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Judge John Hodgman Episode 187: Cease and De-Thrift

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Alex brings the case against his wife, Mandy. Alex prefers to buy clothes secondhand, and will buy any item that fits his needs. He recently bought a pair of secondhand sneakers and wears them as his "strolling shoes". Mandy thinks they are "grandpa shoes" and says Alex needs to think more about his personal image when purchasing clothing. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to David Hobson for suggesting this week's amazing case name! And thanks to Julian Burrell for engineering this week's episode.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

I've got more than one answer for you. You can go see his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also buy your tickets for next year's MaxFunCon, a weekend of creativity and comedy in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California. At the time of this writing, we're more than 80% sold out -- so if you want to come, now's the time to buy your ticket.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bob Odenkirk

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Bob Odenkirk


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Bob Odenkirk: Cult-Comedy Icon, Reluctant Celebrity

Millions of Breaking Bad fans know Bob Odenkirk as sleazy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He’ll be reprising the role in February in the spin-off show Better Call Saul.

But comedy fans already knew about Odenkirk from another show -- Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk’s outrageous and profanity-ridden outbursts were a staple of his performances and helped make him a cult-comedy icon.

Before that he wrote for Saturday Night Live. Perhaps his most notable work was co-writing the sketch Down by the River The bit featured a 35-year-old divorcee motivational speaker played by Chris Farley and is considered one of the best sketches in the history of the SNL.

When Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk appeared in a number of one-off roles for TV before working behind the camera. He directed Let’s Go to Prison, Melvin Goes to Dinner and The Brothers Solomon. Even though he loves directing, it’ll be a while before he decides to gives it another shot. He’ll explain.

Odenkirk talks to us about why writing timeless humor is so difficult, transitioning from comedy to drama and why he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

Odenkirk will also read a selection from his new collection of short-fiction humor. It’s called A Load of Hooey and is available now.

Odenkirk also just released his debut stand-up comedy special, Amateur Hour. We'll be showcasing a clip from it in our Best Comedy of 2014 Special at the end of the year.

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Cannonball: Touring Parliament's Mothership Connection with Rickey Vincent

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Cannonball.

This week we're joined by author, historian and self-described funkateer, Rickey Vincent. He's going to talk about Parliament's landmark R&B album, Mothership Connection. The album is at once a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future. It touches on a lot traditional soul ideas, but delivered with a new funky edge. Vincent will explain more.

Vincent has a new book out. It's called PARTY MUSIC: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can also hear his radio show The History of Funk on KPFA.

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The Outshot: Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas

Jesse tells us about a song that makes him imagine a better world: the simple but powerful Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 350 - Amber Harper-Young

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Amber Harper-Young

Comedian Amber Harper-Young joins us to talk gentleman's clubs, municipal politics, and anesthesia.

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Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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International Waters: Episode 39 Turner and Satan and Hooch

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Brian Fernandes
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Jackie Kashian
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Simon Kane
Guests: 
Helen Zaltzman

Brian Fernandes, Jackie Kashian, Simon Kane and Helen Zaltzman join host, Dave Holmes to call out the first un-funny Canadian, identify terrible Christmas songs and reminisce about a thing called Dido.

Other useful links this week:

Brian Fernandes wants to plug Jordan, Jesse Go!, which he produces and his award-winning iO sketch team Brute Squad. Brian recommends the USA TV show Benched and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Nightcrawler.

Jackie Kashian wants to plug her “Dork on Dork Dialogue” podcast The Dork Forrest and her latest album / DVD / download This Will Make an Excellent Horcrux. Jackie recommends that you identify and donate to your local foodbank.

Simon Kane wants to plug his blog, his Monster Hunters podcast and the BBC sketch show he’s a regular on, John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme. Simon recommends supporting tragic conceptual art project / broken relationship Fred and Sharon’s Movies.

Helen Zaltzman doesn’t really want to plug anything, but if you haven’t subscribed already you can find her Answer Me This podcast here.

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. Dave would like to recommend the band Chumped, particularly their new album Teenage Retirement.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode (hint: it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 353: Nose Shrimp with Scott Aukerman

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Scott Aukerman

Podcaster, TV host and writer Scott Aukerman joins Jordan and Jesse for a conversation about washing behind the ears, children's books, and Jesse's experience on Scott's television program.

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Check out Comedy Bang Bang on IFC!
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MBMBaM 228: Sex Draculas

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You can't afford this Nana. I'm sorry - it's just way out of your price range. But with patience, hard work and a little luck, we can turn this busted Nana into the Nana of your dreams! Believe in the brothers.

Suggested talking points: Star Wars Watch, Time Travel Comedian, TP Thief, Nana Property Brothers, The Truth About Birds and Snakes, Private Selfies, Vamp Fiction Vamping

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TS161: Manhattan Transfer, Bill Cosby, Duggars & Gay Kissing, w/ guest Ben Hoffman

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Throwing Shade
Guests: 
Ben Hoffman

Happy Thanksgiving! At least you're not spending it with the Duggars from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, who love turkey more than gay people. Or with CNN'S Don Lemon, who shames women who come forward about being harassed by Bill Cosby (allegedly). See? Your family is way more functional than anyone on cable television! Plus, we reunite with our Infomania buddy Ben Hoffman. 

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto

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Jenny brings the case against her best friend Erin. Their families live together in a kind of modern commune, and they have trouble explaining it to outsiders. Erin says they should just pretend to be related. Jenny says they should be upfront and let people think what they will. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Pat Healy for suggesting this week's amazing case name!

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

I've got more than one answer for you. You can go see his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also buy your tickets for next year's MaxFunCon, a weekend of creativity and comedy in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California. Tickets go on sale the day after Thanksgiving, and they always go fast. Be sure to get yours early!

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One Bad Mother Episode 82: Gratitude, plus guest Alexandra Metral

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Alexandra Metral

On A Very Special Thanksgiving Episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa put the attitude in gratitude, only to discover that kids don’t get the concept of empathy and thankfulness on their own. CRAP! More work for us! I mean, thank you for the chance to mold our children into amazing people. Biz triumphantly survives One of the Shittiest Weeks of All Time and Theresa gets judged by her three-year-old. Plus, we talk to Alexandra Metral, one of the organizers of the MIT Breastpump Hackathon! Happy Thanksgiving!

Breast Pump Hackathon

Follow Alexandra Metral on twitter @AlexMetral

Interested in hosting a OBM meet-up in your area? Email theresa at maximum fun dot org.

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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 Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Mavis Staples

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Bullseye
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Mavis Staples


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Mavis Staples talks about Singing Gospel, Civil Rights, and Working with Prince

Mavis Staples is one of the greatest singers of our time-- a gospel, soul and R&B vocalist known for her rich, throaty voice. She began as the lead member of The Staple Singers in the 1950's, a family gospel group formed by Pops Staples and several of his children.

The Staple Singers achieved hits with "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do it Again". They also became a musical voice of the American Civil Rights Movement with their protest music.

Staples has reinvented her sound over the decades. She's worked with Curtis Mayfield, Ry Cooder, Bob Dylan and Prince (Yes, THAT Prince).

Her most recent album One True Vine was released in 2013 and produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. You can find a partial transcript of this interview here.

This segment originally aired January 30th, 2011.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me Offer Pop Culture Advice

Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy from My Brother, My Brother and Me join the show to answer pop culture quandaries from listeners.

Are you ever too old to hang up posters on your walls? Should you ever tell your children that the shows they like actually suck? Is it ever a good idea to talk to a stranger about the book they're reading? The brothers proffer their advice with a healthy amount of goofs mixed in.

If you liked what you heard, over 200 episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me are available on
iTunes and right here on Maximumfun.org

This segment originally aired February 28, 2012.

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The Outshot: Bill Cunningham New York

Jesse examines the often superficial fashion world and finds a stunningly sincere and emotional portrait of a man. The man is New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, and the portrait is Richard Press's biographical documentary Bill Cunningham New York.

This segment originally aired March 24, 2012.

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