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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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Podcast: Jack Kirby, King of Comics - Mark Evanier

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Comic and television writer Mark Evanier was once assistant to Jack Kirby. Now he's compiled a monumental art book cum biography of the artist called "Kirby: King of Comics." Jack Kirby's dynamic aesthetic style and new ideas about how comic book characters should relate to each other and to their readers revolutionized comics.

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Podcast: The Ten Cent Plague: David Hajdu on Comic Book Censorship in the 1950s

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David Hajdu's new book is "The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America." David writes about the development of comic books as a medium, and how it was almost stopped dead by anti-comics crusaders in the 1950s.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Comics and Comix with Chris Elliott, Art Spiegelman and Matt Walsh

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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.

This week, Pulitzer-prize-winning comix artist Art Spiegelman (above) talks about his book "In the Shadow Of No Towers," a collection of large-format newspaper comics about September 11th and its fallout.

Then we talk with Chris Elliott, long-time foil to David Letterman, co-creator and star of the cult sitcom Get A Life, and now comic novelist. His first novel was "The Shroud of the Thwacker."

Finally, we talk with Matt Walsh. In addition to appearing in many movies, Walsh is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also starred in the semi-improvised semi-reality sitcom Dog Bites Man.


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Podcast: Bill James, Legendary Baseball Writer and Analyst

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In the late 1970s, Bill James started writing "The Baseball Abstract," a new kind of baseball annual. James used statistical analysis to study baseball's conventional wisdom, and often found unexpected results. The first Abstracts were hand-mimeographed and mailed by James himself, but by the early 1980s, James was at the forefront of a new movement, which he called sabermetrics, that argued for objective analysis of the game. James and his cohorts were often derided by baseball insiders, but today James is an employee of the Boston Red Sox, and his ideas have helped transform how baseball teams are run. James also runs billjamesonline.net and has just released his first in a new series of annuals, The Bill James Baseball Goldmine.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Dream Boogie - Peter Guralnick on Sam Cooke

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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.

This week, Grammy-award winning music writer and historian Peter Guralnick talks about the legendary soul singer and songwriter Sam Cooke. Cooke is credited by many for introducing gospel singing styles to R&B, and in so doing helping to create soul music.


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Podcast: Sloane Crosley, author of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake"

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Sloane Crosley started her non-fiction writing career after an acquaintance offered to publish a cleaned-up version of a mass email she'd sent... in the Village Voice. Her collection of humorous personal essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," recently debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Podcast: Ego Trip! with Brent Rollins and Gabriel Alvarez

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Brent Rollins and Gabriel Alvarez are members of the hip-hop media collective Ego Trip. The group produced the acclaimed magazine Ego Trip in the late 1990s. Since that time, they've written two hilarious and insightful books - Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists and Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism. More recently, they've produced specials and series for VH1, including last year's White Rapper Show and their current series, Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme.

Alvarez has worked for many years as a hip-hop journalist, and was a contributor to the Adult Swim series The Boondocks. Rollins is one of the world's top urban designers. His works included the logo for the film "Boyz in the Hood" and the cover for many albums, including the seminal "Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Perceived Sleights with Bruce Bridgeman and Robert Weide

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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.

This week on the program: UC Santa Cruz professor Bruce Bridgeman and Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive Producer Robert Weide.

Bruce Bridgeman (left) talks with us about his unusual area of research: world-famous Santa Cruz tourist attraction The Mystery Spot.

Robert Weide started his television career as a comedy documentarian, but his relationship with Larry David eventually led him behind the camera for David's series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Weide served as Executive Producer of the series, and directed many episodes.

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Podcast: John Moe, author of "Conservatize Me"

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John Moe, a Volkswagen Bug-driving, latte-sipping lifelong Seattleite realized, upon becoming a real grownup, that perhaps his dismissal of conservatism wasn't less righteous than it was intellectually lazy. He spent a month steeping himself in conservatism of all stripes, from the Heritage Foundation to a Toby Keith concert.

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