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How inside can a joke be?

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Forum regular Smartbunny designed this Jordan, Jesse GO! bumpersticker. If you don't get it, you should listen to Jordan, Jesse GO! more.

It is for sale for $2.99. Proceeds benefit Smartbunny's "find better things to do with her time" fund.

(Just kidding: designing CafePress stickers for your favorite podcast is awesome, as long as you favorite podcast is produced by me.)

Car Talk is Podcasting.

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Yes, it's true, I love Car Talk.

And now, they're podcasting full shows.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 7: Wolverine Football

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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. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These 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.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe invade a football practice field, where the ask a coach for his help training their wolverines in sport.

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Benjamin Donaldson's "Summerland"

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Mal Sharpe points us to this amazing series of photographs by Benjamin Donaldson. The series, called "Summerland," depicts people hypnotized into believing they are in the most beautiful landscape imaginable.

Bart vs. Black Bart

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By Andrew Jeffrey Wright, via The Fader.

Remember Black Bart Simpson? The great icon of bootleg Simpsons memorabilia? What a bizarre and powerful symbol.

"I miss the old Larry."

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I sometimes argue with people who like Curb Your Enthusiasm because Larry Makes them cringe. I love Curb because I identify with Larry 1000%. If that makes me a bad person, then so be it.

In this scene, everything is starting to come up Larry (though he inevitably gets his comeuppance in the end). Jay Johnston makes an appearance as a guy Larry barely knows who asked him to write an important letter of recommendation earlier in the episode, much to Larry's chagrin.

Also, here's a bonus... the one and only Crazy Eyez Killah. Probably the best rap character ever on a white people tv show.

Podcast: The Lobotomist with Jack El-Hai

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Jack El-Hai is the author of "The Lobotomist: A Maverick Medical Genius and his Tragic Quest to Rid the World of Mental Illness." It traces the life of Dr. Walter Freeman (pictured above), who popularized the lobotomy. The technique was innovative in its time, but Freeman continued performing it long after more effective pharmaceutical treatments were available. Nonetheless, Freeman was an innovator in treating the physical causes of mental illness.

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Podcast: The Lobotomist with Jack El-Hai

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Podcast: Sarah Thyre, author of "Dark at the Roots"

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Sarah Thyre is an actress and writer. She's been seen as Coach Cherri Wolf on "Strangers with Candy," and on The Upright Citizens Brigade and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Her memoir, "Dark at the Roots," describes her childhood in the deep south. Rebellious and irreverent, but also secretly deeply class and status conscious, she struggled through catholic school as an outsider.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: No F***ing Eagles

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our guests: We talk first with the founders of Lebowskifest, an annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski. Aherents call themselves "Achievers," and flock to the events, typically held in bowling alleys.

We also talk with Seth Greenland. He's the author of the novel "The Bones," which satirizes Hollywood and the world of comedy.

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