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Bullseye is a public radio show about what's good in popular culture. With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings you hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and irreverent original comedy.

Bullseye is equal parts funny and fascinating. Whether you're already plugged in to the culture map, or looking for a signpost, Bullseye will keep you on target. More About Bullseye

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Second City.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week's show The Second City we're joined by guest Anne Libera.

Co-Artistic Director of the training school and author of the book, The Second City Almanac of Improvisation, Anne talks about the Second City and how it has become a comedy empire. Among other things, we hear about the methods of improv used in the Second City and there are also some sound-clips from the Second City archive.

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Podcast: Kenna

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Kenna is a rock and roll singer-songwriter. Originally from Ethiopia, he was raised in Cincinnati and Virginia. Kenna talks about how U2's album The Joshua Tree changed his life, and led to his dramatic, dancable New Wave-ish rock.

His most recent album, "Make Sure They See My Face," was produced, like his first, by his long-time friend Chad Hugo, half of the super-producer duo The Neptunes. Kenna was also featured in Malcolm Gladwell's best-selling book Blink.

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Greg Saunier of Deerhoof
Sa-Ra Creative Partners
"Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music"

Podcast: The Sklar Brothers

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Randy and Jason Sklar have been performing standup comedy together for many years. They also hosted the ESPN Classic series "Cheap Seats," a combination of sketch comedy and Mystery Science Theater-style mockery of bizarre sports clips. Most recently, they've been doing sports talk radio, filling in for nationally syndicated host Jim Rome.

They recently released their second CD, Sklar Maps, and have launched a web series called ["(Layers)"].

You can view and download the program above; to download a high-quality video via torrent, use MySpleen. If you need an invite for the 'spleen, email me, and tell me your favorite TSOYA moment.


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Podcast: The Sklar Brothers

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Randy and Jason Sklar have been performing standup comedy together for many years. They also hosted the ESPN Classic series "Cheap Seats," a combination of sketch comedy and Mystery Science Theater-style mockery of bizarre sports clips. Most recently, they've been doing sports talk radio, filling in for nationally syndicated host Jim Rome.

They recently released their second CD, Sklar Maps, and have launched a web series called ["(Layers)"].

You can view and download the program above; to download a high-quality video via torrent, use MySpleen. If you need an invite for the 'spleen, email me, and tell me your favorite TSOYA moment.


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Patton Oswalt

Podcast: TSOYA Classics: Dirty Mind - Guests: Blowfly and Legs Mc Neil.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week's show Dirty Mind we're joined by guests Blowfly - the legendary, dirtiest R&B legend of all time and author Legs Mc Neil.

Blowfly is best known for his 60's and 70's raps mostly about sex. The name Blowfly came from his grandmother, who overheard him as a child singing "Do the Twist" as "Suck My Dick", and said "You is nastier than a blowfly." We talk with Blowfly about his childhood; his break into dirty R&B rapping and hear a few of his famous songs including "Ugly People".

We also talk to Legs McNeil, author of the book "The Other Hollywood: The Oral History of the Porn Film Industry."
Best known for his 1997 book "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk", Legs talks about everything from sandwiches to his inside dealings with the porn industry.

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Podcast: Steve Agee and Brian Posehn from The Sarah Silverman Program

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Brian Posehn and Steve Agee are co-stars on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program. They play Steve and Brian, the title characters nerdy, gay neighbors. "The Advocate" writer Dave White described them as "everything the gay characters on Queer as Folk and Will & Grace were too afraid and unimaginative and busy chasing their own boring tails to be: fat, bearded, nerdy, bickering, dude speaking, glasses wearing, karate chopping, video game playing, covertly masturbating, metal T-shirt–wearing malcontents. In other words, these are homosexuals I understand: My circle of friends finally represented fictionally on television. And I feel validated by a sitcom for the first time."

When they're not acting, they are both standup comics. Posehn has toured extensively with The Comedians of Comedy, and Agee frequently appears around the country with Silverman.

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Sarah Silverman (MP3)
Patton Oswalt

Podcast: Ask the Optimist by George Saunders

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Our most ambitious production ever -- an adaptation of George Saunders' hilarious story "Ask the Optimist," from his most recent collection, The Braindead Megaphone. Produced by me (Jesse Thorn) with video & puppetry by Brian Hogg for Hoggworks.

You can view piece in video form above, or in listen to the radio/podcast version below. We convinced George's publisher to let us run this piece by arguing that it might "go viral," so please share! And for some perspective on George's work, don't miss this interview I conducted with George and ran a few days ago, or this show, which features an older interview with George.

Featuring an all-star cast:
The Optimist - Andy Daly
Mad - Jen Kirkman
Hurt But - Jonathan Coulton
W - James Adomian
Small Penis - John Hodgman
Not Altogether Hopeful - Maria Bamford
Turkey - Jonathan Katz
Ralph, the New Optimist - Dan Klein
Judy - Xeni Jardin

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Moustaches, Etc with Andy Daly and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash
On the Road with John Hodgman & Henry Rollins (MP3)
Analog & Digital with John Vanderslice and Xeni Jardin & Mark Frauenfelder

Podcast: Ten West: "Jimmy & Jeb"

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Ten West are a Los Angeles-based comedy group whose performances combine traditional sketch-comedy with vaudevillian clowning, often with live music accompaniment. They tour regularly, and have appeared in all of the nation's premier sketch comedy and fringe theater festivals. The Los Angeles Weekly highlighted their most recent show, writing that it was "goofy, giddy, funny and executed with infectious charm."

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Comedy - Dan Mintz
Comedy - Clifford & Kidd "Models"
The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast

Podcast: Austin Grossman

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Austin Grossman is the author of the new novel "Soon I Will Be Invincible," a literary look at a team of superheroes and their nemesis. Before he became a novelist and academic (he is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley), he was a writer for video games.

Video of this interview is viewable above, or downloadable via bittorrent at Myspleen. MySpleen is invite-only; if you need an invite, email me and mention your favorite TSOYA moment (to keep out the riff-raff).

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Comics & Comix with Art Spiegelman (MP3)
Comics & Comix Pt. 2 with Harvey Pekar (MP3)
Moustaches, Etc with Andy Daly and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash

Podcast: Cynthia Hopkins

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Cynthia Hopkins is a singer, songwriter and multi-media theatrical performer. The New York Times wrote of her most recent show, Must Don't Whip Um: "a triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity and musical accomplishment. Ms. Hopkins' voice is both so delicate and emotionally forceful - part Natalie Merchant, part Madeline Peryroux - that it leaves you wondering why she has ever bothered to do anything else but deploy it." Special thanks to WNYC this week for sharing their studios with us.

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