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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jena Friedman

Jena Friedman

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Jena Friedman On Writing For The The Daily Show And Breaking Into The Stand-Up Comedy World

WARNING: This interview contains discussions about difficult subjects including sexual assault and miscarriage. If you're sensitive to these kinds of topics, we figured we'd give you a heads up.

Jena Friedman's a comic, a filmmaker, and a writer. She created and hosts a show on Adult Swim. It's called Soft Focus. It's really funny, just like her all of her comedy, but it also talks about some very difficult, sometimes painful topics.

She got her start writing for Late Show with David Letterman. Then moved on to the The Daily Show with Jon Stewart where she was a field producer, producing some of the shows best pieces with folks like Samantha Bee and Al Madrigal. Her segments covered the news of the day with a satirical edge.

Now on her new show, Jena's in front of the camera and the segments can get very, very uncomfortable. She interviews an eccentric billionaire, surrounded by his armed guards. She talks with an ex-cop who was caught plotting to kidnap and eat his wife. She submits male gamers to a VR simulation of unwanted sexual contact.

Jena constantly pushes boundaries in her work. It's political, it's deadpan, kind of abrasive, too. She has a talent in finding the darkest flaws in our world and talking about them in a way that cuts very deep.

In this conversation, she also gets candid about why women still have a hard time breaking into the stand-up comedy world.

You can watch both of Jena Friedman's Soft Focus specials on Adult Swim.

Friendly Fire Ep 61: USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Friendly Fire

What if you took Quint's two-minute monologue from Jaws, added Nicolas Cage, and then with the help of crib notes from a 1975 history class, made a war movie that involved sharks? You would get this MVP of a film. On today's episode Adam, Ben, and John lead a highly classified recording while watching this 2016 action buoy!

This film is available on:
Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Fandango Now, Vudu, and your local library.

Next week: Memphis Belle (1990)
Available on: Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Youtube, Vudu, and your local library.

Is Dr. Seuss Racist?, Trump Imploding, R. Kelly Loses It on TV, Captain Marvel Review, Greenpeace Founder Calls AOC a “Twit”?, Was Mister Rogers Bisexual?, Luke Perry, Alex Trebek


INTRO 0:37

Trends like THEYS
Bevs Like These
Travis Claims He Once Drank a Steak


Is Dr. Seuss Racist?
Captain Marvel Controversy
Captain Marvel REVIEW
R. Kelly Loses it in TV Interview


Meet the Candidate 2020: Jay Inslee
Meet the Candidate 2020: John Hickenlooper
Trump’s Terrible Week


RIP Luke Perry
Mr. Rogers Was Bi?
Alex Trebek’s Bad News

WI-FIVE 59:45

OUTRO 1:02:01

Tights and Fights Ep. 132: The Alie and Ricky show w/ Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe

Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe! She’s the host of "Women Wrestling Friends". She’s also part of WOW - Women of Wrestling as Razor ". It’s the first time she’s wrestling more on her own and less as a manager. But she’ll explain why she thinks managers are due to make a comeback in wrestling.

This Sunday will be the last WWE PPV before WrestleMania (yeah we can’t believe it’s already here either!) Fastlane has had a number of stories that are really clicking and some that we take issue with.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte will face off once again, this time with Becky’s inclusion in the RAW women’s championship match at stake. Why has it been such a convoluted role to get us to this point? Especially with Becky already having won the Royal Rumble!

Plus, with Mustafa Ali finally returning to active competition, how does he fit into the WWE Title scene with Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston? And while we all agree that Kofi Kingston getting the title at Mania would be for the best, we’re at odds with how long he should hold the title.

All of this plus, why we’re not sold on Mandy Rose, Ronda Rousey finally turning heel and Triple H giving Batista… what he needs.

The Three Count

Sarah put over WOW Women of Wrestling.

Lindsey put over the campaign to get Cyndi Lauper in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Danielle put over the most legendary stunner edit ever.

Hal put over Randy Orton’s burn on AJ Styles.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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The JV Club Ep. 313: Lindsey Kelk

The JV Club
Lindsey Kelk

Did your hometown have its own urban legend about a mine-slag-monster-man? If so, you may be from a village in Northern Britain, just like this week’s wonderful guest, author (and wrestling aficionado) Lindsey Kelk! Plus: Logans vs. Troys, Oasis vs. Trance, and Dolphin vs. Dolphin. Suit up!

You can hear Lindsey on the Maximum Fun wrestling podcast Tights and Fights and on the make-up and beauty podcast Full Coverage.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

*updated EP76: Nick Waterhouse on Jackie Shane's Any Other Way (2017)

Heat Rocks
Nick Waterhouse

Dear Heatrockers,

On a recent episode, our deep dive into Jackie Shane's "Any Other Way", we unintentionally misgendered Ms. Shane and the late Wilmer Broadnax. Although some of this was addressed at the start of the episode, we'd like to take the opportunity to apologize to members of the transgender community and anyone who found our choice of words offensive and insensitive. We have re-cut the episode to remove the discussion of Broadnax and we pledge for the future to do a more thoughtful job in choosing our language in a respectful and accurate manner. Thanks to all of you who sent us feedback on this; we appreciate your input and support.

The Album: Jackie Shane Any Other Way (2017)

This week's episode focuses on the life, career and resurgence of soul singing trans pioneer Jackie Shane, who spent much of the 50's and 60's alongside Frank Motley and the Motley Crew band enthralling Toronto audiences with her voice, her presence and her realism.

We were thrilled to be joined by another old soul, singer Nick Waterhouse, a cool kid from the best coast whose sonic leanings hearken back to a time and type of rhythm and blues. He came to share the Jackie Shane's influence on him as a singer, the splendor that was her life and the songs that moved him from her seminal 2017 compilation album, Any Other Way.

This one's too good to miss!

And be sure to check out Nick Waterhouse's new self-titled record releasing 03/08.

More on Nick Waterhouse

More on Any Other Way

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Any Other Way unless indicated otherwise):

  • New Way of Loving
  • Nick Waterhouse: Wreck the Rod
  • Stand Up Straight and Tall
  • Walking the Dog
  • Any Other Way
  • Frank Motley and the Hitchhikers: Hook & Sling
  • Money (That's What I Want)
  • Dual Trumpet Bounce - Live
  • Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - Live
  • Comin' Down
  • Money (That's What I Want)
  • Violent Femmes: Blister in the Sun
  • Stand Up Straight and Tall
  • Money (That's What I Want) - Live
  • Walking the Dog
  • Shotgun - Live

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there.
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Switchblade Sisters Episode 70: 'Ex Machina' with 'Mapplethorpe' and 'Dig!' Director Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner

Ex Machina

Ondi is a Floridian, born in Miami, but she studied film, literature, and theater at Yale University. Her 2004 documentary Dig! made waves on the indie circuit, winning her the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Dig! followed two indie bands — The Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Dandy Warhols — on a journey that would bring art and commerce to collision points. She then directed Join Us before returning to Sundance with 2009’s documentary We Live in Public, about the work of Josh Harris, an “internet visionary” and dot-com entrepreneur who was one of the most prominent people to sacrifice his privacy and peace for a very public internet life. We Live in Public also took home the Grand Jury Prize, making her the sole director to do it twice. This year, though, she’s releasing her first narrative feature, Mapplethorpe, a look at the life of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989.

The movie that Ondi chose to discuss this week is Alex Garland's Ex Machina. Based on her work with Josh Harris, Ondi has some fascinating things to say about the terrifying rise of A.I. and how we will inevitably be overtaken by machines. She elaborates on shooting her latest feature, Mapplethorpe, in just 19 days and how that frenetic energy seeped into the film - which is a good thing. Ondi reveals that for her, behind every creation there must be love. And lastly, she discusses the role of the director, as conductor, and the necessity of collaboration with the many departments on a film.

You can watch Mapplethorpe in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Ex Machina on Netflix.

With April Wolfe and Ondi Timoner.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

One Bad Mother, Episode 295: Food And The Lies We Tell...Live from Portland!

One Bad Mother
Chris Routly

Biz and Theresa wonder how spiritually corrupt we are what with all the lying to our kids in order to get them to eat. Probably not very corrupt. Plus Biz and Theresa are live from Portland with special guest and all around rad dad, Chris Routly!

Follow Chris Routly on Twitter @ChrisRoutly or on his website at His book Sometimes You Need A Jellyfish is out now.

If you want more info on the PDX Dads Group, you can find more info at and there is info about HomeDadCon at

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 (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

The Adventure Zone: Live in New Orleans!


Join the original rowdy boys on a quest to hold off the apocalypse — again — by confronting a deity whose machinations are too sinister to truly behold. Or, maybe, he really just wants to throw a bangin’ party. One of the two.

Wonderful! 74: The Funny Container Man


Rachel's favorite new sports superstition! Griffin's favorite driving occurrence! Rachel's favorite creamy brown stuff! Griffin's favorite energy-making devices!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

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