For weeks I've been promising big news come the new year. Well, it's finally here. I'm proud to announce that we've got four new shows in the MaxFun lineup, and a fifth being re-launched.
Two of these shows are brand new, and two of them are already off to great starts. We're hoping you'll support them - both by checking them out and by donating in our MaxFunDrive this spring.
Here's the rundown:
The Goosedown with Jasper Redd & Kimberly Clark
Most comics are antic. Jasper and Kim are the opposite. The Goosedown is a warm, enveloping blanket of stray observations, off-hand remarks and social insights that's perfect for late night listening. It's a different kind of comedy podcast.
Lady to Lady
On Lady to Lady, hosts Brandie Posey, Tess Barker and Barbara Gray talk about the kind of stuff ladies talk about when there are no men around. Intimate, vulgar, hilarious, incisive, hilarious. Hilarious twice because it's really, really funny.
International Waters with Dave Holmes
International Waters is one of MaxFun's most beloved and fastest growing shows, and now it's moving to twice a month, with a brand new host. The game stays the same: a battle between UK and US comics in a pop culture quiz. But now, your host is the hilarious and charming Dave Holmes, known for hosting every television show ever, and his comedy work on Reno 911 and on stage in LA's long-running The Friday 40. It's twice the humor, and infinity percent more Dave Holmes.
Oh No, Ross & Carrie!
Every month, Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy put on their investigator hats and take on the fringey, strange, paranormal and pseudo-scientific. They've joined 9/11 Truther groups, learned reflexology, searched for energy vortices and barfed their guts out after some particularly foul hangover cures. And of course once they do this crazy stuff, they always report back, forthwith.
Composer/Producer Hrishikesh Hirway (The One AM Radio) talks to musicians about how and why they recorded a single song. Then he breaks the song's stems - the individual instrumental and vocal tracks - down and builds the song again with snippets from the interview. Episode one features Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service talking about their song The District Sleeps Alone Tonight.
So... head over to iTunes, give these shows a listen and subscribe. And don't forget who brings 'em to ya!
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The hosts of the comedy podcast Jordan Jesse Go! had an idea. What if they bought an ice cream cone for 1000 strangers? Just to make the world a better place? They launched a Kickstarter, and with the help of over 600 of their listeners, raised the money to do it.
Jordan and Jesse headed to Sweet Action Ice Cream in Denver for the big event. Each person who received a cone also got a card with the name of the Jordan Jesse Go! listener who bought it for them. It took six hours, some running around in the street, and even a (brief) visit to a pot dispensary, but when they were done, one thousand ice cream cones had been bought for folks wandering past the shop. And a better day was had by all.
You can find Jordan and Jesse's profane and hilarious show free in iTunes or online at http://www.maximumfun.org .
Jesse and Jordan thank all our Kickstarter supporters, especially:
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Jordan and Jesse want to travel to Denver and buy 1000 strangers an ice cream cone. Can you help? Donate and share our Kickstarter here!
MaximumFun.org is looking for an office administrator in our Los Angeles office.
Assisting development staff
General administrative assistance
Job starts at twenty hours per week, pay $10-12/hr. Administrative experience appreciated.
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Opportunity cost is a core principle of economics. It essentially means the money you lose by doing one thing instead of another. If you get paid $20 an hour to sort mail, and take an hour off to file your nails, you lost $20. So filing your nails cost you $20. That’s opportunity cost, very broadly.
Like Mad Men, MaximumFun.org produces a bunch of weekly shows, mostly an hour or so in length. (Ours are on average a little longer, actually, but we’ll let that lie.) When you watch ad-supported media, there’s opportunity cost - the time you spend with the commercials is time you could have been making money. Or doing something else that you value as much as making money - say playing ball with your kid.
What if you donated to MaxFun an amount that matched what you “spend,” in opportunity cost, on the commercials in Mad Men?
Every episode of Mad Men features about 15 minutes of commercials. There are 4 1/3 weeks in a month, on average. So a little math shows us that you “spend,” in opportunity cost, your hourly salary * 1.08 every month watching Mad Men commercials.
Make ten bucks an hour? That’s $10.83 every month.
Make twenty? That’s $21.65.
Make fifty bucks an hour? $54.13.
And if you’re salaried, work 9-6 and get two weeks off a year…
$30,000 a year, and you’re “spending” $16.91.
$50,000 a year, and you’re spending $28.19.
$80,000 a year and you’re spending $45.13.
That’s EVERY MONTH on ONE SHOW. And don’t forget - you pay for cable so you can have the privilege of watching their ads. (And there’s ads built into the show! Conrad Hilton! That whole storyline! Bought and paid for! Seriously!)
So what if you gave that to support our shows every month? Or even half? If you did, it would go straight to the people whose work you love. Not execs or ad guys or shareholders or whatever.
I don’t think you shouldn’t watch Mad Men. I love Mad Men. I just think this is a great chance to think about how you’re paying for your entertainment. I think it’s worth valuing your time and attention, and valuing the content you care about.
(And yes, pedants, we sometimes have a couple brief ads in our show. Why don’t we call that and the advertisement-storylines a wash :)?
Hey Bullseye listeners... do us a favor, willya? Fill out our listener survey. We need to know who you are and what you think!
It’s official: starting in April, Bullseye with Jesse Thorn will be distributed by National Public Radio! This is the culmination of months and months of meetings, negotiations and planning, and we’re so, so proud to make it public today. (And so, so proud of the sweet illustration that we just made (above).)
We’re excited to be joining forces with the big dogs in public radio, and excited that we’ll no longer have to spend like half of every conversation at every cocktail party explaining the complicated square-rectangle relationship between “public radio” and “NPR.” (From now on, we can just be all, “yup, I do a show on NPR.” It’s gonna be great.)
We’ll be on the same team as our all-time favorites like Terry Gross and Brooke Gladstone, and our new jack favorites like Glynn Washington and Jad Abumrad. It’s an ideal situation.
If you’re a longstanding Bullseye listener, you’ve got nothing to worry about. The show will continue to be produced independently by MaximumFun.org, but now we’ll also have the cachet and manpower of NPR helping us to bring it to public radio stations around the country. Our hope is that this partnership will mean a better show, better guests and a bigger station lineup.
This is the next chapter in a story that started at my college radio station when I was 19. Twelve years later, I think our show is the best it’s ever been, and now we’re in position to take advantage of that fact.
As a great American once said… haters don’t be mad, ‘cause it’s all about progression… loiterers should be arrested.
Almost seven years ago, Mike Arnold, then of PRI, called me and asked me a question: "If PRI were interested in distributing your show, would you be interested in having PRI distribute it?" It was a dream come true, and I value immensely the hard work Public Radio International has done sharing our show with stations, and the kind people who work there who've become my friends.
That's why it was so immensely hard to say goodbye.
I've decided that starting this spring, Bullseye will have a new distributor. We'll announce the specific details soon, but for the time being, I want to emphasize that the only effects for listeners and stations will be positive. Our production and distribution won't be interrupted, and the show will only get better. This is a difficult step, but it is also a step forward.
For the time being, I just want to thank all of the kind people at PRI who've been wonderful partners over the years, particularly those who've worked with me directly, like Mike, Mark Kausch and Heidi Schultz. It's been an honor to be associated with PRI, and with wonderful shows like This American Life, Studio 360, To The Best of Our Knowledge and others. Thank you.
Bullseye fans: the future is bright. I'm excited.