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"Thirteen hours ago, I was a different person."

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The New York Post reviewed Season Four of The Wire, which HBO has provided in it's entirety to reviewers (where's my copy, HBO? Let's do this thing.)

"The shows are so powerful - so well-written, acted, filmed and edited - that the experience of watching them has left me a complete wreck.

I am so blown away by this show that I will go out on a limb here to declare that these 13 episodes just might comprise the single finest piece of work ever produced for American TV."

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Scott Aukerman as "William Perth"

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A great audio clip: Scott Aukerman on the airwaves of ClearChannel's Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles as entertainment expert William Perth, offering his analysis of The Emmys. Great stuff. Scott was a writer on Mr. Show and is the co-creator of Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles -- you may remember him from this Sound of Young America episode.

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Kelly Wallace's Art Blog

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Sound of Young America listener Kelly Wallace, who sent us this wonderful painting, taken from the intro to our Python footage, has started a blog. It chronicles her effort to paint every day.

My Life as America's Radio Sweetheart

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Here it is... my first ever published anything. Like ever, including high school newspaper-type stuff. They asked for it, and two days later, I turned it in.

"My Life as America's Radio Sweetheart: On the cusp of his move to KUSP, 'The Sound of Young America''s dearly beloved radio host reveals all" in this week's Metro Santa Cruz. I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope that it makes me rich and succesful beyond my wildest dreams.

Here's the introduction:

I was born in 1981. In 1982, I began composing my memoirs, with the able assistance of Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Accused Plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin. Today, nearly a quarter-century later, I've created a 12,000-page tome that I think sums up the first 25 years of my amazing and inspiring life. I hope the book, when it appears, will help historians of the future understand my impact upon not only our nation but upon our world.

I'm currently in talks with a number of (largely imagined) publishers, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share a few excerpts from the larger text, which focus on my time in my adopted hometown of Santa Cruz. I expect these entertaining tales will cement my legacy as a Great Santa Cruzan, alongside other legendary locals like the guy from Survivor and the guy that decided to put a fiberglass caveman on the sky-tram at the Boardwalk.

Read the rest at the Metro website

Podcast: The College Years: Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

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On this week's show, episode two of Mace Detective: Private Detective. Also: Jordan makes a controversial Bold Statement about DINOSAURS.

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SNL Cast Shuffle

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Looks like Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell and Kenan Thompson are out at SNL. Darrel Hammond is still in negotiations. Parnell's a wonderful comic actor, but I imagine he's just come to the end of the line. Best of luck to him going forward.

Edited to add: Sanz says as far as he knows, he's coming back. You'd expect that with the success of Boat Trip, he'd be eager to leave, but I guess you just can't predict what these mercurial celebs'll do.

Lupe Fiasco Watch Continues: "I Gotcha"

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Pharrell is rocking like a "guy who works at a resort" look in this clip...

The Small World Podcast

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Yesterday I spoke "on-air" with Joseph from The Small World Podcast. Small World is a show dedicated to interviews with people around the world, and from all walks of life.

Joseph was a wonderful interviewer, certainly the best I've encountered in the podcast sphere, and if you're interested in getting some background on the show, it's certainly worth a listen.

Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore

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The Daily Show is scrambling to replace the folks they've lost in a continuing talent drain. Besides the departures of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrel, Rob Corddry recently left the show to focus on his new FOX sitcom. (side note: if you watch the pilot, check out the funny titles Jordan wrote on Corddry's character's videos). Rob's brother, Nate, left the show for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," and Ed Helms is headed for a regular role on NBC's The Office, and while he's not leaving, that's got to cut back on his Daily Show screentime. All of this leaves a bit of a vacuum, which TDS has been gamely working to fill.

Two Sound of Young America guests, Demetri Martin & John Hodgman have performed ably in limited roles, but some of the other correspondents the show has mixed in have been a mixed bag.

Last night, TV writer and actor Larry Wilmore was given a slot, and I think knocked it out of the park with a desk piece about low-quality racism. There's never really been a black voice on the show, and Wilmore's exceptionally well qualified, with a resume that stretches from In Living Color to The Office.

Here's the piece (thanks, Nick):

Know where you stand.

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Haven't you always wondered where your home media market ranks? And how it compares to rival media markets?

I know you have.

Luckily, the good people at Neilsen Media Research have done some media research and answered the question. Here are the results. (Click the download link on the right for a full list.)

By the way:
San Francisco Bay Area #5
Monterey Bay Area #124
Hattiesburg #165

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