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Adam Ruins Everything: Episode 7 Elections and Voting Rights with Ed Ayers

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Ed Ayers (Photo Courtesy of BackStory with the American History Guys)
Guests: 
Adam Conover
Guests: 
Ed Ayers

Adam is joined by historian Ed Ayers to talk about our forefathers' democratic vision for the United States, the historical implications of our current election, and misconceptions about the discipline of history.

Since we're experiencing one of the most interesting elections in modern history, we needed to know what it all means. So on this week's podcast we talk to historian Ed Ayers.

Ed, who appeared on the voting episode of Adam Ruins Everything, is the host of the brilliant podcast and public radio show BackStory with the American History Guys. He's also the President Emeritus of the University of Richmond, where he now serves as Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities.

Adam Conover is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.

Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye: Chuck Klosterman & W. Kamau Bell

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Chuck Klosterman
Guests: 
W. Kamau Bell

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Chuck Klosterman on consuming culture on the Internet and how the present will be perceived in the future

Chuck Klosterman has written countless articles for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian and more. His new book, But What if We’re Wrong, examines how the present will be perceived it as the past. What exactly will be thought of as important events to people that are hundreds of years removed from it all? Is it even possible to get every fact correct when writing about the past?

Klosterman sits down with Jesse to talk about how we consume culture, how historians frequently reinterpret historical events, and how writing online and writing for print are fundamentally different undertakings.

Chuck Klosterman’s book But What if We’re Wrong? is available now.


Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images

W. Kamau Bell on the Best Advice He’s Received

Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell shares with us the best piece of advice he’s ever received.

The Outshot: Tony! Toni! Toné!

Jesse talks about Tony! Toni! Toné! and how they successfully merged soul music and hip-hop to create a new type of R&B.

Getting Curious: Episode 2 What was the first Christmas really like?

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Jonathan
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Getting Curious
Guests: 
Jonathan Van Ness
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Father Waylon

Jonathan is joined by Father Waylon, who has a master's in divinity and is a priest in Jonathan's hometown church in Quincy, Illinois.

Sawbones: The One Problem with Benjamin Rush

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Sawbones

After weeks of degrading medical professionals we turn to a true hero of medicine. He revolutionized psychiatry, he signed the Declaration of Independence and he's still influential to this day. There's just ... there's just one tiny problem. We're talking about Benjamin Rush this week on Sawbones and you'll want to join Justin and Dr. Sydnee when it all goes horribly wrong.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Opium

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Sawbones

Can't get your teething baby to shut up? Can't get rid of that pesky cough? Can't stop being not high? This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin fix every problem you've ever had through the magic of opium.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about the show or follow it on Twitter (@Sawbones).

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Sawbones: Mercury

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Sawbones

Wait. Stop. Before you put mercury on that chancre, let Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband Justin explain why that's such a terrible idea. They'll also take you on a delightful tour of all the other upsetting ways we've tried to make use of quicksilver.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet with the #Sawbones hashtag and tell all your friends (and loved ones). You can also follow the show on Twitter (@SawbonesShow).

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Book Trailer for MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman

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Twenty-five years ago, Art Spiegelman created his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Maus. In this documentary-style book trailer, Spiegelman talks about the creation of this classic and we get to preview the soon-to-be-released MetaMaus which explores the materials that he used to write Maus and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the author's creative process. Metamaus will be sold with a companion DVD that contains a digitized reference copy of The Complete Maus featuring audio interviews with Spiegelman's father, historical documents, and generous excerpts from the author's notebooks and sketches.

MetaMaus will be available on October 4th. Until then, you can find more material from the book on Spiegelman's Facebook page.

Free Download of Bob Edwards' memoir "A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio"

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Beloved public radio host and past Sound of Young America guest Bob Edwards is releasing a memoir about his long and distinguished career as a broadcaster called "A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio." Although the print edition isn't due until later this month, his publisher has released a free, downloadable version that will be available until September 9th from multiple e-book retailers including Amazon's Kindle store, Barnes & Noble's Nook store and the Google ebookstore.

I grew up listening to Edwards host "Morning Edition" every weekday as I rode to school in the car with my father. So I'm already intrigued. But for anyone who isn't as intimately familiar with his work, the memoir's publisher, the University Press of Kentucky, has released this video mashup of highlights from Edwards' career.

Edwards has already published two earlier books that are bound to be a hit with any fan of broadcasting history. The first is Fridays with Red, which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber, and the second is Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism.

LBJ Orders Pants

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This is the latest from my non-MaxFun project, Put This On.

In 1964, Lyndon Johnson needed some pants, so he called Haggar to ask for some. The call was recorded, and later became one of the most beloved White House tapes of all time. For the reason why, you'll have to watch.

Animator Tawd Dorenfeld helped us create this short.

Watch! Enjoy! Share!

Mutter Museum Director Dr. Robert Hicks, Live in Philadelphia; The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Robert Hicks, PhD

Robert Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's a legendary collection of medical history, and more than a few medical oddities.

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