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Anne Beatts Pt. 2


Here's some more of my interview with Anne Beatts. She talks about getting her first byline in The National Lampoon, the work of her then-boyfriend Michael O'Donaghue, and more.

If you're interested in learning more about the history of The National Lampoon, which in many ways is the dividing line between mid-century and contemporary humor, on this show, in which I interviewed the biographer of Doug Kenney, the magazine's editor.

If you missed part one of the interview, you can find it here.

I'll be running this interview on the radio show, but it might not be for a few weeks.

Some technical notes: I learned how to put still photos in there! And how to bring outside audio in under video! And my cross fades are slightly better! If anyone out there is a video guru and wants to help me improve in shooting this stuff, please get in touch.

One easy step to a better life.


Go to Best Buy, or get online, and buy The Wire Season One for $24.99.

This is the best television program ever created. Better than Roots, better than Lucy, better than The Sopranos, better than Hill Street Blues, better than anything. I mean this literally, not as some kind of hyperbole. When I watch The Wire, I almost can't believe how lucky I am to live in 2007.

For a long long time, the DVDs have been very expensive. This is a great opportunity to jump in while the jumping in is good.

Do it now.

You don't have a TSOYA t-shirt?


Don't have a TSOYA t-shirt yet?

Seriously: boys or girls... small through XXL... $16 INCLUDING shipping?

Pull the trigger!

(Thanks to forum poster diddlymike for the FANTASTIC picture)

High Five Contest is ENDING!

My girlfriend's mom high-fives a centurion in Italy!

The High Five Contest is drawing to a close... what an exciting time this has been. We'll announce the winners on Jordan Jesse GO!, which should go up on Tuesday.

In the meantime, if you are an entrant, and are all done entering, email your final point total to jjgo@maximumfun dot org. Include your address -- remember that all entrants will get some stickers in the mail. Please do this by Monday afternoon so we can determine the winner by nightfall.

And if you haven't entered yet, you have until midnight pacific to do so! You could even win!

Furthermore: if you haven't entered your Debut story for our This American Life contest, please do so by calling 206-984-4FUN. You could win an autographed Ira Glass poster, which as an astute forum member pointed out is the Farah Fawcett poster of the 21st century.

Podcast: Cornucopia!


We hear an exclusive-to-TSOYA sketch from Clifford & Kidd, then a track from Jonathan Katz's great new album Caffeinated, and then the first episode of our newest podcast, Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters.

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Ricky Gervais Meets Garry Shandling

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New Yorker Cartoons from Kasper Hauser

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"Nigga', why the fuck you wanna be givin' money to a dolphin?!"

From Kasper Hauser

TSOYA on Atlantic Public Media


Live in Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket?

The Sound of Young America will be running on the stations of Atlantic Public Media in their Sunday evening specials block (seven PM to midnight) for the next few weeks.

The stations are WCAI 90.1 FM, WNAN 91.1 FM and WZAI 94.3 FM. If you live in the area and want to know which station is yours, here's a link.

Podcast: The College Years: Lost & Found 4/4/02

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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.

This week, it's the first appearance of TSOYA regular Davy Rothbart, founder/editor/point guard of Found Magazine. He plays some found audio, as does Sasquatch. The urban legend, not the A Special Thing founder.

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