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Friendly Fire Ep 28: Operation Dumbo Drop

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Friendly Fire

Operation Dumbo Drop: Is this fun time adventure romp based off a true story, or is Disney trying to spin the war in Vietnam for children? On today’s episode Adam, Ben, and John parachute into Walt’s world while reviewing this family-friendly story.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 540: Ghost Klumps with Janie Haddad Tompkins

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Janie Haddad Tompkins

Actress and bon vivant Janie Haddad Tompkins joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Jordan's happy place is tubing on a river even though he's never been, Jesse's daddy-daughter trip to Daiso, the Japanese Dollar Fifty Store, and Janie's plan to use speed bumps and a ghost story as a marketing technique.  Plus, they get into Janie's great work on BUBBLE. Episode five is out now and they're going to be doing a panel at San Diego Comic Con this week!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bo Burnham and Won't You Be My Neighbor's Morgan Neville

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Bullseye
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Bo Burnham
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Morgan Neville

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Bo Burnham: From Youtube Celebrity to Writing and Directing His First Movie

Guest host April Wolfe sits in for Jesse this week. April's a film critic and panelist on the Maximum Fun podcast "Who Shot Ya." She also hosts her own show here at MaxFun - it's called "Switchblade Sisters" where she talks with female filmmakers about movies.

First up: April sits down with Bo Burnham.

You may have come to know Bo Burnham through his latest standup act "Make Happy," which debuted on Netflix in 2016. Maybe you've seen even him act in "The Big Sick," "Parks and Recreation" or "Zach Stone is Gonna Be Famous"- his show on MTV. Or maybe you knew Bo way back when, over ten years ago as one of the original YouTube hitmakers. Before Justin Bieber, before Rebecca Black, before Leave Britney Alone, Bo became internet famous back in 2006, when he set up a camera in his bedroom and started belting out songs like "My Whole Family Thinks I'm Gay" and "Welcome to YouTube."

Today, the comedian and musician can now add filmmaker to his credit. He wrote and directed the new film "Eighth Grade." It's a movie that, in a lot of ways, rejects the medium that got him famous.

The movie follows Kayla, a thirteen-year-old wrapping up her last week of middle school. She's quiet, like a lot of 13-year-olds. She's a little awkward, like a lot of 13-year-olds, too. And like pretty much every 13-year-old today, she's extremely online. She snaps, she texts, she runs a Youtube channel nobody watches.

And through Kayla, "Eighth Grade" tells us a story that's both uniquely 2018 but also totally universal - a movie about identity, school, and the human condition.

Bo talks with April about the message he hopes the movie will carry and why he thinks "Eighth Grade" is the only project he's worked on that he can enjoy watching.

Click here to listen to Bo Burnham's interview on YouTube.


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Director Morgan Neville on the Timeless Lessons of the Late Fred Rogers of "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood"

Morgan Neville is a documentary filmmaker. His latest is "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" - a documentary about the late Fred Rogers - Mister Rogers.

Maybe you already heard about it - it's the documentary out now that made your mom cry. And if you go see it, you'll probably cry, too. "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" is an honest portrait of one of the kindest, most sincere people to have ever lived.

For the first decade in his career, almost all of the movies Morgan made focused on musicians - people like Iggy Pop, Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash. His breakthrough came in 2013 - with "20 Feet from Stardom." It's a touching, really human portrait of the lives of backup singers.

Since then, he's branched out. He covered William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal's televised debates in 2015's "Best of Enemies." He worked on the Netflix food series "Ugly Delicious," too.

Morgan tells Jesse about how Fred Rogers' lessons can make us better people today and also, you'll hear how Mr. Rogers made even Jesse cry!

Click here to listen to Morgan Neville's interview on YouTube.


Photo: Courtesy of Foundation for Filmmakers

The Outshot: "Wanda" by Barbara Loden

In this week's Outshot, April talks about how frustrating it is to see a movie so good, so fully realized and to find that the director only made one in their lifetime. "Wanda," written and directed by the late Barbara Loden and released in 1971, is such a film.

"Wanda" tells the story of a simple Pennsylvania woman who drifts through life, not good at much, so she's just stopped trying. We meet her when she bums some bus fare from a friend to get to court. Her husband asked for a divorce, and Wanda... well, she can't really argue with his assessment that she's a bad wife and mother.

Click here to listen to The Outshot on YouTube.

International Waters Ep 126: Self-Care Level: Showtune

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Jordan Morris, Irene White, and Dave
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Jordan Morris
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Irene White
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Sian Docksey
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Alexis Dubus

Jordan Morris, Irene White, Alexis Dubus and Sian Docksey join host, Dave Holmes for embarrassing school dance stories, emoji-to-audio transformations, and terrible selfies

Jordan Morris wants to plug Bubble on Maximum Fun and recommends Love Rush by Rachel Cantu.

Irene White wants to plug Superstore on NBC and recommends The Bold Type on Freeform.

Alexis Dubus wants to plug his newborn child and recommends Ben Moor's comedy.

Sian Docksey wants to plug her show Interdependent Woman and recommends Succubus Magazine.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to recommend You Think It I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

MBMBaM 415: My Very Cool Telescope!

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This episode is chock-full of practical tips, like how to punish a bird, and how to defend the honor of your favorite telescope. If you don't use at least one piece of helpful advice from this episode at some point this week, we'll eat all three of our hats.

Suggested talking points: Justin's Christmas List, Candy Life Lessons, Telescope Bullies, Hiker Surprise, How to Punish Birds, Hummus Cream, It Catches, Office Improv

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 218: Little Beef, Little Pork (DS9 S2E21)

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When Calvin Hudson walks Commander Sisko through his plan to leave the Federation, his fugitive turn has implications that will last well past laundry day. But when Gul Dukat rides shotgun for the mission to bring him to justice, Sisko’s allegiances become complicated. What is the unified theory of non-Starfleet uniforms? Why are there so many farmers in Star Trek? Is there a question you should never ask a Lyft driver? It’s the episode where all of the host’s movements are motivated!

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Music by Dark Materia & Adam Ragusea.
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The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 217: But Enough About My Butt (DS9 S2E20)

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When Male-Pattern-Baldness-Barclay commits an act of terrorism, Station Commander Sisko hits the road with an old frenemy. But when everyone in the DMZ starts using cheat codes, loyalties are tested and well-treated prisoners are dying. What is Cal Hudson telegraphing with that low com badge placement? Does Gul Dukat have resting threat voice? It’s the episode where we go on an Excellent Adventure, but stop short of going on a Bogus Journey.

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Follow The Game of Buttholes: The Will of the Prophets!

Music by Dark Materia & Adam Ragusea.
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Judge John Hodgman Episode 372: Edible Arraignments

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Jordan Morris

Judge John Hodgman is away from the court on this week's episode. Bailiff Jesse Thorn is taking over judging duties, with friend of the court Jordan Morris serving as bailiff!

Jennie brings the case against her husband, John. John has received a lot of gag gifts over the years that happen to be food items. He is currently storing all of them in the fridge. Jennie wants him to get rid of the gifted food but John is too sentimental!

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You can check out BRIAN AND LINDSAY WILL TOTALLY EAT THAT here:

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MBMBaM 414: Hogsplash

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This one's got the summer stink all over it. We're talking about those PRETTY fireworks, talking about getting brave for amusement park attractions, and singing us some ice cream songs. Also, Marilu Henner drops by so that Justin can apologize for accidentally shouting towards her face!

Suggested talking points: The Most Beautiful Firework, Rollercoaster Bravery, Havin' a Hogsplash, Hot Chocolate Truck, Special Guestpert: Marilu Henner

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