Podcast: The College Years: Baseball

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Guests: 
Tim and Eric
Guests: 
Will Carroll
Guests: 
Bill Lee

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: Baseball

In this episode, Jesse first talks with Tim and Eric. They play a little amateur baseball trivia between themselves. Tim and Eric are the creators of TimandEric.com and "Tom Goes to the Mayor" on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network.


Next Jesse talks briefly with Will Carroll. He's the author of “The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems," which covers the steroid scandal in Major League Baseball, and co-author of The Baseball Prospectus. They discuss local baseball, Barry Bonds, and injury and trade updates.

Jesse also talks with Bill “The Spaceman” Lee.. He's written the best-selling memoir “The Wrong Stuff” and “Have Glove, Will Travel”," which cover his career in amateur, minor, and major league baseball. He talks about getting older and still playing, pitching in senior leagues and staying passionate.

Podcast: The College Years: RIP Hedberg

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Guests: 
Al Madrigal
Guests: 
Marc Maron

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: RIP Hedberg

In this episode, Jesse begins by announcing the unfortunate passing of comedian Mitch Hedberg. After reflecting a moment on Hedberg's work as a comedian, Jesse speaks with Al Madrigal about Hedberg's influence on the world of comedy. Madrigal then talks about his upcoming feature at the 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit.


Then we hear from radio host and comedian Marc Maron. He speaks about his role in "alternative" comedy and work as a radio personality. Maron also looks back on Hedberg's life and talks about how the passing of some comedic role models affects comedy as a whole.

Podcast: The College Years: Rebirth

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Guests: 
DJ Spooky
Guests: 
Sharon Waxman

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: Rebirth

In this episode, Jesse first talks with Paul D. Miller, AKA "DJ Spooky" or "That Subliminal Kid." Miller is a writer, artist, and musician. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum and The Wire among others. His music touches on jazz, reggae and dub influences.


Then we hear from writer Sharon Waxman. She's the author of Rebels on the Backlot, which discusses the indie film explosion of the mid 1990's and features profiles on the directors behind it, including Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, Steven Soderbergh, and David Fincher. Waxman continues bringing the world entertainment industry analysis and breaking Hollywood news from www.TheWrap.com.

Podcast: The College Years: My My Marmot

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Guests: 
Seth Greenland
Guests: 
Scott Shuffitt
Guests: 
Will Russell

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: My My Marmot

In this episode, Jesse first talks with the founders of Lebowski Fest, Will Russell and Scott Shuffitt. Lebowski Fest is an annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski. This year's Lebowski Fest is coming to Tampa, Florida on February 25th and 26th. There will be a screening of the film and bowling, among other fun things.


Jesse also talks with Seth Greenland. He's the author of the novel "The Bones," which satirizes Hollywood and the world of comedy. And Jesse fields some calls from callers eager to talk about marmots! What's a marmot, you ask? Listen to find out!

Podcast: The College Years: Literary Magic

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Guests: 
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Guests: 
Ricky Jay

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: Literary Magic

Jesse talks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a writer of numerous books for children including Little Pea, Spoon, The Wonder Book, Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons, and Duck! Rabbit! And while those titles can be enjoyed by kid and adult alike, she writes literature geared towards grown-ups as well, including her best-selling memoir, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, which she discusses on the show. She is the host and creator of NPR's MissionAmyKR.com, produced by Chicago Public Radio.



Then Jesse talks to Ricky Jay, who made his name as one of the world’s great sleight-of-hand artists, and has various accomplishments as an author, actor and historian. They discuss how his pursuit of these numerous accomplishments grew from his passion for magic, juggling and other unusual performances.

Podcast: The College Years: Hollow Men

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Guests: 
Doug Benson
Guests: 
The Hollow Men

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: Hollow Men

Before going on to talk to Doug Benson about the Academy Awards, Jesse talks about a little of his own work as an actor when he gave an Oscar-worthy performance in a commercial for a digital arts college. And if you've been wanting to see Jesse almost completely nude, this commercial makes that dream come true. Jesse and Doug discuss Tommy Chong and then Doug picks the 2005 Oscar winners. He pretty much gets them all correct too! Doug loves movies.

Then Jesse interviews the British comedy troupe and sketch group the Hallow Men who had a Comedy Central show with the same name. Lots of shenanigans and fun times are had.

Enjoy the show!

Podcast: The College Years: The Sound of Young American Splendor

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Guests: 
Colin Meloy
Guests: 
Harvey Pekar

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 from our salad days.

Today's theme: The Sound of Young American Splendor

In this episode, Jesse recalls an interview he and Jordan conducted with Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of The Decemberists. They have a fun Russian-themed question contest with a fan, and Meloy assures us that The Decemberists are a fairly attractive band despite what Pitchfork.com might say. Their new album, The King is Dead, is available January 18.



Then Jesse interviews Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series which was adapted to film, starring Paul Giamatti. They discuss "American Splendor" in all its incarnations, including the possibility of Rob Schneider playing Pekar.

Podcast: The College Years: Beyond the Fringe

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Guests: 
Rebecca Paller

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Today's theme: Beyond the Fringe


In this episode of The College Years, Jesse speaks with Rebecca Paller, curator at The United States Museum of Television and Radio, about the four legendary British comedians Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennet and Jonathan Miller and their awesome early 60's show "Beyond the Fringe." The occasion for this interview was The United States Museum of Television and Radio's screening of the original show in New York and Los Angeles. With plenty of audio outtakes "from Beyond the Fringe," and Rebecca's expert knowledge on the subject, this podcast is definitely worth a listen.

Podcast: The College Years: Free-est Form Radio

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Guests: 
Tom Scharpling
Guests: 
Jon Wurster

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.

Today's theme: Free-est Form Radio

This is the first ever piece of original programming that Jesse put onto the internet as a podcast. And, as they say, the rest is history. Now a world-famous podcaster, Jesse starts this episode by explaining the then-newfangled technology of podcasting in simple, yet brilliant terms that an idiot can understand and a genius can appreciate. Thanks Jesse, I appreciate it.


Next, Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster talk to Jesse about the age-old technology of radio (which, beyond podcasting, Jesse is also famously brilliant at).

Scharpling and Wurster show off their own radio prowess in the back half of this episode in a hilarious bit from the Best of the The Best Show on WFMU.

Podcast: The College Years: Back from Jury Duty!

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Guests: 
Olde English
Guests: 
Paul Feig

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.

Today's theme: Back from Jury Duty!


The College Years is back from jury duty! Well, at least Jesse was around this episode's original broadcast date. Still, oh happy day. Listen in as Jesse welcomes many talented gentlemen during this episode. First up, Olde English pays the show a visit. At the time of the interview, the sketch group were still in Bard college but already performing at legitimate venues and credible festivals! Funny back then and still hilarious now, check out their work.


Following that, Jesse speaks with director, actor, and writer Paul Feig. As a director, he's done work on your favorite programmes, including Arrested Development, Bored to Death, and Mad Men. As an actor, you may remember him from the classice film, Heavyweights (note: Heavyweights is awesome). And as a demigod, you better know him from Freaks and Geeks. If you're interested in a good read, check out Superstud: Or How I Became a 24-Year-Old Virgin.

Podcast: The College Years: Christmas in September

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Guests: 
Davy Rothbart
Guests: 
Christopher Moore
Guests: 
John Waters
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

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.

Today's theme: Christmas in September


It's The College Years' holiday special! Oh happy day. Jesse welcomes a plethora of talented gentlemen on the show for this very special occasion, the first being Davy Rothbart. Davey Rothbart is the editor of Found Magazine, home to the greatest collection of "love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles." Check out the the Found Magazine book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World.

Next, Jesse and Jordan give a little bit of sage advice to Jesse's younger brother, John Thorn. Sage but sobering advice.

Following that, Jesse speaks with author Christopher Moore. They talk about Christopher's Christmas themed book, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Do yourself a favor and read his work.

After that, listen for a good cause, namely Mustaches for Kids. I think the name speaks for itself but just in case, "Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to do good and have fun by growing Mustaches for children’s charities." Naturally.


Speaking of distinguished mustaches, John Waters joins Jesse to share some of his favorite Christmas tunes. If you like his films, most surely you will enjoy his musical tastes. Check out A John Waters Christmas.

Lastly but certainly not least, Patton Oswalt graces the show with his comedy. Added bonus: listen in as Jesse recreates one of Patton's fondest memories.

Podcast: The College Years: Party Time!

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Guests: 
Anne Libera

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Today's theme: Party Time!


In this episode, Jesse celebrates the legendary comedy institution, The Second City. With an alumni that includes some of the funniest people ever (e.g. Bill Murray, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, etc.), The Second City has certainly contributed to the comedy landscape. Fortunately, this episode has a few recordings of their hilarious performances. Hear more vintage funny in The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater, a nice coffee table book that comes with two audio CDs.


Appropriately, Jesse also talks to Anne Libera, author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation. Anne shares what distinguishes The Second City from other groups, what signs indicate a comedy star in the making, and the unique nature of improv performance. All that and more, in this episode of The College Years.

Podcast: The College Years: R.I.P. ODB

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Guests: 
Charlie Todd

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.

Today's theme: R.I.P. ODB


Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere. You may know Improv Everywhere from pranks such as Frozen Grand Central, Ted's Birthday, and Who you Gonna Call. Charlie shares with Jesse the origin of Improv Everywhere and explains the rationale behind their pranks. For more details behind Charlie Todd's "missions," make sure to read the Improv Everywhere book, Causing a Scene.

After that segment, life throws Jesse and Jim a curveball as Ed Helms cancels the interview. Rather than sulk and wallow in a bottomless pit of public radio despair, Jim demonstrates why his nickname is "Master of Would You Rather."

And since this episode is a tribute to the work of Ol' Dirty Bastard, let's finish with Shimmy Shimmy Ya. It's apropos anytime really, but especially for this episode.

Podcast: The College Years: Strong Words

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Guests: 
Chuck D
Guests: 
Tim Heidecker
Guests: 
Eric Wareheim

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.

Today's theme: Strong Words


To start things off, Jesse welcomes Chuck D of Public Enemy fame. Listen in as Jesse brings out some passionate words about the state of hip hop, politics, and Black entrepreneurship from Chuck D. For more, make sure to check out some of Chuck D's work.


After that, Jesse interviews Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, better known as Tim and Eric. In this segment, Tim and Eric discuss their unique and unusual creation, Tom Goes to the Mayor.

Podcast: The College Years: Giant Teeth

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Guests: 
Rob Baedeker
Guests: 
James Reichmuth
Guests: 
Heddah from Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
Guests: 
Audrey II
Guests: 
Zach Galifianakis

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.

Today's theme: Steve Harvey's Giant Teeth


To start things off, Jesse welcomes Rob Baedeker and James Reichmuth of Kasper Hauser fame and eternal MaxFun friendship. You can look forward to anecdotes of mail fraud, lousy scholarship advice, and beaver skulls. For more hilarity, watch some Kasper Hauser funnies.

Next up, the gentlemen talk with the casting director of Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge about the show's high expectations while in Santa Cruz. More groin pummelers wanted, apparently.

After that business, Jesse interviews Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Sadly, no Rick Moranis in the interview.


Lastly and all too briefly, Jesse and the guys speak with comedian Zach Galifianakis. Fact: Zach was on the Fox series, Tru Calling. Fun Fact: Zach isn't particularly fond of Tru Calling.

Podcast: The College Years: Show People

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Guests: 
Suicidegirl Pearl
Guests: 
Josh Kornbluth

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.

Today's theme: Show People


To start the show, Jesse and guest-host Steve Palopoli interview Pearl of the Suicidegirls. While promoting her group's traveling burlesque show, Pearl explains to the guys why Suicidegirls is about more than just pictures of pretty girls. Note: very hard to find SFW links of that other stuff Pearl talks about due to risqué pictures of pretty girls. In any case, if attractive women is your cup of tea, check out the DVD of the tour.


Next, Jesse and Steve talk to the arguably just as NSFW Josh Kornbluth. (NSFW because you might guffaw while listening). Josh speaks about his one man show, Ben Franklin: Unplugged. Although that show has passed, you can still catch Josh in the film, Haiku Tunnel and at future performances.

Podcast: The College Years: Free Form

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Guests: 
Tom Scharpling
Guests: 
Eugene Mirman

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.

Today's theme: Free Form


To begin the show, Jesse speaks with Tom Scharpling. Known for his writing on shows such as Tom Goes to the Mayor and Monk. Tom talks about his radio programme, The Best Show on WFMU. Why don't you become Tom's friend?


Next up on this episode, Eugene Mirman! Listen as Eugene shares memories of childhood alienation and loneliness. Meanwhile, Jesse talks about Gallagher. If you're feeling lonely and don't want to listen to another Gallagher album, pick up some of Eugene's hilarious work.

Podcast: The College Years: It's All Politics!

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Guests: 
Kristin Gore
Guests: 
Art Spiegelman
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

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.

Today's theme: It's All Politics!

First up, Jesse Thorn and guest-host Maria Schell welcome writer Kristin Gore. Kristin talks about her book, Sammy's Hill, her beginnings in comedy with Harvard's National Lampoon, and her time as a writer at Futurama.


Following that, Jesse interviews the great Art Spiegelman. Listen as Mr. Spiegelman reveals some of his motivations for his book about 9/11, In the Shadow of No Towers. It is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and find more of his work.


Lastly, Jesse talks to friend of the show, Patton Oswalt. In the world's shortest interview, Patton drops some funny, Jesse tries to demonize the Chipmunks, and Maria describes what she's wearing. Owe yourself another favor and go to one of his upcoming shows.

Podcast: The College Years: Chosen People

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Guests: 
Chris Jackson
Guests: 
Count Bass D
Guests: 
Sarah Silverman

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.

Today's theme: Chosen People

Chris Jackson can be described as a sort of pop culture activist. With H.O.P.E. in America, Chris protests the mediocrity prevalent in the entertainment landscape. For example, he ruined Paris Hilton's book signing.


Following that, Jesse and Kathi interview Count Bass D. Listen in as Count Bass D talks about music, his artistic collaborations and making art in Nashville. Check out his latest work.


Lastly, Jesse speaks with his comedy crush Sarah Silverman. Between the flirting and passing of love notes, Sarah reveals her comedy origin story and describes Jesus is Magic as only she can.

Podcast: The College Years: Hello Possums!

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Guests: 
Randy Newman
Guests: 
Dan Piraro
Guests: 
Dame Edna Everage

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.

Today's theme: Hello Possums!

Randy Newman is a singer, songwriter, and composer. In this programme, Jesse devotes the first hour to the work of Randy Newman. Find his latest music on the Toy Story 3 soundtrack.

Following that musical hour, Jesse interviews Dan Piraro. Dan Piraro is best known as the cartoonist behind the comic “panel” Bizarro. Find his daily feature here.

Also, Jesse welcomes entertainer Dame Edna Everage. As a satirical character played by Barry Humphries, Dame Edna Everage has written several books, hosted many television programmes, and even managed to rile up Salma Hayek.

Podcast: The College Years: Mashup

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Guests: 
Tyler MacNiven
Guests: 
Steve Almond
Guests: 
Marc Horowitz
Guests: 
Tony Goldmark
Guests: 
Jacob Slichter

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.

Today's theme: Mashup, for which we've selected five interviews from the summer of 2004, with co-hosts Jamis MacNiven, Al Madrigal, and W. Kamau Bell.

Tyler MacNiven is a filmmaker and in this program he speaks to Jamis MacNiven and Jesse about his trek across the entirety of Japan. That journey would later be documented in Tyler's 2005 film, Kintaro Walks Japan.


Following that, Jesse interviews Steve Almond. In this episode, Steve Almond discusses his candy "freakdom" chronicled in the 2004 non-fiction book, Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. His most recent book is Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us.


Next, Jesse and Al Madrigal speak with Marc Horowitz. Marc Horowitz is a performance artist, actor, comic and filmmaker. He stops by to talk about a few of his performance pieces, including what happens when you mix burros with picking up the dry cleaning. You might also recognize Marc from one of his recent projects -- a piece that became a series of commercials, "Seven Days in a Sentra". You can find videos of Marc's work at his site, I Need to Stop Soon. He's also a co-host of the new TV series on G4, It's Effin' Science.

And lastly, W. Kamau Bell joins Jesse to interview Tony Goldmark and Jacob Slichter. A musical comedian, Tony Goldmark has been crafting song parodies a la Weird Al since he was a kid, with a debut album when he was only 13. In this episode, he talks about his album Rage Against the Mundane.

Jacob Slichter is a musician and a member of the band Semisonic. Jacob discusses his 2004 book, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life. In the work, he details the often frustrating experience of dealing with the music industry.

Podcast: The College Years: Mad Libs

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Guests: 
Brandon Bird
Guests: 
Jimmy Pardo
Guests: 
Geoffrey Nunberg
Guests: 
Shelley Berman

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.

Today's theme: Mad Libs. Brian "Business, Never Personal" Lane and Arthur Gauss both co-host with Jesse on today's TSOYA.

Brandon Bird is an artist (and fellow UCSC grad) whose paintings reference pop culture and historical figures; he was an artist-in-residence at Risley Residential College at Cornell University and is a regular contributor to The Believer. He talks to us about creating a "Law and Order" coloring book and performs a dramatic reading of the frankly hysterical tale of "Butt Tinkie," dreamed up by his four-year-old self.

Jimmy Pardo, comedian and host of the weekly podcast Never Not Funny, talks about the gift of a Gentlemen's Chest, his mom, and his worst television performance ever.

We're joined next by Geoffrey Nunberg, Fresh Air's in-house linguist and author of Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times. Geoffrey shares his insights on popular language usage, from "nucular" to "like".

We close it out with the legendary comic Shelley Berman, winner of the first-ever Best Comedy Album at the Grammy Awards of 1960 and a founding member of The Second City.

Podcast: The College Years: First Impressions

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Guests: 
Joanne Gilbert
Guests: 
Jeff Richards
Guests: 
Harmon Leon

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.

Today's theme: First Impressions.

Joanne Gilbert, former standup comic and doctor of philosophy, talks about her book Performing Marginality, a look at the roles of women in standup comedy.

Standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live and MadTV cast member Jeff Richards stops by to talk about his career and do some of his celebrity impressions.

He's also done the late-night circuit with appearances on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC's Late Friday, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


And finally, we're joined by Harmon Leon, a first-person journalist and funnyman who's written for Might Magazine, Esquire, Salon, This American Life, and Wired, among others. He's also published six books, including The Harmon Chronicles. You can find links to his writing and cultural commentary at his site, FreedomHaters.org.

Podcast: The College Years: God Bless America

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Guests: 
Patton Oswalt
Guests: 
Kenneth C. Davis

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.

Today's Theme: God Bless America! Brian "Back In Business" Lane & "The Non-Threatening Negro" Nick Adams join Jesse in today's TSOYA while Jordan Morris is away.

Historian Kenneth C. Davis wants to recruit you into History Nerdom. He explains how fireworks came to be a thing that happens on the 4th of July and about how awesome but kind of a jerk Benjamin Franklin was.
His book is called Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned (he now has a whole series of books about things you wish you'd learned in school)

Also: Our pal actor & comedian Patton Oswalt talks about his first comedy album: Feelin' Kinda Patton, & about standup being the goal itself and not just the vehicle to getting elsewhere.


PLUS- Mr. Peabody's Way-Back Joke Machine Presents:
Standup comedy by "The Jazz Comedian" Franklyn Ajaye.

Franklyn Ajaye - Celibacy
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Podcast: The College Years: Come Fly With Me!

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Guests: 
Jasper Redd
Guests: 
W. Kamau Bell

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.

Today's Theme: Come Fly With Me!

Comedians Jasper Redd & W. Kamau Bell on the show, PLUS a contest to win a chance to fly with Jesse on a WW2 Red Baron Pizza biplane!

Podcast: The College Years: Sticking it to The Man

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Davy Rothbart
Guests: 
Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of SFCC
Guests: 
Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.

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.

Today's Theme is: Sticking it to The Man. With guests Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of the San Francisco Comedy College, and Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.

Podcast: The College Years: R.O.C.K!

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Guests: 
Andrew W.K.
Guests: 
Brendan Thorn

Our rock star friend, Andrew W.K., give's Jesse's little brother Brendan some rock n roll advice. Brendan Thorn (aka Eddy Demon) is the frontman of the band Total Annihilation.


(above: Andrew with Brendan Thorn of Total Annihilation)

Podcast: The College Years: FOOD

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Guests: 
Jamis McNiven

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.

Today's theme is FOOD - Our guest is Jamis McNiven, eccentric restaurant mogul of Bucks of Woodside and the author of Breakfast at Bucks: Tales From the Pancake Guy.
Also Jordan gets some ideas on how to make the most out of his short time left in college.

Podcast: The College Years: A Doozy

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Guests: 
Andrew W.K.

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.

Today we have a doosy of a show with the fantastic Andrew W.K. in studio via telephone.
Plus Jim Real: "The Master of "Would You Rather."

Podcast: The College Years: Pathetic!

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Guests: 
Maria Schneider

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.

Today's Theme: Pathetic! Tales of a woe and failure. Featured guest is The Onion's Maria Schneider: She's the creator of the comic strip Pathetic Geek Stories.

Podcast: The College Years: NEW New

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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.

In today's episode: The Sound of Young America boys showcase some of their comedy chops with their sketch group Prank The Dean. Also an interview with Santa Cruz's long-form sketch group Freefall.

Podcast: The College Years: April Fools!

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Guests: 
Sarah Silverman
Guests: 
Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan

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.

In today's episode: What type of girl is best? Sarah Silverman is best.
Also writer/musician Seth "Fingers" Flynn Barkan discusses his book "Blue Wizard Is About To Die! which is a poetry book... about video games.

Podcast: The College Years: Making The World A Better Place.

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Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

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.

Brian "Back In Business" Lane covering for Jordan Morris in this installment of TSOYA. With guest Patton Oswalt and the comedy stylings of Jesse's little brother: Brendan Thorn.

Podcast: The College Years: The High Five Club

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Guests: 
The Gaskets

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Jesse and Jordan with Teddy from The Gaskets, a contest for Will Durst tickets and heavy discussion about your favorite beverage container: Capri Sun.

Podcast: The College Years: Duets

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Jesse and Jordan and later Brian interview sketch comedy power duo Eric Slovin and Leo Allen of Slovin and Allen. Top notch episode: all killer, no filler.

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Podcast: The College Years: Good Friends and Good Times

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Jesse and Jordan host this College Year with rock and roller and high five ambassador Teddy from The Gaskets. Throw in some ticket giveaways, some music, and some mocktails and you've got a hell of a show.

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Podcast: The College Years: The Road

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Jesse and Jordan host a comedic romp through comedy with an interview with The Second City's Allison Bills. Also in this episode: some Nichols and May bits and talk of Rooster T Feathers and its patrons.

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Podcast: The College Years: LA to NY

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The College Years is back with a vengeance! Our hosts, Jesse, Jordan, and Brian interview famous comedian Doug Benson on the Marijuana-Logues and The Oscars. Also in this show, NY correspondent "Big Time" Gene O'Neill and a joke about The Sound of Young America getting broadcast nationally.

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Podcast: The College Years: The Kids Are Alright

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Boy oh boy do we have a show for you. Famous actor-turned-musician Steve Burns, of Blues Clues fame is interviewed by Jesse and Jordan. Much more in this program including fan-favorite Jesse's Little Brother Brendan Tells a Joke, an interview with foreign correspondent, Giant Talking Bear, and advice for Jesse's brother, John.

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

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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: The College Years: USA A-OK

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Step right up for a heck of a show, folks! This week: professional namer Dave Hurlbert and "Big Time" Gene O'Neil are interviewed by your hosts Jordan and Jesse. Also in this spectacular spectacle: Jim Real's Would You Rather and campaign commercials.

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Podcast: The College Years: Dustin Diamond Day (repost)

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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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Podcast: The College Years: Outcasts

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In this lonely episode of The College Years, Jordan and Jesse are joined by author of Masters of Doom, David Kushner. Also, comedy from and interview with a Emily Plum of Anne Francisco & Her Cable Car Casualties. Also, Jim Real's Would You Rather and Running The Numbers.

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Podcast: The College Years: The Dangerous Streets

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Holy guacamole it's been a while since the likes of The College Years has rolled around. This program, hosted by Jordan and Jesse this week, has Joshua Piven (author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and As Luck Would Have It) and referee Jingy of Kaiju Big Battel. Also in this episode: Jim Real's Would You Rather?, Hang It Up/Keep It Up, and the historic first mention of The New Sincerity. This one's a keeper, folks.

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Podcast: The College Years: Superheroes

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A star-studded episode of The College Years, hosted by Jesse and Jordan, featuring Patton Oswalt and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, a rock and roll band. Bold statements and double-decker tacos--just two of the many things you'll hear in this blast from the past.

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Podcast: The College Years: Sexiness

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Spooky Suicide and Katie Suicide of The Suicide Girls join Jordan and Jesse for this arousing episode of The College Years. Also in this episode: Jim Real's famed "Would You Rather?", Erotic Confessions, Point/Counterpoint: Sexual intercourse or the new Zelda game?, and A Tribute to France.

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Podcast: The College Years: Passion

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Tommy Davidson formerly of In Living Color joins Jesse, Jordan, and "Q" for a scintillating edition of The College Years featuring erotic confessions.

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Pocast: The College Years: Mysterious Wonders, Wondrous Mysteries

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Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and Horatio Q Fizzlebottom--Santa Cruz's most eccentric millionaire--joins Jordan, Jesse, and Gene. Also in this episode, dreaming of Christopher Walken and "Would You Rather?"

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Podcast: The College Years: A Living Hell

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Rock and roll band The Flipsides and George Ratliff, director of the documentary "Hell House" join Jesse, Gene, and Jordan in this edition. Other than that, not much else.

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Podcast: The College Years: Cult of Personality

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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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Podcast: The College Years: Fantasies

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Comedian team the Sklar Brothers join Jesse, Jordan, and Maya Baldwin on this edition of The College Years. Also in the episode: gossip about Larry King.

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Podcast: The College Years: Winners Win Big

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Richard Montoya of Culture Clash guests on this episode of The College Years, hosted by Jesse and Jordan. Also in the episode: giving away a lot of tickets.

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Podcast: The College Years: All the World's a Stage

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Theremin player Joseph Minicello joings Jesse and Jordan for this week's action-packed show. In this show: Jordan's little sister calls seeking advice, "Mace Detective, Private Detective" episode "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone," Running The Numbers, Myths and facts about homosexuals, and "Would You Rather?"

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Podcast: The College Years: A Family Affair

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"Hoaxpert" Alex Boese of MuseumofHoaxes.com joins Jesse and Jordan, talking mostly about PT Barnum. Jesse's brothers also call up seeking advice and telling jokes. Also, learn how to use a CB radio.

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Podcast: The College Years: David Cross, Reel Big Fish and Adam West's Divine Hand

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Jordan and Gene make a go of it without Jesse, and instead stack the show with content! Indie comedy god David Cross makes his first (and, to date, only) TSOYA appearance, but only until his phone cuts off. Then ska-rockers Reel Big Fish help close out the show. Also, the great radio drama, "The Divine Hand of Adam West!" opens the show.

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Podcast: The College Years: Mace Detective Gets His Man (Or: Jordan's Amnesia!)

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Mace Detective, Private Detective is back on the job in this week's trip back to the College Years, as he solves murders and drinks fruity beverages. Jordan Morris later attempts to recover from amnesia caused by an unknown source.

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Podcast: The College Years: Guys in Their Underwear

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This week's dip in the archival river of The Sound of Young America makes you come up with leeches in the form of guys in their underwear. First, the guys talk to the mysterious Inspector #14 of underwear-inspecting fame. After, legendary soul singer Swamp Dogg talks about being a cult artist, his transformation into Swamp Dogg and why his liner notes were so great. Also, some of his hard-to-find, great music is played and discussed.

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Podcast: The College Years: Cartoons 4/18/02

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In this week's second show, Gene, Jesse and Jordan discuss cartoons with animator Liz Holtzman and talk about how horrible TSOYA's listeners were at contests with Spike Decker of Spike & Mike's Film Festival.

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Pledge Drive: 5/1 - 5/15 (Inclusive)

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Preamble

It's officially been one year since The Sound of Young America and MaximumFun.org starting accepting donations. In that time, dozens of listeners have stepped up to the plate to support our programming (and blogging). Your support has allowed me to expand our offerings, buy some new equipment and quit my day job (though I still spend too much time on contract work).

In celebration of a year of donation-supported content, we're having a good old-fashioned pledge drive. The goal is to build a base of supporters that can carry the show into the future.

Here's the deal.

I give everything away for free. The blog, all the shows and all their archives, the radio show... everything. There's no mandatory subscription fees or pay-per-downloads here. My first priority is sharing this work with you.

In order for me to do that, I need your support.

I ask that you donate to support the show. You can give $20 a month if you have the means, or you can give $2 or $5 if you're as broke as I am. I ask for monthly gifts because I'm not a professional fundraiser, and I'd rather dedicate my time (and yours) to programming and not to asking for money. This way, instead of fundraising two or three times a year, I can do it once. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, or simply mail a check, you can do that as well.

I appreciate your support -- and because of that, I'm giving shit away to say "thanks."


Thank You Gifts

Everyone who donates will receive a Maximum Fun Pack. That means a Maximum Fun Club card, personally inscribed (not to mention laminated) by yours truly, some stickers, and a pin for your lapel.

If you donate at the $10 or $20/month level, I'll send you a Sound of Young America t-shirt. If you've already got one, get one for your spouse! It'll be great, they'll love it, I promise.

And furthermore...

The Big Prizes

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize drawing. It's different from most drawings in that you have a great chance of winning.

You could win:
Kasper Hauser's SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane

John Hodgman's Areas of My Expertise, personally autographed by the author

One of FIVE personalized Hobos drawn according to a name you choose by the great Ape Lad (also known as Adam Koford)

Or the grand prize:
A complete box set of the legendary spy spoof series Get Smart (created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry) -- a set which costs $300 in the store!

So Donate Now

Click here for our donation page, where you can choose the level of your support. If you'd like a t-shirt, be sure to include your shirt size and address. And once you do donate, be sure to record an intro for The Sound of Young America!

Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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In this week's dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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Podcast: The College Years: Lost & Found 4/4/02

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This week, it's the first appearance of TSOYA regular Davy Rothbart, founder/editor/point guard of Found Magazine. He plays some found audio, as does Sasquatch. The urban legend, not the A Special Thing founder.

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Podcast: The College Years: That's Entertainment! 03/07/02 and We Love Dave Attell Again 03/14/02

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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.

This week, two new episodes of The College Years featuring comedic giants. First, the guys talk with former Mystery Science Theater 3000 host and head writer Mike Nelson, even putting him in a star-studded scene with frequent guest Jimmy Rogers. Next, Jordan, Gene and Jesse wait for, wait for and speak to comedian Dave Attell, who accidentally curses and tells them to visit Boise, Idaho.

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Podcast: The College Years: Dustin Diamond Day

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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!".

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Podcast: The College Years: Go On Home You Foreign Communist! and Perhaps It's Love

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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.

This week, two new love-themed episodes from years ago. First, the show is graced by a soulful deportation anthem as Jordan tries to start the "Choo Choo!" craze. On "Perhaps It's Love", Jesse tries his hand at radio acting with star Jimmy Rogers while Jordan and Gene have a tag-team date in which they fail to get the girl but succeed with Billy Dee Williams.

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Podcast: The College Years: Andrew Sings, Song Poems & Jay's Kids

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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 two weeks or so as we post a new program from our salad days.

This week, two new (old) shows. First, we talk about Song Poems, a bizarre music scam that's preserved on LP. Then we talk to the curator of Jay's Kids, a now-defunct website dedicated to bringing together the many children of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (perhaps 50 in total). On the second show (found below the first), we talk with boy singer Andrew Anton about his romantic and heartfelt music.

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