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Podcast: Ariel Schrag, Cartoonist and Writer

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Ariel Schrag spent the summers after each year of high school writing astonishingly frank comics about the experiences she'd been through. When she returned to school the following year, she sold the self-published comics to her peers. Ten years later, the books have been republished, and they're a remarkable window into her high school years: coming out as a lesbian, her first sexual experiences (with men and women), drinking and using drugs, and lots and lots of crushes. They're funny, touching and wise beyond her then-years.

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Podcast: Comedy at the Edge

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Richard Zoglin talks to us about his book "Comedy on the Edge". Zoglin talks about comedians such as Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Richard Pryor and the effect they have had on American culture.

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Podcast: The Chris Farley Show authors Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby

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Chris Farley burned brightly as a comic actor, rising quickly to enormous fame as a television and movie star. Unfortunately, he also crashed and burned. Writer Tanner Colby and Farley's brother, Tom Farley, have collaborated to tell Chris' story through the words of those who knew him in the book "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts." We talk with Tom and Tanner about the life of this gifted and troubled comic.

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Podcast: The Grouch of Living Legends

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Independent underground hip-hop exploded on the west coast in the 1990s, and it was thanks in no small part to the work of The Living Legends, a broad collective of Los Angeles and Bay Area artists whose relentless hustle made the world safe for underground rappers. The Grouch remains a leading light in independent hip-hop, with thoughtful, personal rhymes and often self-produced beats. He talked with us about what it means to be independent, how his family has affected his music, and about how his sincerity helped ameliorate the friction his race caused in the hip-hop world. His latest album is Show You the World.

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Podcast: Jack Handey, Author, TV Writer and Creator of "Deep Thoughts"

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Make a few clicks on the internet and you'll run across ten fake "Deep Thoughts," and if you're lucky, a few real ones. Our guest Jack Handey created the seminal Saturday Night Live interstitial segment and authored several book collections of the material. He also wrote numerous other classic Saturday Night Live sketches, from "Happy Fun Ball" to "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer." The past few years, he's been writing in The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs section, and these writings, plus work for Outside Magazine and other publications, have been collected in the hilarious "What I'd Say To The Martians: and Other Veiled Threats."

Special thanks to the great public radio show Studio 360 for letting us use some audio of Jack reading pieces from the book.

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Podcast: ESPN Anchor and Author Kenny Mayne

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Kenny Mayne has been a fixture on ESPN for fifteen years. He's best known for his exceedingly dry wit, which he displayed as an anchor on SportsCenter in the 1990s, and in semi-fictional field pieces for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He recently published his first book, a combination humor book and memoir called "An Incomplete and Innacurate History of Sport."

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Podcast: Reno 911!'s Stars and Creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver

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Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver are the co-creators and co-stars of Comedy Central's Reno 911!. The show, a mockumentary in the style of COPS, is headed into the second half of its fifth season. The trio also collaborated on the Comedy Central series Viva Variety, and worked together as members of the sketch comedy group The State.

During our interview, they revealed that The State will be producing a Comedy Central special later this year, along with a DVD release of the full series, including numerous extras.

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Podcast: Singer-Songwriter Nellie McKay

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Nellie McKay is a singer-songwriter who's been acclaimed for her rich singing voice and her wry, funny songs. On record and on stage, her performances seem to straddle the decades, with a distinct contemporary political bent and a fair bit of goofiness thrown in besides. She demonstrated both in our interview, and pulled out her ukelele to perform a few songs.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: On the Road with John Hodgman and Henry Rollins

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Clasics.

Henry Rollins is a rock and roll legend. He fronted both the Rollins Band and Black Flag, and has performed spoken word around the country. He's also the host of The Henry Rollins Show, and has appeared in numerous films.

John Hodgman is now familiar to TV viewers as "PC" in Apple's long-running Mac v. PC campaign, and as a correspondent on the Daily Show. He appeared on The Sound of Young America just weeks before his first Daily Show appearance, to talk about his book "The Areas of My Expertise."

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Podcast: Standup Comic Mike Birbiglia

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Mike Birbiglia is a standup comic who in 2002 became one of the youngest comics ever to appear on "Late Night with David Letterman." He's parlayed his wildly succesful "Secret Public Journal," which collects true stories from his life, into a new special, called "What I Should Have Said Was Nothing." Bonus: Mike talks with me about the CBS pilot he recently shot (MP3).

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