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One Bad Mother, Episode 308: No News Is Good News! Plus Trans and Queer Artist Noah Grigni

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Noah Grigni

Biz and Theresa explore the pros and cons of our kids sharing good news with each other. “I know you got a goody bag at the party but how about you don’t tell your brother?” “I am so proud of you for your hard work on your project. You deserved the prize you got. Don’t tell your brother!” How do we find the balance of celebrating good news with our kids while avoiding the jealousy and greed that often follow? Plus Biz tells it like it is, Theresa isn’t going to pack a snack and we talk to trans and queer artist Noah Grigni, illustrator of Theresa’s new book It Feels Good To Be Yourself.

Find out more from Noah on Instagram at ngrigni or on their website at Noahgrigni.com. It Feels Good to Be Yourself is available now wherever you buy books.

Check out our book! You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Comedian Kulap Vilaysack

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Kulap Vilaysack

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Photo: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for truTV

Director Kulap Vilayack on her new documentary "Origin Story."

You're probably familiar with the work of Kulap Vilaysack already. Odds are it's because she made you laugh. Maybe it was on her podcast,Who Charted, which ran for 8 years on the Earwolf network. Maybe you know her from Bajillion Dollar Properties, a show she created which ran on the Seeso network. Maybe you've seen her in a TV role. Kulap has appeared in dozens of shows. She's been on Bob's Burgers, Comedy Bang Bang, and Children's Hospital, just to name a few. One of our favorites was probably her part in Parks and Recreation.

For as long as Kulap has been a working actor, comedian, and showrunner she's been working on a different project in the background. A very special project. It's a documentary called Origin Story. Kulap makes her feature-length directorial debut and is the center of the film. It's about family secrets, learning to adapt to them, to empathize with difficult parents, and to connect with brand new ones.

Kulap was raised in Minnesota. Her parents were both refugees from Laos. One night, during a family argument, her mom told her something that would change her life completely: that the man who had raised her isn't her birth father.

In Origin Story, Kulap confronts her history head on. She reckons with her parents, her mom, in particular. She talks about identity and her experience as a second generation immigrant. She finds her birth father, and goes to Laos to meet him. The film is moving. It's healing. We just can't recommend it enough.

Origin Story, is a really compelling, affecting film. You can stream it now on Amazon. If you haven't checked out her show Bajillion Dollar Properties… well, it's completely different from Origin Story in pretty much every way, but it's also great. It's streaming on a handful of platforms, including Amazon.

Tights and Fights Ep. 146: CMLL at Arena Mexico w/ Jesse Thorn

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Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Jesse Thorn. He’s the Max Fun Network’s top Big Boss Man and he’s had almost no experience with wrestling.

But a few weeks ago he and his wife traveled to Mexico City and Arena Mexico where they saw their first live wrestling show, put on by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He’ll share all the fun and absurdity that he experienced, including why he found the heels more entertaining for the wrestling, how indie-wrestling star Colt Cabana helped make this happen and which wrestler inspired his future tattoos.

Hosted by , Danielle Radford,Lindsey Kelk and Jesse Thorn.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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The JV Club Ep. 326: 1st Boy Summer - Bassem Youssef

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Show: 
The JV Club
Guests: 
Bassem Youssef

Boys of Summer begins with a heart-surgeon-turned-controversial-Egyptian-ex-pat: the fascinating and funny Bassem Youssef! From high school biology to cardiology, from watching Jon Stewart to becoming what some call Stewart’s Middle Eastern counterpart, episode 326 should leave you inspired!

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

EP89: Hua Hsu on Depeche Mode's "Violator" (1990)

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Show: 
Heat Rocks
Guests: 
Hua Hsu

The Album: Depeche Mode: Violator (1990)
By the time Depeche Mode released Violator in 1990, they had already become one of the giants of the modern rock world but Violator took the group to new heights of global success. Dark and moody yet intimately dance-able, the group and their album marked a height of synth-pop’s growth across the 1980s, a zenith that would soon be eclipsed by the on-rush of grunge and competing forms of so-called “alternative” rock.
Violator was the pick of guest Hua Hsu, staff writer at the New Yorker and English professor at Vassar College. For him, Violator was part of a soundscape of growing up in the Bay Area, least of all as an Asian American. As he and Oliver (flying solo this week) discuss, modern rock became a soundtrack for a generation of Asian American youth, at least those growing up in West Coast suburbs for whom songs centered on alienation and otherness felt all too familiar. Besides, as Hsu notes, we all had piano lessons so a music built around synthesizers was an easy sell.
More on Hua Hsu

More on Violator

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Violator unless indicated otherwise):

  • Clean
  • Depeche Mode: Blasphemous Rumours
  • Clean
  • New Order: Bizarre Love Triangle
  • Personal Jesus
  • Policy of Truth
  • Halo
  • Blue Dress
  • Somebody
  • Personal Jesus
  • Depeche Mode: Route 66
  • Depeche Mode: Behind the Wheel
  • Enjoy the Silence
  • Depeche Mode: Just Can't Get Enough
  • Johnny Cash: Personal Jesus
  • Tori Amos: Enjoy the Silence
  • Jazzystics: Personal Jesus
  • St. Petersburg Ska Jazz Review: Policy of Truth

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 418: Bitter Bean Juice

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The docket is full! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear it. They talk about dog waste, day-old coffee, fancy chocolate bars, Alexander the Great, and wearing military patches. Plus a letter from a listener in Hong Kong!

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Story Break #111: What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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Story Break

We try to make a classic Gothic Romance from our vague memories of this pre-Titanic Leo flick. It's not quite as sexy a movie as we remember.

Wonderful! 86: Zuck Bucks

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Wonderful!

Rachel's favorite form of mouth protection! Griffin's favorite VR exercise! Rachel's favorite choreographed music genre! Griffin's favorite outdoor party platform!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

Transcript available here

Dr. Gameshow Ep 8: Everybody is a VoldeMart w/ Katie Hartman

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Dr. Gameshow Ep 8 w/ Katie Hartman
Show: 
Dr. Gameshow
Guests: 
Katie Hartman

Comedian Katie Hartman (Paid Off with Michael Torpey, The Week Of) joins hosts Jo Firestone & Manolo Moreno to play listener-created games with callers!

Games played: Zoo-ey Deschanel, Dog or Goose?, and Dream a Little Dream of TV

This episode sponsored by:
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