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Sawbones: Aromatherapy


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are (spiritually) joining Matthew McConaughey to unlock the infinite power of your nose as we sniff out the history of aromatherapy.

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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Judge John Hodgman Episode 193: The Secret Room of Chambers


Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are rarin' to clear out the docket & follow up with the brothers from Episode 165, Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro! We'll return with all-new trials next week.


You can still submit cases to be heard at the Live Judge John Hodgman at SF Sketchfest on Friday, February 6th (the show is sold out, but you'll get in if we select your case!).

If you and another party
- reside in the SF Bay area, or will be able to attend the show on February 6
- have a legitimate beef, large or small (that fits our usual requirements)

... write us with the details! Send it directly to or submit via our webform here.


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Pop Rocket: Episode 002 Golden Globes Debrief

Santina, Wynter, Guy, Margaret and Oliver
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell
Santina Muha
Oliver Wang
Margaret Wappler

The team thrash out the winners, losers and takeaways from last weekend’s Golden Globes.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Santina Muha, Oliver Wang, Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Doja Cat – No Police
Santina Muha - Fiona Apple - Container
Oliver Wang - N.E.R.D. – Squeeze Me/a> (from SpongeBob SquarePants)
Margaret Wappler - Sleater-Kinney – Price Tag
Guy Branum - Four Jews In a Room Bitching from William Finn’s musical, “March of the Falsettos”

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PRPod on Twitter.

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Apocalypse Skills


Hello Buddies and welcome back to our bunker! We know it’s only been a week, but gosh darn it we missed you! Have you been drinking enough water? How have you been sleeping? Have you been practicing your lock picking/black smithing/water collecting/welding? What’s that? You don’t do those things?! Well, it sure is lucky you have Bunker Buddies! On this episode we run you through some of the key skills you need to survive the apocalypse and we rate ourselves on said skills! How do you stack up?

To donate to Bunker Buddies, click this link here!

To buy a special message on Bunker Buddies, click this link here!

And don't forget to follow us on Twitter!

Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: 'Boyhood' & The Life of Richard Pryor

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Richard Linklater
Ellar Coltrane
David Henry
Joe Henry
Linda Holmes
Glen Weldon

Boyhood's Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane on Childhood and the Filter of Memory

Thirteen years ago, the director Richard Linklater set out to make a very ambitious film. He wanted to make a movie about childhood and growing up, and he wanted it to actually capture the passing of time in the actors' lives. He cast Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as parents, and an as-yet-unknown seven year old actor named Ellar Coltrane as their son.

Linklater shot the movie bit by bit, over the course of twelve years, and it was released last year in theaters with the title Boyhood. The movie shows a series of moments in a boy's life (and by extension, his parents' lives). He eats dinner with his family, goes bowling with his dad, meets a new stepdad, gets a girlfriend, learns photography, moves away to college.

Richard Linklater and Ellar Coltrane join us to talk about how the movie was conceived, how Coltrane's life and personality was slowly integrated into his character, and which things stayed the same over twelve years of filming.

Boyhood just picked up several awards at this year's Golden Globes, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture - Drama. It's now available on DVD, Blu-Ray and VOD.

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Pop Culture Happy Hour Takes Us Through 'The Towering Inferno' and 'Parents'

Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast join us to talk about some of their favorite underrated films.

Glen recommends checking out Bob Balaban's dark horror comedy Parents, starring Mary Beth Hurt and Randy Quaid. It's available on Amazon Instant.

Linda suggests going back to watch the 1974 blockbuster The Towering Inferno, which is jam-packed with movie stars and epic disaster scenes. It's available on DVD and VOD.

You can hear Glen and Linda every week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, and check out Linda's writing about TV, books, movies and more on her blog at, Monkey See.

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Furious Cool and the Genius of Richard Pryor

When David and Joe Henry set out to write about Richard Pryor, they weren't looking to write a straight-ahead biography. Instead, they produced a poetic and impressionistic portrait of Pryor as a product of the time and place where he lived.

Their book, Furious Cool, explores the cultural landscape of Pryor's life, in addition to the events of his childhood and professional career.

David and Joe Henry join us to talk about Pryor's ascent in the comedy world, some of his most transformative moments, and why he remained so well-loved, even when he behaved atrociously.

Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him is now available in paperback.

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The Outshot: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Why does Jesse love The Gang from Always Sunny so much? It's definitely not because they're good people. He'll explain.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 356 - Aaron Read

Aaron Read

Aaron Read returns to talk teen genies, deodorant, and Greyhound buses.

Download episode 356 here. (right-click)

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

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RISK! Live From Seattle 2!

Dan Savage and other Seattle storytellers share outrageous true stories of blood, sweat and tears. And pee.
Dan Savage
Kevin Allison
Jeff Emtman
Leah Crop
Kevin Bartlett
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MBMBaM 234: The Legend of Cracker Barrel


We'd ask that you enjoy this episode, but thanks to the New Constitution of the Chill States, you don't really have a choice. Be cool! C'mon. Niiiice.

Suggested talking points: Farewell to Middle-earth, Heraldry, Pokepsychology, Supreme Judgment, The Midnight Amendments, Savers Love Heist, Beef Nuggets, Durancis

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 359: Live at the UCB with Emily Gordon

Emily Gordon

Producer and podcaster Emily V. Gordon joins Jordan and Jesse live on stage at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles for a discussion of dental dams, online dating and STD billboards.

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