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Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 148: Grade School Confidential w/ Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert

Bob Mackey
Henry Gilbert

If you're a fan of Simpsons podcasts, oh boy, do we have a treat for you! This week, we'll welcome Bob Mackey and Henry Gilbert of the podcast Talking Simpsons! It's the Simpsons Pod crossover you never knew you needed. Eight seasons into the series, Skinner and Krabappel take their relationship to the next level. You know, it's the episode where they're in the closet making babies and we see one of the babies and the baby looks at us! We'll also talk about permanent records, the joys of looking out windows wistfully, sex cauldrons, and why the Talking Simpsons guys are such huge fans of Martin.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 541 - Kevin Banner

Kevin Banner

Comedian Kevin Banner returns to talk butching, broken toes, and soccer.

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Lining Up (Queuing)


Hello Internet! This week is all about LINING UP! Or, as some might say, QUEUING! Enjoy and be sure to share with a friend!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Randy Newman

Randy Newman

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Photo: Pamela Springsteen

Randy Newman on Songwriting, Authenticity and Baseball

Randy Newman is a legend: Countless scores. Dozens of albums. Academy Awards, Grammys, Emmys. A songwriting career that's spanned decades. He's written some of the best tunes to come out of the 20th century.

Hear his name and you'll start thinking about hits like "You've Got a Friend in Me," "Short People," and "I Love L.A." But look a little deeper into his body of work - it won't take much - and you'll find a songwriter and singer who's produced some of the most complex, captivating, pop music ever recorded.

You probably know this already, but just about every week we bring you a recommendation at the end called The Outshot. We can't think of a musician Jesse's written more Outshots on than Randy Newman.

Randy's songs are catchy. That's part of it. He grew up around the birth of rock and roll to a musical family. His uncle, Alfred Newman, composed music for some of the greatest films out of Hollywood's Golden Age.

And he's funny, but not like Weird Al or Spike Jones funny. There are laughs, but it's always behind a dark, kind of cynical side undertone; and he's got a genuine sense of comic timing and wit. His best work marries a love of modern pop and soul music, an intimate knowledge of classical music and The Great American Songbook, and comedy, which he says he got from his Dad - an internist with a biting sense of humor.

Randy's carried that tradition on for his latest album - last year's "Dark Matter." It's available to stream and buy now.

Also, if you live in LA you can see him live at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 12 alongside a full orchestra. If you're up in Northern California, you can see him at the Luther Burbank Center in Santa Rosa on August 4.

In this conversation, Randy explains why, over the years, he's struggled to like one of his most critically acclaimed songs. He talks about how he's changed his approach to songwriting over the years. What's easier now? What's harder? And lastly, what's the deal with "I Love L.A."? Is it sincere? Ironic? Hard to tell with a guy like Randy.

Click here to listen to Randy Newman's interview on YouTube.

Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/GettyImages

The Outshot: Levitated Mass

In this week's Outshot, Jesse talks about a powerful and amazing big ol' rock that is Levitated Mass, a sculpture at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art by the artist Michael Heizer.

Click here to listen to The Outshot on YouTube.

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 220: Conspiracy (Plus Ten Years) (DS9 S2E23)


When Major Kira and Doctor Bashir get a flat tire while going through the wormhole, the nearest exit takes them to a place that looks like home. But when they arrive, they find O’Brien responding to his life in the same way he always has. What can’t you give away in prison? Is Bashir just a dorky Dad? Is John Roderick from the Mirror Universe? It’s ten pounds of episode in a two pound bag!

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Ep 3 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

Dr. Michele Sherman
Stephen Billington

On this week’s show, Paula and Adam get you acquainted with our beautiful North Hollywood studio locale. We talk to audiologist Dr. Michele Sherman about vital issues like whether earbuds are safe and why wax belongs in our ears and Q-tips don’t - and if they don’t, what the hell are Q-tips for, anyway? And cat rescuer and expert Leslie Ann Weiss explains how Paula should deal with her feral cat, Wednesday, and why she probably isn’t, in fact, feral.

Dr. Michele Sherman
Owner of Towers Audiology
Twitter: @TowersAudiology
FB: @TowersAudiologyCenter

Leslie Ann Weiss
Executive Director of SurfCat Rescue and Adoption
Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist
IG: @surfcatrescue
FB: @surfcatcafeandadoptions

House band:
Stephen Billington
IG: @sbillington14

We need a theme song!
We launched this show without a theme song, and are turning to YOU, dear listener, to find one. If you have a tune in your head that you think should kick off our show each week, please reach out to us via our website.

Show credits
Paula Poundstone - Host
Adam Felber - Co-host

“F*** Batman,” James Gunn Fired, Cohen Secretly Taped Trump, Ivanka’s Clothing Line Tanks, Naked Guy at Planet Fitness, Hardwick Returning on TV, 3D-Printed Gun Controversy, Frasier Reboot in The Works, R Kelly’s “I Admit” Song, Trump Does More Dumb Stuff


INTRO 0:26
"F*** BATMAN" 8:41
R Kelly
Chris Hardwick
Naked Planet Fitness Guy
James Gunn
Rod Rosenstein (Not) Impeached
Trump Threatens to Revoke Security Clearances
Ivanka's Clothing Line Goes Down
3D-Printed Gun Controversy
TIDBITS 1:30:05
Frasier Reboot
Trump’s Hollywood Star Destroyer
Trump Tidbit Twofer
WI-FIVE 1:38:50
OUTRO 1:40:01

Pop Rocket Ep. 184: "Who is America?" w/ "UnREAL" Creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Karen Tongson
Margaret Wappler
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro

We've got a SUPERSIZED Pop Rocket for our first-ever Friday release, so strap yourselves in! This week, Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, and Margaret Wappler are joined by TV powerhouse Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, co-creator and executive producer of the Lifetime drama UnREAL.
The crew discusses the good, the bad, and the ugly of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America. Not unlike his previous series, Da Ali G Show, which aired on HBO in the early aughts, Cohen continues his controversial schtick of interviewing people in character while trying to get them to humiliate themselves all for our viewing pleasure. They draw the connections between Cohen's comedy and Sarah's show UnREAL. The fourth and final season of UnREAL recently came out on Hulu.

Jonathan Gold

First, the crew pays tribute to the late, great Los Angeles food critic Jonathan Gold. Gold was the city's unofficial ambassador whose reviews propped up great restaurants on the verge of going out of business, gave a spotlight to forgotten histories, but more than anything taught Angelenos to be less afraid of their neighbors.

The Pop Rocket Seal of Approval

Two weeks ago Guy created the Pop Rocket Seal of Approval and quickly submitted its first nomination: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. This week we had enough of a quorum to hold our first-ever vote. Guy, Margaret, and Karen each weigh in with the pros and cons of awarding this prestigious honor to The Rock, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro comes in hot with her own opinions (but no voting rights). Will The Rock earn Pop Rocket's first ever Seal of Approval? Find out!

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, and Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

That's My Jam:

Margaret - Demi Lovato - Sober.

Karen - Lisa Loeb - Stay (I Missed You).

Sarah- Nina Simone - Ain't Got No, I Got Life (Live).

Guy - Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey - The Middle .

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for Edited by Shana Daloria.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 47: Whiteness in Cinema and 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' with Dave Holmes and Tavia Nyong'o

Who Shot Ya?
Ricky Carmona
Alonso Duralde
April Wolfe
Tavia Nyong'o
Dave Holmes

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

One of our most divisive episodes to date! The crew is joined by the wonderful Dave Holmes as they review Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. The line is quickly drawn in the sand between those who love this movie and those who hate. You'll have to listen to find out who is on which side! Plus, professor and critic Tavia Nyong'o calls in to discuss "whiteness" as it's presented in cinema. He also elaborates on the recent screening series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music called "BAMcinématek and The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness." Much to the joy of April, there is an in depth conversation on White Chicks. And as always, we have Staff Picks.

In news, James Gunn is fired, Marvel provided counseling centers for Infinity War, and the Cats movie announces its cast.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

Ricky - The Lost Boys
April - Montenegro
Alonso - Buddies
Dave - Eighth Grade

PLUS, we have two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

Next week we're discussing Mission Impossible: Fallout

With Dave Holmes, Tavia Nyong'o, April Wolfe, Alonso Duralde, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for

MK138: Intersectional Purposes (Barbara Lee, and The Return of Miss Quizlet: Buffy, James Gunn, Chick-Fill-A)

Minority Korner

We're starting this episode with a bang! We talk Sorry To Bother You, why it's such a radical movie and what exactly is capitalism? We switch gears to talk a little more about the Handmaiden's Talk and is it White Feminism? Who is this show for, and do they have a problem with race? In Nnekay's Korner we doing a deep dive into Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Who is she, and how she might be one of the few to actually save the party and maybe... country! James bring back our friend, QUIZLET... yes she is back and ready. Covered in the Quizlet: James Gunn and Disney, Buffy Reboot, Mickey D's Shading Chick-Fill-A, is Bruno Brunal racist, and who has more registered voters Dems or GOP? Happy Friday and enjoy the show!


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