TS207:Spiders,Orphans,Sharts,Girl Talk

Throwing Shade

Erin is fresh out of Spider Gypsy class and Bryan is finally sober! Perfect timing. This week the missionaries of charity order in India banned their orphans from being adopted in fear that gay couples will snatch them up and force them into a loving and stable home....the nerve! Annie wouldn’t stand for this! Plus, Borchardt Elementary School in Texas is all about empowering women with GIRL TALK, while the boys are forced to discuss college and career in their respective guidance counselor classes. Why talk Harvard when you can talk Justin Bieber? Am I right ladies? Thigh highs for men!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 231: The Hard of Hearing


Reed's dad Bruce has suffered some hearing loss - must he try hearing aids? How about an ear trumpet? Find out when Judge John Hodgman rules!

Only a handful of dates left for Judge Hodgman's ongoing Vacationland tour. San Francisco, Orlando, Durham, Ohio University, don't miss out!

And 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. Get yours now!

Also, new items await you in the MaxFunStore. It's an issue of settled law!

Thanks to Jaron James for this week's case name!


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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tig Notaro & John Darnielle


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"I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

You’re probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn’t feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, “Hello, I have cancer”.

She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

Notaro is in remission now, and she’s continued to perform stand up. A recent documentary on her called Tig, tells the story of the Largo performance and her life since. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. Her recent national tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted is now a comedy special airing on HBO.

Tig Notaro spoke with Jesse last year.

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John Darnielle on 'Wolf in White Van', Working with Teenagers, and Artistic Responsibility

You probably know John Darnielle as a lead member (and sometimes only member) of the band The Mountain Goats. His music is known for its poignant lyrics and simple instrumentation. Darnielle started the band in 1991 and has since released 14 albums.

Now, he’s written his first novel Wolf in White Van. The novels tells the story of Sean, a young man who has survived a suicide attempt, but is horribly disfigured in the process. Sean goes on to create a mail-order role-playing game, only to find out how his imagination can have real-world consequences.

Darnielle talks to Jesse about why lyrics are so important to him, subliminal messaging, and how much artistic responsibility we should assign to writers, musicians and other creative people.

Wolf in White Van is now available in paperback.

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The Outshot: Nina Simone’s “Four Women”

Jesse talks about one of his favorite singers, Nina Simone, and “Four Women”.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 395 - Kayla Lorette

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Actress and comedian Kayla Lorette returns to talk about sad film festival parties, tennis, and a kind of butler.

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MBMBaM 272: Dr. Strings

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We're so excited to be back in the MBMBaM saddle, but before we get started with the goofs, we want to talk to you about an exciting cosmetic business opportunity. Tell us, how skilled are you at working that hallway like a runway?

Suggested talking points: Beautytainment, Joy Leech, Vape and Bate, Telescope Money, Beatbox School, Piano Dad, Marmadukin'

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 398: Amateur Stepdad with Elizabeth Gilbert

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Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion about being friends with Oprah, speaking to indifferent audiences, and the idea that dogs are having a cultural moment. Plus, Jordan tells us about the scrolling search terms on PornMD.

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The Adventure Zone Presents: The Great Switcheroo of 2015


You didn't think our heroes were the only adventurers in the world of The Adventure Zone, did you? In this episode, the hysterical folks from The Flop House take over, introducing the world to a new, lovable trio of mercenaries.

Strap in for a two-hour D&D session starring Stuart Wellington as DM, Elliott Kalan as the Dragonborn Bard Jeremy "Scales" Fangbattle, Dan McCoy as High Elf Druid Lucian Buttwatcher and Zhubin Parang as the noble Tanzer Silverview.

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TS206:Switcharoo,Missed Flights,The Pope

Throwing Shade

It’s The Great Switcharoo of 2015! Rhea Butcher and Ricky Carmona are here to guest host Throwing Shade and they’re ready to toss? lightly throw? fling? shade at this week’s biggest gay and feminist news stories. Spotlight on the Pope! Did you know he’s not as progressive as he seems? Lest us not forget he’s got tenure at the most historically intolerant Church. On the topic of boring white straight people why are they continuing to dominate our TV shows, aren’t we sick of it yet? More Viola Davis please! Erin and Bryan are out grocery shopping so until then…let the haters begin!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 230: It May or May Not Take a Village


As promised to donors during our annual pledge drive earlier this year, we present our "Switcheroo" week episode! Hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of the One Bad Mother podcast jump in to adjudicate a parenting-related dispute this week. You'll find Judge Hodgman guest hosting this week's RISK! podcast.

All will return to normal next week but in the meantime, enjoy!

Judge Biz Ellis presides with Bailiff Theresa Thorn: should a couple with a baby seek out other young parents? Or are their old (non-parent) friends sufficient?

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

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One Bad Mother Episode 125: The Great Switcheroo with Dave Shumka and Graham Glark, plus guest Abby Shumka

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Dave Shumka
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This week, we take part in The Great Switcheroo, a massive host-swapping extravaganza within the Maximum Fun podcast network! Guest hosts Dave Shumka and Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself take over for Biz and Theresa and add their own special touch to this episode. Dave and Graham talk about kids and TV and wonder whether it is inevitable that all children will become obsessive compulsive television addicts. (Short answer: seems like 'yes.') They also share genius moments, failures, and hear a happy mom rant! Plus, the guys are joined by a special guest and friend of the show, the always charming Abby Shumka!

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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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