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EP. 170 " Let's Explore Dad-Mom" ft. Tess Rafferty

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Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Tess Rafferty

Tess Rafferty (@tessrafferty) joins the ladies to discuss showering, Carrie Bradshaw, getting married by your therapist, bachelorette parties, lunchables and more! Produced by David Janove, booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 257: Jesse Finds a Crux

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Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket on free refills, open mics (or is it open MIKES?), canoe weekends and what to do if your friend recommends a book he hasn't actually read.

MaxFunCon East tickets on sale NOW! Join us over Labor Day for an all-inclusive weekend of live comedy, podcasts, music, and educational sessions.

And if you live in Los Angeles, tickets are also one sale to see Judge Hodgman perform his one man show, VACATIONLAND at the Largo on Thursday June 9th!

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#59 - Practical vs Digital Effects with Tommy Haake

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Guests: 
Tommy Haake

Almost every movie made has some form of special effects in them. In modern filmmaking, digital effects have become commonplace - but are we missing out on the more practically driven effects of older films. Mark and Hal sit down with effects wizard Tommy Haake to talk about the history of effects, the blending of techniques, and settle once and for all which kind of effects are better!

CIPYD 38: Amy Spalding and Ball Dog

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Guests: 
Amy Spalding

Welcome to another episode of Can I Pet Your Dog! Now, listen to us talk about amusement parks for 10 minutes! OK, back to dogs! In Dogs We Met This Week, Cassidy protects Travis from (fake) Murder! Renee gives you a more-or-less 60 second Miniature Pinscher rundown in Mutt Minute! We've got an interview with YA author Amy Spalding mostly about her dog Violet. In Dog News, the US's first Dog Cafe and dogs used as pro tennis ball retrievers! Enjoy!

MBMBaM 298: The Impossible Joke

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We're ramping up to our 300th Episode Extravaganza in the only way we know how: By releasing this episode late, and spending a whooooole lot of it talking about Randy Quaid and Mario Lopez.

Suggested talking points: An Embarrassment of Quaids, Hyper C.O.P.S., Mario Lopez Facts, Car Songs, Satin Bags, Wrestle Babies

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ellie Kemper & Glen Weldon

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Ellie Kemper
Guests: 
Glen Weldon

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Ellie Kemper was introduced to the popular consciousness through her role as Erin Hannon on the NBC sitcom, The Office. Her portrayal of the office receptionist was popular with both fans and critics and showcased her talent and skills as a comedic actress. These talents have also been showcased on the big screen in films including Bridesmaids and 21 Jump Street.

Now, she plays the title character in the Netflix Original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Despite the show’s dark premise which involves her character being abducted by a cult leader and sequestered in a bunker, the show plays it all for laughs as her character tries to rebuild her life in New York City. Her years of isolation leave her ignorant of many social touchstones, but she pushes through with an enthusiasm and tenacity that is both endearing and hilarious.

Ellie Kemper joined Jesse to talk about her early experiences of living and working in New York, mining material from her time at Princeton and her self-consciousness about privilege.

The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is available this Friday on Netflix.


Photo: Faustino Nunez

Glen Weldon on the Lasting Popularity of Batman in Pop and Geek Culture

For almost 80 years, Batman has changed and evolved to mean something to different generations of fans. Whether his characterization was that of the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader or the campy character of sixties television, Batman has become a lasting icon of popular culture.

In his new book, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, author Glen Weldon moves beyond the chronological history of the character. He explores how fans of the various iterations of the character on radio, film, television and the comics have made the character a reflection of their own self-identity, be they straight or gay, cool or geek.

Glen sits down with Jesse to talk about why Batman fans both hate and love the 60s television series, why the character of Robin is so important to Batman’s mythology and how the character also serves as a symbol of gay culture.

Glen Weldon’s book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture is available in bookstores everywhere.


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The Outshot: Remembering A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg

Jesse fondly remembers Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest.

How to Nerd

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Show: 
Still Buffering

The trilogy of Smirl Sisters is finally completed this week with the addition of Teylor! As the coolest nerd we know, Tey has some advice for Rilo on how to find her tribe and Syd tries to convince her to embrace her inner tardigrade. Oh, and there is a lot of Sailor Moon talk. I mean, a lot.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Stop Podcasting Yourself 421 - Erica Sigurdson

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Guests: 
Erica Sigurdson

Comedian Erica Sigurdson returns to talk comedy in Asia, TV ratings, and whisky tasting.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 423: Notable Boatables with Gillian Jacobs

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Guests: 
Gillian Jacobs

Actress Gillian Jacobs joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of websites that make them nervous, the vaping congressman, modern t-shirt canons, and male pregnancy art on the internet.

Baseball

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Show: 
Shmanners

Batter up! It's time to learn a little about America's national past time! Baseball is a fascinating and nuanced sport with some very specific fan etiquette! Learn a little about the history! What does one wear to a baseball game? What do you do if it rains? When is it appropriate to cheer and jeer? How drunk is OK at a baseball game? What are the basic rules of baseball anyway? And what's the difference between a No-Hitter and a Perfect Game? Also, learn how to not go to a baseball game! Enjoy!

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