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Podcast: John Moe, author of "Conservatize Me"

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John Moe, a Volkswagen Bug-driving, latte-sipping lifelong Seattleite realized, upon becoming a real grownup, that perhaps his dismissal of conservatism wasn't less righteous than it was intellectually lazy. He spent a month steeping himself in conservatism of all stripes, from the Heritage Foundation to a Toby Keith concert.

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Bill James on 60 Minutes

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Bill James is the man who invented baseball nerd-dom -- at least in the contemporary sense. He took the box scores printed in the morning paper and drilled down, putting basic assumptions to the test over and over again. Then he took what he'd learned, and wrote it for a general audience in incisive, often very funny prose. I'm interviewing him in about an hour, over the phone, and I couldn't be more excited about it.

Above, a very good segment from 60 Minutes on James, which does a better job than most of expressing what James does and has done over the past 30 years.

Also: Morely Safer is just impossibly old. I should emphasize: he does a great job and as far as I can tell hasn't missed a beat. But he is super, super old.

Scheerstravaganza: Court TV Acting Reel from Human Giant

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In the business, this is known as Scheer Mayhem. In my book, it's a Scheer delight!

Well, I'm off to drink some Scheerly Canadian!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 58: Old-Time AIDS (Live at UMass Amherst)

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Jesse and Jordan are live at UMass Amherst's annual Comedy Jam, before 400 students in a giant lecture hall filled with comedy. Special thanks to Natasha from UMass' own Sketch 22 for volunteering to come on stage with us.


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Gropecunt Lane

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Former sometime TSOYA co-host Brian "Back in Business" Lane has sent me some of the most important information available today: the history of the streets across England which once were called "Gropecunt Lane."

Car Talk: The TV Show

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Well, PBS is planning a ten-episode run of a new Car Talk animated sitcom. I have some grave reservations.

Let me put my cards on the table: if you know me, you know I love Car Talk. It's the biggest weekend show in public radio, and for good reason. I think Tom & Ray Magliozzi are the most charming guys on the radio. I have been listening to their show since I can remember, and it remains one of my all-time faves.

That having been said: what the fuck is up with this PBS sitcom? This article in the public media newspaper Current and this one in Fortune (?) have the details.

Some disturbing elements:
* According to Current, the writing staff (of three, apparently) is composed of Car Talk's producer, Car Talk's web producer, and a guy who wrote a cartoon show called "Duck Dodgers." Maybe the show will be dramatizations of email forwards? That's most of the "original comedy" on the radio show.
* Imagine this on the posters: "From the director of "Ferngully!"
* Not to mention, "From the producer of Billy Joel: Live From Long Island!"

Now, I am not willing to blame any of this on any of the Car Talk team. Tom & Ray, as I have mentioned, are Real American Heroes. I met Doug Berman once and he seemed nice and smart to me.

But give me a break, here.

PBS is going to do comedy, and this is how they're going to do it? With three writers and a PBS special producer? Really?

Come on.

If HBO and F/X and even AMC can produce great TV shows that aren't based on 150 year old books, PBS can too, but this kind of baloney isn't how you produce great TV shows.

This is why Ira Glass is working for Showtime.

Podcast: The College Years: A Living Hell

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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.

Rock and roll band The Flipsides and George Ratliff, director of the documentary "Hell House" join Jesse, Gene, and Jordan in this edition. Other than that, not much else.

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Win Chicago Tanya Morgan Tix!

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MaxFunster Doug-Life has a secret life as a member of the hip-hop group Filf Dos, who are opening for past TSOYA guests Tanya Morgan April 18th in Chicago at The Note. Doug was kind enough to hook us up with some tickets to give away for the show... all it takes is an email, and the address is here on the Max Fun Forum. I'm even throwing in some stickers and whatnot. TM are a great group who put on a great show, and if you're in the Chi, you should definitely check out the show.

Urban beekeeping.

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Here's a wonderful piece from our TV friends at Current about urban beekeeping. I wonder if this is the dude who convinced my mom to put some bees on her roof. Either way, awesome.

Via boingboing, btw.

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