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TS145:Ghost The Musical, Mormon Lady Power, Homophobic Sopranos,and guests Jack & Rachel Antonoff

Throwing Shade

Molly, you in danger girl, because Erin and Bryan are coming to see you in Ghost The Musical and they are bringing their judgement glasses, which have been broken in thanks to the Mor-mans and their refusal to let ladies have some power and the insane homophobic rant of soprano Tamar Iveri. Also, Jack and Rachel Antonoff join TSPOD for a foursome romp through Step By Step, Top That, and crashing proms in your 30s. Ditto! 

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 169: Hunter-Gaveler

Jonathan Miles

Claire brings the case against her husband Brian. They've just bought a new house in the country, and look forward to rest and relaxation there. Brian wants to do a little hunting on the property, Claire wants to keep it a place of peace. Who's right and who's wrong?

Special thanks this week to novelist and journalist Jonathan Miles for serving as our expert witness! He's the author of Want Not, out now in paperback, and Dear American Airlines.

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EP. 85 "No Grand Deal" ft. Meghan Parks and Kailey Godoy

Lady to Lady
Meghan Parks
Kailey Godoy

Meghan Parks (@meghan__parks) joins the ladies to discuss Tony Danza, tiny houses, the Great Horror Campout, karaoke, gun shooting and more! Then, our intern Kailey Godoy (@KaileyGodoy_vey) plays a game of Never Have I Ever with the ladies. Produced by David Janove, theme song by Zach Ames.

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Throwing Shade #52: Jack and Rachel Antonoff


Ghost the Musical is happening, everyone. So take your Advil and start warning your childhood secretaries that you’ll need a ride. At least, that’s how Bryan and Erin will be enjoying it. Plus, famous soprano Tamar Iveri got herself booted from Opera Australia by being homophobic. Luckily, Jack and Rachel Antonoff are on the show to turn the “Shade or No Shade” tables on Bryan and Erin. What a week!

International Waters: Episode 30 Barf! No Points!

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Dave Ross
David Reed
Gemma Whelan
JC Coccoli

Americans Dave Ross and JC Coccoli take on Brits David Reed and Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan for pop-culture quizzing with Dave Holmes. Find out what JC really thinks about Mussolini, what Gemma had to do in her Game of Thrones audition and which app is like Tinder, but for Canadians.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos.

Other useful links this week:

David Reed invites you to check out his podcast Film Fandango, follow his Twitter and recommends the BBC drama Line of Duty.

Dave Ross is on Twitter @DaveToTheRoss, has a podcast on Nerdist called Terrified and is in the sketch group Women. Dave recommends Ahamed Weinberg’s YouTube show Tech Lounge with Andrew.

Gemma Whelan is on Twitter @GemmaWhelan, plays Yara Greyjoy in Game of Thrones and will be performing the brilliant solo play Dark Vanilla Jungle again at the Soho Theatre later this year. Gemma thinks you should go and see Gillian Anderson in A Streetcar Named Desire at London’s Young Vic.

JC Coccili is on Twitter and Instagram and will be hosting Miss Education on VH1 later this summer.

And Dave thinks you should see Katt Williams telling the story of when he did the Flavor Flav Comedy Central roast.

International Waters co-writer, Asterios Kokkinos’ new book The Enemies of Twenty-Something Megaman is out now!

Let us know what you think or suggest guests on the forum or Facebook page and please follow us on Twitter!

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Sawbones: Birth


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are wrapping up their pregnancy series with the mother of them all: Birth.

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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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Nat Faxon, Mimi Pond & Werner Herzog

Nat Faxon
Mark Frauenfelder
Werner Herzog
Mimi Pond

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"It read like an independent movie": Nat Faxon on the Dark Comedy of 'Married'

Nat Faxon is an actor. You maybe saw him on Ben and Kate. He co-wrote the Oscar-winning script for The Descendants, which starred George Clooney, and also co-directed and co-wrote The Way Way Back. Faxon's been working as an actor since the early 2000s. Mostly in bit parts, the sidekick, the comic relief. Now he's got a leading role on Married, a new comedy on FX.

Married is a dark comedy about a married couple, played by Faxon and Judy Greer. The couple has been together for ten years and is growing apart, tugged in separate directions by their children, a lack of steady unemployment, and uncertain finances.

Faxon talks about how the show relates to his real-life married life, why he enjoys just being an actor instead of running the show, and the uncomfortable situation in which he first met George Clooney.

Married premieres this Thursday on FX.

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Mark Frauenfelder Recommends: 'Forbidden Island' and 'Citizen Keane'

This week's recommendations come from BoingBoing founder and Gweek host Mark Frauenfelder.

He suggests checking out Forbidden Island, a co-operative game. It's a simple premise: collect four treasures from a sinking island.

He also recommends Citizen Keane: The Big Lies Behind the Big Eyes, a biography about the sketchy past of Walter and Margaret Keane, the couple who painted the kitschy pop-art paintings of teary, big-eyed children.

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Werner Herzog on "The Day I Became an Artist". Spoiler: There Isn't One!

It’s fair to say that Werner Herzog is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker. He’s made critically-acclaimed documentaries, like Grizzly Man and Cave of Forgotten Dreams. And some art-house staples like Fitzcarraldo. But he also made Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans -- where a crack-smoking Nicholas Cage has hallucinations of iguanas and a breakdancing Mafioso. And don’t forget that Herzog was the SUBJECT of a film called Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.

So, it should come as no surprise that there wasn't one day when he became an artist. He sort of always knew. He tells us about growing up in Bavaria, how walking the Albanian border taught him more than film school ever could, and why he just wasn't impressed by the first moving images he saw.

Werner Herzog has a new Blu-Ray boxset coming out later this month from Shout! Factory. It collects sixteen of his earliest films -- most of them on Blu-Ray for the first time. It's called Herzog: The Collection.

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Diners, Drugs, and Punk Rock: Mimi Pond on 'Over Easy'

Mimi Pond was an art school dropout in 1970s Oakland, and she was trying to figure out what to be. She walked into a diner and asked for a job application. Instead of a resume, the manager asked her to tell him a joke. She got the job. Her new graphic novel and fictionalized memoir, Over Easy, is based on her time waiting tables at said diner.

Pond found herself surrounded by storage room sex, assorted sniffables, and a cast of characters so big she couldn't fit them all in her memoir.

She discusses why she always knew she'd be a cartoonist (even as a kid), the mastermind and hiring manager behind the "anarchic punk opera" that was her workplace, and the very specific, improvisational nature of waiting tables.

Her book is out now.

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The Outshot: Vegetables, Swimming Pools, and Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys had a lot on the line in 1967. How do you follow up huge commercial hits like "Surfin' USA" and "Barbara Ann", and the experimental, influential Pet Sounds? Jesse explains why 1967's Smiley Smile is great all on its own.

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Song Exploder № 14: Open Mike Eagle

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Song Exploder
Open Mike Eagle
Walker Ashby

In this episode, rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about making the song Dark Comedy Morning Show, along with the track's producer, Walker Ashby, aka Toy Light. Mike breaks down how Toy Light's original instrumental version of this song inspired him, and how his view of his own vocals on the track has changed since recording them.

Buy the song "Dark Comedy Morning Show (feat. Toy Light)" on bandcamp.

A Tribe Called Quest - Steve Biko (Stir It Up)

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 330 - Sophie Buddle

Sophie Buddle

Comedian Sophie Buddle joins us to talk laryngitis, the World Cup, and art.

Download episode 330 here. (right-click)

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RISK! Live in Portland

09/17/2014 - 20:00 - 21:30
Portland, OR
Venue Name: 
Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave

RISK!'s monthly live storytelling event is proud to present RISK! Live in Portland, OR at the Mississippi Studios on September 17th.

This show is 21+


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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

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