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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: America's Future

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our guests: Joe Garden is currently features editor of The Onion. He's been a writer there for many years, and is also a candidate to replace Conan O'Brien as the host of Late Night.

Chris Jackson founded the entertainment advocacy and prank group H.O.P.E., or Horrified Observers of Pedantic Entertainment.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 22: Florida Gators & Hawaiian Penguins

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss vacations and more.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are in a Scottish forest. They discuss the fact that Jesse forgot Jordan's birthday (and cannot name the birthdays of close family members). They also discuss the Fry Daddy.
Great Story
Jordan discusses the meanest he's ever been to someone at work.
Jordan Sings
Jordan performs "Hot Cross Buns."

Vacation Spots

We follow up on last week's discussion of vacation spots. Disneyworld, Disneyland, and Papaya King are discussed. Jordan talks about his upcoming working vacation in Hawaii, where he will meet a real penguin.
Pledge Break
May first through fifteenth is the MaxFun Drive. Donate.
Drinking Game

Listeners call in with some JJGo drinking game rules. We resolve to create an official game here on the forum.

Outro

A caller calls in -- he has just graduated college after 12 years.

ACTION ITEMS

* Donate to support MaximumFun.org
* What's a time you were mean to someone? What was a job or relationship that brought out the worst in you?
* What does one do when on vacation by oneself (besides masturbating in your hotel room)?
* Do you have questions for Rutger Hauer? What should we do with Rutger?


LISTENER SONG

"Tied to a Million Things" by The Pale Pacific from Urgency

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:

* Review the show on iTunes.
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* 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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Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: SkyMaul Page 7: Pepper Self-Spray

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This week: Pepper Self-Spray, from SkyMaul (click image to enlarge)

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Podcast: The College Years: Cartoons 4/18/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

In this week's second show, Gene, Jesse and Jordan discuss cartoons with animator Liz Holtzman and talk about how horrible TSOYA's listeners were at contests with Spike Decker of Spike & Mike's Film Festival.

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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: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 6: Prison Camp

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe as a man from Montana to help them in their agricultural facility. They're looking for someone to control the laborers using guns and electrical shock.

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Podcast: Anne Beatts, Original Saturday Night Live Writer

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Anne Beatts is a legendary pioneer in comedy writing. She was the first female editor on the National Lampoon, wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and was an original writer on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL, she created the critically-acclaimed sitcom Square Pegs, which featured a breakthrough performance from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Today, Beatts is a screenwriting professor at the University of Southern California. She also teaches sketch comedy writing workshops privately. You can find out more about the courses on her MySpace page.

You can see portions of our interview in video form here and here.

You might also enjoy these shows:
Zines with V. Vale and Josh Karp, author of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about Doug Kenney and the National Lampoon
Belushi! with Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby (MP3)
New York Stories with Roz Chast and SNL Castmember Bill Hader

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally
The Sound of Young America is underwritten in part by Project Breakout

Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

In this week's dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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Podcast: Louis Theroux, Author and TV Host

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Louis Theroux is an author and television host. His new book, "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures." He's been reporting on fringe groups and subcultures since he started in television, on the Michael Moore series TV Nation.

In the 1990s, he hosted the series "Weird Weekends," which ran in the United States on the Bravo network. More recently, he's hosted the UK-only series "When Louis Met...", a series of long-form documentaries which investigates some of the odder corners of celebrity culture. His work is often distinguished by a very strong sense of empathy towards his subjects, which has sometimes been interpreted as manipulation for the purpose of mockery, particularly given the generally light tone of his work.

In his new book, Louis rekindles some of the relationships he'd formed in his first television series, and investigates how his subjects have changed and how the nation has changed around them.

Louis himself is half American -- his father is the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.

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Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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This American Life's senior producer Julie Snyder
Worlds of Wonder with Terry Gilliam and Chris Elliott
Found with Found Magazine editors Jason Bitner and Davey Rothbart

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 5: The Ashtray

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varies as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss with a New Zealander the possibility of growing an ashtray from his forehead. The ashtray would be sold.

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