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Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: Katie Couric, Audie Cornish, and Marc Maron

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Bullseye
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Katie Couric
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Marc Maron
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Audie Cornish

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This week, we are bringing you interviews from Maximum Fun and the Columbia Journalism Review's new podcast, The Turnaround! Jesse Thorn sits down with some of our greatest living interviewers to bring you raw conversations about journalism, broadcasting, and what it's like to do what they do. You can subscribe now in Apple Podcasts, and catch the first episode on June 22nd!


Photo: Stephen Voss/NPR

Audie Cornish on authenticity in interviewing

Audie Cornish co-hosts NPR's All Things Considered. On NPR, she's often doing live interviews on breaking stories, interviewing reporters and newsbreakers who are on the scene after huge, sometimes really scary events took place. In a world where news moves so quickly, it's gotten easier and easier for hosts like Audie to slip up, maybe get a fact wrong. Honestly, the whole thing kind of terrifies me. But when Audie's covering a breaking story, she's careful, she's unflappable, and prepared.

This week, Jesse sits down with Audie to talk about how she got into broadcasting and the difference between working in broadcasting and print journalism. She tells us what it's like to work at such an established news institution like NPR, and why the word "dispassionate" does not describe her and her fellow broadcasters.

You can listen to Audie Cornish every morning on her show All Things Considered on your local NPR affiliate station.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Audie Cornish!

Marc Maron on how his garage creates intimacy


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Marc Maron is a standup, an actor, and hosts of one of the biggest podcasts ever: WTF with Marc Maron. Recorded out of his garage in Highland Park, Los Angeles, Maron does long, kind of free form conversations with comedians, musicians, actors. He even got Barack Obama to come by. When you listen to WTF, though, you aren't just listening for the guest. Maron has a big personality, and it shows in his interviews - he's not rattling off a list of questions but instead having a really intimate and revealing conversation with his guests. It doesn't always go great, but it always reveals a lot about the guest, even if they aren't into it.

Marc and Jesse talk about what it's like recording his very popular show in his garage, his tactics for getting people to open up to him, and the differences between his stand up and podcast personas.

Marcs podcast WTF with Marc Maron comes out twice a week! He also has a book called Waiting for the Punch coming out this fall.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Marc Maron!

Katie Couric on hosting a morning news show and asking the difficult questions

Katie Couric has worked in TV news for almost 40 years. She's hosted the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and is currently the Yahoo! Global News anchor. Name a super famous person, and she's probably talked with them; from presidents to prime ministers to first ladies and movie stars. Katie is also interested in talking to regular citizens, working on projects like Gender Revolution and Under The Gun. When she's not anchoring or filming documentaries, she's recording and hosting her own podcast.

Katie talks about what it's like to host a morning news show and about the questions that she's embarrassed to ask. Plus, she gives us tips on what to do if you want to get out of a conversation at a party.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Katie Couric!

Episode 2 - Only Child written by John Hodgman

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Guests: 
John Hodgman
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Janet Varney
Guests: 
John Ross Bowie
Guests: 
Abe Chabon
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Mark Gagliardi
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Josh Malina
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Adam Savage
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Sage Ryan
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Hal Lublin
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Ben Acker
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John Roderick
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Samantha Sadoff
Guests: 
Abby Wait

In this episode of Dead Pilots Society, Ben Blacker interviews John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Pitch Perfect 2, Married, Ragnorak) regarding his dead pilot, Only Child.This episode was recorded live from San Francisco Sketchfest 2016. Along with John's interview, you'll also listen to a never-before-heard live table read of Only Child performed by some of today's funniest comedic actors like:

John Hodgman as John Hodgman, Janet Varney as Bridget and Mom, John Ross Bowie as Dad, Abe Chabon as Miles, Mark Gagliardi as Ed, Simon, and Basoonist, Josh Malina as Alex and Dr. Horchow, Adam Savage as Paul, Sage Ryan as Tim Fitch, Hal Lublin as Coach Mac, Ben Acker as CJ, John Roderick as Dr. Mister, Samantha Sadoff as Tina, and Abby Wait as Posie. Stage directions read by Andrew Reich.

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