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Podcast: Entertaining with Amy Sedaris and Jimmy Carr

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On this week's show, we entertain two wonderful (and entertaining) guests.

Jimmy Carr is one of the UK's most popular standup comics. Here in the US, he's hosted the game show Distraction on Comedy Central and appeared on Late Night and The Tonight Show. His new book, written with his long-time friend Lucy Greeves, is "Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?"

Then we talk with Amy Sedaris. She's a rabbit lover and taxidermied squirrel owner, as well as the author of "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence." The book provides domestic advice of many types, ranging from recipes to costumes to how to make fake food out of felt.

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Kurt Andersen on WSJ.com

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Our pal Kurt Andersen talks about his new book "Heyday" with a book reporter from the Wall Street Journal.

He's on tour, and it's crossing through a lot of places, including New York, Chicago, LA and San Francisco.

Iron Comic in LA Friday, Kasper Hauser in SF Tonight!

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"Iron Comic," a show in which comedians are must deliver material only on a specific subject (a "secret ingredient"), has been burning up San Francisco for quite some time. Word filtered to me that it was coming to LA (and bringing Brent Weinbach and Maria Bamford with it), and I hopped on board. The Sound of Young America is proud to be a sponsor of the show, which is Friday night (3/9) at the M Bar in LA.

The show was so hot in San Francisco, it merited a profile in the Chronicle. Anything that gets Brent Weinbach holding a meat tenderizer into the MSM is something I support enthusiastically.

And hey -- don't forget San Franciscans... Kasper Hauser are reading at Modern Times on Valencia Street tonight at 7PM. Go, buy a Skymaul, and hear from SkyMaul CEO Jerry Pondo.

Kasper Hauser: Free in SF Tuesday!

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The world-famous comedians of the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group will be presenting their book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane" Tuesday at Modern Times Books in San Francisco. This is a really great bookstore down the street from where I grew up that I can't recomend highly enough.

The event is 100% free, and things kick of at 7PM.

"The group will talk about sketch comedy and parody writing, and their attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for throwing a checker the length of the Queen Mary. "

Even if you're not in San Francisco, you should tell your friends who are. And even if you don't know anyone there, you should buy this book, which is one of the funniest I have ever read.

Podcast: Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad

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Neal Pollack is the author of "Alternadad," a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about becoming a father. Neal talks about his family's financial struggles, the joy of fatherhood, and why he started a punk rock band shortly after his son was born.

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Podcast: Jamie Hewlett on The Gorillaz and Tank Girl

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Jamie Hewlett is the award-winning artist behind the world's most popular cartoon band, The Gorillaz. Before he created The Gorillaz with his then-flatmate Damon Albarn, he created the seminal punk-rock comic Tank Girl. The Gorillaz have just released a lavish "oral history" of the band called Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre.

I talked with Jamie about how music has influenced his art, how Hollywood ruined Tank Girl, and why rock star Damon Albarn was sharing a flat in the first place.

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Podcast: Jeff Chang on Jay-Z

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Jeff Chang is the award-winning author of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," and a journalist for publications including The Nation, Mother Jones and Vibe. In the 1990s, he co-founded Solesides Records, which later became Quannum Projects.

In the January 22nd issue of The Nation, Chang wrote about Jay-Z. We talk with Jeff about Jigga's long career, his most recent album, and how his art fits into the larger context of the history of hip-hop.

In bonus audio (below), Jeff talks about "crack rap," a hip-hop sub-genre that's emerged in the past few years, focusing almost exclusively on drug dealing.

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Podcast: The Original Holiday Special

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This week, it's a classic Sound of Young America -- our original Holiday Special.

Hear John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and more on this show.

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Podcast: Holiday Special 2006

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It's the holidays, and that can mean only one thing: HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

On this year's holiday special, we talk with Paul Feig. He's not just the creator of Freaks & Geeks and author of two hilarious books, he's also the director of the new film "Unaccompanied Minors."

We also feature segments with Mike Birbiglia and Kasper Hauser. Also, comedy & music from H. Jon Benjamin, The Martian Children's Choir, Tom Lehrer, The Polyphonic Spree, Jonathan Coulton and more.

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Podcast: Your Brain on Music with Matmos and Daniel J. Levitin

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This week on The Sound of Young America, we explode your brain with the power of music and ideas.

Our first guest, Daniel J. Levitin, is the author of "This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of Human Obsession." Levitin a former record producer, who today is a neuroscientist studying the relationship between the brain and music.

Then we speak with the electronic music duo Matmos. Their new album, "The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast," presents ten biographical sketches of historical figures they admire. The music itself is composed of sounds related to the figures, including a cow's reproductive system played in the manner of a bagpipe.

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