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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Shamir & Pete Rock

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Pete Rock
Guests: 
Shamir

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Shamir: Adding Light to Darkness With His Music

Shamir is a musician who is really hard to pin down…literally. His countertenor voice adds a distinctive flair to his infectious, sometimes poignant dance music but it’s a quality that’s also led to confrontations with classmates who were unaware of his Taekwondo training.

With his debut LP, Ratchet, Shamir draws inspiration from his life in Las Vegas, a Vegas that has nothing to do with The Strip. Instead, it’s a different Vegas that includes tumbleweeds and the distinctive odor of a hog farm. It’s a life that touches on the passion of youth, but also explores the pain of age and loss.

As Shamir describes it, “I kind of decided to make my music more danceable and lighthearted to take away from the heaviness of the lyrics. Because why not, why does your music also have to be heavy if your lyrics are?”

Shamir joins us this week to share: how he has constructed a creative identity in a city known for producing more entertainers than artists; how his love for country music inspired him; and how his mother’s proclivity for earth magic isn't quite his thing.

Shamir's newest album is called Ratchet. He's embarking on a U.S. tour this fall. You can find more on his website.

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Hip Hop Producer Pete Rock on Finding & Shaping the Perfect Sample

The revolutionary hip hop producer Pete Rock grew up in a house full of records, mentally cataloging the songs that excited him. His parents listened to all kinds of music, from jazz to classical to funk. Years later, he would reach back into his brain and record collection to select and transform the perfect sample.

He started out as half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, later going solo and collaborating with and producing for many of the biggest names in rap, from Nas to Kanye West.

Pete Rock joins us to talk about his earliest music memories, meeting James Brown as an elementary-schooler, and how he took a sample from an album called "The Honeysuckle Breeze" and used it to create a classic hip hop track.

Pete Rock's new album of instrumentals is Petestrumentals 2.

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The Outshot: Summertime Jams

Jesse counts down his top five Summertime jams.

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Rendered #6 Farming Creativity

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photo by Niko Kwiatkowski
Show: 
Rendered
Guests: 
Narendra Varma, co-founder of Our Table Cooperative
Guests: 
Amanda Oborne, vice president of food & farms at Ecotrust
Guests: 
Jeff Harvey, president & CEO of Burgerville

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Here at Rendered, we're all about creativity, whether that means literally making something or solving a problem creatively. In this episode, we're focused on the latter. Getting back to the kind of robust, regional food system that used to be the norm in America definitely requires some creative thinking. Medium-sized farms are key to this effort, but many of them lack the infrastructure they need to expand and be sustainable. These are the farms that are too big to sell everything they grow directly to consumers through farmers' markets or CSAs, but too small to compete in the commodity markets. Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood, Oregon is one such farm. In this episode, you'll hear from Our Table co-founder Narendra Varma, as well as others who are working to support the kind of food system our grandparents took for granted.

If you want to learn more about the Ecotrust report mentioned on this show, you can find it here.

Check out the photos of Our Table Cooperative taken by Rendered intern Niko Kwiatkowski

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RISK! #643: Live From New York!

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David Montgomery, Spring and Julian Goldhagen share stories at the New York RISK! live show
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
David Montgomery
Guests: 
Julian Goldhagen
Guests: 
Spring
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 383 - Evan Wilson

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Guests: 
Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson joins us to talk small town politics, happiness, and Aerosmith video games.

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg/Paul Danke

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Guests: 
Paul Danke

Hello Babies! We talk about a lot of stuff on this episode, but frankly we talk about Magic Mike XXL and we're not really sure why you would care about anything else... We're also continuing the tradition from last episode and we're enjoying mimosas! Brendan Fraser makes a cameo in Chunch Chat and we talk about getting mad! Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg joins us to talk about Evander Berry Wall, the KING OF DUDES! He also knows a shocking amount about boy band guru and blimp enthusiast Lou Pearlman. Elroy Barnard walks us through the world of Beanies in Expert Hour! Strap in folks, its a good old-fashioned Dude-Off!

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Paul Danke

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MBMBaM 261: Island Boy Begins

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Justin's back from his beach time sabbatical -- or is he? Like, his body is here. We can see his body. But his mind? His spirit? Those are still nibblin' on that sponge cake, mon.

Suggested talking points: Island Time, Art Appreciation, Vigilanteism, Gom Jabbar, Farm Wisdom, Boy School, The Trough

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 386: Advanced Metrics

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Jordan and Jesse go guestless this week and talk about a sexual fitness tracker, Jesse's realized dream of getting a stipple portrait of himself, and Jordan's new career as an everyday guy who does outrageous things.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 28 Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

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Everyone's in the studio together!
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy finally announces his official Summer Jam 2015.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

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

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One Bad Mother Episode 113: Sleep Regression with guest Jodi Mindell

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Jodi Mindell

Biz and Theresa talk about baby/toddler sleep regressions and how it makes us feel when months of blissfully decent sleep suddenly turn to dust in our hands for seemingly no good reason. Turns out we're MUCH closer to the point of nervous breakdown than we realized! Plus, Biz weeps for the mom life she imagined she’d have, Theresa's son listens to her with horrible results, and we welcome back sleep expert Jodi Mindell to talk us down from the sleep regression ledge.

Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep, by Jodi Mindell
Johnson's Baby Bedtime App

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 105 - Thief

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow
Guests: 
Baron Vaughn
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

This week, comedian Baron Vaughn and MaxFun impresario Jesse Thorn join Rhea Butcher to swap Comic Con news and anecdotes. Plus, a review of Thief!

You can follow Jesse on Twitter @jessethorn, and you can hear him on Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go. Baron's on Twitter @barvonblaq, and you can see him on Grace and Frankie on Netflix and hear his movie podcast Maltin on Movies on Wolfpop.

We're off next week, but we'll be back on July 30th with a review of Terminator Genisys, which is in theaters now!

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

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