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Raphael Saadiq, Soul Singer, Songwriter and Producer Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

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Raphael Saadiq is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose new album, "The Way I See It," was recently released by Columbia. Saadiq was a founding member of the groups Tony! Toni! Tone! and Lucy Pearl, and has produced for artists like D'Angelo, Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige. His new record borrows the soul sounds of the 1960s, with a bit of the '70s thrown in for good measure. He talks with Jesse about growing up in Oakland, touring with Prince and Sheila E, his days with the Tonys, and more.

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Found Magazine Editor Peter Rothbart on The Sound of Young America

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Peter Rothbart is an editor of Found Magazine. It's a compendium of the discarded -- ranging from shopping lists to personal notes to (once) a dead frog. Peter talks about the history of the magazine, shares some finds with us, then sings two songs inspired by found items. This interview was recorded live at Sketchfest Seattle.

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Graham Linehan, Creator of The IT Crowd and Co-Creator of Father Ted Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

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Graham Linehan an Irish comedy writer. His first major series, co-created with writing partner Arthur Mathews, was Father Ted, which is perhaps the single most iconic British sitcom of the 90s. He worked on hilarious shows like Big Train, Brass Eye and The Day Today, and recently created The IT Crowd. The IT Crowd, an office sitcom set in the IT support room of a faceless corporation, is currently running Tuesday nights on IFC.

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Dan Savage, Creator of Savage Love and the Savage Love Podcast on The Sound of Young America

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Dan Savage is a writer and editor based in Seattle. He pens the popular sex and advice column Savage Love, which runs in alternative newspapers around the country, and edits an alternative newspaper himself, The Stranger. He also hosts the audio version of his column, the Savage Love Podcast.

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Comedy Podcast: Jordan Morris' "Swing State," Simon Rich's "Hey, Look," and Elephant Larry's "El Pollo Loco"

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All kinds of comedy on this Sound of Young America podcast.

First, we hear a sketch from our own Jordan Morris. What is it really like to live in a swing state?

Then Simon Rich shares his essay Hey Look, from his new book Free-Range Chickens.

Also: Elephant Larry (above) give us the SPOOKTACULAR "El Pollo Loco."

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Mikita Brottman, author of The Solitary Vice: Against Reading on The Sound of Young America

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Mikita Brottman is the author of "The Solitary Vice: Against Reading." She argues that reading isn't the unalloyed good it's been presented as over the past hundred years. In fact, she says it can be dangerously anti-social. Brottman holds a Ph.D in English Literature from Oxford University, and is currently anticipating a Ph.D in Psychoanalysis from Heed University. She's currently the chair of the M.A. program in Engaged Humanities at the Pacific Graduate Institute.

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Sarah Vowell, author of The Wordy Shipmates on The Sound of Young America

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Sarah Vowell is the New York Times Bestselling author of books including Assasination Vacation, Take the Canoli and now The Wordy Shipmates. Her most recent is the story of the settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the religious and political world of the Puritans.

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Calexico's Joey Burns on The Sound of Young America

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Joey Burns is the lead singer of Calexico, a Tucson, Arizona based band that blends a Southwestern, USA sound with a traditional Mexican feel, all the while retaining their indie credibility. They have collaborated many times with Sam Beam of Iron and Wine and were featured on the soundtrack for the Bob Dylan bio-pic, "I'm Not There." Their newest release is "Carried to Dust."

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Man Made Lake
Red Blooms
Two Silver Trees (special unaired bonus)

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Marianna Palka, "Good Dick" Writer/Director/Star Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

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Marianna Palka, 27, is the writer, director and star (alongside Jason Ritter) of the film "Good Dick." The film, which was selected for dramatic competition at the Sundance Film Festival, is an unusual (and unusually sweet) love story between a porn-addicted young woman (Palka) and a recovering drug user (Ritter) who works at her local video store. Palka grew up in Scotland, with Polish parents, and emigrated to the United States at 17.

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Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power & Rhett Miller of the Old 97s Live at Bumbershoot on The Sound of Young America

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Rhett Miller, photographed by Chris Graham

Last month we were live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Our shows included three fantastic music performances -- Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power and Rhett Miller of the Old 97s (above). In addition to the podcast version of this show, you can download individual songs from the direct links included below.

Jonathan Coulton
is the internet's leading serio-comic troubador. He's blazed a trail for independent musicians everywhere, blending comedy with subtle character studies. In 2006, we interviewed Coulton on The Sound of Young America. Later that year, Coulton performed as part of our Live in New York show.

Jonathan Coulton - Skullcrusher Mountain (MP3)
Jonathan Coulton - I Feel Fantastic (MP3)

PWRFL Power is Kaz Nomura, a classical guitar virtuoso and indie pop stylist. He rocketed to the top of the Seattle Music scene over the last two years with sweet, simple songs backed by sometimes baroque guitar lines. He recently self-released a self-titled LP.

PWRFL Power - A Wonderful Ghost (MP3)
PWRFL Power - Baby Tiger (MP3)

Rhett Miller jumped out of an airplane and onto our stage at Bumbershoot. He's best known as the frontman of the country-rock band The Old 97s, and has also released music under his own name. He rocked our crowd with two Old 97s classics. (Special note: please excuse the awkward mix on Dance With Me, we had a verse worth of trouble with the house sound system).

Rhett Miller - Dance With Me (Into the Ocean) (MP3)
Rhett Miller - Timebomb (MP3)

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