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Ep. 35. The Crystal Kingdom - Chapter Seven

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Our heroes recover after performing some impromptu emergency surgery on their holiest team member, and then, after kicking it for a while, learn the secrets of the universe. No big deal. Taako tries on a new voice. Magnus does some backseat Regulating. Merle learns about an exciting new plant.

TS225:Talent Show,HB2,Walking Styles,Guest Trixie Mattel

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Throwing Shade

This week Bryan stays up until 2AM and talks exclusively about how talented he is while Erin becomes a screenwriter/Champagne entrepreneur, watch out Sophia Coppola! Also being gay or a witch is the same as being a serial killer when it comes to laws in China and Indonesia, and gay-legend-icon-star Trixie Mattel is here to share her dreams of touring Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Judge John Hodgman Episode 252: The Cradle of Pizza Civilization

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Judge Hodgman fills us in on the birthplace of Italian-American pizza, garbage and breezeways, the adventures of Alex Vennenzula, and more.

MAXFUNDRIVE starts next week on Monday March 14th! Get ready and get excited!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ricky Jay & G. Bruce Boyer

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Ricky Jay
Guests: 
G. Bruce Boyer

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ricky Jay on the mystery of Matthias Buchinger, calligraphy and practicing magic with an injured hand.

Ricky Jay is a man with a particular set of skills. He is a magician, a master of sleight-of-hand, a historian, a writer, an actor and a collector of the odd and the unusual. He is also easily recognized for his performances in television and movies, including the films Magnolia, Boogie Nights and The Prestige.

Jay is also an avid collector of rare books and manuscripts often associated with magic, gambling, fraud, confidence games and unusual entertainers. His passion for unusual performers led him to write his latest book on a peculiar 18th century German man, Matthias Buchinger, who despite being born with no hands and legs, was an extremely skilled performer and calligrapher.

Now, Jay sits down with Jesse to talk about his discovery of Matthias Buchinger, his own theories about Buchinger's life and works, and why suffering an injury to his hand led him to an even greater appreciation of Buchinger's skill.

Matthias Buchinger: The Great German Living is available now from Siglio Press. A corresponding show is currently on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It's called “Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay”.

Segment begins at 2’20”

Comedy: Brandie Posey on the Unique Challenges of the Millenial

Brandie Posey, co-host of Maximum Fun's podcast Lady to Lady, recently released her debut stand-up album, Opinion Cave. In this excerpt, she talks about the weird place millenials occupy in our culture (and how it feels to be one).

Posey's album is available now via Bandcamp.

Segment begins at 32’20”


Photo: Rose Callahan

G. Bruce Boyer on the difference between fashion and style, why he hates uniforms and the most essential menswear item

G. Bruce Boyer has made the art of style his life’s work, but you shouldn't assume he's a fashionista. Instead, he's spent decades exploring and writing about what it takes to develop a sensibility around menswear.

A former fashion editor for GQ and Esquire, he has also authored, co-authored and contributed to several books on fashion including Elegance - A Guide to Quality in Menswear and Rebel Style: Cinematic Heroes of the 1950s. His latest book is entitled, True Style: The History and Principles of of Classic Menswear.

Boyer sat down with us to talk about the difference between fashion and style, why he's excited by the downfall of uniform dressing and the best piece to begin a men's wardrobe.

Segment begins at 36’30”


Photo: Liam Daniel

The Outshot: Attack the Block

Jesse gets past his aversion for “horror” and takes on the British sci-fi film Attack the Block, starring a pre-Star Wars John Boyega.

Segment begins at 62’50"

Stop Podcasting Yourself 416 - Kyle Kinane

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Guests: 
Kyle Kinane

Comedian Kyle Kinane returns to talk napkin addiction, moisturizing gloves, and paint exercise.

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MBMBaM 293: Dark Ages Teen Life

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After a rocky, inscrutable start, this episode starts to tackle some heady subjects. Like, for instance, whether or not it's possible to cook and safely consume dorm furniture. Also, how sick it would be to kick it in the 11th century.

Suggested talking points: A Bizarre Scattershot Intro, Dog the Break-Up Hunter, Pillow Love, Wine Accident, Stiff Bevins, Edible Bean Bags, Sliding Doors, Jesterwork

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 418: The Naughtiest Nurse with Mike Mitchell

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Guests: 
Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell from the Birthday Boys joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Mike's favorite gizmos, Mike's life in Quincy Massachusetts, and the best kind of french fry. Plus, Jesse opens a package of dollar bin comics sent in by a fan.

TS224:Keys,Souplantation,The Oscars,Sam Smith,SalesForce

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Throwing Shade

Well Erin keeps losing her shit and Bryan quite frankly isn't too surprised. This week, while Sam Smith proclaimed he's the first openly gay guy to win an Oscar, look that up dude, Patricia Arquette is losing jobs for speaking out on equal pay. Makes sense. Pearls on an ankle honey.

Pop Rocket: Episode 61 Oscars 2016 & Fuller House

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Wynter & Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

The gang share their reviews of Chris Rock's hosting and get into which awards that the Academy got right and which it got wrong.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Make It Last Forever by Inner Life
Oliver Wang - Candy by El Alamo
Margaret Wappler - Atomic Number by case/lang/viers
Guy Branum - Never On Sunday by the Chordettes (Which won the Oscar for best song in 1960).

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.

Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 251: Wrecks Libris

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jeanna files suit against her husband Craig. She insists that Craig mishandles books, by dogearing the pages and using them as doorstops around the house. Craig says he loves books and treats them appropriately. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Alex Overall for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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