Judge Hodgman entered the field of maritime law while on Jonathan Coulton Cruise Crazy earlier this month, ruling on two very different cases brought forward by cruise participants.
First, brown gravy versus cream gravy.
And a post-holiday ruling on the appropriate time to play Christmas and other seasonal music.
Thank you to "Simalot" for providing documentation of our cases at sea.
Pete and Courtney Johansson join us to talk about foreign toilets, lotions, and creative breakups. So giggly.
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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 from our salad days.
Today's theme: Rebirth
In this episode, Jesse first talks with Paul D. Miller, AKA "DJ Spooky" or "That Subliminal Kid." Miller is a writer, artist, and musician. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and The Wire among others. His music touches on jazz, reggae and dub influences.
Then we hear from writer Sharon Waxman. She's the author of Rebels on the Backlot, which discusses the indie film explosion of the mid 1990's and features profiles on the directors behind it, including Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, Steven Soderbergh, and David Fincher. Waxman continues bringing the world entertainment industry analysis and breaking Hollywood news from www.TheWrap.com.
The kind folks at IFC invited me to host The Spirit Awards Nomination Special. You can watch it and see me interact with a very actor-y Jeremy Renner, the very charming Eva Mendes, and the very funny (and distressingly handsome) Joel McHale. You can also find out who was nominated for the only big awards show that consistently awards really great movies.
You can catch it on IFC starting Saturday:
Sat 02/05/11 12:00PM (premier)
Tue 02/08/11 09:30AM
Sun 02/13/11 03:30PM
Tue 02/15/11 02:30PM
Thu 02/24/11 12:00PM
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Another wonderful preview clip from Fred Armisen & Carrie Brownstein's Portlandia, which premiers January 21st on IFC. (Who I work for part time). I could not be more excited.
This TSOYA Classic features David Koechner and Dave "Gruber" Allen. Separately, Koechner has worked on Saturday Night Live and in films like "Anchorman" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." And Allen has worked on "Freaks and Geeks" and the cartoon sitcom "King of the Hill."
Together, they spent years honing "The Naked Trucker & T-Bones Show," a live stage variety show in which Koechner plays T-Bones, a demented redneck con-artist, and Allen plays The Naked Trucker, a trucker without any clothes on. The stage show was later adapted into television series on Comedy Central.
Jesse talked with Koechner and Allen about their long partnership and the show.
David Rakoff is a very funny essayist, journalist, and regular contributor to This American Life. We spoke to him last on The Sound in 2005. His latest collection of essays is Half Empty, in which he champions pessimism.
JESSE THORN: Welcome to The Sound of Young America, I’m your host Jesse Thorn. Our show so often focuses on how and why creative people are creative; how they get to where they need to go to make something. That’s what this episode of The Sound is all about.
My guest is the writer David Rakoff. His third book Half Empty is a collection of essays that are meditations on the darker side of the human psyche. It comes with the warning, “No inspirational life lessons will be found in these pages.” But frankly it sort of betrays that. There are none of the traditional inspirational life lessons, but it is in part at least an argument that one can be inspired and draw life lessons from a little bit of pessimism and melancholy. David Rakoff, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.
DAVID RAKOFF: Thanks for having me.