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Still Buffering: How to Spring Break

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Still Buffering

April is upon us! Spring has sprung! To celebrate the fact that school is so close to being done and it's so close to summer we can almost smell the sunscreen, we're talking about spring break! From the wild teen beach parties on TV to the reality of Netflix binging and pajamas, the sisters have covered it all and may or may not have gotten off on a pretty long tangent about the best dating show ever made, but it's necessary to discuss.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Roze Buddiez: The Bachelorette Season One - Part Two

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Rose Buddies

We're fresh off the MaxFunDrive, and ... well, okay, "fresh" maybe isn't the right word. We are shambling husks of our former selves, full stop. But that's not going to stop us from finishing up our recap of the very first season of The Bachelorette!

CIPYD 88: Bichon Frises

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Awe, BUDDY! Hello and welcome to another episode of CIPYD! Get on here and make yourself cozy, but be obvious about it, Allegra is easily startled. We can't help ya if you're looking for a pledge drive, but if you want to hear all about Alexis's workplace dogs, boy, is this the place for you. Renee's got a mutt minute on Bichon Frise (spoiler: they're terribly misspelled according to her.) Allegra tells us how her sister might have had the coolest dog job ever. And, we kick off the brand new segment, "Road to having a dog" or as Alexis suggested (and started Allegra with) "Highway to Hound!" Whatever it's called, Renee's on her way to getting a dog that you guys will get to name!

Leave us a voicemail with your Dog Victories and Dogsasers at (323) 250 - 3315!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Baseball Special with Tabitha Soren, Sean Doolittle, and Josh Kantor

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Bullseye
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Tabitha Soren
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Sean Doolittle
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Josh Kantor

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images

Oakland A's Relief Pitcher Sean Doolittle

This week Jesse talks to Oakland Athletics' reliever Sean Doolittle, who's been called one of the most interesting players in baseball.

Sean had an improbable journey to the majors. He was originally drafted as a hitter in 2007 before being sidelined by knee injuries. He didn't play for two years as a result. Sean talks to Jesse about the physical and mental obstacles he faced during recovery. At one point, he thought about giving up and going back to college to earn his degree.

Eventually, Sean was encouraged to try his hand at pitching instead. As it turns out, he had an excellent arm and could throw in the mid-to-high-90s. He's been on the A's since 2012, and was selected as an All-Star in 2014.

Sean's known as one of the nicest guys in the majors. He's used his platform as a baseball player to raise awareness about a number of causes, including veteran homelessness and the Syrian refugee crisis. Jesse talks to Sean about his outspoken support for LGBT rights, somewhat of a rarity among his fellow players.

You can find out what Sean's up to on Twitter.


Photo: Jim Harrison

Boston Red Sox organist Josh Kantor on the Song that Changed His Life

For fourteen years, Josh Kantor has been the organist for Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. He's known for playing creative renditions of popular songs, and six years ago he started taking fan requests via Twitter.

In this Song that Changed My Life segment, Josh recalls one of first Twitter requests he ever got: "Halo" by Beyonce.

When he's not delighting Red Sox fans, Josh plays keys for a rock band called The Baseball Project, a baseball-themed supergroup that includes members of R.E.M. You can find him on Twitter,
where he's now taking song requests for the new season.


Photo: Kevin L. Jones/KQED

Photographer and former MTV newscaster Tabitha Soren on her new book, Fantasy Life

This week Jesse talks to the artist Tabitha Soren. You might remember Soren from her previous life as a newscaster if you watched MTV in the early 1990s. During the era of "Rock the Vote" and Bill Clinton, she was one of the most recognizable young faces on television.

Now Soren is an accomplished artist and photographer, whose work has appeared in galleries around the country. She has a new photography book called Fantasy Life: Baseball and the American Dream, which follows the 2002 Oakland Athletics draft class.

Soren admits she didn't know much about baseball before starting this project. She started shooting the Oakland A's draft class in 2003, while helping her husband with a book he was writing. That book was Moneyball, which became a New York Times bestseller and a movie by the same name. Fantasy Life is an update of sorts to Moneyball. Taken over the last fifteen years, the collection of photographs chronicles the lives of 21 players, most of whom are no longer playing baseball.

Soren talks about the incredible odds that these players faced, and how their struggle is a parable for a uniquely American obsession. She also explains why not knowing much about the game helped her tell a different story than most baseball photographers.

Fantasy Life is now available on Amazon.


The Outshot: The Glory of Their Times

Jesse shares about a book that he believes may be the greatest sports book ever written. Curiously enough, it was written by an economics professor, and it's called The Glory of Their Times.

The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball Told by the Men Who Played It is available on Amazon.

International Waters Ep 95: Psychics and Brussels Sprouts

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Sarah Morgan, Dave, Andy Kindler, Chris Martin, and Scott Thompson
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Andy Kindler
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Scott Thompson
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Sarah Morgan
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Chris Martin
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Dave Holmes

Andy Kindler, Scott Thompson, Sarah Morgan and Chris Martin join host, Dave Holmes for swinger party talks, vampire leprechauns debates, and the wonders of US drinking culture.

Andy Kindler wants to plug his very first Just for Laughs Speech from 1996 and recommends you check out up and coming comedian Scott Thompson.

Scott Thompson wants to plug What Would Sal Do? and recommends Girls on HBO.

Sarah Morgan recommends The Regular Features Podcast and Alice Lowe's Prevenge.

Chris Martin wants to plug The Carl Donnelly and Chris Martin Comedy Podcast and recommends Crashing on HBO and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Riley Silverman, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA, produced by Jennifer Marmor, Laura Swisher and Christian Duenas.

MBMBaM 349: Face 2 Face: Remembering How to Do Live Shows in Portland

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Listen in to our nearly two-hour-long live show in beautiful Portland, Ore., which we performed after not doing a live show for over six months. It was also our first live show using lavalier mics, which led to a lot of what we in the comedy industry like to call "working the room."

Suggested talking points: Identity Coupon, Magic Fight, JRMY, Bespoke Munch Squad, Plane Refund, Cyberpiracy, Orgasm Howl, Dick Pic Pokedex, Toot Hypnosis, Dr. Dr., Pee Encounters, Interruptions

Stop Podcasting Yourself 472 - Craig Anderson

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Craig Anderson

Actor and comedian Craig Anderson returns to talk Bowling University, Real Housewives of Toronto, and David Foster.

Download episode 472 here. (right-click)

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Siobhan Thompson / Josh Fadem

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Baby Geniuses
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Siobhan Thompson
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Josh Fadem

Hello babies!

Special greetings to our babies down under! Emily is performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this week. She will be telling jokes with that American accent she is known for.

This is the first episode we’ve recorded since having our conversation about ADHD recently, and we touch on how our feelings have and haven’t changed since. On Chunch Chat, there is no new Ban Chunch news, but we do learn about Martha Stewart’s new pussy willow grove. We are amused by Martha’s silvery gray catkins. We also learn about her “basket house,” a house that was built to store her basket collection. On WIki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for “Highgate Vampire,” a media sensation surrounding reports of supposed supernatural activity at Highgate Cemetery in London in the 1970’s. We welcome Siobhan Thompson, who joins us to teach us about Boudica, queen of a first century AD Celtic tribe who defended against the occupying forces of the Romans. On Expert Hour, we are joined by Werner Herzog, who has recently become an expert in 90’s alternative rock lyrics.

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Siobhan Thompson
Josh Fadem

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 474: Ham Gif with Emily Fleming

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Emily Fleming

Writer and actress Emily Fleming joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the sincerity in the Fast and Furious franchise, home decorating in porno, and a deep dive into an obscure NSFW subreddit.

The Greatest Generation Ep 124: You Do Not Want to Get the Creams Confused (S5E25)

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When Captain Picard is zapped by a probe from a long-lost culture, the bridge crew doesn't try to move his body. But after he starts to like the soup within his hallucination, everyone starts to wonder if their captain will ever regain consciousness. Where's the perineum, really? How do you stay looking busy during a workplace medical emergency? What's the best way to ask a houseguest to leave? It's the episode we're recording from the desert southwest!

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