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Podcast: Nick Hornby

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Nick Hornby is the author of a number of notable books, including Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and most recently Slam. Slam concerns a teenager who impregnates his girlfriend. Oh, and also, he talks to a poster of Tony Hawk. Nick talked with us about how he struggled to find himself and his vocation as a young adult, how he relates to a teenage boy, how he discovered literature that he actually liked, and more.

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Podcast: Simon Rich, author of "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations"

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At the age of 22, Simon Rich published his first compilation of humor writing, the hilarious "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations." He's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a current writer for Saturday Night Live. We interview Simon and hear him read several pieces from his book.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Del Close Marathon.

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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 Del Close Marathon, Ian Roberts from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony King of the UCB Theater join us to talk about the marathon which took place in memory of the legendary comedian. Jeff Griggs, author of “Guru: My Days with Del Close”.

For over 30 years Del Close was the leading light in improvisational comedy in Chicago, having a huge influence on Mike Meyers, Bill Murray, John Belushi and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, among many others. Following Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the annual Del Close Marathon as a means of celebrating their mentor’s life, and passing on his legacy to future generations. Ian Roberts and Anthony King from the UCB talk about the event.

Jeff Griggs’ book “Guru: My Days with Del Close” explores elements of Close’s biography, from his childhood in Kansas, his early years as an actor to his involvement with the Compass Players and Second City.

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A clash of the titans, as MaxFunsters John Hodgman and Xeni Jardin do battle on the field of ideas.

"Aristotle believed that Mole Men were generated spontaneously from dirt and dung."

Ira Glass of This American Life: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Ira Glass is the host of Public Radio International's This American Life, as well as the television version of the program, which airs on Showtime. He also edited the book "The New Kings of Nonfiction," which collects some of the best magazine-style reportage of the last fifteen years or so.

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This American Life parodies from the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast.
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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Go! For It.

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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 Go! For It writer Paul Feig and musician Ian Parton are in the hot seat.

Among his many accolades, Paul Feig can count the creation of 90’s cult tv show “Freaks and Geeks” and the book “Superstud: How I Became a 24 Year Old Virgin”. Paul is also an actor, director and producer.

The Go! Team are a super-talented, highly energetic bunch of musicians from Brighton in the UK. Founder member Ian Parton takes TSOYA behind the scenes and tells us what makes the band what it is!

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Interview: Broke-Ass Stuart

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Within the first week I lived in San Francisco the second edition of Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco was shoved into my hands. For the first few months I took settling in it was my urban bible. I discovered great independent bookstores, free BBQ and, most importantly, cheap and good Mexican food. Now Broke-Ass Stuart's popular 'zine get a new life a book published by Falls Media. Now anyone coming to San Francisco, either moving here or as a tourist, can get their hands on one of the sharpest guides to discovering the best (and least wallet-damaging) parts of the city. Broke-Ass Stuart's book release party will happen at the Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, November 15th.

Ian Brill: Somewhere in between The Golden Gate Bridge and Gay Pride, one of the things San Francisco is best known for is the high cost of living. People have to stretch a dollar to pay rent. Was that the inspiration for the originally guide to living cheaply?

Broke-Ass Stuart: Yeah, that was totally one of the reasons. I was working at a candy store in North Beach, when I first came up with the idea and as you can imagine I wasn't really making too much money. I also knew that most of my friends were in the same shitty financial situation as myself, so it just made sense to write something for all of us that any broke person could use. But the idea really happened when a guy from my neighborhood growing up came into the candy store with his fiancé. I hadn't seen him for years and after chatting for awhile his fiancé gave me her card and told me to holler at them if I was in San Diego. I looked at her card and it said that she was a travel writer, and at that point I said to myself, "Shit, I wanna be a travel writer" and I decided to be one.

IB: I remember walking down Valencia St. and all the used bookstores seemed to have the original guide. A few even had displays for it. How did your promote yourself once your work hit the streets?

BB: Honestly, the zine practically promoted itself. There was a lot of word of mouth and I guess people would tell their friends about it and it would just get passed along that way. I met some girls from Ireland who had been given the zine by a friend who had spent the summer in SF. They were pretty excited to meet me; they thought I was way cooler than I really am. As for the stores, I would just go into them and be like "Hey. I do this really cool zine. Do you wanna carry it?" and then once they carried it I'd go back to them and talk them into putting it on display. I'd be like "You know Dog-Eared Books sells out of these every other week because it is on display at the counter. Maybe you could put it on display too." And a lot of times they would do it. Really though, I think a lot of the success has simply come from being nice to people. It's amazing how often people forget that if you are sweet and genuine with other humans, most of the time they will be sweet and genuine with you. It also helps that I have dimples :)

IB: What did you change for the new Falls Media version of the book?

BB: One of the greatest things about the guys at Falls Media is that I didn't have to compromise any of my style of shit-talking for them. In fact they encouraged it. That's one of the benefits of going with an independent publisher. Really the only thing I had to change was that I had to talk a little less shit on stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders because, well, the are gonna sell a lot of my book. So we just changed a few references so that I talked shit on other big box stores like Best Buy. As far as I'm concerned all those companies are the same anyway. They just run the little guy out of town.

Otherwise the guys at Falls Media have really enabled the guide to grow into a full book. Tons more info, tons more photos, and even some maps by the lovely and amazing Angie Hathaway. This thing is unbelievably cool. Is it ok to say that about my own shit? Oh well, it's true.

IB: This a question that will mean a lot to Jordan Jesse Go listeners: Ashkon will be playing your book release party. Do you expect a lot of hottubbin' during that late night?

BB: That's right! Ash was on their show huh? He's great isn't he? I'm a big fan of his music and he's a good friend of mine. I'm going to make a special request that he plays the song just to get all the ladies in the mood....ha ha ha. I don't know if there's gonna be any hottubbin' for me that night, I'll have to check with my girlfriend. Considering that she and I are staying somewhere without a hottub, maybe there will be some bathtubbin' on the late night. But probably not. Most likely I'll just pass out.

Broke-Ass Stuart can be found at his own website where you can read excerpts of the original 'zine. The book release party will happen Thursday Nov. 15th at the Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St. in, where else?, San Francisco.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Way Into You.

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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 Way Into You we're joined by comedian and author Greg Behrendt. We’re also got “The Fun Bunch”, Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter.

Greg Behrendt is a standup comedian and best-selling author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken”. He also acted as consultant for two episodes of the hit tv show “Sex and the City”.

Also on the show are Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter, otherwise known as comedy duo “The Fun Bunch”. These guys have written for “Mr. Show” and run the hugely successful alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA.

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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: TSOYA Classic: Good Friends and Great Times.

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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 Good Friends and Great Times we're joined by guests comedian Doug Benson and author James Frey.

Doug Benson, a stand-up comedian, was part of the writing team who created and performed in the off-Broadway comedy show The Marijuana-Logues. Doug is a real movie lover, so coming up on the show Doug brings us a summer movie preview including his opinion on “Star Wars” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. There’s also a discussion on taxidermy squirrels!

We also talk to James Frey, award winning author of "My Friend Leonard", a memoir based on his friendship with a mobster Leonard, whom he met in a rehab clinic.

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