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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Takei and Damian Abraham of ****ed Up

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Bullseye
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George Takei
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Damian Abraham
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Carolyn Kellogg

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If you're in Los Angeles, come hang with us at a cemetery this October. For real! It's how we're kicking off MaxFunWeek. Find details and ticket information here for our upcoming live show on 10/15 at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.

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What Is it Like "To Be Takei"? George Takei on Growing Up Japanese-American (and Gay), Acting Challenges and Yes, 'Star Trek'

Star Trek: The Original Series broke ground with its debut in 1966. The show had a multiethnic cast, and creator Gene Roddenberry tackled social issues in a futuristic setting. George Takei was an original castmember, and helped paved the way for Asian-American actors on television with his character Hikaru Sulu.

Takei went on to reprise his role in the animated Star Trek series and six Star Trek movies. He's also accumulated dozens of other acting and voiceover credits, from the 1956 Japanese monster movie Rodan, to The Simpsons, to Heroes.

But the new documentary To Be Takei goes beyond his acting career to show Takei's remarkable backstory and his positivity in the face of adversity. Before he even began kindergarten, he and his family were ordered at gunpoint to a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans. In puberty, he realized that his emerging crushes were on boys, not girls. Takei chose to remain closeted for decades, to shelter his acting career from any fallout over his sexuality.

Takei spoke to us about his family's struggle to retain normalcy during and after their imprisonment in an American internment camp, starring in the Twilight Zone episode that America couldn't handle, and the impact that being gay has had on his personal and professional life. (Yes, there's a Star Trek question in there too.)

To Be Takei is now in theaters and available on VOD.

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Satisfying Thrills, Chills and Noir: Carolyn Kellogg on New Books

Los Angeles Times book critic Carolyn Kellogg stops by to talk about two innovative new books that should satisfy your need for thrills and chills, or noir-ish detectives and dames.

Her first recommendation is Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes, a supernatural detective story set in present-day Detroit.

She also suggests checking out Kill My Mother, by acclaimed cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer. It's a graphic novel which gives a new twist on noir.

Carolyn Kellogg covers books for the Los Angeles Times. You can find her writing online in the Times' book blog, Jacket Copy or follow her on Twitter @paperhaus.

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"Music by Participation": Damian Abraham of ****ed Up on Finding Punk Rock

What happens when a hardcore band makes a rock opera, or quadruple tracks their drums, or writes a beautiful love song? Damian Abraham's band, ****ed Up, has done all of that and more. They started back in 2001, and have only gotten more ambitious over time.

Abraham, also known as Father Damian or Pink Eyes, got his first taste of punk rock as a fourteen-year-old, when the lead singer of the band he was seeing jumped off stage and tackled him and his friends. Abraham loved that punk wasn't "music by observation", it was "music by participation".

He talks to us about what it's like to have punk rock be your life and career, the circumstances that spurred his decision to drop his straightedge lifestyle, and the aesthetics of his music.

****ed Up's newest album is Glass Boys. The band will wrap up a string of U.S. tourdates shortly, and will tour Canada in September.

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The Outshot: 'Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women'

Jesse thinks you too might be charmed by magician Ricky Jay's history of Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 336 - Alicia Tobin

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Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin returns to talk murder TV, parking lot attendants, and Winnipeg.

Download episode 336 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 214: Face 2 Face X: Craigslist Croutons

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We did this live show in Los Angeles a few months ago, but that just means the goofs have ripened and fermented for peak flavor. We'll be back with your regularly scheduled fraternal advice next week!

Suggested talking points: Fancy, Shumwaying, Sexy Wii Bowling, Great Job Robber, Dirty Truth or Dare, Truck Bed Contagion, A Puzzle of Flesh, Creating a Human Life, Horse Cons, Super Neutered

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 339: King Frizz with Matt Belknap

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Matt Belknap

Podcaster Matt Belknap joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of hidden talents, business ideas, and Jordan's first ultimate frisbee game.

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Racism In Film | EP#26

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The Goosedown

Kim & Jasper discuss how they experience racism in movies and decide if rather or not its art imitating life or unnecessary dialogue.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 65 - Mad Max

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Wham Bam Pow

This week, we try to come up with a Sharknado cash in, and we chat about the Australian dystopian flick that could be credited with (or blamed for) launching Mel Gibson's career, Mad Max.

Next week, we will be watching Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, which is currently available on Netflix Watch Instant.

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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Judge John Hodgman Episode 174: Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Hear ye, hear ye! The court of the Honorable Judge John Hodgman will be on a short summer recess and return with new episodes starting Wednesday, September 10! In the meantime, check out Judge Hodgman's tourdates beginning September 5 and if you're in the New England area... Listen to this episode to learn how to meet Judge Hodgman, the Bananaman and Guest Bailiff Monte in the flesh!

Steffen brings the case against his dad, Brian. Steffen enjoys spending time with his family, but says too much of their "together" time is based around pool parties. Steffen doesn't care for swimming or laying out, and wants the family to do more indoor activities together. Brian says pool time is a great way for the family to bond.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Big thanks again to Joel Mann and community radio station WERU-FM in Blue Hill, Maine for hosting the Judge this summer!

Thanks to Michael Davidson Jr. for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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RISK! LA w/ Kurt Braunohler, Sasheer Zamata & Andy Dick

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08/28/2014 - 21:00 - 22:30
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Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
NerdMelt Theater ; 7522 West Sunset Blvd


RISK!'s monthly LA live storytelling at the NerdMelt Theater on September 26th. This month our theme is "Eccentric," and we are excited to present stories from:

Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Central's "The Half Hour", "Bunk", "Bob's Burgers", "Chelsea Lately")
Sasheer Zamata ("Saturday Night Live", "Inside Amy Schumer")
Andy Dick ("Newsradio", "The Andy Dick Show", "The Ben Stiller Show")
Megan Hayes ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", "Sleepy Hollow", "Hair")
Greg Walloch (The Moth, Eat Your Words)

Hosted by Sara Benincasa (Agorafabulous!, the upcoming Great [HarperCollins2014]) & Beowulf Jones (LA RIOT Festival, MyDamnChannel)

$10

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! Live in NY

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Date: 
08/28/2014 - 21:30 - 23:00
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City: 
NYC
Venue Name: 
The People's Improv Theater ; 123 East 24th St


RISK!'s monthly NY live storytelling at the PIT on August 28th. This month our theme is "Dicks," and we are excited to present stories from:

David Crabb
Rachel Rosenthal
Tara Clancy
Danny Hatch
Caitlin Brodnick

Hosted by Kevin Allison

$10

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! Live in Portland

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09/17/2014 - 22:00 - 23:30
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City: 
Portland
Venue Name: 
Mississippi Studios ; 3939 N. Mississippi Ave


RISK!'s is bringing it's live storytelling show to the Mississippi Studios in Portland, Oregon on September 17th. Our theme for this show is "Trash." Featuring Kevin Allison and more!
This show is 21+

$20

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

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