Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Russell Simmons & Carl Wilson

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Slowing Down "Rush": Russell Simmons on Building Hip Hop, Authenticity, and Finding Stillness

Russell Simmons is one of the few people that can honestly say he helped build hip hop. He was an entrepreneur early on, promoting parties and hustling fake cocaine when he was still a college student in the late 1970s. He was there one night at the Charles Gallery, when the headliner DJ Easy G brought on a local rapper, and Simmons felt Eddie Cheeba work the crowd into a frenzy.

It was his first real introduction to hip hop, and he could see that it would be more than just a passing fad. He went on to co-found the music label Def Jam Recordings with Rick Rubin and build a roster of hugely successful hip hop artists, starting with a teenage LL Cool J and the punk rock-turned-hip hop group The Beastie Boys. Simmons worked hard to build sustainable brands for his artists, and took pride in their authenticity. And he wasn't content to focus on music -- his ambition led him to create an empire, expanding into fashion, television, film, journalism, finance, and philanthropy.

Simmons' abundance of energy helped earn him the nickname "Rush", but he says he owes much of his success to inner tranquility and stillness. He's practiced yoga and meditation for over fifteen years, and in his book, Success Through Stillness: Meditation Made Simple, Simmons seeks to demystify meditation for the average person, and explain its link to personal and professional growth.

He joins us to talk about the pivotal moment that he heard Eddie Cheeba and found himself sold on hip hop, building Def Jam, leaving drugs behind for yoga and meditation and finding inner stillness.

This interview originally aired in 2014.

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How We Decide What's Good... and What's Bad: Carl Wilson on Celine Dion and the Nature of Taste

Carl Wilson is a music critic. His job is to tell people why certain music is good, and why other music isn't. You could call him a tastemaker. But he started to wonder. How does taste even work? To find out, he immersed himself in the music, life and fandom of Celine Dion.

Wilson is the author of Let's Talk About Love: Why Other People Have Such Bad Taste, a reissued and expanded version of the book he published in 2007. It's about Celine and her bestselling album from 1997, but more importantly it's an exploration of why we like some music and hate other music. Wilson's journey made him question how we place value on art, and has affected the way he approaches his work in music criticism.

He talks about Dion's Quebecois background (and why it matters), how she and her music relate to "coolness," and why experiencing a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas helped open him up to her true appeal.

Looking for Rich Juzwiak's "Celine Dion is Amazing" compilation video mentioned in the interview? We'll save you a Google search.

This interview originally aired in 2014.

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The Outshot: East Side Story

You probably know what a low rider is. But what do you know about low rider oldies? Jesse talks about the perfect music for driving low and slow.

This segment originally aired in 2014.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 396: Butt Fjord with Matt Mira

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Matt Mira joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Jesse met a real viking on his trip to Europe, the top licensed slot machines, and Jordan and Matt's appearance on Bar Rescue.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 393 - Chris Wilson

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Chris Wilson

Comedian Chris Wilson returns to talk about fainting, go-karts, microwaves, and 1985.

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TS204:Groceries,Theater Actors, Amanda Simpson,Borgata

Throwing Shade

Hello?! New York theater actors are you there? It’s me, Erin y Bryan. We need your snooty energy to high kick this episode into gear! Speaking of high kicks, we’re giving two to Obama for promoting Amanda Simpson, a trans woman, within the Department of Defense. And we’re giving none to the Borgata Hotel for refusing to let their women employees gain weight. Word of advice: Don’t ride your bike by a 99 cent store!

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One Bad Mother Episode 123: My Kid Broke The Rules and Lied About It, plus guests Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert

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Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert

Biz opens up about a recent parenting milestone: her kid broke a rule and then lied about it to her face! We hash it out and decide the best course of action going forward is psychological warfare on our children. Let the battles begin! Plus, we talk about dogs and babies with Allegra Ringo and Renee Colvert of Maximum Fun's amazing new podcast, Can I Pet Your Dog?

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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)
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Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Ep. 24. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Seven


BWAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH! That's the sound of a horn, meaning it's time for the Battlewagon Races we've been building up to for six episodes to begin. BUCKLE UP. Taako holds a coronation. Magnus leaps before looking. Merle gets a face hug.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 38 Emmy Awards 2015

Wynter, Margaret, Guy & Oliver
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell
Margaret Wappler
Oliver Wang

Johnny Depp's Black Mass, Fear The Walking Dead, Borgen and Joe Meno's new book, Marvel At The World. Plus the winners, hosting and dresses of this year's Emmys.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

Jams and Recommendations:
Wynter Mitchell - Recognize (feat. Drake) by Partynextdoor and Fear the Walking Dead.
Oliver Wang - We Did It Again by Blackalicious and Johnny Depp's new movie, Black Mass.
Margaret Wappler - Leaving The City by Joanna Newsome and Joe Meno's new book, Marvel and a Wonder.
Guy Branum - Ryan Adams' cover of Blank Space and the Danish political drama Borgen.

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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Judge John Hodgman Episode 228: Feliz Gravitas

Paul F. Tompkins

Featuring Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins! Siblings Rolland and Nyssa want to reboot the family Christmas. How should they go about it?

Go see Paul F. Tompkins live in LA at his monthly SPONTANEANATION shows in LA, or subscribe to his podcast in iTunes or right here.

And be sure to get your tickets to Judge Hodgman's ongoing Vacationland tour. This very week, he's in Chicago, Iowa City, Madison, Minneapolis, Toronto!

Thanks to Adi Heller for this week's case name!


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MBMBaM 270: The Juice Will Flow


Wake us up when September ends, y'all. We've gone done overbooked ourselves a bit, leading to the careful crafting of this dog-tired episode. It gets a bit bleak at times, but just keep on chewing. We'll get through this thing together!

Suggested talking points: Teddy Bear Secrets, Vickypedia, Mr. Limpet, Trivial Loan Shark, Homemade Pokemon Gym, Coffee Quitters, Laser Ghosts

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bill Withers & Joe Randazzo

Bill Withers
Joe Randazzo

Our big announcement this week? Our "World Tour of Several American Cities"! We'll be putting on live tapings of Bullseye in LA, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Washington DC in November! Visit BullseyeTour.com for more details. Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 25th!

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Bill Withers Returns: Music, Career Advice and Living Life on Your Own Terms

Bill Withers is a man who prefers his life and his music on his own terms. The Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter’s last album was released over thirty years ago, and he has no regrets about walking away from a career in music. His back catalog, which include classics like Ain’t No Sunshine, Grandma’s Hands and Lean on Me, is still as vibrant and influential as it was decades ago.

Withers was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he is also being honored on October 1st with a tribute concert at Carnegie Hall. Lean on Him: A Tribute to Bill Withers features a lineup that includes D'Angelo, Aloe Blacc, Keb’ Mo’, Gregory Porter and Ledisi among many others.

Bill Withers sits down with Jesse to talk about growing up in coal-mining town in West Virginia, why he didn’t dress-up on stage or dance like his contemporaries, and what his relationship to music is like now.

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Joe Randazzo Explains How to Be "Funny On Purpose"

Joe Randazzo knows funny. Starting with his career as section editor for The Onion and continuing with his role as head writer for @Midnight, he has enjoyed a diverse career that has allowed him access to some of the industry's best comedic talents.

He plumbed his own experiences, and that of many of his colleagues and extended network, for the advice he offers in his new book Funny On Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy.

Randazzo interviewed writers, performers, directors and producers about how they each have managed to create comedy careers in television, film, podcasting and on YouTube. Interviews include conversations with Judd Apatow, Joan Rivers, Jack Handey and -- disclaimer -- our own podcast impresario Jesse Thorn.

Joe Randazzo joins us to discuss what he learned during his career as an editor at The Onion, his forays into stand-up and improv and why it’s essential to build and sustain relationships with other people in comedy (even if it feels like you're competing with them).

Randazzo’s book Funny On Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy is available now.

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The Outshot: The Kid Spellers of 'Spellbound'

Jesse talks about his great American hero - a kid named Harry Altman from the Academy Award winning film, Spellbound.

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