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Jesse Thorn

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Hi!

I'm Jesse Thorn. I created The Sound of Young America in 2000, as a college student at UC Santa Cruz. I produced the show for over ten years, and it great from college radio show into nationally-syndicated public radio program, making me wildly rich in the process. (Except the last part.)

As of this writing (January of 2012), we're changing the show's name to Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. We'll still podcast the show for free, but I thought we'd share this torrent of our complete archive for all the archival completists out there. This is literally every show I have in digital form. Ten years of my life (and plenty of hard work from my colleagues, as well). I hope you enjoy it.

You'll find most shows in the "Podcast Era" folder, which has a .txt index. That has every show since we started podcasting at the end of 2004. You'll find some older stuff, from our college days, in the "College Years" folder. There are also two other folders, one with a few old video files I found, and one with the audio from our old streaming archive. There may be a few items duplicated between the streaming archive and the College Years folder - the College Years version will probably sound better, because at least some of the pre-podcasting stuff has been transcoded from Real Audio.

If you like the show, remember that it is supported by donation. Please support us at maximumfun.org/donate . You can subscribe to the show at maximumfun.org.

All this content is free to download and share non-commercially. Please: share it! It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License - CC BY-NC-ND*. If you'd like to remix or re-use it or share it commercially, please contact me for permission (jesse@maximumfun.org). If you share it non-commercially in some significant way, let us know, because we like to hear about that kind of stuff.

Special thanks to Alex Liebowitz for creating the text indices, and to the thousands of people who've donated money to us over the past ten years to pay for the production of this show. You rule.

Jesse http://www.maximumfun.org


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This week, we premier the second installment of "Mace Detective, Private Detective," plus take calls on a bold statement about dinosaurs.
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Bun B is half of the legendary hip-hop group UGK. His partner, Pimp C, died in 2007. Their new album is UGK For Life.
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The legendary funk bassist joins us to talk about creating the persona of Bootsy, playing music with two very different band leaders, James Brown and George Clinton, and more.
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Prodigy is a Grammy Award-winning rapper and member of the seminal hip-hop group Mobb Deep. His new autobiography is "My Infamous Life."
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Phil Collins chose She Loves You by The Beatles as the song that changed his life for our ongoing series.
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Please enjoy these past Sound of Young America interviews and comedy bits with my compliments. All of these were featured audio on our website in the realaudio era, and at some point were transcoded to MP3. Audio quality isn't perfect, due to the transcode, but it's certainly listenable. All these were recorded in 2004 or earlier on The Sound of Young America, before podcasting was even a glimmer in Adam Curry's eye. If you enjoy these, consider subscribing to The Sound of Young America and/or...
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In a commentary, Marc Maron says he's not so sure that someone in India should be pre-distressing his belts.
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Louis CK is a comedian, writer and director. His new Showtime comedy special is Louis CK: Chewed Up. He created and starred in the HBO series Lucky Louie and wrote and directed the cult film Pootie Tang.
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Comedian Louis CK joins Jesse, Gene, and Jordan on this week's installment, with a special appearance by JB Smooth, but before that: A tribute to Adam West and "Who Would Win in a Fight?" with Jim. All this and more on this week's The College Years.
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This Monty Python footage hasn't been seen in over 30 years. Originally broadcast on Dallas' PBS affiliate KERA the day after Holy Grail was released, and discovered only recently. The nice folks at KERA and the Python organization were nice enough to share it exclusively with Sound of Young America listeners. Please note that this is a video cast -- it can be viewed on the video iPod or on your computer.
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Meshell Nedgeocello is a soul singer and bass guitarist. Her most recent album is "The World Has Made Me The Man of My Dreams."
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Raphael Saadiq is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He was a founding member of the groups Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl.
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Bill Withers is the singer-songwriter behind soul classics like Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Use Me, Just the Two of Us, Lovely Day and more.
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Mavis Staples is a legendary R&B and gospel singer. She began singing as part of a family gospel group formed by her father called The Staple Singers. Her newest album, produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, is called You Are Not Alone.
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Comedian/singer/artist Reggie Watts performs on The Sound of Young America Live! at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
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Roberta Flack is a singer, songwriter and pianist. She won back-to-back Grammy Awards for Record of the Year for her songs "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and "Killing Me Softly With His Song." We spoke to her for a new feature, "The Song That Changed My Life."
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Guest Lars Holm. Lars Holm is the author of "Fawlty Towers: The Worshipper's Companion." We talk about the show, in recoginition of the PBS TV special "Fawlty Towers Revisited," which is running on local PBS stations this week. Also... a contest to win two copies of the book.
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Last year we made a TV pilot, which was ultimately derailed by a network format change. As a special pledge drive treat, I've uploaded it.
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Daryl Hall is a singer, songwriter and producer. He's best known as the lead singer and co-founder of Hall & Oates, who have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. His current project is a monthly web video series of his collaborations with other musicians, called "Live from Daryl's House".
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Jesse sadly announces Mitch Hedberg's passing and reflects on his work as a comedian. Then comedian Al Madrigal speaks about his upcoming appearance at the 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit and also takes time to look back at Hedberg's life. Then comedian and radio host Mark Maron talks about his experience as a radio personality and role in comedy.
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Chuck Brown is known as "The Godfather of Go-Go", a genre of very danceable funk music that he helped originate in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s.His newest release is a 3-disc set called "We Got This". He spoke to us about a song that changed his life.
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Bill Burr is a standup comic. His ferocious style is leavened by the fact that he often trains the ferociousness on himself. His latest special, now on DVD, is called Let It Go.
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Bonus Material for 10/14 show.
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David A. Price is the author of The Pixar Touch: The Making Of A Company. The book traces the history of Pixar from technology company to entertainment behemoth.
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Sarah Vowell is an author and humorist whose newest book, Unfriendly Fishes, is about the annexation of Hawaii.
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John Darnielle began making music as the frontman of folk rock band The Mountain Goats in 1991. The band subsequently has gained a cult following and Darnielle has been hailed as one of rock's best lyricists. The Mountain Goats' newest release is All Eternals Deck.
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Live on The Sound of Young America.
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Ted Leo - La Costa Brava
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From the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast. I'm producing a podcast for our friends in Kasper Hauser, and I thought I'd share this hilarious video with you. Their book "SkyMaul" is in stores, and it's hilarious. I personally reccomend it extremely highly.
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Guests Brendon Small, Mark & Michael Polish, and Peter Molyneux. Brendon Small is the creator of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series Home Movies. Mark & Michael Polish are the directors of several films, including Twin Falls Idaho; they're also the authors of "The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking," a book about how to make an independent film. Peter Molyneux is the designer of the computer game "The Movies," which allows users to create films in-game. He's...
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Live on The Sound of Young America.
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Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums - a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know.
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Patrick Borelli and Douglas Gorenstein are the authors of Holy Headshot, a book of bizarre and amazing head shots from actors and performers across the country. Note that this podcast is in .m4a (enhanced podcast) format, and should play in iTunes, on iPods and on Zunes. An MP3 of this show can be found at our website.
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Mirah performs live on the Sound of Young America at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.
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This week, an interview with one of America's favorite icons, Dustin Diamond. Jesse, Gene and Jordan talk with Screech about how he chooses work, his band and the Milwaukee Metal Fest as Gene tries to derail "Choo Choo!". Please note this is a repost.
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Bonus material for 10/13 show. John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton fight over cat care.
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Carrie Fisher is perhaps best known as Princess Leia from the seminal Star Wars films, but she began her celebrity life as a baby -- the daughter of America's sweethearts, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Carrie battled addiction, mental illness and the ups and downs of celebrity to reinvent herself as a successful novelist and memoirist. Her new memoir, Shockaholic, is out now.
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Steven Wright is a legendary standup comedian. He's also an Academy Award winner, and has been featured in films including Reservoir Dogs and Half Baked.
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Mal Sharpe and I guest on Public Radio International's Radio Open Source, talking about Borat.
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Jesse and Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade judge the results of a New Sincerity Contest. This time around, it's all about showing someone that you love them, New Sincerity style. Three good people win copies of "Created in Darkness By Troubled Americans," the McSweeney's humor anthology.
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A short video directed by Adam Lisagor for maximumfun.org.
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John Hodgman guest hosts this interview with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the layperson likely knows him as the host of Star Talk Radio and the PBS program Nova ScienceNOW. His upcoming projects include a new version of the TV series Cosmos -- originally hosted by Carl Sagan -- and a new book titled Space Chronicles. He talks to us about how money for space exploration stacks up to other spending, his personal space travel...
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A little message with some info on how you can use your status as a Sound of Young America listener to win a copy of the new Onion compilation, a DVD of "Martin & Orloff," or even a DVD set of Arrested Development season two.
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Louis Theroux is the author of The Call of The Weird: Travels in American Subcultures. He has been the host of several television series, including Weird Weekends, which aired in the US on Bravo.
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Guests Todd Bowman and Devin the Dude. Devin the Dude is a Houston-based rapper whose self-depracating, hilarious, and sometimes profane raps has made him a favorite of Dr. Dre. DJ Premier, and other hip-hop insiders. Todd Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. We talk to him about the DVD release of the concert film "Wattstax."
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Corb Lund is a musician and third-generation rancher from Alberta, Canada. He played for over ten years as part of punk band The Smalls, and now brings some of that irreverence to writing roots-country music about his own experiences and those of his ancestors on the Canadian prairies.
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Dave Tompkins is an acclaimed music journalist. His new book, How To Wreck A Nice Beach, is a history of the vocoder from its military applications to its musical ones.
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David Mitchell is half of the British comedy team Mitchell & Webb. They're the stars of the acclaimed UK TV series "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell & Webb Look," the latter of which is running in the US on BBC America.
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Nile Rodgers launched a string of hits with the group Chic, including "Le Freak" and "Good Times", and went on to become a songwriting and producing superstar.  He was behind Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out", David Bowie's "Let's Dance", Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and many more.  Now, he reflects on decades of hitwriting, collaborating, and the meaning of music in his life. His new autobiography is Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco...
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Flying Lotus is a Los Angeles-based musician. His critically-acclaimed music blends electronica with progressive hip-hop.
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Jon Glaser is a comedy writer and performer. His show on Cartoon Network's [adult swim], Delocated, is entering its second season.
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Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh are founding members of the art-rock band Devo. They had remarkable chart success in the early 1980s, including the hit Whip It. Their philosophy of devolution, compelling videos and bold aesthetic presentation were as big a part of the band as their danceable rock music. Their latest record, Something For Everybody, is their first since 1990.
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Ratatat are an instrumental music duo whose their album, LP3, was recently released. Their sound combines elements of rock, hip-hop and dance music.
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Tig Notaro is a veteran stand-up comedian who you might recognize from her Comedy Central special or perhaps her stint as "Officer Tig" on The Sarah Silverman Program. She's just released her debut comedy album, Good One, on Secretly Canadian Records.
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Salvador Santana is a keyboard player and singer-songwriter. His father is guitar legend Carlos Santana. He's just released a new LP, Keyboard City.
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Jon Ronson is a journalist, filmmaker and humorist who has written Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare at Goats, and has just published his newest book, The Psychopath Test.
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Zach Miller and Scott McMicken are members of the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Their music synthesizes the sounds of the 1960s and 70s with contemporary influeces, and they've built a major following over the past ten years. Their latest album is Shame, Shame.
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This week, guest host Dave Holmes talks to singer songwriter Bob Mould. Mould is one of the original members of seminal 1980s punk band Husker Du, who's since struck out on his own with alternative rock band Sugar and his own solo projects. His new memoir, See A Little Light: The Trail Of Rage And Melody, goes deep into his past, exploring band politics, his sexuality and more.
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Loudon Wainwright III is an accomplished singer-songwriter, an occaisional actor, and the scion of a musical family. Three of his children - Martha Wainwright, Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche are professional musicians.
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John Mulaney is a standup comic and writer for Saturday Night Live. His first comedy CD is The Top Part.
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Chris Morris is a comedy writer, director and performer. He was voted one of the all-time top 12 "comedians' comedians" in a BBC poll, and his past work includes the news satires Brass Eye and The Day Today. His new film is a farce about a group of would-be suicide bombers called Four Lions.
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Calexico are a Tucson, Arizona based band known for their unique blend of traditional Mexican music and Southwestern sound.
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Guests David Cross and Reel Big Fish. Gene and Jordan, minus Jesse and plus Brian, get to talk to David Cross until an alarm sound cuts off the interview. They finish up with an extended interview with ska band Reel Big Fish. But first, "The Divine Hand of Adam West"!
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Apr 16 2005: Rock Snobs This week, we examine Rock Snobbery, with guests Ira Kaplan of indie rock legends Yo La Tengo, comedian Greg Proops, and Steven Daly, author of "The Rock Snob's Dictionary." Originally broadcast 4-16-05.
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In this episode, Jesse starts things off with a celebration of the music of Randy Newman. Then, cartoonist Dan Piraro talks about Bizarro and politics. Also, Dame Edna Everage graces the show with her presence.
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John Hodgman guest hosts an interview with the fantasy, science fiction and horror author George R. R. Martin. Martin is the author of the very popular series known as "A Song of Ice and Fire", which has recently been adapted for the HBO show "Game of Thrones". He joins us to talk about creating a fantasy universe, (very) involved fans, and more.
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Philadelphia rapper Peedi Crakk is a member of the group State Property. His solo album, "Prince of the Roc" is due later this year.
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Colin Hay is a Scotland-born, Australia-raised, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. He was also the frontman of the 1980s rock group Men at Work.
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This week's show features Extreme Weather, the Evil Computer Bent on World Domination, an all-time team, a dream in which emo kids take over a university/spacecraft, and an extensive and contentious discussion of the merits of the Radiohead album Kid A.