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Judge John Hodgman Episode 231: The Hard of Hearing


Reed's dad Bruce has suffered some hearing loss - must he try hearing aids? How about an ear trumpet? Find out when Judge John Hodgman rules!

Only a handful of dates left for Judge Hodgman's ongoing Vacationland tour. San Francisco, Orlando, Durham, Ohio University, don't miss out!

And don't miss Bailiff Jesse's World Tour of Several American Cities with Bullseye! Stops in LA, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia, DC await but tickets are going fast. Get yours now!

Also, new items await you in the MaxFunStore. It's an issue of settled law!

Thanks to Jaron James for this week's case name!


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Bullseye Live in Washington DC!

11/23/2015 - 18:30 - 21:00
Washington, DC
Venue Name: 
NPR's Studio 1

Come see a live taping of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn in Washington, DC as part of our World Tour of Several American Cities! Live interviews, music, comedy and more!

Monday November 23, 2015

Doors 6:30PM
Show 7:00PM

NPR Studio 1
1111 North Capitol St, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Tickets are $20 and seats are limited, so reserve your ticket today!


Join us for an interview with Al Jazeera America's Ray Suarez, music from Dan Deacon and much more!

A reserved ticket is required and all tickets are general admission. Seating is a first come, first served basis.

NPR HQ is accessible by Metro, located a few blocks from the NoMa/Gallaudet/New York Avenue stop on the Red Line. Bike racks and public parking are available.

Bullseye Live in Philadelphia!

11/21/2015 - 20:00
Philadelphia, PA
Venue Name: 
Johnny Brenda's

Come see a live taping of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn in Philadelphia as part of our World Tour of Several American Cities! Live interviews, music, comedy and more!

Sat, November 21, 2015
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

This show is SOLD OUT

Join us for an interview with Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator and Other Space star Joel Hodgson, a fun interview/medical experimenting with the Mutter Museum's director Robert Hicks, stand up comedy from Hari Kondabolu music from Spraynard and more!

About our guests:

"The America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting." Dr. Hicks will join us to talk about Dr. Mütter and the many wonders that lay within the museum. Plus maybe he'll do medical experiments on Jesse? We'll see.

“Hari Kondabolu is the comedy equivalent of a punk rock concert that breaks out at a human right’s rally. He is a truly inspirational performer who is ahead of his time and is grabbing us by the lapels to catch up with him.” W. KAMAU BELL

Bullseye's Make Your Thing in Manhattan

11/20/2015 - 19:00
New York, NY
Venue Name: 
WNYC's Greene Space

What do Chris Hardwick, Killer Mike, Andrew WK and the blog Boing Boing have in common? They knew how to make their thing.

Since 2010, Jesse Thorn has been sharing his hour-long talk, "Make Your Thing," with sold-out crowds in cities around the country and abroad. "Make Your Thing" focuses on how Thorn turned his college radio show into an independent media powerhouse, and how 12 other people, many of them his friends and colleagues, exemplify the qualities necessary to make independent artistic and career aspirations a reality in the internet age. Join Jesse as he shows that it is possible to merge the commercial world with nonprofit ideals.

After the talk, David Rees will lead an interactive Q&A session with Jesse. Please note that David Rees will be filling in for John Hodgman, who has had an unexpected conflict.

Friday, November 20th, 2015

7:00pm Doors

Tickets: $25 includes one complimentary drink

Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Venue: The Greene Space

44 Charlton Street, New York, NY
(corner of Varick Street)


Bullseye Live in Brooklyn!

11/19/2015 - 19:00
Brooklyn, NY
Venue Name: 
The Bell House

Come see a live taping of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn in Brooklyn, NY as part of our World Tour of Several American Cities! Live interviews, music, comedy and more!

Thursday November 19, 2015
Doors: 7:00 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
21 and over

The Bell House
149 7th Street
Brooklyn, New York


Join us for interviews with actor, writer and comedian David Cross and actress, writer and editor Tavi Gevinson (Rookie), comedy from Aparna Nancherla music from Pharoahe Monch and DJ Boogie Blind and more!

Bullseye Live in Boston!

11/18/2015 - 20:00
Cambridge, MA
Venue Name: 
Oberon at ART

Come see a live taping of NPR's Bullseye with Jesse Thorn in Cambridge, Massachusetts as part of our World Tour of Several American Cities! Live interviews, music, comedy and more!

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

8:00pm Doors

Oberon Theater at ART
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

$20 + $2 service fee

Tickets on sale now!

We're pleased to announce our interview guests, former Congressman Barney Frank and post-punk legends Mission of Burma, plus a live set from Mission of Burma and comedy from Lamont Price!

#33 - Best Halloween Candy LIVE in NYC w/ John Hodgman!

Photo courtesy of Danielle Davis and Ladykiller
John Hodgman

Recorded live at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, Mark and Hal are joined by fellow MaxFun host John Hodgman to pick the best Halloween Candy once and for all!

Topics include:
- Razor Blades
- Carter Parton Rogers
- Good friends
- Foundering
- Surprise return guests!

Special thanks to Carter Parton Rogers for opening for us, (le) poisson rouge for the great venue and support, and to Danielle and the LadyKiller crew for making everything run smoothly!

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Justin and Sydnee Enter the Mystery Hole: Great Switcheroo Edition


NEW EPISODE! You waited and waited and waited for the great day to come. And now it is here. Maximum Fun's Great Switcheroo comes to "Oh No, Ross and Carrie," when Sydnee and Justin, the hosts of "Sawbones," take over our show for one exciting episode.

What is the Mystery Hole? Why does water seem to roll uphill there? Will Sydnee lose her lunch? How much will Justin spend at the gift shop?

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Be sure to check out pictures of Justin and Sydnee at THE HOLE, by likeing us on facebook!

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CIPYD 12: Lesli Margherita and Pit Bull Month

Lesli Margherita

We did it! Another episode in the books! In Dogs We Met, Allegra is denied a meeting and we all get angry on her behalf! We also discuss the leash code! In Mutt Minute, the controversial breed... type? Breed? The Mountain Feist! Two big pieces of dog news: It's Pit Bull Awareness Month! Also, Amtrak has made some small changes to it's policy on allowing dog passengers! We are so excited to be joined this week by Broadway superstar Lesli Margherita! You're going to be excited too! We also have our first winner of our Throw Back Thursday picture contest and we announce our October contest! Enjoy and tell a friend!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tig Notaro & John Darnielle


New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Come see Bullseye LIVE in Los Angeles, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia and Washington DC next month! Live interviews, comedy, music and more. Get your tickets now, they're going fast. Check out for tickets.

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"I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

You’re probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn’t feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, “Hello, I have cancer”.

She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

Notaro is in remission now, and she’s continued to perform stand up. A recent documentary on her called Tig, tells the story of the Largo performance and her life since. It’s available for streaming on Netflix. Her recent national tour, Boyish Girl Interrupted is now a comedy special airing on HBO.

Tig Notaro spoke with Jesse last year.

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John Darnielle on 'Wolf in White Van', Working with Teenagers, and Artistic Responsibility

You probably know John Darnielle as a lead member (and sometimes only member) of the band The Mountain Goats. His music is known for its poignant lyrics and simple instrumentation. Darnielle started the band in 1991 and has since released 14 albums.

Now, he’s written his first novel Wolf in White Van. The novels tells the story of Sean, a young man who has survived a suicide attempt, but is horribly disfigured in the process. Sean goes on to create a mail-order role-playing game, only to find out how his imagination can have real-world consequences.

Darnielle talks to Jesse about why lyrics are so important to him, subliminal messaging, and how much artistic responsibility we should assign to writers, musicians and other creative people.

Wolf in White Van is now available in paperback.

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The Outshot: Nina Simone’s “Four Women”

Jesse talks about one of his favorite singers, Nina Simone, and “Four Women”.

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