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TS144: Wheel of Fortune, The Pope, Sen. Mike Lee, The Atlantic, Guest Sharon Van Etten

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Throwing Shade

What are you doing this summer? Well, if you’re like Bryan, you’re totally ignoring Erin’s suggestion of going to Six Flags Hurricane Harbor aka the world’s most exciting cesspool. Also, the Pope says dumb stuff about women in the church. And Pat Sajak meets a gay person for the first time on Wheel of Fortune. Plus, the amaaaaaazing singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten sits down with us to talk harmonies, Working Girl and the toddler from The Passion of the Christ.

 
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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Fred Willard & Vocoders with Dave Tompkins

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Fred Willard on his comedic beginnings, playing the clueless buffoon, and working with Christopher Guest

For over fifty years, Fred Willard played ignorant, self-absorbed buffoons that are impossible not to laugh at. He's a master improviser and comedian who started with his comedy duo, Greco and Willard, and moved on to work with the Second City and improv groups The Committee and the Ace Trucking Company. Today, he's probably best known and loved as one of Christopher Guest's troupe in films like Waiting For Guffman and Best In Show.

Willard tells us about drag-performances in his military school, the real life inspiration for his improvised comedy, and being the exact opposite of the happy-go-lucky optimists he plays on screen. (This segment originally aired in August 2013)

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Eleni Mandell on "Tom Traubert's Blues": The Song That Changed My Life

Singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell had one of those experiences as a kid that was a hallmark of experiencing music before the internet. She heard a song she liked, went out to the record store, and picked an album by the same artist. The problem? It sounded totally uncool, and not at all like the song she'd heard. It did, however, open her up to a whole new way of listening to music.
Eleni talks to us about the song that changed her life, Tom Waits' "Tom Traubert's Blues." Eleni grew up in Los Angeles loving both punk rockers X and folk rocker Bob Dylan, and her own music mixes airy vocals with 60s pop, country, and folk sounds. Her newest album is "Let's Fly a Kite" is available now.
(This segment originally aired in September 2012)

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Todd Martens recommends two perennial favorite albums by Material Issue and Wilco.

Beyond interesting conversations with people in culture, we like to tell you about interesting cultural stuff. There's so much stuff out there, you don't have time to listen to everything. That's why we've brought in Todd Martens, who writes about music for the LA Times, to tell you about two albums you can dive into without hesitation.

Martens recommends Material Issue's 1991 album, International Pop Overthrow, a combination of cynicism and ideals.

He also recommends the album Summerteeth by Wilco, an album which explores a different side of Wilco.

You can find Martens' writing in the L.A. Times or on their music blog, Pop and Hiss.

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The power of a robot voice: Dave Tompkins talks vocoders, talk boxes, and how they changed music

You may not know it, but when you talk on your cell phone, you're using technology that was first developed for the vocoder. Bell Labs invented the vocoder to make long distance calls cheaper. But it had another application in World War II, when we used it to encode Allied messages.

The vocoder was in large part an analog machine, but it was also one of the first digitizations of speech. It broke down speech into its constituent parts, its separate frequencies, to create the codes. The technology that was in that huge code-making vocoder in 1944, twenty or twenty five years later, became a musical instrument.

Dave Tompkins is the author of How to Wreck a Nice Beach -- which is the way you might hear the phrase “How To Recognize Speech” if it were rendered through a vocoder. The book describes how the vocoder was created to guard phones from codebreakers during World War II, and soon became a voice-altering tool for musicians. Tompkins talks about how the vocoder changed music, the technology behind it, and some examples of music using a vocoder.
(This segment originally aired on The Sound of Young America in October 2010)

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THE OUTSHOT: The Long Goodbye

Elliott Gould may not seem like the hard-boiled noir type, but in 1973, under the direction of Robert Altman, he had that perfect combination of intellect and self-satisfied cool. With Gould playing Raymond Chandler's most famous character, Philip Marlowe, The Long Goodbye explores the powerful narcissism that governed the streets of 1970s Los Angeles.
(This segment originally aired in July 2013)

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 208: Face 2 Face 9: Grunt Art

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Here it is: The last show of our three-show set from the People's Improv Theater in New York City. Apologies again about the audio, and double, super apologies for all the talk about knuckle-penises.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 332: Cake-Spangled Banner with Maria Bamford

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Maria Bamford

Fan favorite Maria Bamford joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's new possible nickname, Maria's community building, survival stories and everyone performs a special version of the national anthem.

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One Bad Mother Episode 62: Summer! plus guest Amy Vansant

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Amy Vansant

Swimming! Camp! Pool food! Sunburn! Magazines! This week, Biz and Theresa reminisce about our own childhood summers and make excuses for not giving our kids perfect summertime experiences. Plus, Biz fesses up to co-sleeping with her baby and Theresa is grateful for city parks because she is losing her mother-loving MIND at home with her babies. And, we chat with Amy Vansant about her new book, the best-selling humor anthology Moms Are Nuts, which is entertaining and cathartic for moms and non-moms alike!

Moms Are Nuts (But Don't Tell Them We Said So), by Amy Vansant
Follow Amy on twitter @AmyVansant
Amy’s Blog, Books and more are at AmyVansant.com!

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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
"But You Love Me, Daddy (with Jim Reeves)" by R. Stevie Moore (http://www.rsteviemoore.com/)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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TS143: Hobby Lobby, Lesbian Sheriffs, Robyn, and Guest Rhett Miller

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Throwing Shade

Diana Ross and the Supreme Court have really outdone themselves this time. America's most crafty "family" business no longer has to pay for employees' birth control. Congrats, nobody! But it all gets temporarily better because the incredibly handsome and talented Rhett Miller  (@rhettmiller) of the Old 97s stops by to talk about how he saw Axl Rose wear a mumu while getting a foot massage and also to serenade us with a song. Check out his album here
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My Brother, My Brother and Me 207: Thank Travis for Travis

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In this very special episode of MBMBaM, Justin is sky high on post-wisdom-tooth-removal opiates, and Travis writes a hymn about himself.

Suggested talking points: Getting Lyfted, Welcome to McDonalds, Nude Rumspringa, TV Greed, The Ballad of Pizza Daniel, Wedding Weed Brian, War on Science

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 331: Cade Yeager with Claudia O'Doherty

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Claudia O'Doherty

Australian comedian Claudia O'Doherty joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of action hero names, Australian hunks, and Japanese toilets.

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Ep. 61: Let's Get Pregnant Again! with guest Dawn Meehan

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Dawn Meehan

Biz and Theresa want to know why, after all the misery of pregnancy and all the lack of sleep of life with a newborn, we would even think of having another baby. Where does that urge come from? Let’s kill it when we find out. Plus, Theresa compliments her partner and Biz realizes there are no voices in her head except her own. We are joined by author and blogger Dawn Meehan, who is a single mom with six kids!

Dawn Meehan's books are:
Because I Said So (And Other Tales from a Less-Than-Perfect Parent)
You’ll Lose the Baby Weight (And OTHER LIES About Pregnancy and Childbirth)

You can find Dawn’s Blog, FAQS, Books and more here!

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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Learn It All Again Tomorrow, Ben Harper/Ellen Harper, Childhood Home (http://www.benharper.com, also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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TS142: The World Cup, Adam Richman, Man vs. Food, Xanax, Thinspiration

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Throwing Shade

Well, the World Cup is coming to a middle which is very exciting. What's not exciting are the homophobic slurs being screamed onto the field. But who cares? Not FIFA. Also, Adam Richman from Man vs. Food has lost a lot of weight and even more perspective. Plus, Erin's an alcoholic and Bryan's a drug addict. Great week!

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