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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: James Burrows & Future Islands

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Bullseye
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James Burrows
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Samuel Herring

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Sitcom Guru James Burrows on Andy Kaufman, Teaching Ted Danson to Tend Bar, and Why He's Still Directing

Forty-one years ago, James Burrows stepped on the set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show to direct an episode. It was his very first gig as a TV director. Since then, he co-created Cheers and became known as the go-to guy to direct your sitcom pilot. He's directed more than fifty pilot episodes, including those for Taxi, Frasier, Will & Grace, Friends, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory, and he adds more to his resume every season.

Burrows is the son of the famous playwright Abe Burrows, who wrote the book for Broadway musicals like Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

James Burrows will talk about creating his own career path on television, working with Andy Kaufman (and Andy's alter-ego Tony Clifton), brainstorming the elements that would become Cheers, and why he continues to direct.

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Samuel Herring of Future Islands Explains Why Joy Division's "Digital" Changed His Life

Samuel Herring, the frontman for the synth-pop band Future Islands, grew up loving hip hop (as he still does).

But there's a rock song that helped him put him on the path to forming the band Future Islands with bandmate William Cashion. And that song is Joy Division's "Digital". It's the song that changed his life.

Future Islands just released two brand-new singles, and they're out on tour this summer and fall to promote their newest album, titled Singles.

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The Outshot: The Revolutionary Afrobeat of Fela Kuti

Jesse pays tribute to the feeling of Fela.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 372 - Al Madrigal

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Al Madrigal

Comedian Al Madrigal joins us to talk home improvement shows, ice cream obsession, and dance competitions.

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MBMBaM 250: The Best in the Biz

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We're done skipping the celebrations of our major podcast moments, like our five-year anniversary, or the hundredth time Justin did a Chilean Miners goof. Join us for a particularly introspective journey this week, and also for a frank discussion about Jackie Chan's romantic potency.

Suggested talking points: Missed Observations, Massage Courtesy, Married to Jackie Chan, Mr. Predator, Mary Spookins, C&C Music Factory Day Job, Dafoe Tears

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 375: Holes with Goals with Brandie Posey and Barbara Gray

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Brandie Posey
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Barbara Gray

Brandie Posey and Barbara Gray from the Lady to Lady podcast join Jesse for a discussion of The Mighty Ducks, Jesse's unidentified abdominal pain and the book Home Comforts by Cheryl Mendelson. Plus, there's a lot of outfit talk.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 17 Bruce Jenner, Jeffrey Jay and a Mad Men Spoiler

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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jeffrey Jay

Comedian Jeffrey Jay joins the team to talk about Bruce Jenner’s 20/20 interview and why it’s the single most important trans event we’ve seen. Plus we hear which what person’s involvement guarantees that each of our panel will see a film.

With host Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and guest Jeffrey Jay.

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

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One Bad Mother Episode 103: What Will Our Kids Be When They Grow Up?

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One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa predict what our kids will be when they grow up, based on what they're into now. (Hint: Someone LOVES throwing food, so he's probably going to be a food critic!) We also come to the shocking realization that we may be letting our own emotional baggage shape our hopes and dreams for our kids. (Future fail!) Plus, Biz has one walker and one faller, and Theresa announces that her job is not to make all of Simon’s wishes come true.

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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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International Waters: Episode 49 Goodbye England’s Rose

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Karen, Dave and Chris
Guests: 
Karen Kilgariff
Guests: 
Chris Fairbanks
Guests: 
Holly Walsh
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Tony Way

Chris Fairbanks, Karen Kilgariff, Holly Walsh and Tony Way join host, Dave Holmes for weird ice-cream tasting, 90s pop and Thomas the Tank engine slash fic.

Useful links this week:

Chris Fairbanks wants to plug his gigs at Bridgetown Comedy Festival next week.

Karen Kilgariff is also going to be at Bridgetown Comedy Festival and recommends the TV show A Crime to Remember.

Holly Walsh wants recently got an Invisalign brace and is hoping that if she talks about it enough they’ll retroactively sponsor her.

Tony Way wants to plug the TV show Inside No. 9 which he just appeared in and recommends that we all send money to Nepal. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance has compiled a list of trusted charities that are currently raising funds towards Nepal relief.

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 plug his nephew’s new BBQ place in Missoula, it’s called The Notorious P.I.G..

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by 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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TS183:Exs, Hawaii, Bruce Jenner, Equal Pay

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Throwing Shade
Erin and Bryan break down the criteria for one-person shows, clear out a little spot in their hearts for Bruce Jenner, and check in with Equal Pay, who has not been feeling well. Ever. 

 

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 208: Sunrise Upset

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Jean Grae

This week, Cara brings the case against her husband, Colin. Colin began setting an alarm to rise with the sun each day. He says it's not only useful, but that he enjoys feeling synced with the natural world.

Cara says the sunrise alarm is impractical and is just Colin's latest "New Thing".

Should Colin continue rising with the sun? Only one man can decide.

This week, guest starring Bailiff Jean Grae! For more Jean, check out her Bandcamp OR if you're in NYC, go see her this Friday, May 1st at Jean Grae's Mayday Melee at The Bell House in Brooklyn!

Lisa Harris named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Lisa!

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EVIDENCE

FROM CARA

Exhibit A:
A chart showing the variances in sunrise between Taipei (where they currently live) and Boston (where the couple will move in the near future).

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Kumail Nanjiani & Willie Colon

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Kumail Nanjiani on Identity, Comedy, and Working with Mike Judge

When Kumail Nanjiani was a boy growing up in Karachi, Pakistan, he absorbed a lot of American culture. He loved Ghostbusters and Gremlins. He read MAD Magazine. And he knew that someday, he'd move to the U.S. What he never imagined is that he'd become a comedian.

His first exposure to stand up comedy was a Jerry Seinfeld HBO special, and a few short years later, Kumail was on stage himself. He's performed with The Second City, at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater, and on numerous late night shows.

He also co-hosts a stand up showcase, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, and stars in HBO's Silicon Valley.

Kumail talks to us about growing up Pakistani, choosing a distinctly American way of life, and creating comedy about things you love, rather than things you hate.

Kumail's Comedy Central stand up special, Beta Male, is available on CD+DVD and by direct download.

This cut of our interview includes the following segments:
Kumail Studies The Cheesecake Factory for "Portlandia"
Kumail on Mike Judge and the Butthead Voice

This interview originally aired in August 2013.

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Willie Colón: From Jam Sessions in the Bronx to International Salsa Superstar

When Willie Colón was a kid in the South Bronx, he and some his friends from the neighborhood would take their instruments and jam outside in the summers. His neighbors weren't too pleased, but they probably didn't know they had a budding talent in their midst. Willie went on to secure a record deal in his teens and then become a hugely influential musician and bandleader. His music is salsa: a blend of the Caribbean, Africa, South America and his native New York City.

His discography has now sold over thirty million records, and he's collaborated with legendary figures like Hector Lavoe, Celia Cruz and Ruben Blades.

Willie joins us to talk about his early success, how he envisions salsa, and his work with Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz.

Willie is out on tour frequently; catch up with him on Twitter to find out where he'll be next.

This interview originally aired in April 2014.

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The Outshot: Michael Palin

Jesse explains why Michael Palin is everything good about British colonialism.

This segment originally aired in October 2013.

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