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Judge John Hodgman Episode 167: Brocavore

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Brothers Edmund and Garth plan to grow and raise all of their food for an entire year. Garth thinks they should have occasional exceptions for things like chocolate and coffee. Edmund says they need to go whole hog. Who's right?

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If you're curious about Edmund and Garth's Cairncrest farm, you can learn more here or here.

Thanks to Jon Jiras for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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EP. 83 "Normcore" ft. Monique Madrid

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Lady to Lady
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Monique Madrid

Monique Madrid (@moniquemadrid) joins the ladies to discuss Lexus owners, 6 inch roots, Honey Boo Boo, Miracle whip and more! Produced by David Janove, theme song by Zach Ames.

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Throwing Shade #50: Hobby Lobby and Musical Guest Rhett Miller

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Erin & Bryan went to a Robyn concert and they’ve got the mullets to prove it! Too bad the Supreme Court is ruining everything by letting Hobby Lobby (Mrs. Lobby if you’re nasty) refuse to pay for its employees’ birth control. It’s a good thing we have guest Rhett Miller to serenade us with a song and help us forget our troubles. 


Ross and Carrie and The Aetherius Society (Part 1): Batteries Included

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Ross and Carrie spend five months undercover in a mysterious and delightful religious sect, where Jesus is an alien, purple robes are the outfit of choice, and global warming can be fixed by praying into a battery. Plus, learn why everyone should blow their nose before connecting to God. It's all here in this episode about the UFO religion, the Atherius Society.

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International Waters: Episode 29 Furious at the World

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Stephen and Kayleigh in David Bowie's old London studio
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Stephen K Amos
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Tara Ariano
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David T Cole
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Kayleigh Llewellyn

Fake Americans Tara Ariano and David T Cole take on Brits Stephen K Amos and Kayleigh Llewellyn for pop-culture quizzing, plus Dave Holmes finds out what a Bagpuss is, tells us what he thought of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and dishes the dirt on Jon “Duckie” Cryer.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos.

Other useful links this week:

Tara Ariano invites you to check out Previously.TV, @taraariano, and loves MaxFun show Throwing Shade.

Stephen K Amos is on Twitter @StephenKAmos, has UK tour dates here and recommends TV shows Grandma’s House & Friday Night Dinner.

David T Cole is on Twitter @Glark and Stephen Falk’s new FX show, You’re the Worst.

Kayleigh Llewellyn writes the blog My So Called Life in a Box, is currently writing for Ruth Jones’ UK TV series Stella and loves Comedy Central show Broad City.

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Song Exploder № 13: The Microphones

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Song Exploder
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Phil Elverum

In the fall of 2001, Phil Elverum released the album The Glow, Pt 2 on K Records. Pitchfork named it the best album of the year. In this episode, Phil recounts how he created the first song on the record at Dub Narcotic Studio. He spoke with me from his home in Anacortes, Washington, about his love of being alone in the studio, evoking nature through music, and where the name The Microphones comes from. Plus a few words from Calvin Johnson, the founder of K Records. This episode is presented in conjunction with The Creators Project.

Buy "I Want Wind to Blow" on Amazon here. Phil Elverum's website is pwelverumandsun.com.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone & The Sklar Brothers

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Bullseye
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Melissa McCarthy
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Ben Falcone
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Linda Holmes
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Glen Weldon
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Davy Rothbart
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Randy Sklar
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Jason Sklar

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Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone on Wigs, Their High School Selves, and Making 'Tammy'

Melissa McCarthy knows how to throw herself into her comedy. Physically, emotionally, she goes all out. People who saw her onstage at the Groundlings knew it. But you didn't really see it on-screen yet. She was mostly known for playing the lovable cook and best friend, Sookie St. James, on Gilmore Girls. Then she had landed a titular role on the CBS show Mike & Molly, which won her an Emmy. In 2011 she got a part in Bridesmaids. And her horizons have only expanded from there.

McCarthy's become a film star, mostly in roles similar to her character in Bridesmaids. Maybe a little crass, maybe a bit of a hot mess. She starred in, her husband Ben Falcone directed, and they both wrote the new comedy Tammy.

Tammy follows a midwestern woman whose life is a mess. So she goes on a road trip with her alcoholic grandmother, to get out of her home town for good.

McCarthy and Falcone met in comedy improv classes, bonded, and eventually became partners both in business and in life.

They'll talk about their high school days, including Melissa's goth phase, their fateful meeting in the Groundlings, and what it was like getting Kathy Bates to play a role that was literally written for her.

Tammy hits theaters this week.

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NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour Recommends: 'The Devil's Candy' and 'Oishinbo'

Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour stop by to recommend some of their all-time favorite reads.

Glen recommends the manga series called Oishinbo, translated as 'The Gourmet'. It's about two rival newspapers competing to create the perfect Japanese meal. He suggests starting with the volume about sushi.

Linda recommends The Devil's Candy by Julie Salamon, a book about the film production of Bonfire of the Vanities. Salamon was granted unlimited access to the film set. The takeaway? Sometimes folks don't set out to make a bad movie, it just kind of happens.

You can hear Glen and Linda each week on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, and find Linda's writing on NPR.org's Monkey See blog.

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Found "To Do's" with Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart, Point Guard of FOUND Magazine, shares some of his favorite "finds." He'll share some of his favorite ephemera: to do lists that include items like "hook up with Jen" and "create a circuit of pirate radio stations in the Traverse City area."

FOUND Magazine issue 9 is available now. And stay tuned this fall for FOUND: The Musical, presented by the Atlantic Theater Company.

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"The Sum is Greater Than the Parts": Jason and Randy Sklar on Comedy and Evading the Twin Shtick

Randy Sklar and Jason Sklar are stand up comedians. They're also twins. Their work isn't about their twinness, though. In fact, outside of the two of them looking the same, they barely mention it. But it's integral to what they do. Most double acts are about contrast, the Sklars are the opposite.

They diverge, they come back, and all in the service of releasing a firehose of jokes. The pair have been doing comedy together their entire adult lives. They have their own podcast, Skarlbro Country, they hosted their own TV show on the History Channel, and have racked up lots of movie and TV appearances.

They'll talk about why they didn't want to do bits about being twins, why they wanted to combine comedy and sports on Cheap Seats, and how if they were part of the same person, well, Randy's the head and Jason's the heart.

Their stand up special What Are We Talking About? is available now on Netflix Instant.

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The Outshot: Bug-Eyed, Cartoon-y Wildness (Or Why We Love Hunter Pence)

Jesse will tell you about why he loves the craziest-looking baseball player in the majors, and why you should, too.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 328 - Jen Kirkman

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Jen Kirkman

Comedian Jen Kirkman joins us to talk licorice, Oliver Stone, and breaking and entering.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 207: Thank Travis for Travis

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In this very special episode of MBMBaM, Justin is sky high on post-wisdom-tooth-removal opiates, and Travis writes a hymn about himself.

Suggested talking points: Getting Lyfted, Welcome to McDonalds, Nude Rumspringa, TV Greed, The Ballad of Pizza Daniel, Wedding Weed Brian, War on Science

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 331: Cade Yeager with Claudia O'Doherty

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Claudia O'Doherty

Australian comedian Claudia O'Doherty joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of action hero names, Australian hunks, and Japanese toilets.

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