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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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Scott McCloud, author of "Understanding Comics" and "Zot!": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Scott McCloud is both an accomplished comics creator and critic. His books of comics criticism, "Understanding Comics," "Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics" are classics of the form, and are standard-issue in hip literature classes around the country. His newest book is a compilation of his 1980s superhero series Zot!. He talks with us about how to read comics and how he incorporated the influences of the comics of other cultures into his own work in the '80s.

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Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me", interview on The Sound of Young America

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Last time comedian Mike Birbiglia was on The Sound of Young America, he talked about developing the narratives in his work, and leaving behind the joke-joke-joke repetitions that are standard in standup comedy. He recently premiered his first theatrical performance, "Sleepwalk with Me," at the Bleeker Street Theater off-Broadway, to rave reviews. It chronicles his struggles with sleepwalking, and in a long-term romantic relationship.

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David Malki ! Creator of "Wondermark" Interview on The Sound of Young America

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David Malki ! (who really spells his name with an exclamation mark) is the creator of the comic strip Wondermark. He isolates woodcuts and engravings from 19th century periodicals, then alters them to create a surreal and hilarious gag strip. His first collection of the strip is called "Beards of Our Forefathers," and features extensive context for the strips, including faux advertisements and more.

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Chris Onstad, Creator of Achewood: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Chris Onstad is the creator of the web comic Achewood, which chronicles the lives of a group of 20-something stuffed animals. It's a surreal and hilarious strip, once named the best graphic novel of the year by Time Magazine, despite not being a graphic novel. Onstad has just published his first book collection of the strip with a major press, called "The Great Outdoor Fight."

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Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to New York & San Francisco: Stuart Schuffman interview on The Sound of Young America

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Stuart Schuffman is the author of "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City," a follow-up to his zine and book "Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply in San Francisco." They're travel guides for residents -- particularly residents keen on knowing which happy hours have cheap domestic beer and free food. They also feature guides to little-known, bizarre and beautiful attractions like San Francisco's Columbarium.

Previously: a text interview with Stuart.

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Doughnuts, Explained: Dr. Paul Mullins, author of "Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut" interviewed on The Sound of Young America

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Paul Mullins is chair of the department of anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. His book, "Glazed America: A History of the Doughnut," explores the symbolism and history of America's favorite deep-fried dough circle.

Below: I recommend the sugar pucks... they're excellent.

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Rob Corddry, Writer/Director/Star of "Children's Hospital" and Former Daily Show Correspondent; Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Rob Corddry (above, in nightmarish clown makeup) is an actor and comedian who's appeared in many films, including Semi-Pro, What Happens in Vegas, Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, and W... in 2008 alone. For four years, he was a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, cultivating a brash, idiotic persona that made him one of the most popular contributors in the show's history. His most recent project is a web series, which he wrote, directed and in which he stars, called Children's Hospital.

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The Last Christmas: an interview with Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, plus holiday comedy from Elephant Larry on The Sound of Young America

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Comedian Brian Posehn and television writer Gerry Duggan were looking for a project to write together. Duggan was fixated on the idea of Santa Claus with a gun in his hand when Posehn posed a provocative question: "What does Santa do after the apocalypse?" The comic that grew from that question is The Last Christmas.

PLUS: a bonus holiday sketch from our pals at Elephant Larry.

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