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Plagues! with Dr. Sydnee Mcelroy

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Guests: 
Sydnee McElroy

Hello buddies and welcome to a very special episode! Not only is it our first MaxFunDrive episode, we're also joined by our first ever guest, Dr. Sydnee McElroy from the MaxFun show Sawbones! She talks with us about historical plagues and the possibilities of future outbreaks! We also discuss ways to prepare yourself for a global pandemic! Then, we answer some of YOUR questions about plagues! Join us, won't you?

Don't forget to donate to the MaxFunDrive! this link here!

Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 202: Impersona Non Grata

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Guests: 
Jon Ronson

KLAXON! KLAXON! It's MaxFunDrive time! Rep your Judge John Hodgman pride by becoming a monthly sustaining member of Maximum Fun and selecting JJH as one of your favorite shows. Help us meet our goal of 2000 new and upgrading members by March 27th! There's a level for everyone -- check 'em out at www.maximumfun.org/donate. Your ongoing support makes this show possible. Thank you.

Dana brings the case against his friend Brendan. Several years ago, Brendan started a Hulk parody twitter account, and he used Dana's real name in the Twitter handle. Brendan says the account is funny; Dana says it's bordering on impersonation. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Vernon Maher, who named this week's episode! And thanks to our expert witness Jon Ronson, author of the upcoming book So You've Been Publicly Shamed!

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Sawbones: Medical Education

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Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explain why Sydnee gets to call herself a doctor and poor Justin doesn't in their history of medical education.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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MaxFunDrive progress report: 712 new and upgrading members!

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After the strongest Day 1 showing in recorded MaxFunDrive history, we're starting Day 2 with 698 new and upgrading members. Thank you so much to everyone who already stepped up and joined or upgraded their existing membership! While we are well on our way of reaching our goal of 2000 new and upgrading members before the 27th, let's not lose our momentum! If you haven't yet, please join or upgrade now!

Ross and Carrie Get Sick: Christian Science Part 2

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NEW EPISODE! Ross and Carrie get sick and turn to Christian Science for help. Plus, they learn more about the notorious religion, like how Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, kinda sorta maybe a little stole the whole thing. And MAXFUNWEEK pandemonium!

Donate to support this investigation at http://maximumfun.org/donate

And don't forget to "like" us on facebook to see the pictures!

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MaxFunDrive 2015: Frequently Asked Questions (And Answers)

How do I donate?
It's simple. Go to MaximumFun.org/donate. Choose a donation level. Tell us what shows you listen to. Tell us your credit card information.

Why are you supported by donation?
The short version: because we'd rather be beholden to our audience than beholden to people trying to sell things to our audience, and we'd rather not exclude anyone from enjoying our content. We turn down a lot of advertising that we find distasteful or feel with make your listening experience unpleasant.

How much of your revenue comes from donations?
About 75% of our revenue comes from listeners directly supporting the shows.

How do you decide who gets paid what?
It's a very direct process. About 25% of your monthly donation goes to run the network - that's rent, staff, and the costs of the pledge drive. About 75% is divided evenly between the shows you listen to. You are directly supporting the shows and their creators.

Who Gets Bonus Content?
There are over 50 hours of bonus content. They're accessible to anyone who is a monthly donor. You'll find the feed address on the thank-you page, and in the email you receive after you donate.

I didn't get an email right away?
Give it a little time. You'll get an email with your receipt, but sometimes it takes a few hours.

I'm a monthly donor. Do I need to renew?
Unless you've changed your credit card or billing address, your donation will continue. However, if you're listening to more shows or MaxFun is a bigger part of your life, you can reflect that (and get a thank-you gift) by increasing your donation.

I want to upgrade my donation! How do I do it?
It's pretty easy. Just go to the donate page and click on Upgrade, or use this link

Why monthly subscriptions and not one-time donations?
Ultimately, it's folks who give (even a little) on a continuing basis who pay for our shows. One-time donations are much more expensive to (in non-profit terms) "acquire," because we have to ask every time. They're also inconsistent and make it incredibly difficult to create a sustainable budget. Monthly donations (again, even small ones) give our shows a consistent budget to plan their year. They also mean we don't have to inconvenience people (and lose donors) by asking them to sign up repeatedly. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, we'll gladly accept it and put it toward the cost of the drive. You can donate online here or mail it to Maximum Fun / 2404 Wilshire Blvd. #9A / Los Angeles, CA 90057.

I want to upgrade to a level that doesn't exist! What do I do?
The easiest thing to do is upgrade to a level that *does* exist, but if for example you're at $35/month and want to kick it up a notch without going all the way to $100/month, we can help you. Email lindsay@maximumfun.org.

I want to become a major part of supporting guiding MaxFun in the future. What can I do?
Of course all of our donors and all of our listeners are a huge part of guiding and supporting MaxFun, but if you'd like to make a commitment beyond monthly donations, email theresa@maximumfun.org and we can share some information about the advisory board we're putting together.

How much money do you make?
The amount that our shows make varies pretty widely based on audience. Some newer shows with smaller audiences and donor bases gross hundreds of dollars a month. Our more established shows with larger audiences gross mid-four-digits per month.

Why not just have lots of ads?
There are lots of costs involved in having ads. You have to pay someone to sell them, the advertiser has to pay someone to buy them (believe it or not, media buyers and ad agencies take huge percentages), and they're very difficult to sell against audiences of less than millions. More importantly though, we value your time. Take a look at this calculation - if you make $10 an hour, even watching one ad-supported TV show regularly costs you about ten bucks a month of your time. We don't want to put you through that.

Is MaximumFun.org a 501c3 non-profit?
Nope. Non-profits have lots and lots of logistical requirements that we don't have the resources to manage. We're really happy as a "dual bottom line" company - with our goals being to earn money and make the world better with great, responsible content.

I'm a donor. Can I update my donation?
Yes. If you're listening to new shows, the best thing to do is to upgrade your donation to reflect that! This means that the shows you listened to before won't get a pay cut when you add new shows to the list. If you can't afford to increase your donation, you can also spread your current donation out more by simply updating your membership.

Which shows should I say I listen to?
The ones you actually listen to.

Will you take bitcoins?
Fine. Print them out and mail them to us or whatever. Just know that we'll probably use them to buy heroin online.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Patton Oswalt, 'Fresh Off the Boat' & Jemaine Clement

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt
Guests: 
Randall Park
Guests: 
Nahnatchka Khan
Guests: 
Jemaine Clement

It's MaxFunDrive time! The production of Bullseye is funded by your donations. Become a monthly sustaining member now, and get cool thank you-gifts, plus unlock challenge funds from other donors and help us meet our goal of 2000 new and upgrading members by March 27th. Just visit www.maximumfun.org/donate!


Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Patton Oswalt on Immersion in Art (and Life)

There was a period of time in the mid to late 1990s when Patton Oswalt spent most of his waking hours indoors. He'd be in a TV writers' room all day, make his way to the movie theater for a film or two, and then hit the stand up stage before going to sleep. Then he'd get up and do it all over again.

His movie obsession was supposed to teach him how to be a filmmaker and create better art, but he found he was missing out on life, and art was no substitute.

Oswalt's new book is called Silver Screen Fiend: Learning About Life From an Addiction to Film.

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Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Jemaine Clement on Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life"

You likely know Jemaine Clement best as half of the New Zealand comedy-music duo The Flight of the Conchords. Their show ran for several seasons on HBO.

More recently, Clement co-wrote, -directed and -stars in the new movie What We Do in the Shadows, about modern day vampire housemates.

What song changed his life? Stevie Wonder's recording of "For Once in My Life".

What We Do in the Shadows is in theaters now.

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Photo: ABC/Bob D'Amico

The Asian-American Sitcom in 2015: Randall Park and Nahnatchka Khan on 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Fresh Off the Boat is the first network sitcom about Asian-Americans in a long time, and that's a big deal. The creative team behind the show, including memoirist Eddie Huang, showrunner Nahnatchka Khan and star Randall Park have publicly grappled with that blessing and burden. How do you retain the specificity of the Tawainese-American experience and provide that to a group of Americans who are hungry for mass-market representation, and also make a show that's big-tent enough to welcome hundreds of millions of Americans who don't know what bao are?

We're joined by Nahnatchka Khan and Randall Park to talk about trying to achieve those goals, how they see their own American experiences, and how to write a sitcom dad who's not dumb.

Fresh Off the Boat airs Tuesday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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The Outshot: The Perfect Sly & the Family Stone Album

Jesse explains how Sly and the Family Stone made a perfect album, even as they slowly disintegrated as a group.

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RISK! Live in LA

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Date: 
05/28/2015 - 21:00
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City: 
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
NerdMelt Theater ; 7522 West Sunset Blvd


RISK!'s monthly LA live storytelling at the NerdMelt Theater on May 28th. This month our theme is "Lies", and we are excited to present stories from:

Greg Fitzsimmons (The Greg Fitzsimmons Show, The Adam Carolla Podcast)
Drew Droege (The Huffington Post, The Sarah Silverman Program)
Peyton Clarkson ( House of Dust, Meter Maids)

Hosted by Beowulf Jones (LA RIOT Festival, MyDamnChannel)

$10

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. Rolling Stone Magazine featured it on their list of "25 Best Comedy Podcasts In The Country" and Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

RISK! #625: Gross

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Selena Coppock, James Judd, Jamie Pinto and Travis Cook tell stories of icky life and yucky times.
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RISK!
Guests: 
Selena Coppock
Guests: 
James Judd
Guests: 
Jamie Pinto
Guests: 
Travis Cook
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RISK! Live in NY

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Date: 
05/28/2015 - 21:30
Show: 
City: 
NYC
Venue Name: 
The People's Improv Theater ; 123 East 24th St


RISK!'s monthly NY live storytelling at the PIT on May 28th. This month our theme is "Nightmare", and we are excited to present stories from:

Kevin Allison
Ray Christian and more!

Hosted by Kevin Allison

$10

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RISK! is a live show and podcast “where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public” hosted by Kevin Allison, of the legendary TV sketch comedy troupe The State. The award-winning live show happens monthly in New York and Los Angeles. It’s featured people like Janeane Garofalo, Lisa Lampanelli, Kevin Nealon, Margaret Cho, Marc Maron, Sarah Silverman, Lili Taylor, Rachel Dratch, Andy Borowitz and more, dropping the act and showing a side of themselves we’ve never seen before. The weekly podcast gets hundreds of thousands of downloads each month. Slate.com called it “jaw-dropping, hysterically funny, and just plain touching.”

www.risk-show.com/tour

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