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Podcast: Miranda July ))<>((

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Miranda July is the very definition of a multi-media artist. She started in theater, made her name as a performance artist and came to broader national prominence as the writer, director and star of the film "Me, You and Everyone We Know." Her latest endeavor is a book fo short fiction called "No One Belongs Here More Than You." I spoke with Miranda in her office -- a small house in Los Angeles' Echo Park, the floor of which was strewn with art-in-progress.

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Podcast: TSOYA: Live in LA with Rob Thomas, Brent Weinbach and Eleni Mandell

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Earlier this month, we recorded this LIVE Sound of Young America program at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica. Above, you can see Nutsy preparing for the show.

The one and only Dan Grayson rocked out theme song live, a rare and distinct pleasure.

The great Brent Weinbach, fresh of a performance with the Comedians of Comedy at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, led off the show, offering the audience a taste of his unique comic style. You can hear much of his performance in the show, but I had to cut some for time reasons. For example, here's Brent leading the audience in an orchestral performance that has to be heard to be believed: MP3.

Then I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob Thomas. He's the creator of Veronica Mars, the wonderful (and dearly departed) teen detective television show for people who would never watch a teen detective television show. He also created the cult hit series "Cupid," and edited a book of essays about Veronica Mars called "Neptune Noir."

The wonderful Eleni Mandell closed the show with three songs -- alternately haunting, sweet and charming. If you'd like to listen to the performances independent of the show, here are MP3 links (right click and choose "Save As"): Girls (MP3), My Twin (MP3), Make Out King (MP3). All three songs are taken from Eleni's newest LP, "The Miracle of 5," and you should really buy it on Amazon or from iTunes.

All photographs by Lee Meredith - see more here. Special thanks this week to The Onion, America's Finest News Source, and to He'Brew, The Chosen Beer for providing us with free refreshments.

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Podcast: They Might Be Giants

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They Might Be Giants are giants in a field of their own creation. Their funny art-rock has it's roots in the New York performance art world, but it's gone through many incarnations in 25 years. The band's most recent record, The Else, is largely produced by The Dust Brothers. They've also begun podcasting and offering free concert downloads.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Onion

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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.

The Onion has been reporting fake news since 1988, when it was created by two juniors in their University of Wisconsin dorm room. Today its empire covers nearly all forms of media, and its hilarious wit and satire has never dulled. On this week's show, we talk with staff writer Joe Garden and editor-in-chief Carol Kolb.

Also -- Recorded comedy from the Sklar Brothers and Hard N Phirm!

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Old Men

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

This episode features a couple of old fogies. You probably know him best as Larry David's dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm - but Shelley Berman has been a legend in the comedy world since the 1950's. He was a co-founder of Second City and his debut album Inside Shelley Berman won the first non-music Grammy Award...ever.

We also talk with Don Herbert AKA Mr. Wizard AKA Donny Hizza. He was the host and creator of the 1950's children's program Watch Mr. Wizard and its 1990's Nickelodeon revival Mr. Wizard's World. He eats the whole time he's being interviewed.

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Podcast: TSOYA: Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard is one of America's most treasured and acclaimed writers of popular fiction. He's written 41 novels, having started writing westerns for magazines in the 50s. His latest, "Up in Honey's Room," is set on the homefront during World War II, a war of which Leonard is himself a veteran.

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Podcast: TSOYA: Dave Hill

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Comedian Dave Hill has taken the New York comedy world by storm over the last three years. His stage show, "The Dave Hill Explosion," has hosted celebs like Sandra Bernhard and Dick Cavett. He's also made a name for himself online, with videos for Superdeluxe, among other venues. His most recent project is a television series for the Mojo network, called "King of Miami."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Rock Snobs

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The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge
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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.

Our Guests: Steven Daly is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the co-author of The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge.


Ira Kaplan is a co-founder, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the veteran indie rock band Yo La Tengo. We talk with Ira about their 2004 best-of compilation - Prisoners of Love, playing cover songs, and fund raising for WFMU.

In 2006, Yo La Tengo released their 14th LP, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass to critical acclaim.

Greg Proops is a stand-up and improv comedian, best known for his appearances on both the U.K. and American versions of Whose Line is it Anyway.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Baseball

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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.

On this week's show, a celebration of America's Pastime. We've got baseball trivia with Tim & Eric, creators of the Cartoon Network's "Tom Goes to the Mayor", Will Carroll, author of the The Baseball Prospectus, and author/former major league pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee.

Also, a public service announcement regarding barber shop quartets.

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Podcast: TSOYA: Soul Sides with Oliver Wang

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Oliver Wang, PhD, is the man behind the popular soul and hip-hop blog Soul Sides. He's also a professor at the California State University at Long Beach, and a long-time club and radio DJ (as DJ O-Dub). He recently produced the second of a series of CD compilations of classic soul: "Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers." It collects classic and contemporary cover tunes by soul artists both well known (Al Green performing the Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand") and more obscure (Bill Withers' classic "Kissing My Love" performed by Spanky Wilson). We discuss a few of the tracks with Dr. Wang as well as his new career in academe.

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