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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Edie Falco

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on Outside In and her legacy in The Sopranos

Edie Falco was over a decade into her acting career before she got her breakout role as Carmela Soprano in the classic HBO mob drama The Sopranos.

She was brilliant on the show: loving, fierce, tragic and independent. She subverted the mob wife archetypes, too. Above anything else, Carmela wanted a normal life, she wanted her kids to go to a good school, she wanted her husband to show up for dinner.

She then went on to play the lead role in the Showtime dark comedy Nurse Jackie , for which she won an Emmy in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

In 2018, she joined us to talk about Outside In. In the film, Edie plays Carol, a married high school English teacher who became pen pals with a former student named Chris. He's been serving a 20-year prison sentence. After he gets out of prison, things get complicated between them.

Edie talks to Jesse about landing her first acting gig, which she started the day after she graduated from acting school at SUNY Purchase. Plus, Edie tells us why she thinks comedy isn't for her, and she'll reflect on working with James Gandolfini for nearly a decade on The Sopranos.

Click here to listen to Edie Falco's interview on YouTube.

Story Break #115: Star Wars: A Murder on the Orbital Express

Story Break

We forgo our usual descent into wikipedia, to instead, dive into the wild world of WOOKIEEPEDIA! The #1 source for all things Star Wars.

Will the Story Boys be able to craft an intelligible story from 3 random Star Wars articles? Can they craft a mystery so compelling that Hercule Poirot himself would be pulling out his notepad? You don't have to be the world's greatest detective to answer that question.

CIPYD 194: Susan Kelly and the Bow Wow Film Festival

Susan Kelly

Lights! Camera! Treats! Are you ready for a good time?! This week we talk to Susan Kelly, the founder of the absolutely perfect event - The Bow Wow Film Festival! We also have some very silly 4th of July history about the hotdog! Plus, pupdates, a great My Mutt Minute, and more!

Get in here!

The Greatest Discovery Ep 54: Hot Bunkin' It (TOS 001)


When in recovery mode after a battle on Rigel VII, Captain Pike and the crew of the Enterprise try to avoid the 18 year-old distress call from the Talos Region. But when Spock interrupts a martini meeting between Pike and Boyce it's time to gather a team and Time-Warp again! Will Pike survive the thoughts of Talosians? Will Vina be there if Pike returns? Despite all his rage, is Pike just a rat in a cage?

It's the episode that gives you a beginning, but not before showing you the end!

Troubled Waters: Episode 10 The Jimmy Awards: Yea or Nay

Troubled Waters
Lauren Lapkus
Brendan Hay
Chris Schleicher
Sierra Katow

Lauren Lapkus, Sierra Katow, Chris Schleicher and Brendan Hay join host, Dave Holmes to settle once and for all should we keep the National High School Musical Theatre Awards or burn it to the ground?

Team Jimmys
Chris Schleicher and Sierra Katow

Team Spite
Lauren Lapkus and Brendan Hay

This week, our teams argue over fried chicken etiquette, go on a cross country trip, and listen to terrible vacation stories submitted by fans!

Lauren Lapkus wants to plug Raised by TV, With Special Guest Lauren Lapkus and Threedom and recommends Webseries the Movie.

Sierra Katow wants to plug Stay Podsitive and her upcoming live shows and recommends Dead to Me on Netflx.

Chris Schleicher wants to plug Four Wedding and a Funeral on Hulu and recommends John Cameron Mitchell's Anthem.

Brendan Hay wants to plug Harvey Street Kids on Netflix and recommends Haunted House by Sir Babygirl.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes.

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod. 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 pesky 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.

MBMBaM 466: Food Train


All Aboard*! The Food Train’s pulling into the station, and its sixty robot chefs are prepared to meet your every culinary desire! (* - Do not board the Food Train under any circumstances. Your body will be annihilated.)

Suggested talking points: Songland, Stealing a Big Lamp, The Scullery, Vacation Clothes, Reba Mayo, Intangible Cutsies

Transcript available here

Stop Podcasting Yourself 589 - Dan Werb

Dan Werb

Writer Dan Werb returns to talk about his new book, City of Omens, big time basketball, and small time baseball.

Download episode 589 here. (right-click)

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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons: Ep. 196 Pride in Springfield


Pride month may be over, but this week we'll celebrate Pride in Springfield! Join us as we reflect on some of our favorite LGBTQ moments and characters from The Simpsons.

Ep. 13 - Ian MacKaye “The Argument for The Conversation”

Ian MacKaye

Fitting that these notes come to you today from what has become a liminal space between “home” and “tour” for me.  That space is, of course, “New Jersey,” and it’s fitting because it was from here (this very house, in fact) in 1987, that I wrote a letter to our guest, Ian MacKaye.  Ian’s new band, Fugazi, was asking people to rethink their relationships to each other in the space of “the pit” and consider not slam dancing/moshing.  This was a radical proposition back then, but I understood it, and I respected it.  I think coming from a break dancing background made the idea of a more inclusive dancing aspect to punk shows appealing to me.  What I didn’t respect, and what prompted me to write the letter, was seeing a bunch of people who had traveled with the band up from DC to The Anthrax in Norwalk, Ct., physically grabbing people and stopping them from slamming/moshing.  It seemed like just another form of policing and fascism to me.  It was an angry letter.

Ian wrote me back - he agreed with me and assured me that the people doing this were not under instructions from the band and he didn’t agree with the physical policing of the space either, and that was that.

We reconnected in person when I moved to DC about five years later, and Ian remembered the exchange.  He SAYS he kept the letter, and I live under a standing threat that it will be produced for all to read if our arguments ever get TOO argumentative.  And as I sit here thinking about this now, I realize it’s one of many things I’d like to revisit with him, because I wonder how our stances on that issue may have evolved.  I’ve certainly spent a lot of time on the edges of pits since then, attempting to take the blows so people less willing (or able) to can just watch the bands.  I’ve jumped off my own stages to stop fights.  Would I do it to stop unruly pit action these days?  At MY shows these days, it pretty much never happens, but I might.  You take a responsibility for the space when you take the stage - it’s a responsibility that Ian MacKaye still takes seriously, and his is an example that I’m glad I’ve had in my life.

Other things we discuss that I’d like to expand on and encourage our listeners to think more about are:

1. Characters and masks - I keep thinking about this idea of what’s “real” and what’s not, and I’m thinking more about who gets to define that and what it means to different cultures.  Yes, as we discuss in the interview, one can see how a certain type of person uses masks and characters to AVOID responsibility, but what about the idea of being able to self-create one’s identity?  What about drag and camp?  Glam and goth?  What about when society tells you you’re NOT “real” what then?

2. Well… maybe just the one thing is good for now - I’ve already gone on too long.  Feel free to tweet at us if anything else strikes you!

Also, I realize that I said Dischord started in the 70s - I was thinking the Teen Idles 7” came out in 78/79, but it was, of course, 1980.


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As promised, here are some MUSIC LINKS:

TEEN IDLES “I Drink Milk” (1980)

BAD BRAINS Live at CBGB 1979 Hard to overstate how important these people were to many of us, especially as an all black band in an increasingly white scene. Check the slickest move ever as HR avoids a flung beer can (or ashtray?) with a flick of his head at 8:43. Legendary.

MINOR THREAT Live at Buff Hall, Camden, NJ 1982

VOID “Who Are You?" One of my favorite songs of all time. Hilarious to hear Ian say they thought they sounded like Ratt, and yet… now that I know that… I kind of get it!

THE EVENS “Around the Corner” (Stroudsburg, Pa. public library 2005) Also want to give props here to Amy Farina, who should have her own episode at some point. She's and incredible talent, and was my very first collaborator in what we called "The Pharmacists," back circa 1996!

FUGAZI “Suggestion” with Amy Pickering on vocals (DC, 1991)  Given what Aimee and I talk about in the intro, re. women’s roles in rock song lyrics of a certain era, I wanted to include this version.  It was really important when Ian sang this.  It shook the earth when Amy Pickering stepped into that space and sang it.

EMBRACE “Give me Back” (1987) I’ve got the receipts. This song is about process.

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