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The Turnaround: Terry Gross

The Turnaround
Terry Gross

Jesse will be hosting an AMA on Reddit on Friday, August 11th at 12 pm PST to talk about what he's learned from making The Turnaround. Visit to join in the conversation and ask Jesse anything you'd like.

On the last episode of The Turnaround, Jesse talks to his all-time interviewing hero Terry Gross! For more than 30 years Terry's hosted Fresh Air from WHYY in Philadelphia, conducting some of the most insightful, fascinating conversations you'll likely ever hear.

Being a radio interviewer came somewhat naturally to Terry. She tells Jesse she prefers the medium to television, where you're expected to look or dress a certain kind of way, and where you can't just disappear behind a microphone. She also goes into the nuts and bolts of how Fresh Air gets made, and why doing a recorded show allows her take risks that often make for wonderful, unexpected moments. They also talk about a not-so-wonderful moment: that infamous 2002 interview with Gene Simmons.

Be sure to check out Terry's amazing interviews on Fresh Air's online archives.

The Turnaround is a production of Maximum Fun in partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review. Visit their website to learn more about their "mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society," and to read edited transcripts of our other Turnaround episodes.

Hosted and created by Jesse Thorn
Produced by Kara Hart and Nick Liao
Senior Producer: Laura Swisher
Managing Director: Bikram Chatterji

Music for The Turnaround provided by Mobius Van ChocStraw.

Special thanks to Kyle Pope and his team at CJR, Darrel Frost, and Emilie Erskine.

One Bad Mother Episode 216: No Whine Before It's Time with Dr. Jennifer Verdolin

One Bad Mother
Biz Ellis
Theresa Thorn
Dr. Jennifer Verdolin

Biz and Theresa spend the show convincing ourselves that when our children whine it is a good thing. If we ignore the feeling of wanting to slam our heads into a wall and scream “my ears are bleeding! BLEEDING” and focus instead on the biological and emotional science of why children whine, we might just be successful. Success means hiding in the bathroom, right? Technically you are still in the house. Success! Plus Biz wants to know what’s happening, Theresa accepts her fate and we talk to Jennifer L. Verdolin, Phd about her new book Raised By Animals: The Surprising New Science of Animal Family Dynamics!

The book:

Twitter: @RealDrJen


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Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

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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 (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Ep 10 - Get a Dead Finger - Put Your Book Love on Display and Sarah Kuhn

Reading Glasses
Sarah Kuhn

This episode, Brea and Mallory talk about book fashion, interview author Sarah Kuhn and help you improve your reading speed. Participate in online discussion using the hashtag #BookChic on Instagram and Twitter!

Links -

Bookshop AirBnb

Sarah Kuhn


Out of Print

Miles to Go Clothing

Book Riot Store

Artist Jen Bartel Store

Mental Floss Reading Speed Article

Books Mentioned-

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente

The Party by Elizabeth Day

Trade Me by Courtney Milan

Bonkers Town USA Population Oh Fu*k North Korea! / Mailbag / LAPD Drones / Go Bag Essentials!


Buddies, what a week huh? While we work on getting you the best Nuclear Attack defense info I take some time to answer some way overdue mailbags! While also chatting about the LAPD Drones initiative, what do you guys think? And since this seems like an excellent time for it the back half of the episode is a revisit of what should go in your go bag because seems like we could all use a refresher! Share this with your friends, find us on FB, Rate us on iTunes and for God's Sake stay safe out there! Go to Trader Joes and get some cheesecake. Love you guys. We're all in this together. #HopeAndCheeseCake

Episode 14 - Assisted Loving written by Claudia Lonow

Kevin Dobson as Joe
Luka Jones as Mike
Sarah Chalke as Bonnie
Pooch Hall as Gerald/Older Italian Cashier
Tiffany Haddish as Kebe/Young Mother
Molly Shannon as Joie
Anna Camp as Vanessa/Michelle
Jamie Denbo as Irene
Jonathan Schmock as Luigi/Earl the Pearl/Ray Barone/Frank Barone
Claudia Lonow with stage directions

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews Claudia Lonow (Accidentally on Purpose, How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)) regarding her dead pilot, Assisted Loving. You'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Assisted Loving performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 136 Unpopular Opinions

Pop Rocket
Karen Tongson
Wynter Mitchell
Alonso Duralde

This week on Pop Rocket Karen hosts and the gang considers unpopular pop culture opinions. Sparked by a conversation in the Pop Rocket Facebook group, the panel talks about the opinions that they hold that run counter to the collective cultural narrative. In this episode no opinion is too unpopular to air, not even one concerning the Queen Bey herself. We learn about Wynter's love for Desus & Mero, and Karen tells us about the drama in Kentucky surrounding the bourbon heiress Hollis Bulleit who is claiming her family is shafting her since she came out. Plus, Wynter throws down the gauntlet when it comes to the song of the summer, and Karen serves us music that pays tribute to Margaret Wappler.

With Wynter Mitchell, Alonso Duralde, and Karen Tongson.


Alonso - In the Cool Cool Cool of the Evening - Rosemary Clooney
Wynter - Creature Comfort - Arcade Fire
Karen - Haley - Big Thief

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

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Christian Dueñas and Kara Hart for

Judge John Hodgman Episode 325: Nap Judgment

Monte Belmonte

Ann files suit against her husband, Stephen. When they travel, Ann wants to keep a regular sleeping schedule to avoid grogginess. But, Stephen thinks the point of vacation is to relax! He wants the flexibility to sleep in. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!



"Here's an abbreviated list of sleep hygiene recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation"
- Limit daytime naps to 30 minutes.
- Avoiding stimulants such as caffeine close to bedtime.
- Exercising to promote good quality sleep.
- Steering clear of food that can be disruptive right before sleep.
- Ensuring adequate exposure to natural light.
- Establishing a regular relaxing bedtime routine.
- Making sure that the sleep environment is pleasant. "Bright light from lamps, cell phone and TV screens can make it difficult to fall asleep, so turn those light off or adjust them when possible."

Huge thanks to Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte for joining us this week! Catch Monte's radio show at WRSI The River here! And if you are in the Turners Falls, MA area, make sure to visit the Shea Theater. If you're there on September 30, you won't want to miss Monte and his psychic friend at the Shea Theater, bringing the return of The Psychic and the Skeptic!

Judge Hodgman's newest book Vacationland is available for pre-order at You can also read more of the Judge's thoughts regularly in his Judge John Hodgman column in the New York Times Magazine.

We need cases for Judge John Hodgman live in Brooklyn at the Bell House on September 9 and at the London Podcast Festival! Submit your cases, big or small, at!

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Thank you to Stephen Lipenta for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



Ep. 82: The Final Rose

Rose Buddies

Rachel's season of The Bachelorette came to a close earlier this week in an infuriating three-hour finale. Join us as we discuss the heartbreak and frustration of that conclusion, and hear ALL ABOUT the exciting new programs debuting THIS FALL on ABC!!!!!!!!!

Lady to Lady EP. 238 "Live from Warped Tour!" ft. The Lead Singers from Sonic Boom Six, Doll Skin and War on Women

Lady to Lady
Sonic Boom Six
Doll Skin
War on Women
Laila Lazer K
Shawna Potter
Sydney Dolezal

Brandie and Barbara are live from Warped Tour! Listen in on interviews with Sonic Boom Six, Doll Skin and War on Women! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

Laila Lazer K from Sonic Boom Six

Sydney from Doll Skin Doll Skin (@DollSkinBand) · Twitter

Shawna from War on Women

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Inside Pop Ep. 86 - Game of Thrones: The Spoils of War, Queen Sugar Mid-Season 2 Finale, Detroit Reactions, The Suffers

Inside Pop

This week, we have a spoiler FILLED discussion about the latest episode of Game of Thrones (You've been warned!) Reunions, Deaths (?) and Dragons- oh my!

Plus, we discuss the mid-season finale of one of our favorite shows- Queen Sugar and talk about how the series is taking it up a notch in its 2nd Season.

And we read some listener feedback to our discussion last week about the portrayal of South Asian relationships in Film and TV.

Then, we talk about the lackluster box office for the film Detroit and our thoughts on why audiences may not have embraced the film as expected.

And of course, we have another brand new Big Sell! Sean gives his thoughts on last week's suggestion- the band, The Suffers, and sells Amita on a playlist that features artists from the upcoming AfroPunk music festival.

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