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EP106: Luz Mendoza on Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody" (1969)

Heat Rocks
Luz Mendoza

The Album: Nina Simone To Love Somebody (1969)

Nina Simone's discography is vast and full of true fire, but To Love Somebody often gets overlooked. Perhaps it's because it was released right after 'Nuff Said and Nina Simone and Piano, both fantastic albums in their own right. And although the album contained almost all covers (Revolution 1 and 2 were credited to Simone and Weldon Irvine), she found a way to make every single song truly her own.

Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to discuss the chances Nina took on this album, the smaller, quieter moments in the music, and what Nina told us about herself throughout this LP. This is an episode you definitely do not want to miss.

More on Y La Bamba

More on To Love Somebody

Show Tracklisting (all songs from To Love unless indicated otherwise)

  • I Can't See Nobody
  • Bob Dylan: I Shall Be Released
  • I Shall Be Released
  • I Can't See Nobody
  • Y La Bamba: Octavio
  • The Times They Are A-Changin'
  • The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season)
  • Turn, Turn, Turn, (To Everything There is a Season)
  • Revolution (Pt. 2)
  • Revolution (Pt. 1)
  • Revolution (Pt. 2)
  • Suzanne
  • Leonard Cohen: Suzanne
  • Bob Dylan: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  • Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  • Bee Gees: To Love Somebody
  • To Love Somebody
  • Cosi Ti Amo
  • The Glory of Love
  • I Shall Be Released
  • Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
  • James Brown: September Song
  • Meshell Ndegeocello: Nite and Day
  • La Lupe: Fever

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

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The Adventure Zone: Hootenanny - Live in Nashville!


As we ready ourselves for the next season of Adventure Zone, we’ve got some special programming lined up for you! The first is this: Our live show from this past summer, live at the Ryman Theater in Nashville! It’s a country western space opera, or, if you will: A Space Opry. Enjoy!

Transcript available here

The JV Club Ep. 343: Jennie Pierson

The JV Club

If you could cram a sleepover into an hour and change, you’d have this episode of The JV Club featuring Jennie Pierson (Showtime’s ‘Kidding”), whose wonderful imagination should surely be put to use in the realm of theme park design.

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The JV Club will be LIVE at the Bellhouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday Oct. 9th! Details and tickets are available now.

One Bad Mother, Episode 323: Hiding! Plus, Comedian Jessica Delfino

One Bad Mother
Jessica Delfino

Biz and Theresa discover that there is more to hide than just our feelings. The “good candy” also needs to be hidden! What did you hide as a kid and what did your parents hide from you? Plus Biz is living the impossible dream, Theresa is tired and we talk to comedian Jessica Delfino.

Find out more about Jessica on Twitter @jessicadelfino and on her website

Check out Theresa's new book! It Feels Good To Be Yourself is available now wherever books are sold

Our book You're Doing A Great Job!: 100 Ways You're Winning at Parenting! is available wherever books are sold.

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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

Switchblade Sisters Episode 100: 'Get Out' with 'A Black Lady Sketch Show' & 'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee' Writer and Actor Ashley Nicole Black

Ashley Nicole Black

Get Out

This week we are joined by multi-talented writer, actor, and director Ashley Nicole Black. She can most recently be seen as a regular on A Black Lady Sketch Show. And prior to that she was a writer and correspondent on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. The movie she has chosen to discuss also has its origin in the comedy world - Jordan Peele's Get Out. Ashley discusses how efficiently this film works at getting information out quickly, and how those same lessons can be applied to writing sketches. She reveals the origin of her character "The Most Annoying Woman in the World" and how it is based on the worst aspects of her personality. And she elaborates on writing jokes for black and white audiences.

You can watch A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO.

And if you haven't seen Get Out - what's wrong with you?

With April Wolfe and Ashley Nicole Black.

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Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

Wonderful! 102: Lazlo's Pyramid of Desire


Rachel's favorite rhythmic movement! Griffin's favorite hotel TV channels! Rachel's favorite silly street art! Griffin's favorite fake world movie!

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

Transcript available here

Judge John Hodgman Episode 435: Snickerdoodiligence


Rachel files suit against her husband, Doug. Early in their marriage, she brought cookies to his family's Christmas Eve celebration. Doug and his brothers realized the cookies were similar to a beloved family recipe that had been lost to time. 20 years later, Doug and his brothers still refer to these cookies as their "Great Grandma Hebig's cookies." But, Rachel thinks she deserves the credit for cookies.

Who's right? Who's wrong?



Thank you to Jeremy Frank for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, follow Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



#240 - Best Hand Gesture


Some people talk with their hands, and some people let their hands do the talking. In this episode, Mark and Hal use their brains and mouths to figure out the best things their hands can do.

Troubled Waters Ep. 16: Pumpkin Pie vs. Changing Leaves

Troubled Waters
Holly Walker
Jesse Neil
Maggie Maye
Amanda Brooke Perrin

Holly WalkerJesse NeilAmanda Brooke-Perrin, and Maggie Maye join host Dave Holmes to settle once and for all, which is the best part of fall, changing leaves or pumpkin spice?

Team Leaves

Holly Walker and Amanda Brooke Perrin

Team Pumpkin

Maggie Maye and Jesse Neil

This week, our teams argue over overly competitive coffee drinkers, learn about the weirdest Saturday morning cartoons, and find out if Holly was the murderer all along.

Holly Walker wants to plug A Black Lady Sketch Show on HBO and recommends Amber Ruffin  and her upcoming late night show on Peacock

Jesse Neil wants to plug New Player Has Joined and recommends 8-Bit Jazz Heroes

Amanda Brooke-Perrin wants to plug her Twitter @brookeperrin and recommends Josh Gondelman's new book and Matt O'Brien.

Maggie Maye wants to plug her stand up showcase, Plan C, at The York and recommends Vanessa Gonzalez and Daniel Webb

And Finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to recommends Hypersonic Missiles by Sam Fender

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod and you can also find us on Facebook.

Call us on the official Troubled Waters hotline! Our number is 323-300-4984. Our producers will have a new prompt for you to answer and we may just use your call on the show

Don't want to pay those international calling fees? Email us a voice memo!

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

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