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Ben Folds On His New Album Way to Normal, Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Ben Folds has spent more than 15 years in the music business. He was kicked out of music school after breaking his hand in a fight, and spent time in lounge bands and as a contract songwriter in Nashville before The Ben Folds Five broke big in the mid-1990s. We talk about the melodies in his mind, what it's like to be unfashionable, and his new album, "Way to Normal."

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The Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald (above: second and third from left, respectively) are founding members of the Canadian sketch comedy group The Kids in the Hall. The pair talk about meeting in improv class and their rise to prominence in the Toronto comedy scene of the late 1980s. They also talk about their national tour (just concluded). They'll soon be shooting a new limited series for Canadian television.

Special thanks to our Las Vegas affiliate, KNPR, for hosting us for this interview, which was conducted during The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 47: Finger Filters

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe try to get an investor for a new line of cigarette filters made of hollowed out human pinky fingers.

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JJGo Ep. 83: Hadrosaur Cove with guest Paul Scheer

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The wonderful Paul Scheer joins J&J for discussions of dinosaurs, Ted Turner, celebrities who are fun and more.

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Alan Zweibel Interview on The Sound of Young America: Original Saturday Night Live Writer and Author

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Alan Zweibel is a comedy writer. He was an original writer on Saturday Night Live, helping to originate Weekend Update, and write many of Gilda Radner's signature characters. He also co-created the groundbreaking sitcom It's Garry Shandling's Show with Shandling, and wrote several films and on many other television projects. He also helped Billy Crystal develop the Broadway hit 700 Sundays. Most recently, he has been a producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm, working with his old friend Larry David. His new book, a collection of short pieces, is called Clothing Optional.

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Podcast: JJGo Ep 74: Stars and Bars

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We hear about the Republican convention from Slate's Emily Calderon, and name various things.

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Podcast: The College Years: Look! Up in the Sky!

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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.

Ladies and gentlemen, this one is a doozy. Join Jordan and Jesse on a particularly poor recording in which a flugtag participant and the Sklar brothers are interviewed. Also: the extreme weatherman, Jim Real's Would You Rather, The New Sincerity Minute, and 60 Minutes commercials.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 46: Nicknames

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe try to explain to a San Francisco man the nickname, Levito, for an independent candidate for governor who has the ability to levitate.

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Jordan Jesse Go! Episode 82: Waldorf Schools

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Jesse and Jordan discuss billionaire Ted Turner, Waldorf schools, ghosts/aliens and more.

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The Dirtbombs' Mick Collins and Ben Blackwell Interview on The Sound of Young America

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The Dirtbombs are a Detroit-based rock band, who blend punk, soul, psychadelia and garage rock into a driving sound. Their newest record is We Have You Surrounded. We talked with founder and frontman Mick Collins and drummer Ben Blackwell about the band's roots in punk, the music culture of Detroit and much more.

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