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Why I'm PRI

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The good folks at PRI had me record a little video message (on my iPhone!) about why I'm with PRI, because they're doing some fundraising. I'm so happy and grateful to be part of the Public Radio International family.

Trailer Park Boys' New Show

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The actors behind The Trailer Park Boys have a new show in development (albeit without writer/director Mike Clattenburg).

Here's what the Ottawa Citizen has to say.

It includes three grown men working on a children's show in the sleepy town of Port Cockerton (of course) called The Happy Funtime Hour. But they don't stray that far from their drunk and cursing former selves.

The guitarist from the rock band Rush, Alex Lifeson, shows up as a scientist to teach children about nutrition, but somehow creates an addictive hallucinogen from local berries. The cast then unknowingly ingests the drug and begins to believe they are the characters they are portraying on the show — including deranged pirates, playboys from a 1980s television show and a group of not-very-super superheroes. There is also the added problem of a dysfunctional crime family that runs Port Cockerton, and a dangerous cult somewhere in there. Okaaaaaaaay.

And then the series promises to turn all this into a Monty Python-esque sketch show.

The JJGO! T-Shirt Contest has come to a close!

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Thanks everybody for the submissions and for lending us your talents!

Voice your opinions on which ones are your favorites, because after all: you'll be the ones wearing the winning design.

Alex Barret

Alex Cohn

Dan Henrick

Clare Geoghegan

Barry McWilliams

Colin Bridges

Chris Vendrick

Emily & Aaron

Jamie Tanner

Ian & Darcy

Nate Dovel

Vince Perea

Chip Dipson & Dip Dopson in X-Babies

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Our hats are off to comic book writer Gregg Schigiel for including everyone's favorite fictional characters, Chip Dipson and Dip Dopson in the brand new issue #2 of Marvel Comics' X-Babies.

Podcast: The College Years: Making The World A Better Place.

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Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Brian "Back In Business" Lane covering for Jordan Morris in this installment of TSOYA. With guest Patton Oswalt and the comedy stylings of Jesse's little brother: Brendan Thorn.

Baal Shem Tov & Tawd Dorenfeld

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My mother teaches at Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California. It being a typical community college, she has all kinds of students - would-be firefighters, cowboy types, football players, and housewives. She has a soft spot for the mad geniuses.

One of her very early students was a guy named Tawd Dorenfeld, who named a punk rock band after her. A mad genius if ever there was one. Tawd now works as an animator - he's done animations for people as diverse as Serj Tankian (of System of a Down) and Rosanne Barr. His animations are beautiful and subtly twisted.

His latest project is a series of animated versions of the stories of the great Rebbe Baal Shem Tov. As Tawd describes him, "The Baal Shem Tov was the first Rebbe of the Chassidic Jewish Movement who reinvigorated Judaism in the mid 1700s across Europe. His style of Judaism was that of a Joyous religion and culture instead of the dreary fearful Judaism of the past. He is recorded to have 100s of stories untapped by the Film Industry, until now."

You can find out more about the project at Holy World Productions.

Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube

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A) This song is a jam.
B) John Ennis is hilarious.
C) So are Bob and David.
D) YLT on TSOYA some years ago.
E) Best Onion article ever?
F) via Kung Fu Grippe

Nick Hornby on An Education and Juliet, Naked: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is Juliet, Naked. He's also written the screenplay for the film "An Education."

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Episode 72: The ZebEEL

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe introduce a unique yet vicious new... pet?

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