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Pop Rocket Ep. 221 - The New Negroes & Black Sketch Comedy

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Ellington Wells

This week Wynter and Karen chat with Ellington Wells, a comedian and writer on Comedy Central’s brand new sketch show The New Negroes with Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn. The panel takes a look at how black sketch comedy has involved and Wells tell us what Robert Townsend TV special inspired Vaughn to create a show with a similar sensibility.

All Abouts

Wynter: No Good Nick
Karen: Season 4 of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Ellington: Britney's Gram podcast special episode

That's My Jam

Ellington: Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho

Guy: BTS (방탄소년단) IDOL (Feat. Nicki Minaj)

Wynter: Nat King Cole - Harlem Blues

Karen: An Luu - Pourquoi tu me fous plus des coups?

With Karen Tongson, Ellington Wells, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

Did you know that you can now call and leave voicemails for the show? You can! If you want to comment on an episode, give us any feedback or just call to get advice from a panel member, the number is: (530) 237-4108

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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Produced and edited by Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Ep. 34: Go Fact Yourself with Dave Anthony & Xeni Jardin

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Tommy Chong, Helen Hong, Xeni Jardin, J. Keith van Straaten, Dave Anthony, Dr. Alex Hall
Guests: 
Dave Anthony & Xeni Jardin
Guests: 
Dr. Alex Hall & Tommy Chong

This week’s episode of Go Fact Yourself features topics that are really scary and really funny!

Dave Anthony is a comedian, but he loves making people think just as much as he loves making them laugh. He hosts the podcast "The Dollop" where he tells people about the U.S. history that they probably didn’t learn in school. That includes some less-discussed details about George Washington’s teeth.

Dave’s opponent is Xeni Jardin! She’s the co-editor of one of the premier blogs on the internet: "Boing Boing". As someone who’s worked with websites for years, she’s got a lot of thoughts on what makes the internet such a great platform for conversation… and why it’s often not-so-great as well.

Our guests will take deep dives into trivia, advocate for important causes and even get to meet a personal hero.

What’s the Difference: Warship/Worship

What’s the difference between a battleship and a destroyer?

What’s the difference between a church and a cathedral?

Areas of Expertise

Dave Anthony: San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, why Halloween is better than Christmas and climate change.

Xeni Jardin: Golden retrievers, the film Blade Runner and marijuana.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Dave Anthony
Xeni Jardin

With guest experts:


Dr. Alex Hall and Dave Anthony

Doctor Alex Hall, director for the UCLA center for climate science.


Tommy Chong and Xeni Jardin

Tommy Chong, comedian, writer, actor and cannabis activist.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 85: The Gang Gets Buried in the 'Pet Sematary' and Discusses Why There Are So Many Horror Remakes

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Who Shot Ya?

Pet Sematary

Much like being buried behind the 'Pet Sematary,' this podcast will bring you back to life! April, Alonso, and Drea discuss the latest Stephen King movie adaptation. They also try to tackle why there are so many horror remakes recently, and when it actually makes sense to remake a film. Plus, they answer a question from the Who Shotline - "What's your favorite movie with a tragic, yet happy, ending?" And, of course, we've got staff picks.

In news, Keanu Reeves was sent to "movie jail," WGA members begin to fire their agents, and Werner Herzog wants to know all about Pokémon GO.

Staff Picks:

Alonso - Wild Nights with Emily
Drea - Hail Satan?
April - Smithereens

With Alonso Duralde, Drea Clark, and April Wolfe.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? on Twitter or Facebook. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org

Call us on the "Who Shotline" - WSY-803-1664

Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Sawbones: Warfarin

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Show: 
Sawbones

Sure, an episode about a common blood thinner may not sound particularly sexy. But we'd bet that once you hear the inspiring story of how moldy hay became a life saving medicine (with a detour as a rat poison) you may think differently.

Subscribe on iTunes! then, tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

The Adventure Zone: Amnesty - Episode 26

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The Pine Guard continue to chase down their target — but when said target can look or sound like anyone, how do they tell friend from foe? Duck goes on a field trip. Aubrey discovers a treasure trove. Ned makes a startling announcement.

Still Buffering: How to Money

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Still Buffering

It's been a bit of a rough week for all of us, hasn't it? We started it all off with Tax Day, and we should have known then it'd be a little bit of a bad one. So to celebrate(?) the holiday that is tax season, we're talking about money! What do you do with it once you get it as a teen for the first time? What are taxes? Is credit a thing? Is debt good?

Subscribe on iTunes or RSS!

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Ross and Carrie Invest in the Mental Bank (Part 2): Free Will Edition

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Ross and Carrie continue their deposit at the Mental Bank (a subsidiary of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute), where they'll learn to do some very fuzzy math to fool their brains into SUCCESS! Find out how suggestible each of them is, which multilevel marketing companies we all should mimic, and whether success is or is not the mental bank an concept accident!

For pics, vids, and kicks, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/onrac!

Mueller Report Released, Star Wars: Episode IX, Playstation 5 News, Bad Diet Worse Than Smoking?, Notre Dame Fire, $2000 Folding Phones Already Breaking, Writer’s Guild vs. Talent Agents, Bernie’s Tax Returns, Cernovich’s Bad Fashion Advice

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*TIMECODES*

INTRO 0:25
Douglas in Chile
Hi, Vapor and Pure Energy Listeners
Can’t Leave Out Those Ghosts
Bevs Like These

BEYOND THE HEADLINES 4:17
New Star Wars Title and Teaser
Playstation 5 is Coming!
Notre Dame Fire
WGA/ATA Dispute
Bad Diets Kill More Than Smoking?

POLITICS ROUNDUP 36:15
Bernie Releases His Tax Returns
Mueller Report [Mostly] Released

TIDBITS 52:32
Mike Cernovich’s Fashion Advice
Aunt Becky Update
Alex Trebek Update
Folding Phones Already Breaking?

WI-FIVE 1:03:52

OUTRO 1:05:59

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Was 1999 the Best Movie Year Ever?

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Brian Raftery

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Brian Raftery on his new book 'Best. Movie. Year. Ever. : How 1999 Blew Up The Big Screen'

Author Brian Raftery talks with us about his new book, which makes the case that 1999 was one of the best years in movie history. Office Space. Three Kings. Rushmore. Being John Malkovich. Eyes Wide Shut. Magnolia. The Matrix. The Blair Witch Project. Yep, '99 wasn't just pagers, portable CD players, and Y2K – there was a lot of groundbreaking, influential movies.


Photo: Simon & Schuster

The book is meticulously researched - featuring interviews from pretty much every person who was making movies back then. Brian joins us to talk about a few of these movies, the careers those movies launched, the way studios marketed them, and the impact they've had on film, 20 years later.

You might not be able to rent these movies at your nearest Blockbuster, but you can buy Brian's new book "Best. Movie. Year. Ever. : How 1999 Blew Up The Big Screen" now.

Friendly Fire Ep 67: Darkest Hour (2017)

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Friendly Fire

When you're in the deep end and hunting for the 8.5 pounder, make sure to load your tackle box full of Cuban Romeo y Julietas and Camachos. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John deal with one shit at a time while reviewing this WW2 drama!

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