Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Allison Janney & Ishmael Butler


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Ishmael Butler on the Short Life of Digable Planets and the Cosmic Hip Hop of Shabazz Palaces

In the early 1990s, the hip hop group Digable Planets broke through with their single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)". The single was jazzy and laid-back, and became a crossover hit. The trio were pegged by some as a counterpoint to gangsta rap, but they didn't love the efforts to categorize their sound. They went further on their next boundary-pushing release, the classic record Blowout Comb. The album was critically acclaimed, but didn't sell well, and the group drifted apart shortly afterward.

Founding member Ishmael Butler was only in his mid-20s when Digable Planets broke up. And so he tried other things, like filmmaking. He still made music, but the releases were few and far between. About six years ago, he teamed up with Tendai Maraire to form a new group, called Shabazz Palaces.

Shabazz Palaces' latest release is called Lese Majesty, and it expands on their interstellar sound.

Butler spoke to us about his days as a indie label gopher, the awkward audition Digable Planets had to endure for a record company executive, and the the transformative sounds of Shabazz Palaces.

Digable Planets will be teaming up for a reunion show in Seattle this December.

Todd Martens on Young Love and Defying Expectations

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 idealism.

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

You can find Todd's writing in the LA Times and on their blog, Pop and Hiss.

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"The Song That Changed my Life": Director Michel Gondry Gets Nostalgic for "Le Sud" by Nico Ferrer

There's a certain kind of feeling to the director Michel Gondry's films. A little bit of happiness mixed with sadness. Nostalgia for something that you experienced, or maybe something you wish you had experienced. You may have felt it watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, or his new film Mood Indigo.

For "The Song That Changed My Life", Gondry describes the feeling of saudade and how he felt watching Nico Ferrer perform the song "Le Sud" on a Saturday night.

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Allison Janney, from Loose Cannon Sitcom 'Mom' to Intimate Drama in 'Masters of Sex'

If you've seen Allison Janney on television lately, it's been in one of two very different roles. On the Showtime series Masters of Sex, Janney guest stars as a somewhat naive, vulnerable 1950s housewife who experiences a breakthrough after many years in a sexless (but not loveless) marriage. Her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. In the CBS sitcom Mom, she plays Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic who's outrageous, biting, and very funny. Bonnie's been down, but she's making peace with her estranged daughter and getting her life back together. Janney's characterizations are versatile; they allow her to be warm, steely, confident, and thin-skinned by turns. Janney has won Emmys for both roles.

She spoke to us about her early acting days (including auditioning for an intimidatingly handsome Paul Newman), getting comfortable with the inevitable nude scenes for Masters of Sex, and the ways that her mom's background and brother's struggle with addiction gave her insight and empathy for her current roles.

Mom is in its third season on CBS. You can see it Thursdays at 9/8c.

The Outshot: Orson Welles and 'Touch of Evil'

Jesse explains why the last Hollywood picture Orson Welles directed, Touch of Evil, tells us so much about Welles as an artist.

This episode originally aired in August 2014.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 400 - Countdowns!


We reflect on our last 400 episodes with countdowns of our favourite business ideas, accents, and TV obsessions. Also, Dave visits his alma mater and Graham is afraid of teenagers.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 403: Erotic Martial Arts with Glen Weldon


Glen Weldon from NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Glen's trip to Los Angeles, the Waterworld stunt show at Universal Studios, and of course the erotic martial arts. Plus, Jesse has another update for the Eyes and Nose Light Universe wiki.

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International Waters: Episode 62 Aluminum Or Aluminium

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Allegra Ringo, Kevin Dorff, Josie Long and Thomas Nelstrop join host, Dave Holmes for transatlantic pop culture quizzing and face-friendship.

Allegra Ringo is on Twitter @AllegraRingo and wants to plug her own MaxFun podcast Can I Pet Your Dog and her Fast and Furious parody show which is playing at the UCB Sunset in LA on December 14th at 5.30pm. Allegra recommends the FX comedy show You're The Worst.

Kevin Dorff wants to plug Review on Comedy Central, which he's been writing for and recommends Showtime's The Jam About The Young Idea.

Josie Long recommends the new Joanna Newsom album and the British comedians Nish Kumar, Sara Pascoe and James Acaster.

Thomas Nelstrop in on Twitter @ThomasNelstrop and recommends The Smokes at the UCB.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month.

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

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

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One Bad Mother Episode 129: You Let Your Kid Watch THAT?!

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Biz and Theresa talk about which TV and movies are and aren't O.K. to show our kids and it turns out to be kind of a personal choice. YOU MEAN THERE'S A PARENTING ISSUE WHEREIN THERE'S NO CLEAR RIGHT OR WRONG ANSWER? Who knew?! Plus, Biz stops expressing her opinions and Theresa is "prettier than Daddy."

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Show Music
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 Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Pop Rocket: Episode 45 Mental Health in Pop Culture with Paul Gilmartin

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Paul Gilmartin joins the team to help discuss issues around mental health in popular culture and argue why The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" is the greatest song of all time.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Paul Gilmartin.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - BUFFALO by Tyler, The Creator
Paul Gilmartin - Gimme Shelter by Rolling Stones
Margaret Wappler - Can't Get Enough Of Myself by Santigold
Guy Branum - Come Get It Bae by Pharrell Williams

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Well Erin got fleeced at a food tasting and Bryan saw a woman work out with a sweater on her face! What a week! Also, childcare is not only slap me on the ass and shoot me expensive, but the workers aren’t paid enough to maintain a moderate living standard. Guess who the childcare workers are…women! And the straight men of this world use their flawless logic to deduce that “hearting” someone’s post on twitter is extremely gay. Guest Lisha Brooks tornadoes her way onto the show and among other things loves a good tank top!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 235: Grime and Punishment

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Fran brings the case against her husband Ben. Fran would like to hire a housecleaner to help them maintain their home and sanity with a five month old child. Ben refuses, insisting they can do it themselves. Who's right? Who's wrong?

We're joined us by Guest Bailiff David Rees of the TV show Going Deep, which returns THIS EVENING, Wednesday November 11th at 10/9c on the Esquire Channel!

Thanks to Alison McDonough for this week's case name.

Don't miss Bailiff Jesse's World Tour of Several American Cities with Bullseye! Stops in LA, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia, DC await but tickets are going fast. Come see Jesse with William H. Macy, David Cross, Tavi Gevinson, Mission of Burma, Barney Frank, Hari Kondabolu, Chicano Batman, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and our own John Hodgman. Get your tickets now! Philly is sold out and the other cities are close on its heels. Visit BullseyeTour.com for more info.


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MBMBaM 276: Luda Tells It Best


Sorry this one's a bit late, but the first few minutes should shed some light onto the circumstances that kept you waiting. Um ... if you're not into DIGESTIVE BODY HORROR, maybe skip those few minutes, and take our word for it.

Suggested talking points: Down in the Dumps, Pennies, Air Games, Interstate Food Beefs, Tumbling Cuckolds, Catchphrases,

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ethan Hawke & Michaela Watkins

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Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off this Friday November 13th in Los Angeles with William H. Macy, Matt Walsh, Brian Huskey, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

Plus check us out in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly and DC with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, John Hodgman, Joel Hodgson, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and more. It's all at BullseyeTour.com. Don't miss it!

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Ethan Hawke Considers Life Lessons in 'Rules For a Knight'

Ethan Hawke is one of the rare actors that viewers have seen grow up in front of their eyes. They watched him as a teenager in the films Explorers and Dead Poets Society, saw him as a young adult in Reality Bites and Before Sunrise, and even saw him change over the course of twelve years of filming his Oscar-nominated turn in the Richard Linklater film, Boyhood.

Along with his work on-screen, he has also enjoyed success as a novelist with his books. His newest is a set of parables, inspired by Hawke's experiences as a parent, called Rules for a Knight. In it, a knight fears that he may not return from battle, and leaves behind a letter with important life lessons for his children. In the book, Hawke explores themes of honesty, courage, solitude and patience.

Ethan Hawke joins Jesse to share how life as a divorced father has influenced his work as an author and an actor, why child stardom was a double-edged sword, and how a favorite line from one of his films helped him to complete a marathon.

Rules for a Knight is now available in hardback and as an e-book.

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Michaela Watkins on Dating In Real Life and On-Screen, SNL, and Going For the Joke

Michaela Watkins is an actress who is in her element when she can go all-out for the joke. Whether she’s practicing sketch comedy as she did in her time with The Groundlings or her one-year stint on Saturday Night Live or performing on a sitcom like the Trophy Wife, Watkins creates characters that are both funny and memorable.

Now, Watkins brings her wit to the lead role of Valerie Myers in the new Hulu series, Casual. In it, she plays a newly divorced woman who finds herself living with her adult brother, while learning to navigate the dating world as a middle-aged woman.

Michaela Watkins joined Jesse to talk about how taking time for herself helped her to improve her relationships, the insane pacing of Saturday Night Live, and her contributions to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Casual is now in its first season on Hulu.

You can find a bit of bonus audio from our interview with Michaela Watkins here.

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The Outshot: The Musicality of an MC

From the early days of rap, the role of the MC was an ancillary one. They were there to support the work of the DJ by keeping the energy level up. The rapper Rakim helped to change that by bringing the role of the MC front and center using a unique blend of words, music and an intoxicating beat.

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