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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Best Show

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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.

In this episode Tom Scharpling, star of The Best Show on WFMU, takes over! Also included are two tracks from Tom's new cd "Scharpling and Wurster.".

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Jello Biafra Interview Live at SF Sketchfest: The Sound of Young America Podcast

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Jello Biafra (L) with Jesse Thorn, photo by Tommy Lau
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This week, we're joined by punk rock and free speach legend Jello Biafra. As the former frontman of the seminal punk group Dead Kennedys, Biafra fused political agitprop with humor, changing the face of punk rock. He also ran for mayor of San Francisco, gaining thousands of votes with a platform that included a requirement that businessmen downtown wear clown suits and that policemen be elected. Since his time with the DKs, he's become a free speach leader, travelling the country giving spoken word performances. He's also the founder of Alternative Tentacles Records.

We spoke with Biafra during our live show at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco.

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Betty Davis Interview on The Sound of Young America Podcast

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Betty Davis is a legend of soul and funk music. The one-time wife of Miles Davis introduced the jazzman to Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and the broad world of electric music, leading him to create "Bitches Brew." She recorded three albums of her own in the 1970s, full of raw, sexy, outrageous funk. The first two, "Betty Davis" and "They Say I'm Different" have been re-released by the Seattle label Light in the Attic Records.

Davis left the music industry in the late 1970s, and has been completely absent from the public eye since -- at one point, a fan had to track her down in the suburbs of Pittsburgh to get her $40,000 in songwriting royalties.

This is her first radio interview since her performing days.

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Southern Soul: Devin the Dude and Stax Records (MP3)
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Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

How's Your News?: Producer Arthur Bradford and Reporter Jeremy Vest on The Sound of Young America

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Jeremy Vest (R) cooks with past TSOYA guest Amy Sedaris

Our guests this week are two of the folks behind "How's Your News," a new MTV series which follows a group of reporters with physical and developmental disabilities around the country as they interview celebrities and just plain folks. The show is hilarious, insightful and a whole lot of fun (for both the viewer and, apparently, the reporters). Producer Arthur Bradford has grown "How's Your News?" from a summer camp activity to a feature-length film and now to it's current incarnation. Jeremy Vest, pictured above, is one of the reporting team. He has the developmental disability Williams' Syndrome.

We talked with Jeremy and Arthur about their favorite moments making the show, and the challenges of guiding such a heterogeneous group through such an ambitious project.

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Larry Wilmore Interview: Daily Show Contributor Talks About "I'd Rather We Got Casinos" on The Sound of Young America

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Larry Wilmore (L) with the late Bernie Mac

Larry Wilmore is an accomplished comedy writer and performer. He worked as a standup comic before going into television writing. As a TV writer, he wrote for In Living Color and The Office, among many others, and co-created The PJs and The Bernie Mac Show. As a performer, he's acted in numerous sitcoms and recently has been seen regularly on The Daily Show as the program's Senior Black Correspondent.

His new book is "I'd Rather We Got Casinos (and Other Black Thoughts)."

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Poet Michael Robbins reads "Alien Vs. Predator" on The Sound of Young America

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On this special mini podcast, poet Michael Robbins reads his poem "Alien Vs. Predator," originally published in The New Yorker.

Michael Robbins is a PhD student in the English program at the University of Chicago and teaches poetry at Columbia College and is an associate editor of Chicago Review. His work (poems & reviews) has appeared in LIT, Tinfish, Boston Review, Court Green, Phoebe and the Chicago Review.

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Spike Feresten Interview: FOX's Late Night "Talk Show" Host on The Sound of Young America

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Spike Feresten wrote for most of the funniest television series of the 1990s, including Seinfeld, The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and even an episode of The Simpsons. Even some of his failures -- like The Dana Carvey Show -- were beloved. Among his credits are the classic "Seinfeld" episode "The Soup Nazi."

Three years ago, he stepped in front of the camera as the host of Fox's late night series Talkshow with Spike Feresten. It's a comedy-heavy Saturday night talk show that has featured guests ranging from Tim & Eric to Tom Hanks. The show just got extended from half an hour to an hour, airing in the slot that once belonged to Mad TV.

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Neil Gaiman and Henry Selick on "Coraline", an interview on The Sound of Young America

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Neil Gaiman is an award-winning writer in a number of forms. He broke ground in the world of comics with his 1980s series Sandman, which followed the god of sleep through a series of beautiful and sometimes terrifying adventures in the world of dreams. His books of prose include the acclaimed adult novel American Gods and the recent Newbury Medal-winning young adult book The Graveyard Book.

Gaiman's 2002 novel Coraline is the basis of Henry Selick's film of the same name. Selick is the master of stop motion animation behind the films The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach, as well as the animated sequences in Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. He filmed Coraline in 3D, and talks about creating the movie's immersively beautiful visuals, and about adapting the book for the screen.

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Meshell Ndegeocello: Revolutionary Soul Singer; interview on The Sound of Young America

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Meshell Ndegeocello is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her work in the early to mid 1990s presaged "neo-soul," and she continues to push boundaries today, recording everything from rock to jazz. We talk with Meshell about coming up in DC's GoGo scene, imagining the sound of the bass, and much more. Ndegeocello's most recent release is "The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams."

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The Writers of The Late Show with David Letterman: Eric & Justin Stangel and Bill Scheft, an interview on The Sound of Young America

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Eric and Justin Stangel are the co-head writers of The Late Show with David Letterman. Bill Scheft is a monologue writer on the show, who started working for Letterman in the NBC days. The writers of the Letterman show have just published a book compilation of Letterman's "Late Show Fun Facts" segment. They talk about starting as comedy writers, and what it's like to work for the funniest man in America.

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