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Go to Best Buy, or get online, and buy The Wire Season One for $24.99.

This is the best television program ever created. Better than Roots, better than Lucy, better than The Sopranos, better than Hill Street Blues, better than anything. I mean this literally, not as some kind of hyperbole. When I watch The Wire, I almost can't believe how lucky I am to live in 2007.

For a long long time, the DVDs have been very expensive. This is a great opportunity to jump in while the jumping in is good.

Do it now.

Ricky Gervais Meets Garry Shandling

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 17: Jesse and Jordan Go Blue


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we work blue.

Jesse and Jordan are in a widget factory. A listener calls to correct Jordan's allusion to Bartleby the Scrivener.
South by Southwest
A discussion of Jordan's trip last weekend to South by Southwest in Austin. Which rock stars are jerks, and which are nice? Who reacted best to Jordan's Crazy Scientist character? Find out here.

Jordan Sings
Jordan sings "Bicycle Built for Two."

Les Savy Fav

The lead singer of Les Savy Fav violates Jordan.

Personal Questions

Pat asks: how would we handle our interview with Dustin Diamond if it were conducted today?

Hang It Up, Keep It Up

Jesse tells you what to think and do.

Bachelor Party

Jordan describes his relatively chaste bachelor party.


We hear Aaron's debut story, among other things. Above: Aaron's dancing debut, in his high school's cafeteria at lunch.

* Are you friends with a wild & crazy guy who always gets the party started? Are you that guy? What was the craziest shit that guy ever got you to do?
* Contest: call our hotline and tell us the story of a premiere or debut. You could win a This American Life poster autographed by Ira Glass!
* The High Five Contest ends March 31st!


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Above: Superhawk

Don't miss on VH1... or our interview with the show's Executive Producer, Dan Harmon!

RIP to Larry "Bud" Melman?


Some folks on the usenet newsgroup are reporting the passing of Calvert DeForest, best known by his longtime psuedonym Larry "Bud" Melman.

Let's take a moment to appreciate this great man.

Podcast: Legacy Collection: Doug Benson and The Hollow Men


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

Doug Benson is a fixture on VH1's talking head programs, particularly "Best Week Ever." He's also a wonderful standup comedian, and was recently awarded the "Stoner of the Year" award by High Times Magazine.

The Hollow Men's short-lived Comedy Central television series was executive produced by Dave Foley.

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Podcast: Beyond the Fringe


The Sound of Young America: The Legacy Collection is an effort to highlight some of the older shows in our vast audio archive. We were pretty much podcasting before anyone actually listened to podcasts, so I'm guessing you haven't heard these shows.

This program is an hour-long look at the scions of UK comedy, Beyond the Fringe. Through a stage show and LP, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller changed the course of satire in the UK and abroad.

We talk about Beyond the Fringe with a curator from the Museum of Television and Radio, and play examples of their work.

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This American Life Preview


Above: a segment from the new television version of This American Life, which premiers on Showtime March 22nd. The animator, as I'm sure you can recognize, is Chris Ware.

In case you missed it, here's our interview with Julie Snyder, This American Life's senior producer. Julie talks about the process of adjusting to a new medium.

Old Fashioned Fun!


Thanks to The Coming for this one... The Human Giant show is fast approaching, and I couldn't be happier for those guys. We'll get them on our airwaves, don't worry.

Paul F. Tompkins hits Comedy Central Friday!


One of the funniest men on the planet, Paul F. Tompkins has a brand new Comedy Central Presents special, which premiers Friday night at 10PM (9 Central). Above, he discusses new dads. Also above, he is dressed like the Jack Nicholson joker.

Previously on TSOYA:
Goofaround Gang with Paul F. Tompkins, Tim & Eric and Will Franken

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