The College Years

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Podcast: The College Years: Beyond the Fringe

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Guests: 
Rebecca Paller

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: 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.

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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.

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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.

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