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Pledge Drive Update

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Wow!

Our first-ever MaximumFun.org pledge drive is going really fantastically well. We're giving away a bunch of prizes, including t-shirts, hobo illustrations, a copy of SkyMaul and a copy of The Areas of My Expertise, and a DVD box set of Get Smart. We're also getting lots of listeners stepping up and becoming supporters of maximumfun.org. And, of course, they'll all get Maximum Fun Packs in the mail, with their own Maximum Fun Club cards and more.

So far we've had (by my count) 34 new pledges -- most of which are monthly commitments. I want to thank the following folks for supporting the show thus far:
Sarah Z, Kyle H, Margaret H, David B, Craig S, Edward M, Mike D, Jeff M, Ayesha M, Marylee R, Reena R, David S, Guan Y, Tim A, Mark M, Scott S, Justin Z, Tom S, Brian S, Adam L, Nicholas L, Adam K, Chris F, Elias G, Matt A, Maryam M, Kristen S, Neal S, Elisabeth C, Zack S, Carol M, David L, Mason P, Daniel S, William R, Keren K, Rachel L, Charles F, Alex T, Ben W, Derek H, Joseph C, Aaron M & Linus B.

Not yet a donor? You still have time. I'm absolutely committed to keeping this drive to two weeks, but there's still a full week left.

If you haven't yet given, what's holding you back? Just haven't pulled the trigger yet?

Donate now.

Pledge Drive: 5/1 - 5/15 (Inclusive)

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Preamble

It's officially been one year since The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org starting accepting donations. In that time, dozens of listeners have stepped up to the plate to support our programming (and blogging). Your support has allowed me to expand our offerings, buy some new equipment and quit my day job (though I still spend too much time on contract work).

In celebration of a year of donation-supported content, we're having a good old-fashioned pledge drive. The goal is to build a base of supporters that can carry the show into the future.

Here's the deal.

I give everything away for free. The blog, all the shows and all their archives, the radio show... everything. There's no mandatory subscription fees or pay-per-downloads here. My first priority is sharing this work with you.

In order for me to do that, I need your support.

I ask that you donate to support the show. You can give $20 a month if you have the means, or you can give $2 or $5 if you're as broke as I am. I ask for monthly gifts because I'm not a professional fundraiser, and I'd rather dedicate my time (and yours) to programming and not to asking for money. This way, instead of fundraising two or three times a year, I can do it once. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, or simply mail a check, you can do that as well.

I appreciate your support -- and because of that, I'm giving shit away to say "thanks."


Thank You Gifts

Everyone who donates will receive a Maximum Fun Pack. That means a Maximum Fun Club card, personally inscribed (not to mention laminated) by yours truly, some stickers, and a pin for your lapel.

If you donate at the $10 or $20/month level, I'll send you a Sound of Young America t-shirt. If you've already got one, get one for your spouse! It'll be great, they'll love it, I promise.

And furthermore...

The Big Prizes

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing. It's different from most drawings in that you have a great chance of winning.

You could win:
Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, personally autographed by the author

One of FIVE personalized Hobos drawn according to a name you choose by the great Ape Lad (also known as Adam Koford)

Or the grand prize:
A complete box set of the legendary spy spoof series Get Smart (created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry) -- a set which costs $300 in the store!

So Donate Now

Click here for our donation page, where you can choose the level of your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, be sure to include your shirt size and address. And once you do donate, be sure to record an intro for The Sound of Young America!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 21: Hearst Castle

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss Hearst Castle, amongs other topics.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in a village in India. They are joined by comedian Chris Fairbanks. A discussion of Jesse's birthday quickly becomes a discussion of Jamie Kennedy.
Hearst Castle
Jesse and Chris have both had very strange experiences on Hearst Castle tours -- but both loved the experience. Chris was so moved that he wants to make a mockumentary about tour guides there.
Pledge Break!
The MaximumFun.org pledge drive is May first through fifteenth. There are lots of great prizes and a big sweepstakes if you donate to the show, so please do so.

Local Television Commercials

Chris discusses turning down a commercial for an Orange County plumbing commercial. The owners of the company are now trying to track him down. Jesse discusses his local commercial, in which he was completely nude.

Radio Advice
Justin from New York wants help and advice -- he's planning on entering the Public Radio Talent Quest, and he's not confident in his radio abilities. Jesse and Jordan offer sage advice.

Drinking Game

Some listeners call in to mock Jesse and Jordan for suggesting a Jordan, Jesse GO! drinking game. Jesse and Jordan agree.
Important Moments in Your Life

We hear from a babysitter locked on the roof, and from a young man who just asked a girl to the prom.

ACTION ITEMS

* Donate to support MaximumFun.org
* Have you been to a vacation spot that failed to live up to the hype? How about one that really, really lived up to the hype?
* Have a rule for the JJGO drinking game?


LISTENER SONG

"Waking Up To A Nightmare" by Mind Over Mankind from "Odes to the Death of Everyday Life"

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 20: Sadness, etc.

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss our joys and sadnesses.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are on a marina. We address the fact that a listener named Mika thought a "beer koozie" was a jacuzzi full of beer. Also: Jordan wants to get a massage, but he's worried he'll accidentally go to a handjob store.
Elderly Greeks
Jordan attended his house-mate Lauren's grand-Uncle's 80th birthday. Children insulted the uncle. Jordan is worried that the more comedy he does, the less he is able to directly experience life -- he just sees everything as comedy fodder.
A Drinking Game?
What would be the rules of a JJGO or TSOYA drinking game?

Puppies, Etc

Jesse's girlfriend Theresa has hormones which are starting to demand children. So they are thinking about getting a dog instead.

Guy Quits His Job
Our new thing is celebrating important moments in your life with you. A guy called in immediately after quitting his job, which he hated.

ACTION ITEMS

* Should we have Rutger Hauer on JJGO? If so: what should we do with him?
* If you're creative, do you see everything through that lens? Does it intrude on your direct experience of life?
* Have a rule for the JJGO drinking game?
* Should Jordan join Crunch fitness, and where can he get a massage that won't turn into a handjob?


LISTENER SONG

"Doo Doo Doo Doo" by The Screaming Eagles from "Enemy Gold" (Thanks, Dave!)

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep 19: Ask a Republican

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss the misspent youths of others.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in the jungles of Malaysia. They discuss, among other things, Veronica Mars, The Gilmore Girls and Entourage. Jordan is both drawn to and repelled by the latter. Can you explain it's appeal to us?
Ashley from Lubbock
Our Official Caller Ashley, a 17-year-old from Lubbock, calls in to tell us she's from Lubbock, not Houston as we had erroneously asserted. We don't think she should listen to Jordan, Jesse GO! in class. No one should listen to their walkmen/ipods/discmen/transistor radios in class unless the Giants are in the playoffs.
Ask a Republican
We are joined by the gracious and fascinating Richard Martin, a Republican representative from Ohio. Congressman Martin answers questions from us and from listeners.

Jordan Sings

By popular demand, the segment Jordan Sings returns. This week, he sings "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," a song about a hobo's paradise.

ACTION ITEMS
* What is the appeal of Entourage?
* What can we do to help Ashley?

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

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Jordan Burns MTV

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In 2003, Jordan, Jesse GO! co-host Jordan Morris was bored. So, he did what any normal college graduate would do to entertain himself -- he made up a complicated and absurd story in order to prank a prank show.

He told "Burned," a dating-based knockoff of "Punked," that his friend Hector had a one man show, which Hector performed in order to get girls. He also told them that he could get Hector to come to a party with him, where Hector would perform the monologue, then get "Burn'd."

It turned out Jordan's friend Hector couldn't come, so Jordan asked another friend, whose name wasn't even Hector, to stand in for him. Then he wrote the "one man show" for "Hector," corralled a few other friends into the operation, and, well, burned Burn'd.

It aired a month or two later, my aunt and uncle taped it for me, and this is the first time the prank has been ever been revealed.

Particularly enjoyable: Jordan's absurd flopping about when the "burn" is "revealed."

Part One:

Part Two:

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 18: Misspent Youth

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss the misspent youths of others.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in a casino in Atlantic City, joined by Stephen Brophy and Bucky Sinister. Stephen performs with The Bruce McCulloch Project and writes for the TBS "microseries" lovebites. Bucky is a poet and the author of All Blacked Out & Nowhere to Go.

We announce the winners of the High Five Contest, a conversation which spins out of control.

Mis-spent Youth
Bucky talks about, among other topics, his friend Razor. Like Bucky, Razor is now clean & sober, but in their youth, Razor was a great guy to do drugs with on Christmas Day. Bucky and Jesse start talking about AA meetings, which might be a bit self-indulgent, but it's important, you know?
Barefoot
Why isn't Jordan wearing shoes?

Bruce Wayne

Bucky reads a poem from his book. It's about an alternate universe where Bruce Wayne is a mess and Bucky really has his shit together.

Cardboard Trucks

Listeners call in to discuss the vital topic of Cardboard Trucks.

Project Breakout

Our sponsor is Project Breakout, and they are currently accepting votes on funny videos.

Beer Koozies

Jordan discuss beer koozies. He's noticed people bringing them to bars. What's that all about?

Porn in the Woods

A round robin on advice for our 17-year-old listener Ashley turns into a discussion of finding porn in the woods and the sad ways rural children entertain themselves.

Outro


We pretty much just wrap stuff up.

Bonus Audio
SPECIAL BONUS AUDIO: Bucky discusses doing standup for the first time at age 37.

ACTION ITEMS
* Enter our ATHF movie contest.
* Is it OK to take a beer koozie into a bar? What's that all about?
* What can we do to help Ashley?
* What would you like to ask Conressman Richard Martin (R-Ohio)?

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 17: Cardboard, etc.

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we go deep into the mind of two of America's favorite podcasters.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in a shopping mall in Prague. They discuss pickup trucks which are full of flattened cardboard boxes. How can that possibly be worth it? Seriously, if you know, tell us. Or just make something up.
Movies Part 1
Jesse and Jordan discuss I Think I Love My Wife, which Jesse really liked. Orlando Jones is great in it, by the way.

Movies Part 2
Jordan discusses seeing Grindhouse, being mocked by Kurt Russel, and more.

Things Jordan Got Wrong

Jordan is corrected (as usual).

Project Breakout

We are sponsored by Project Breakout, and we discuss the videos, which range from the very funny to the bizarre and kind of awful.

Debut Contest

We announce the winners of our Debut Contest, which asked listeners to tell us stories about debuts. We also got a fully-produced story from Dan, which you can download from this link.

Outro


We have a new favorite caller. Her name is Ashley, she is 17 and from Texas. She seems like a really nice young lady, and we want to help her be a better person. Frankly, we're a little worried that we're bad influences. What can we do?

ACTION ITEMS
* What's the deal with cardboard trucks?
* What can we do to help Ashley?
* The High Five Contest ends March 31st!

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 17: Jesse and Jordan Go Blue

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we work blue.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in a widget factory. A listener calls to correct Jordan's allusion to Bartleby the Scrivener.
South by Southwest
A discussion of Jordan's trip last weekend to South by Southwest in Austin. Which rock stars are jerks, and which are nice? Who reacted best to Jordan's Crazy Scientist character? Find out here.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings "Bicycle Built for Two."

Les Savy Fav

The lead singer of Les Savy Fav violates Jordan.

Personal Questions

Pat asks: how would we handle our interview with Dustin Diamond if it were conducted today?

Hang It Up, Keep It Up

Jesse tells you what to think and do.

Bachelor Party

Jordan describes his relatively chaste bachelor party.

Outro


We hear Aaron's debut story, among other things. Above: Aaron's dancing debut, in his high school's cafeteria at lunch.

ACTION ITEMS
* Are you friends with a wild & crazy guy who always gets the party started? Are you that guy? What was the craziest shit that guy ever got you to do?
* Contest: call our hotline and tell us the story of a premiere or debut. You could win a This American Life poster autographed by Ira Glass!
* The High Five Contest ends March 31st!

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

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The Sound of Young America and Jordan Jesse GO! are supported in part by Project Breakout!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 15: Growing Up

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, our far-ranging interests are indulged.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in the middle of a bar fight. Also: they briefly discuss dogs, Ninten- and otherwise.
Phony Ethnicities
Jesse and Jordan complain about people who claim ethnic identities in order to get drunk on St. Patrick's Day. Just get drunk, don't be an asshole.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings.

Grown Up

We discuss what it means to be a grown up, with help from a number of way-cool listeners.

Pesca

Our friend Mike Pesca of NPR's Day-to-Day runs down his opinion of the Djimoun Honsou v. Chiwetel Ojieyofor debate. (Did I spell that right? Probably not.)

Outro


Mostly just the action items, I guess.

ACTION ITEMS
* What drink would taste better carbonated?
* Contest: call our hotline and tell us the story of a premiere or debut. You could win a This American Life poster autographed by Ira Glass!
* The High Five Contest ends March 31st!

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

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