue's 1991 album, International Pop Overthrow, a combination of cynicism and idealism.

He also recommends Summerteeth by Wilco, an album which explores a different side of Wilco.

You can find Todd's writing in the LA Times and on their blog, Pop and Hiss.

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"The Song That Changed my Life": Director Michel Gondry Gets Nostalgic for "Le Sud" by Nico Ferrer

There's a certain kind of feeling to the director Michel Gondry's films. A little bit of happiness mixed with sadness. Nostalgia for something that you experienced, or maybe something you wish you had experienced. You may have felt it watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, or his new film Mood Indigo.

For "The Song That Changed My Life", Gondry describes the feeling of saudade and how he felt watching Nico Ferrer perform the song "Le Sud" on a Saturday night.

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Allison Janney, from Loose Cannon Sitcom 'Mom' to Intimate Drama in 'Masters of Sex'

If you've seen Allison Janney on television lately, it's been in one of two very different roles. On the Showtime series Masters of Sex, Janney guest stars as a somewhat naive, vulnerable 1950s housewife who experiences a breakthrough after many years in a sexless (but not loveless) marriage. Her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. In the CBS sitcom Mom, she plays Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic who's outrageous, biting, and very funny. Bonnie's been down, but she's making peace with her estranged daughter and getting her life back together. Janney's characterizations are versatile; they allow her to be warm, steely, confident, and thin-skinned by turns. Janney has won Emmys for both roles.

She spoke to us about her early acting days (including auditioning for an intimidatingly handsome Paul Newman), getting comfortable with the inevitable nude scenes for Masters of Sex, and the ways that her mom's background and brother's struggle with addiction gave her insight and empathy for her current roles.

Mom is in its third season on CBS. You can see it Thursdays at 9/8c.

The Outshot: Orson Welles and 'Touch of Evil'

Jesse explains why the last Hollywood picture Orson Welles directed, Touch of Evil, tells us so much about Welles as an artist.

This episode originally aired in August 2014.

RISK! #707: Live With It

Amber Nelson, Byron Bowers and David Koff share about getting through tough times.
Amber Nelson
Byron Bowers
David Koff
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 400 - Countdowns!


We reflect on our last 400 episodes with countdowns of our favourite business ideas, accents, and TV obsessions. Also, Dave visits his alma mater and Graham is afraid of teenagers.

Download episode 400 here. (right-click)

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

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Stop Podcasting Yourself presents A Yet to be Titled Art Show

11/20/2015 - 19:00 - 23:00
Venue Name: 
Hot Art Wet City

In honour of the 400th episode of Stop Podcasting Yourself, we are presenting this art show at HOT ART Wet City, featuring art inspired by Canadian comedy – including works by past guests Alicia Tobin, Emmett Hall, Nima Gholamipour, Adam Pateman, Cameron Macleod, Aaron Read, and I wanna say Graham Clark.

The opening reception is Friday, November 20th from 7 to 11pm, and the show runs until December 5th.

More information at

MBMBaM 277: The Taz Rebellion


Though it may be Monday the 16th when this is released, it was recorded on the spookiest day... Friday! So much energy built up for the weekend! What could happen?! Plus, CORN!

Suggested talking points: Darkwing Disappointment, Red Hair for a Spell, The Pocket Watch Conundrum, Corn Sarlacc, Lizardman Cast,

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Alison Stevenson / Dave Horwitz

Baby Geniuses
Alison Stevenson
Dave Horwitz

Hello Babies! Have you all heard about Hamilton?! It's GREAT!!!!! Also, a GIF of a scary worm... but mostly just Hamilton! In this week's Wiki of the Week, writer and awesome person Alison Stevenson joins us to discuss Selfie related deaths! Surprise, a lot of them have to do with guns and we aren't fans! Alison also shares her crazy online dating stories! Surprise number 2, a lot of people on online dating are terrible. She also tells us about some blow back she got over an article. We are also joined by Nathaniel Blerf, branding expert! He teaches us about off-brand soda and personal branding! Join us, won't you?

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Alison Stevenson
Dave Horwitz

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 403: Erotic Martial Arts with Glen Weldon


Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Glen's trip to Los Angeles, the Waterworld stunt show at Universal Studios, and of course the erotic martial arts. Plus, Jesse has another update for the Eyes and Nose Light Universe wiki.

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International Waters: Episode 62 Aluminum Or Aluminium

Dave, Kevin, Allegra, Josie and Thomas
Allegra Ringo
Josie Long
Kevin Dorff
Thomas Nelstrop

Allegra Ringo, Kevin Dorff, Josie Long and Thomas Nelstrop join host, Dave Holmes for transatlantic pop culture quizzing and face-friendship.

Allegra Ringo is on Twitter @AllegraRingo and wants to plug her own MaxFun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog and her Fast and Furious parody show which is playing at the UCB Sunset in LA on December 14th at 5.30pm. Allegra recommends the FX comedy show You're The Worst.

Kevin Dorff wants to plug Review on Comedy Central, which he's been writing for and recommends Showtime's The Jam About The Young Idea.

Josie Long recommends the new Joanna Newsom album and the British comedians Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe and James Acaster.

Thomas Nelstrop in on Twitter @ThomasNelstrop and recommends The Smokes at the UCB.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

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The Flop House: Episode #191 - Men, Women & Children

The Flop House

Think you’re too good for the Oxford comma, Men, Women & Children? WELL WE’RE TOO GOOD FOR YOU. Meanwhile Stu explains “X-Men nudity,” Dan makes a call for an annotated Flop House, and Elliott explains the music your kids’ kids are gonna love. Oh, and also there’s a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

Paste into iTunes (or your favorite podcatching software) to have new episodes of The Flop House delivered to you directly, as they’re released.

Movies recommended in this episode:

The Ipcress File

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