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Alien Invasion! w/ John Rocha

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John Steven Rocha

Hello Buddies! A quick question: if aliens DO exist, do you think they will invade us? What if they want to befriend us and we jump to conclusions? If they do want to invade us, how could we possibly defend ourselves?! Which nation would be in charge?! How would the world rebuild post invasion?! Also, when was the last time you watched Independence Day? It's like, REALLY good.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 211: The Downer Party

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Saad brings the case against his wife Zeba. Saad prefers not to celebrate birthdays and would like to keep the hoopla surrounding them to a minimum. Zeba, on the other hand, enjoys the more traditional birthday trappings. They can't agree on the best way to acknowledge their children's birthdays in future.

Evan Cooper named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Evan!

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Pop Rocket: Episode 19 Wiki Spice, Yam Lube & Cancelled TV

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Wynter, Guy, Margaret and Oliver
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Pop Rocket
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Wynter Mitchell
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Guy Branum
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Margaret Wappler
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Oliver Wang

Which Spice Girl would each of the team be? Plus, why Oliver’s all about basketball at the moment, which cancelled TV shows are we sad about and which have already overstayed their welcome and Wynter reveals her 5th and 6th quadrants!

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Goodnight by Philip Owusu
Oliver Wang - Stingy with My Kutty Kat by Joseline Hernandez feat. Stevie J
Margaret Wappler - The Gin One by Nadine Shah
Guy Branum - Big Dumb Animal the new comedy album from Matt Braunger

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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International Waters: Episode 50 Trust the Process

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Bridgid, Dave and Paul
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Bridgid Ryan
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Paul Provenza
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Arnab Chanda
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Helen Zaltzman

Paul Provenza, Bridgid Ryan, Helen Zaltzman and Arnab Chanda join host, Dave Holmes to answer questions about dad bods, viral videos and civet poop coffee.

Paul Provenza wants to plug his show Set List and recommends The Carson Podcast.

Bridgid Ryan wants to plug her Midsummer Nights Shakespeare Recitation Competition at the UCB Sunset on 13th June and recommends the book People Who Eat Darkness and the new Madonna album, Ghosttown.

Helen Zaltzman wants to plug her podcasts Andswer Me This and The Allusionist and recommends The Nocturne podcast.

Arnab Chanda wants to plug the BBC Radio series he just made with John Kearns and recommends Josh Weller’s Excitable Boy Podcast.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to Irish listeners to be sure and turn out for the Irish Marriage Equality Referendum on May 22nd.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode (hint: it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Big Boi & Catherine O'Hara

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Hip Hop Icon Big Boi: Getting Familiar with Uncharted Territory

The rapper and producer Big Boi has sold over 50 million records as a solo artist and as half of the platinum-selling hip hop duo OutKast. The innovative Atlanta-based group broke out in the mid-1990s with "Rosa Parks" and "Elevators", then followed up with crossover pop hits like "The Way You Move" and "Bombs Over Baghdad".

OutKast found huge commercial success with an experimental brand of hip hop, eschewing old-school samples in favor of new sounds. Big Boi has been the more musically prolific member of the group. He's gone on to produce several solo albums and collaborate with artists across the music spectrum, from fellow ATL-based rapper Ludacris to funk-master George Clinton to the indie rock band Wavves. His most recent release is called Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors.

Big Boi joins us to talk about the early days recording in an clay-walled basement, coming to terms with fame, and where to go musically when you've hit monumental commercial success.

This interview originally aired in April 2013.

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All-Time Favorites with Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder

Boing Boing's Mark Frauenfelder joins us this week to share some all-time favorites: a great dungeon crawler for iOS called The Sword of Fargoal and Chandler Burr's The Emperor of Scent: A True Story of Perfume and Obsession, a fascinating book exploring the science of scent.

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Canonball: A Tour of Led Zeppelin's III with Brad Tolinski

For our segment Canonball, we take a flying leap into the canon of popular music and find albums that deserve a closer look.

This week, we're joined by Brad Tolinski, editor-in-chief of Guitar World and author of the new book Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page.

He'll tell us about Led Zeppelin III. With that album, Led Zeppelin moved away from the 60s obsession with authenticity and deep ideas -- and into a whole new sound.

This segment originally aired in January 2013.

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Catherine O'Hara on Being Slightly, Perfectly Odd

Catherine O'Hara's work embodies a particularly special brand of comic absurdity. She helped launch SCTV alongside other burgeoning comedy greats like John Candy and Eugene Levy, quit the show, but still moved on to star in blockbuster comedies. She became spiritually possessed in Beetlejuice, played a memorable, anxiety-ridden mother to Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone, and became a critical part of Christopher Guest's ensemble mockumentaries, like Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show.

Most recently, she's starred in the sitcom Schitt's Creek with Chris Elliott and O'Hara's longtime collaborator Eugene Levy.

O'Hara talks to us about the difficulties of being a woman in the SCTV writers' room, creating memorable characters with her longtime friend and collaborator Eugene Levy, and her own secret comedic formula.

Oh, and in this outtake, hear about the best boyfriend ever: Dan Akroyd.

This interview originally aired in April 2013.

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The Outshot: The Throne Of The Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly

In this week's Outshot, Jesse tells the story of a man who secretly spent the last fifteen years of his life building something amazing in a rented garage.

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RISK! #634: Hush Hush

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David Crabb, Reba Sparrow and Kevin Allison share stories of secrets revealed.
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RISK!
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David Crabb
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Kevin Allison
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Reba Sparrow
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 374 - Emmett Hall

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Emmett Hall

Emmett Hall returns to talk about bringing rain to Japan, Seinfeld theme covers, and street needles.

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MBMBaM 252: Face 2 Face: Sock Detectives

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Here's our final live show from our Midwest tour from earlier this year, which took place Easter Sunday at the Athenaeum in beautiful Chicago, IL. Can you solve the sock mystery before TIME RUNS OUT?

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 377: Dick Canoes with Rye Silverman

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Rye Silverman

Comedian Rye Silverman joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of religious Sonic the Hedgehog fan art, the new Max Mad movie, and Rye's recent experience going viral.

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Rendered #4 Shakespeare In Detroit

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Shakespeare In Detroit's production of "Romeo & Juliet"
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Rendered
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Sam Whilte, artistic director for Shakespeare In Detroit
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Hugh M. Duneghy II, actor
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Vanessa Sawson, actress
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Kennikki Jones, actress
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Thomas Klug, director of the Institute of Detroit Studies at Marygrove College

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Sam White saw potential in Detroit's dramatic struggle that no one else seemed to see — the perfect setting for Shakespeare's plays. Her company, Shakespeare In Detroit, performs in locations all over the city — in parks, at a YMCA and, once, in the old Lincoln Motor Factory. It's a scrappy company that depends on crowdfunding and nonprofit partnerships, with a mission to make Shakespeare accessible to a wide range of audiences. And the politics of the Motor City itself are often on Sam's mind when she's considering how to approach a production.

This story comes from producer Caitlin Pierce. Special thanks to Anna Sale of WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast for her help with this episode.

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