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EP. 116 "Orange Eye Shadow" ft. Karen Kilgariff

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Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Karen Kilgariff

Karen Kilgariff (@KarenKilgariff) joins the ladies for another Maximum Fun Drive episode filled with games and lady problems! Visit Maximumfun.org/donate for more information about how you can support Lady to Lady and all the great shows on our network. Produced by David Janove, Intern Kailey Godoy, Theme Song by Zach Ames.

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Kumail Nanjiani/Kristen Studard

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Kumail Nanjiani
Guests: 
Kristen Studard

Hello babies and welcome to our special MaxFun Drive episode! Join us as we discuss Emily encounter with her Scientologist chiropractor and Lisa's new iPhone game addiction (hint, it's Kardashian related!) Then we're joined by Kumail Nanjiani who blows this whole "Zodiac Killer" case wide open! He also guides us through the mysterious "Max Headroom Broadcast Interruption" of the mid-80's. Kumail knows all about weird internet mysteries and he's not afraid to tells us all about them! We're also joined by Officer Jamie Gerblin of the Dream Police to talk us through what the D.P.D. does to get us through our dreams alive. She shares with us some tips and tricks to survive your dreams! Then, we discuss everyone's weird sex dreams! Maybe even yours! Listen and find out! Then go to www.maximumfun.org/donate and become a donor today!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Kumail Nanjiani
Kristen Studard

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MaxFunDrive progress report: 1179 new and upgrading members!

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We're on Day 3 of the MaxFunDrive, and 1179 of you have already taken care of business and become a member or upgraded an existing membership. Thank you so much if you have!

This past year was a big one for MaxFun -- The Adventure Zone, Bunker Buddies, Pop Rocket, Baby Geniuses, The Flop House, and Rendered all joined the network, and we are proud and pleased to have them! If you've been enjoying these shows, this is the time to show it -- become a member or upgrade your membership now, mark that you listen to them, and make sure they get paid for their incredible work.

Also, make sure you're around your computer at 7:00 PM PDT on Friday, March 27th. We'll be capping off the drive with a LIVE JJGo, streamed directly to your computer. Awesome guests, giveaways, goofs, and more await, so be sure to join us!

Thank you for your support!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live Stream, MaxFunDrive 2015!

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Date: 
03/27/2015 - 19:00
City: 
The Internet
Venue Name: 
Your Living Room!

Join us on Friday, March 27th at 7:00 PM PDT for a live Jordan, Jesse, Go! to cap off the 2015 MaxFunDrive! We'll be streaming it LIVE over the internet via Ustream, so our friends near and far can join us for a great time. We'll have a link to the stream on the main page on the day of, but be sure to mark your calendars now -- you don't want to miss it!

Plagues! with Dr. Sydnee Mcelroy

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Guests: 
Sydnee McElroy

Hello buddies and welcome to a very special episode! Not only is it our first MaxFunDrive episode, we're also joined by our first ever guest, Dr. Sydnee McElroy from the MaxFun show Sawbones! She talks with us about historical plagues and the possibilities of future outbreaks! We also discuss ways to prepare yourself for a global pandemic! Then, we answer some of YOUR questions about plagues! Join us, won't you?

Don't forget to donate to the MaxFunDrive! this link here!

Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 202: Impersona Non Grata

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Guests: 
Jon Ronson

KLAXON! KLAXON! It's MaxFunDrive time! Rep your Judge John Hodgman pride by becoming a monthly sustaining member of Maximum Fun and selecting JJH as one of your favorite shows. Help us meet our goal of 2000 new and upgrading members by March 27th! There's a level for everyone -- check 'em out at www.maximumfun.org/donate. Your ongoing support makes this show possible. Thank you.

Dana brings the case against his friend Brendan. Several years ago, Brendan started a Hulk parody twitter account, and he used Dana's real name in the Twitter handle. Brendan says the account is funny; Dana says it's bordering on impersonation. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Vernon Maher, who named this week's episode! And thanks to our expert witness Jon Ronson, author of the upcoming book So You've Been Publicly Shamed!

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Sawbones: Medical Education

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Show: 
Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why Sydnee gets to call herself a doctor and poor Justin doesn't in their history of medical education.

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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MaxFunDrive progress report: 712 new and upgrading members!

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After the strongest Day 1 showing in recorded MaxFunDrive history, we're starting Day 2 with 698 new and upgrading members. Thank you so much to everyone who already stepped up and joined or upgraded their existing membership! While we are well on our way of reaching our goal of 2000 new and upgrading members before the 27th, let's not lose our momentum! If you haven't yet, please join or upgrade now!

Ross and Carrie Get Sick: Christian Science Part 2

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NEW EPISODE! Ross and Carrie get sick and turn to Christian Science for help. Plus, they learn more about the notorious religion, like how Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, kinda sorta maybe a little stole the whole thing. And MAXFUNWEEK pandemonium!

Donate to support this investigation at http://maximumfun.org/donate

And don't forget to "like" us on facebook to see the pictures!

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MaxFunDrive 2015: Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers)

How do I donate?
It's simple. Go to MaximumFun.org/donate. Choose a donation level. Tell us what shows you listen to. Tell us your credit card information.

Why are you supported by donation?
The short version: because we'd rather be beholden to our audience than beholden to people trying to sell things to our audience, and we'd rather not exclude anyone from enjoying our content. We turn down a lot of advertising that we find distasteful or feel with make your listening experience unpleasant.

How much of your revenue comes from donations?
About 75% of our revenue comes from listeners directly supporting the shows.

How do you decide who gets paid what?
It's a very direct process. About 25% of your monthly donation goes to run the network - that's rent, staff, and the costs of the pledge drive. About 75% is divided evenly between the shows you listen to. You are directly supporting the shows and their creators.

Who Gets Bonus Content?
There are over 50 hours of bonus content. They're accessible to anyone who is a monthly donor. You'll find the feed address on the thank-you page, and in the email you receive after you donate.

I didn't get an email right away?
Give it a little time. You'll get an email with your receipt, but sometimes it takes a few hours.

I'm a monthly donor. Do I need to renew?
Unless you've changed your credit card or billing address, your donation will continue. However, if you're listening to more shows or MaxFun is a bigger part of your life, you can reflect that (and get a thank-you gift) by increasing your donation.

I want to upgrade my donation! How do I do it?
It's pretty easy. Just go to the donate page and click on Upgrade, or use this link

Why monthly subscriptions and not one-time donations?
Ultimately, it's folks who give (even a little) on a continuing basis who pay for our shows. One-time donations are much more expensive to (in non-profit terms) "acquire," because we have to ask every time. They're also inconsistent and make it incredibly difficult to create a sustainable budget. Monthly donations (again, even small ones) give our shows a consistent budget to plan their year. They also mean we don't have to inconvenience people (and lose donors) by asking them to sign up repeatedly. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, we'll gladly accept it and put it toward the cost of the drive. You can donate online here or mail it to Maximum Fun / 2404 Wilshire Blvd. #9A / Los Angeles, CA 90057.

I want to upgrade to a level that doesn't exist! What do I do?
The easiest thing to do is upgrade to a level that *does* exist, but if for example you're at $35/month and want to kick it up a notch without going all the way to $100/month, we can help you. Email lindsay@maximumfun.org.

I want to become a major part of supporting guiding MaxFun in the future. What can I do?
Of course all of our donors and all of our listeners are a huge part of guiding and supporting MaxFun, but if you'd like to make a commitment beyond monthly donations, email theresa@maximumfun.org and we can share some information about the advisory board we're putting together.

How much money do you make?
The amount that our shows make varies pretty widely based on audience. Some newer shows with smaller audiences and donor bases gross hundreds of dollars a month. Our more established shows with larger audiences gross mid-four-digits per month.

Why not just have lots of ads?
There are lots of costs involved in having ads. You have to pay someone to sell them, the advertiser has to pay someone to buy them (believe it or not, media buyers and ad agencies take huge percentages), and they're very difficult to sell against audiences of less than millions. More importantly though, we value your time. Take a look at this calculation - if you make $10 an hour, even watching one ad-supported TV show regularly costs you about ten bucks a month of your time. We don't want to put you through that.

Is MaximumFun.org a 501c3 non-profit?
Nope. Non-profits have lots and lots of logistical requirements that we don't have the resources to manage. We're really happy as a "dual bottom line" company - with our goals being to earn money and make the world better with great, responsible content.

I'm a donor. Can I update my donation?
Yes. If you're listening to new shows, the best thing to do is to upgrade your donation to reflect that! This means that the shows you listened to before won't get a pay cut when you add new shows to the list. If you can't afford to increase your donation, you can also spread your current donation out more by simply updating your membership.

Which shows should I say I listen to?
The ones you actually listen to.

Will you take bitcoins?
Fine. Print them out and mail them to us or whatever. Just know that we'll probably use them to buy heroin online.

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