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Ep. 2. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter Two

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Our heroes’ first job is not going especially well. Taako, Merle and Magnus are hot on the trail of their employer’s kidnappers, leading them into a perilous gerblin den. Will they discover the fate of Gundren and his ward, Barry Bluejeans? Or will they find themselves held up by complicated gerblin office politics?

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Ep. 1. Here There Be Gerblins - Chapter One

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In this, the pilot episode of The Adventure Zone, the McElroys create the characters with which they’ll build a new — and hopefully very, very lucrative — fantasy fiction franchise. Join in the campaign as Justin (Taako), Travis (Magnus) and Clint (Merle), led by Dungeon Master Griffin, take their first steps into the unknown.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 187: Cease and De-Thrift

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Alex brings the case against his wife, Mandy. Alex prefers to buy clothes secondhand, and will buy any item that fits his needs. He recently bought a pair of secondhand sneakers and wears them as his "strolling shoes". Mandy thinks they are "grandpa shoes" and says Alex needs to think more about his personal image when purchasing clothing. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to David Hobson for suggesting this week's amazing case name! And thanks to Julian Burrell for engineering this week's episode.

WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE?

I've got more than one answer for you. You can go see his remaining 2014 tourdates in Alexandria, Virginia on December 15 & 16. You can also buy your tickets for next year's MaxFunCon, a weekend of creativity and comedy in the woods of Lake Arrowhead, California. At the time of this writing, we're more than 80% sold out -- so if you want to come, now's the time to buy your ticket.

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EMP

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Hello Buddies! Welcome to our show! This week we take on the looming danger of Electro-Magnetic Pulses! How do you prepare? How do you survive? How do you deal with robots as a female president? Where can you stock up on affordable and delicious cheesecakes for post-apocalyptic pig outs? All these answers and more on this episode! Welcome and we love you!

Special thanks to Brentalfloss for our Intro/Outro!

And to Justin Russo for the incredible art!

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Throwing Shade #69: Barbie & Gay Video Games

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On this week’s Throwing Shade, Bryan and Erin do all the latest technologies! Bryan tries to figure out what Google Play is and why it removed a game where you hunt gay men. And Erin talks about how Barbie wanted to be a computer programmer but couldn’t figure out the buttons because she was too female. Plus, Bryan has to visit Meryl Streep before he can use an ATM!

Sawbones: Tooth Removal

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Show: 
Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are yanking out your bad teeth and replacing them with worse teeth. Also: Why were black teeth once the height of fashion? Let’s find out!

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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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bob Odenkirk

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Bob Odenkirk


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Bob Odenkirk: Cult-Comedy Icon, Reluctant Celebrity

Millions of Breaking Bad fans know Bob Odenkirk as sleazy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He’ll be reprising the role in February in the spin-off show Better Call Saul.

But comedy fans already knew about Odenkirk from another show -- Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk’s outrageous and profanity-ridden outbursts were a staple of his performances and helped make him a cult-comedy icon.

Before that he wrote for Saturday Night Live. Perhaps his most notable work was co-writing the sketch Down by the River The bit featured a 35-year-old divorcee motivational speaker played by Chris Farley and is considered one of the best sketches in the history of the SNL.

When Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk appeared in a number of one-off roles for TV before working behind the camera. He directed Let’s Go to Prison, Melvin Goes to Dinner and The Brothers Solomon. Even though he loves directing, it’ll be a while before he decides to gives it another shot. He’ll explain.

Odenkirk talks to us about why writing timeless humor is so difficult, transitioning from comedy to drama and why he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

Odenkirk will also read a selection from his new collection of short-fiction humor. It’s called A Load of Hooey and is available now.

Odenkirk also just released his debut stand-up comedy special, Amateur Hour. We'll be showcasing a clip from it in our Best Comedy of 2014 Special at the end of the year.

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Cannonball: Touring Parliament's Mothership Connection with Rickey Vincent

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Cannonball.

This week we're joined by author, historian and self-described funkateer, Rickey Vincent. He's going to talk about Parliament's landmark R&B album, Mothership Connection. The album is at once a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future. It touches on a lot traditional soul ideas, but delivered with a new funky edge. Vincent will explain more.

Vincent has a new book out. It's called PARTY MUSIC: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can also hear his radio show The History of Funk on KPFA.

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The Outshot: Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas

Jesse tells us about a song that makes him imagine a better world: the simple but powerful Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas.

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Live Sex Show! Part 1

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Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Reid Mihalko
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Waverly Jane
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Kate Smith

Reid Mihalko, Waverly Jane and Kate Smith share stories of sexual boundaries crossed at Albuquerque's Pornotopia and San Francisco's Bawdy Storytelling.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 350 - Amber Harper-Young

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Amber Harper-Young

Comedian Amber Harper-Young joins us to talk gentleman's clubs, municipal politics, and anesthesia.

Download episode 350 here. (right-click)

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

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Get your MaxFunCon 2015 tickets!

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Registration for MaxFunCon 2015 is now open!

MaxFunCon2015 is sold out! If you'd like to be on the MaxFunCon Waiting List, email waitlist@maximumfun.org with the title "MaxFunCon Waitlist." Please include your phone number and number in your party.

Join us at beautiful Lake Arrowhead from June 12-14, 2015 for a weekend of comedy, creativity, friendship and s'mores.

Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you'll need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. For couples sharing a bed, there's a nice discount and it's only $1480 per couple (plus processing). For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four easy monthly payments.

MaxFunCon would make a wonderful holiday gift for someone close to you - or for yourself!

Registration for MaxFunCon is extremely limited (there're only so many beds), so register now or risk being left out of the fun.

We can't wait to see you!

Got questions? Email jennifer@maximumfun.org

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