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Podcast: Sticking it to the Man with Maz Jobrani and Bitch Magazine

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This week on The Sound of Young America, three folks who are sticking it to the man.

Maz Jobrani is a standup comic and actor. His film credits include The Interpreter and Friday After Next. On television, he's been seen on Curb Your Enthusiasm and 24. He's currently on tour with the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and is one of the co-stars of the upcoming ABC sitcom The Knights of Prosperity. We talk with Maz about what it's like to be Iranian-American in both the worlds of comedy and acting. Check out the bonus tape of Maz discussing why he's glad he grew up in lily-white Marin County, California.

Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler are the founding editors of Bitch Magazine, which they bill as "A Feminist Response to Pop Culture." The magazine combines high-minded criticism with pop culture subjects and frequently biting wit. They founded the magazine when they were just 22, and it just celebrated its 10th anniversary. To honor the occaision, they've released "Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine." Also: bonus audio below of Lisa and Andi on what's better and what's worse in pop culture, 10 years after they started the magazine.

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TSOYA: Home of Certified Geniuses

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Congratulations to past Sound of Young America guest and all-around awesome guy George Saunders, who won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (aka The Genius Grant) . He'll get a hundred thousand dollars a year for the next five years, which he can use to (and I'm quoting directly from the grant language here) "do whatever the fuck he wants."

They probably heard about him on The Sound of Young America.

(thanks, Emily)

Podcast: The College Years: The D

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It's pledge drive time on the show, so we desperately whore ourselves in the name of public radio. Will someone really make a $50 pledge to go on a date with us? Also: a visit from Petey the Penguin (candidate for president)'s running mate, A Dinosaur. Additionally: Dating for Dullards.

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First Look: Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration"

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(thanks to the great Brian M Palmer for the heads-up on this one)

Anyone watch "Talk Show?"

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Fox is entering the Late-Night Wars (as I like to call them, since I have no sense of perspective) with a new show called "Talk Show with Spike Feresten." They've been working on it for quite some time, and just premiered it this past week. Anyone watch? Thoughts?

Merrill Markoe, Lifestyle Reporter

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When Merrill Markoe left New York for LA in the 80s, she became a lifestyle reporter for a local TV station. Here is one of her pieces.

Podcast: Observers with Merrill Markoe and Caleb Crain

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This week on The Sound of Young America, careful observation is in evidence.

Caleb Crain is a critic for The New Yorker. His piece in that magazine's September 11th issue, "Surveillance Society: The Mass-Observation Movement and the Meaning of Everyday Life," tells the story of a group which sought to create "Popular Poetry" by accumulating information on the day-to-day affairs of people in England. Thousands of volunteers kept notebooks on special days, marking everything they did and observed, and sent in their notes for analysis. Caleb discussed the interview on his blog.

Merrill Markoe is a comic and writer. Her most recent novel is "Walking in Circles Before Lying Down," about a young woman, adrift in Southern California, who starts taking advice from her dog. She was also a television writer for many years, and was the co-creator and original head writer of both "Late Night with David Letterman" and it's precedent, the daytime "David Letterman Show." Be sure to check out our bonus audio with Merrill below.

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Best Quote Of All Time

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There is an amazing part of the article on mass-observation that we talked about on this week's show. At one point, Crain quotes Humphrey Jennings, one of the three founders of the movement, as writing home to his wife: "My balls feel as quiet & rich as the paintings of Poussin in exile."

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Amazing.

It reminded me of a quote I read in an article on archives in The Believer. It is from a letter written by Hemingway to Ezra Pound.

"To me bulls ain’t exotic. They are normal. And such a goddam relief from all this horseshit about Art etc […] To hell with delicate studies of the American scene. Fuck the American scene. Fuck moers [sic], manners, customs all that horse shit. Let us have more and better fucking, fighting and bulls.”

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA TIMES A MILLION! Perhaps the most New Sincerity utterance of ALL TIME.

The Re-Up

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Above: Joe Garden, features editor of The Onion, is frankly concerned you might want to steal his TSOYA T-Shirt.

The big shipment from our pals BroPrints in Santa Cruz came in today -- more t-shirts in every size. I've added men's small to the lineup, for the slighter amongst us. Any size is still just $16 including shipping. Just use the form below to cop one:


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And of course with every purchase you get FREE STICKERS!

This is the best way to tell the world about your favorite public radio program and podcast! And dirt cheap, too!

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