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Blast Radius! with DJ Bizzy

DJ Bizzy

Duck and cover Buddies! This week we're joined by DJ Bizzy who tells us all about growing up in and around an Army Base/Bunker called Site R (also called Fort Ritchie). He tells us what he got to see inside! We talk about some of the prep his dad does as a result. Where's the best place in America to live if you wanna avoid living in a "blast radius"? We talk a little about bunkers, a little about limestone and a little 'bout love. Join us, won't you?

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Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tom Scharpling & Andy Summers

Tom Scharpling
Andy Summers

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.

Photo by Jesse Thorn

Tom Scharpling on The Best Show's Past and Future

For most of the past fifteen years, Tom Scharpling has hosted a free-form comedy show called The Best Show. It began on the New Jersey community radio station WFMU, and it grew into its own universe. That universe includes regular calls in character from Scharpling's comedy partner Jon Wurster, and a thriving community of listeners and callers.

A few years ago, the show moved from its home on the radio to a new home on the internet, where it still streams each Tuesday evening night and podcasts every week.

Tom Scharpling joined us to talk about his on-air personality, his community of listeners, and the creation of The Best Show's aesthetic.

A new box set from the Numero Group of Scharpling and Wurster's work is called The Best of the Best Show.

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Photo by Eric Michael Pearson

Comedy: Sara Schaefer's Tale of Deodorant

Sara Schaefer is a comedian, writer and performer who's appeared on @Midnight, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Best Week Ever, and Inside Amy Schumer. You may have also seen her work with her comedy partner Nikki Glaser on MTV's Nikki and Sara Live.

On her new stand up album, she shared a memory of her treasured middle school years.

Sara Schaefer's debut stand up album is called Chrysalis. You can find Sara's upcoming stand up dates here.

Photo by Jesse Thorn

Andy Summers of The Police on Songwriting and Rock Stardom

By the time The Police released "Roxanne", their first single from their debut album in 1978, guitarist Andy Summers had gone through several phases of his career. By sixteen, he was playing in local clubs and in short order he was playing with the London-based R&B group, Zoot Money's Big Roll Band. That group evolved into a psychedelic rock band in the late 1960s. Summers played a brief American tour with The Soft Machine, then rejoined Zoot Money to play with a new incarnation of The Animals before finally taking a break.

He studied classical guitar for a few years in Los Angeles, and by the time he formed The Police with Sting and Stewart Copeland in 1977, he had playing music professionally for over fifteen years.

Summers' story with that band is documented in the new documentary Can't Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police. The movie is in theaters now.

He joined us to talk about the origins of some of the band's songs and the strange experience of being a rock star.

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The Outshot: The Nicest Guy in Showbiz

Jesse tells us about one of the folks who made Conan O'Brien's show the weird and wonderful thing it is today. He's Brian Stack, nicest guy in showbiz.

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Rendered: Leftovers! PDX Carpet edition

Rachel Maddow pays tribute to the PDX carpet with a picture of Julie's feet

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If our February episode was not enough to convince you that people go nuts for the Portland Airport carpet, my appearance on NPR's All Things Considered and my feet's appearance on news outlets across America + the Rachel Maddow Show should be sufficient. It's a thing — a crazy, crazy thing.

And I promised that if we made it to 150 people supporting Rendered through the MaxFunDrive, I would share some of the tidbits that got left out of the PDX Carpet Love Story episode. We blew that goal OUT OF THE WATER thanks to you, our awesome listeners. 201 of you threw your support behind Rendered, which means we'll get to keep making shows for you for the foreseeable future.

As a token of thanks, here are some gems I was truly sad to leave out of the PDX carpet episode, including some people who were cut out entirely. I'm so glad you'll get to hear from them! If you'd like, you can also get your own little piece of the carpet when they become available in a few months.

(I do understand if you've heard enough about the stupid carpet. We will be releasing a new, full episode later this month that has nothing to do with floor coverings of any kind.)

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RISK! #628: Live From Portland 2!

Chris Gray, Kyla Hines and Danny Felts share stories of freaky, funky times.
Chris Gray
Kyla Hines
Danny Felts
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 368 - David Heti

David Heti

Comedian David Heti joins us to talk about hobo life, air sickness, and scary video games.

Download episode 368 here. (right-click)

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

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MBMBaM 246: Face 2 Face: Hot Beans


Here's our live show from this past weekend in beautiful Minneapolis! We discussed a lot of important topics, made a lot of really great friends and absolutely, completely fell apart there, towards the end.

Suggested talking points: Baby Pants, Two Dad Jokes, Disney Companions, Tim Curry Family Secrets, Live Show Black Hole, Ghost Puke, Beard Auction, Antiques Roadshow Hacks, Hate Pizza, Bad Texter, Food-Skin Jacket, Zayn Replacement

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 371: Night Flutes with Chris Fairbanks

Chris Fairbanks

Chris Fairbanks joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's week off, proper terminology for drones, and the time Chris gave the drummer from Staind a ride home.

Get your tickets to see Jordan and Jesse live in Santa Cruz!

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Pop Rocket: Episode 13 Trevor Noah, Tidal & Going Clear

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

Is it fair to hold the new Daily Show host to task for tweets he made before getting the job? What’s the lure of Scientology and is HBO’s new documentary any good? Plus some of the planet’s biggest music stars have launched a streaming service, will any of the Pop Rocket team be signing up?

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Peaches N Cream by Snoop Dogg
Oliver Wang - Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna
Margaret Wappler - You Turn Me On I’m A Radio by Joni Mitchell
Guy Branum - Effable by Guy Branum

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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The Flop House: Episode #175 - Winter's Tale

The Flop House

We return to the "romantic fantasy" genre that served us so well (?) with Upside Down as we discuss the Colin Farrell vehicle, Winter's Tale. Meanwhile, Dan explains Aerosmith's magic powers, Elliott implores a horse to help him make his booty call, and Stuart wonders whether he was the one in Spaceballs.

Movies recommended in this episode:

Run All Night
It Follows
Love Affair, or the Case of the Missing Switchboard Operator

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One Bad Mother Episode 99: If Only

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One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa talk wishful thinking, including the dillusion that "if only ____[insert complaint here]____ was different," we'd feel better and be better moms. HA! If only it was that simple. Plus, Biz has a super laid-back attitude about Katy Belle taking on more responsibility in the house (......which is not a true statement), and Theresa tries not to ruin motherhood for others. No guest this week, but plenty of time for some amazing listener calls!

Share your genius and fail moments! Call 206-350-9485

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Interested in hosting a OBM meet-up in your area? Email theresa at maximum fun dot org.

Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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