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Car Talk: The TV Show

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Well, PBS is planning a ten-episode run of a new Car Talk animated sitcom. I have some grave reservations.

Let me put my cards on the table: if you know me, you know I love Car Talk. It's the biggest weekend show in public radio, and for good reason. I think Tom & Ray Magliozzi are the most charming guys on the radio. I have been listening to their show since I can remember, and it remains one of my all-time faves.

That having been said: what the fuck is up with this PBS sitcom? This article in the public media newspaper Current and this one in Fortune (?) have the details.

Some disturbing elements:
* According to Current, the writing staff (of three, apparently) is composed of Car Talk's producer, Car Talk's web producer, and a guy who wrote a cartoon show called "Duck Dodgers." Maybe the show will be dramatizations of email forwards? That's most of the "original comedy" on the radio show.
* Imagine this on the posters: "From the director of "Ferngully!"
* Not to mention, "From the producer of Billy Joel: Live From Long Island!"

Now, I am not willing to blame any of this on any of the Car Talk team. Tom & Ray, as I have mentioned, are Real American Heroes. I met Doug Berman once and he seemed nice and smart to me.

But give me a break, here.

PBS is going to do comedy, and this is how they're going to do it? With three writers and a PBS special producer? Really?

Come on.

If HBO and F/X and even AMC can produce great TV shows that aren't based on 150 year old books, PBS can too, but this kind of baloney isn't how you produce great TV shows.

This is why Ira Glass is working for Showtime.

Podcast: The College Years: A Living Hell

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Rock and roll band The Flipsides and George Ratliff, director of the documentary "Hell House" join Jesse, Gene, and Jordan in this edition. Other than that, not much else.

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Win Chicago Tanya Morgan Tix!

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MaxFunster Doug-Life has a secret life as a member of the hip-hop group Filf Dos, who are opening for past TSOYA guests Tanya Morgan April 18th in Chicago at The Note. Doug was kind enough to hook us up with some tickets to give away for the show... all it takes is an email, and the address is here on the Max Fun Forum. I'm even throwing in some stickers and whatnot. TM are a great group who put on a great show, and if you're in the Chi, you should definitely check out the show.

Urban beekeeping.

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Here's a wonderful piece from our TV friends at Current about urban beekeeping. I wonder if this is the dude who convinced my mom to put some bees on her roof. Either way, awesome.

Via boingboing, btw.

Podcast: The College Years: Cult of Personality

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.

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Now this is insight.

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Merlin Mann ("hotdogsladies") wrote earlier today on twitter:

"NPR : Sports Coverage as Barney Fife : Law Enforcement"

That's called INSIGHT people!

Mitchell & Webb: Sir Digby Chicken Caesar

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Since we're on the subject of Mitchell & Webb, here's a favorite from "The Mitchell & Webb Look." BBC America is holding a marathon of the show on Sunday, by the by.

Podcast: David Mitchell of Mitchell & Webb

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David Mitchell is half of the British comedy duo Mitchell & Webb, with partner Robert Webb. The pair star in the acclaimed UK TV series "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell & Webb Look," the latter of which is running Friday nights on BBC America.

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"Fire in the Hole" on WBAI

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This is pretty far off the usual TSOYA fare, but since it's radio related, I thought I'd share it. My apologies if the political content differs from your own feelings and opinions.

My father is a Navy veteran and longtime veterans' activist. I'm very proud of the work he's done both to help vets and to help the cause of peace. He shared this request for help from some folks who are starting a vets' radio show on WBAI, the New York flagship of the Pacifica Radio network. Regardless of your politics, or how you feel about Pacifica, I think in time of war it's vitally important for those who are serving on our behalf to have a platform to be heard.

Here's what they're promising on the show:

On Fire in the Hole Iraq-era veterans and service members will speak out. Too often our voices are marginalized and even left out of conversations about the military. Fire in the Hole is OUR program; thru it we can intervene in American radio while service members see conflict overseas. Here we'll discuss questions of war and peace without placing race, class and gender on the sidelines. Above all our mission is to provide a platform for veterans and soldiers to express themselves. We want listeners to join our conversation here on WBAI 99.5, GI Resistance Radio!

I know from my email that there are service members and vets both at home and overseas listening to TSOYA, so perhaps you can share your feelings on the show:

We would like to include your voice and your sentiments in this first program as part of a collage of veterans recordings that will paint a picture of some of the issues veterans are facing at home and abroad. The phones are open until Thursday, April 10th at 12noon please call our voicemail at (212) 209-2948 and create short recording saying:

Hello, my name is _________ (optional), I'm an Iraq vet/ I'm a vet of Afghanistan/ I'm a service member/ I'm a former service member etc., and details of your service you would like to provide (dates, or where you're from) and I would like people to know__________________________________________.

Your answer can range from one sentence to 90 seconds (the voicemail will cut you off at two minutes) and can be personal, political, controversial, there's room to be creative here, but do try to be as concise as possible. We may not be able to use everyone's response at this time but will try to include your in this or future programs.

The pilot will air on WBAI this Saturday; keep your eyes on their program schedule for more information.

Now, back to Human Giant clips and whatnot.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 57: Icelandic Candy

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Jesse, Jordan and guest Rachael Cantu enjoy some Icelandic candy, talk about Jordan in high school, and Cantu serenades us with a couple of songs. We also finally learn what Wii game Ira Glass bought.

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Genius and a Wizard
Make A Name For Me And You

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