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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: 'Playing House' & Hari Kondabolu

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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of Playing House: Improv in the Writers' Room, Showing Real Friendships on TV, and 'Girl Porn'

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play best friends on TV, and if their on-screen chemistry seems real, it is. They met doing improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and have been writing partners ever since. They co-created and star in Playing House, a sitcom about female friendship that's more reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel than it is Carrie Bradshaw's gang.

Playing House follows Emma and Maggie, two women who have been friends forever. Maggie stayed in their hometown, got married, and is expecting a baby. Emma has been professionally ambitious, closing business deals in Shanghai, and hasn't been back to visit for what must be years.

Parham and St. Clair join us to talk about the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes, the designer home "girl porn" that provides contrast to their characters' weirdness, and their real-life friendship.

Playing House airs on the USA network Tuesday nights at 10/9c. It's now in its second season.

This interview originally aired April 29, 2014.

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Canonball with Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell: King Crimson’s 'In The Court of the Crimson King'

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Canonball.

No one says The Rolling Stones don’t belong in the pop music canon. But what about Genesis? Or Yes? What about the prog rockers? The music wasn’t down and dirty, and the songs weren’t pop-radio short. Sometimes they were downright long. But prog has always had its loyalists.

This week Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell, the editors of the prog rock anthology Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales), explain why the King Crimson album In The Court of the Crimson King is a classic, and how it laid the foundation for a whole genre. They’ll explain how these classically trained musicians mixed flutes, horns, blues riffs, and synthesizers to create this face melting album.

Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales) is now available in paperback.

This segment originally aired June 10, 2014.

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Hari Kondabolu: 'Waiting for 2042' and Stand Up Comedy with Required Reading

Hari Kondabolu is a stand up comedian. You might have seen him on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. He's also performed stand up on Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Show with David Letterman.

Hari didn't think he would be a comedian. He thought that he was going to law school. Then somewhere between taking an Americorps Job organizing immigrants in Seattle and taking the LSAT, things changed direction. He transitioned into stand-up comedy.

Hari talks to us about the unique profile of his fans, how he fits into the "alternative" comedy scene, and how he actually got into a discussion about the racism of Apu from The Simpsons with Hank Azaria -- the real voice of Apu.

His debut album, Waiting for 2042, is available through BandCamp and iTunes.

This interview originally aired July 22, 2014.

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The Outshot: The Everyday Wonder of 'American Splendor'

Jesse explains why Harvey Pekar makes putting one foot in front of the other feel like something special.

This segment originally aired July 22, 2014.

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#647 The Best of RISK! Music #9

Our ninth collection of our favorite music from the most recent RISK! episodes.
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 387 - Christine Bortolin

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Christine Bortolin

Christine Bortolin returns to talk about buildings with names, sweat techniques, and cartoonish glue.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself LIVE in Calgary, Alberta!

10/15/2015 - 20:00 - 21:30
Calgary, Alberta
Venue Name: 
Loose Moose Theatre

Stop Podcasting Yourself is heading back to Calgary's YYComedy Festival on Thursday, October 15th. The show will feature guests who are fun and funny and special.


Chris Thayer / Nicole Byer

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Baby Geniuses

Hello Babies! We don't know about you, but we are having a great day! Not only has Lisa adopted a whole new "post-massage" persona, but Bojack Horseman Season 2 is available now! Lisa has also found some notes from her childhood that basically prove that as a child, she could see the future. Also, Martha Stewart has a friend named Muffin and she made her muffins for her birthday! Speaking of Muffin, what would our names be if we we're born today? Comedian Chris Thayer joins us to discuss all the living and non-living things that have made their way over Niagara Falls! Chris also makes us all feel a little better about secretly enjoying Sublime. Expert Ficole Dyer explains how to improve your hiking experience and maybe even find love on the trails! Come, take a stroll with us!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Chris Thayer
Nicole Byer

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 390: Headache in a Bottle with Nick Wiger and Vanessa Ramos

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Vanessa Ramos

Nick Wiger and Vanessa Ramos join Jordan for a discussion of local TV commericals, extreme opinions on the internet, and first alcholic drinks. Plus, Jordan brings in a Fiesta Box of malt beverages for everyone to taste and rate.

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One Bad Mother Episode 117: Are We Treating Our Partners Like Kids? plus guest Chris Routly

One Bad Mother
Chris Routly

This week on One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa explore the question, “Are we treating our partners like children?” If you're not sure whether this is something you do, try sharing a kayak with your partner and seeing what comes out of your mouth. Plus, Katy Belle stops by for a visit, Theresa shows Buzz Lightyear who's boss, and Chris Routly of joins us to talk about marriage, gendered expectations of parenthood, and the value of supportive community for 'at-home' dads.

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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 Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, ( also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 107 - Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Wham Bam Pow

This week: Ricky Explains Movie Trailers to Rhea, what marvel over Fantastic Four, and we delve into Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation. Plus, baseball talk!

We'll be back next week with a review of Starship Troopers, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant!

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Ep. 21. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Four


Having straight-up embarrassed themselves in their first encounter with The Raven, our heroes look for alternative methods of defeating her. Merle channels a Train God. Magnus makes a fishy deal. Taako receives some bathroom aid.

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TS198:Wolves,Stonewall,Kymora Johnson,w/ Guest Charles Rogers

Throwing Shade

Did you know that ants love meat and Hollywood hates minorities? This week Cruella Deville takes form as the National Travel Basketball Association, which is refusing to let girls play, and Bryan and Erin are pissed. Plus, Bryan discusses how the new movie Stonewall under-represents key gay figures in the Stonewall Riots. Hello, a woman punched a cop! All that and an interview with Charles Rogers…let the haters begin!

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