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Dog-pocalypse! w/ Renee Colvert

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Hello Buddies! Sit! Stay! Enjoy our episode about the impending dog-pocalypse! Have dogs over run the world? Are you the last human in a world full of dogs? Either way, we'll help you survive! We're joined by comedian and podcaster Renee Colvert! We have advice on dog behavior and training! Should you run from wolves? What's the best way to communicate with your new dog overlords? We've got a lot to cover, so roll over here and let's get started!

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Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 219: Axed and Answered

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Guests: 
Monte Belmonte

Jen brings the case against her boyfriend Adrian. Adrian has his heart set on buying and displaying an "artisanal axe" in their home. He says it would be a beautiful and practical item to own. Jen says it breaks her rule against having weapons in the home, and opens them up to other beautiful but dangerous items -- what's next, decorative swords??

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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

If you want to be part of a nicer place on the internet, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse @JesseThorn.

You can also follow our fantastic Summer Bailiff Monte Belmonte and listen to him on WRSI 93.9 The River!

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EVIDENCE

Submitted by Adrian

Exhibit A: "This is my dream axe."

Exhibit B: A photo of their living space, including the mantel where the axe would likely be placed.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Shamir & Pete Rock

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Pete Rock
Guests: 
Shamir

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.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.

Shamir: Adding Light to Darkness With His Music

Shamir is a musician who is really hard to pin down…literally. His countertenor voice adds a distinctive flair to his infectious, sometimes poignant dance music but it’s a quality that’s also led to confrontations with classmates who were unaware of his Taekwondo training.

With his debut LP, Ratchet, Shamir draws inspiration from his life in Las Vegas, a Vegas that has nothing to do with The Strip. Instead, it’s a different Vegas that includes tumbleweeds and the distinctive odor of a hog farm. It’s a life that touches on the passion of youth, but also explores the pain of age and loss.

As Shamir describes it, “I kind of decided to make my music more danceable and lighthearted to take away from the heaviness of the lyrics. Because why not, why does your music also have to be heavy if your lyrics are?”

Shamir joins us this week to share: how he has constructed a creative identity in a city known for producing more entertainers than artists; how his love for country music inspired him; and how his mother’s proclivity for earth magic isn't quite his thing.

Shamir's newest album is called Ratchet. He's embarking on a U.S. tour this fall. You can find more on his website.

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Hip Hop Producer Pete Rock on Finding & Shaping the Perfect Sample

The revolutionary hip hop producer Pete Rock grew up in a house full of records, mentally cataloging the songs that excited him. His parents listened to all kinds of music, from jazz to classical to funk. Years later, he would reach back into his brain and record collection to select and transform the perfect sample.

He started out as half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, later going solo and collaborating with and producing for many of the biggest names in rap, from Nas to Kanye West.

Pete Rock joins us to talk about his earliest music memories, meeting James Brown as an elementary-schooler, and how he took a sample from an album called "The Honeysuckle Breeze" and used it to create a classic hip hop track.

Pete Rock's new album of instrumentals is Petestrumentals 2.

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The Outshot: Summertime Jams

Jesse counts down his top five Summertime jams.

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Rendered #6 Farming Creativity

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photo by Niko Kwiatkowski
Show: 
Rendered
Guests: 
Narendra Varma, co-founder of Our Table Cooperative
Guests: 
Amanda Oborne, vice president of food & farms at Ecotrust
Guests: 
Jeff Harvey, president & CEO of Burgerville

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Here at Rendered, we're all about creativity, whether that means literally making something or solving a problem creatively. In this episode, we're focused on the latter. Getting back to the kind of robust, regional food system that used to be the norm in America definitely requires some creative thinking. Medium-sized farms are key to this effort, but many of them lack the infrastructure they need to expand and be sustainable. These are the farms that are too big to sell everything they grow directly to consumers through farmers' markets or CSAs, but too small to compete in the commodity markets. Our Table Cooperative in Sherwood, Oregon is one such farm. In this episode, you'll hear from Our Table co-founder Narendra Varma, as well as others who are working to support the kind of food system our grandparents took for granted.

If you want to learn more about the Ecotrust report mentioned on this show, you can find it here.

Check out the photos of Our Table Cooperative taken by Rendered intern Niko Kwiatkowski

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RISK! #643: Live From New York!

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David Montgomery, Spring and Julian Goldhagen share stories at the New York RISK! live show
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
David Montgomery
Guests: 
Julian Goldhagen
Guests: 
Spring
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 383 - Evan Wilson

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Guests: 
Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson joins us to talk small town politics, happiness, and Aerosmith video games.

Download episode 383 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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Raphael Bob-Waksberg/Paul Danke

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Guests: 
Paul Danke

Hello Babies! We talk about a lot of stuff on this episode, but frankly we talk about Magic Mike XXL and we're not really sure why you would care about anything else... We're also continuing the tradition from last episode and we're enjoying mimosas! Brendan Fraser makes a cameo in Chunch Chat and we talk about getting mad! Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg joins us to talk about Evander Berry Wall, the KING OF DUDES! He also knows a shocking amount about boy band guru and blimp enthusiast Lou Pearlman. Elroy Barnard walks us through the world of Beanies in Expert Hour! Strap in folks, its a good old-fashioned Dude-Off!

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Raphael Bob-Waksberg

Paul Danke

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MBMBaM 261: Island Boy Begins

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Justin's back from his beach time sabbatical -- or is he? Like, his body is here. We can see his body. But his mind? His spirit? Those are still nibblin' on that sponge cake, mon.

Suggested talking points: Island Time, Art Appreciation, Vigilanteism, Gom Jabbar, Farm Wisdom, Boy School, The Trough

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 386: Advanced Metrics

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Jordan and Jesse go guestless this week and talk about a sexual fitness tracker, Jesse's realized dream of getting a stipple portrait of himself, and Jordan's new career as an everyday guy who does outrageous things.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 28 Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

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Everyone's in the studio together!
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy finally announces his official Summer Jam 2015.

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

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

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