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Podcast: Bob Powers says "You Are A Miserable Excuse For A Hero"

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Bob Powers is a New York-based performer and writer. His first book, Happy Cruelty Day, was a compilation of made-up holidays. His new book is a parody of Choose Your Own Adventure books, which tackles the lifestyle of the failed artsy-type.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Southern Soul

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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 Classics.

Devin The Dude is well known amongst the hip hop elite and has worked with many of them. The laid back emcee talks about his philosophy, his influences, and unique approach to hip hop. Rob Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. The unusual history of Stax is also a compelling one. Not only did the label define southern soul music, it was also an example of "racial sanity" at the height of segregation.

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Podcast: The Hold Steady's Craig Finn and Tad Kubler

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The Hold Steady are a Minneapolis-bred, Brooklyn-based rock band. Their grand visions of love, teenage life, and fringe characters offer a Midwestern take on a genre pioneered by Bruce Springsteen. They call themselves a bar band.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Wholphin

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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 Classics.

Brent Hoff is the editor of the DVD magazine Wholphin. Hoff explains why it's worthwhile to maintain a magazine that operates in the red. Fred Armisen is a comedian who you have to know by now. He appears on a show called Saturday Night Live and many movies you have no doubt seen. Armisen talks about his humble beginnings as a musician and how he fell into comedy. Also on the show music from the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and a sketch from Kasper Hauser.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Dog Days

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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 Classics.

H. Jon Benjamin has an unmistakable voice. You might recognize him as the voice of Ben on the animated show Dr. Katz, or coach John McGuirk from Home Movies. He's also written for shows such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Human Giant among others. What you don't know, is what he does with the proceeds. Demetri Martin is a stand up comedian and and also a former writer for Late Night. Dimitri, a Yale graduate, explains why he decided to drop out of NYU law school and how he found the path to comedy.

Podcast: Chris Parnell, Amazingly Funny Guy

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Chris Parnell is a comic actor best known for his long run on Saturday Night Live. He's also appeared in numerous films, including "Anchorman," and as a regular guest star on NBC's "30 Rock," and a co-star of last year's ABC series "Miss Guided." He talks about auditioning for Saturday Night Live and Mad TV, about being the straight man, and about being a centaur.

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Podcast: Camp Camp author Roger Bennett

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Roger Bennett is co-author of "Camp Camp: Where Fantasy Island Meets Lord of the Flies." It's a collection of summer camp reminiscences and ephemera from people who came of age in the 1970s and 1980s. Contributors include AJ Jacobs, David Wain, Paul Feig and Sloane Crosley.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Vaudville!

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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 Classics.

There we were on the back end of the '05 holiday season. You've just broken out the last Christmas cracker and...wow! A paper crown. Wait, what's this? Oh! It's author Trav S.D. talking about his vaudville book "No Applause-Just Throw Money". H. John Benjamin shares a few warm-hearted thoughts of Christmas. Listen close and you'll hear a clip of Aziz Ansari live and so much more! Sit down, put your feet up, and say goodbye to 2005 (again).

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Podcast: The Explorers Club

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The Explorers Club are a South Carolina-based rock band. Their music suggests the easy country-pop of the 1970s, the melodramatic pop of Phil Spector and especially the music of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. They just released their first LP, "Freedom Wind."

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