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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Liz Garbus
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus Explores the Passionate Life of Nina Simone

Nina Simone pursued freedom in her politics, her music and her personal life. Yet, it was something that often eluded her when she wasn’t on stage. Struggles with bi-polar disorder, a complex and often violent marriage and a legacy of racism caused her great pain, but these same things also shaped her into one of the most quintessential performers of her generation.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus’ documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, reveals the life of the performer using an exhaustive collection of archival material, interviews and even excerpts from Simone’s personal diaries. The result is a film that reveals an artist in all her complexity, a woman whose ability to be simultaneously vulnerable and powerful helped define her as a voice of her generation.

Garbus joins us to discuss Simone’s beginnings as a child prodigy in the Jim Crow south; how the civil right moment changed Simone’s professional and personal life; and how the contradictions that make a human being made Nina Simone truly unforgettable.

Liz Garbus’ film What Happened, Miss Simone? is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Oliver Wang on the Rise of the Filipino Mobile DJ Crews

If you don't know about the dozens of Filipino mobile DJ crews that rocked garage parties, weddings, birthdays, school dances and showcases in the Bay Area during the 1970s to 1990s, you're not alone. The DJs who made up these crews were mostly teenagers, initially inspired by what they heard and saw at nightclubs. They even tended to fly under the radar at school or outside of their Filipino communities. Yet their work is an important, if understudied part of the history of turntablism.

Academic, journalist and DJ Oliver Wang spent nearly fifteen years researching and interviewing these crews to spotlight a scene that created a foundation for famed scratch DJs like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike and DJ Shortkut. Wang's new book on the subject is called Legions of Boom.

Wang joins us to talk about what these mobile DJs borrowed from the discos of the 1970s, how continuous mixing ensured the party would go on, and why the California-style two car garage became the perfect place for that party.

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area is available now. You can hear Oliver Wang on our pop culture sister podcast, Pop Rocket, every week.

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The Outshot: The Promise of Summer

Jesse explains how The Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer" seems to capture the season's essence.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Liz Garbus
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

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.


Photo: Monty Fresco/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus Explores the Passionate Life of Nina Simone

Nina Simone pursued freedom in her politics, her music and her personal life. Yet, it was something that often eluded her when she wasn’t on stage. Struggles with bi-polar disorder, a complex and often violent marriage and a legacy of racism caused her great pain, but these same things also shaped her into one of the most quintessential performers of her generation.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus’ documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, reveals the life of the performer using an exhaustive collection of archival material, interviews and even excerpts from Simone’s personal diaries. The result is a film that reveals an artist in all her complexity, a woman whose ability to be simultaneously vulnerable and powerful helped define her as a voice of her generation.

Garbus joins us to discuss Simone’s beginnings as a child prodigy in the Jim Crow south; how the civil right moment changed Simone’s professional and personal life; and how the contradictions that make a human being made Nina Simone truly unforgettable.

Liz Garbus’ film What Happened, Miss Simone? is now available to stream on Netflix.

If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this interview with a friend.

Oliver Wang on the Rise of the Filipino Mobile DJ Crews

If you don't know about the dozens of Filipino mobile DJ crews that rocked garage parties, weddings, birthdays, school dances and showcases in the Bay Area during the 1970s to 1990s, you're not alone. The DJs who made up these crews were mostly teenagers, initially inspired by what they heard and saw at nightclubs. They even tended to fly under the radar at school or outside of their Filipino communities. Yet their work is an important, if understudied part of the history of turntablism.

Academic, journalist and DJ Oliver Wang spent nearly fifteen years researching and interviewing these crews to spotlight a scene that created a foundation for famed scratch DJs like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike and DJ Shortkut. Wang's new book on the subject is called Legions of Boom.

Wang joins us to talk about what these mobile DJs borrowed from the discos of the 1970s, how continuous mixing ensured the party would go on, and why the California-style two car garage became the perfect place for that party.

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area is available now. You can hear Oliver Wang on our pop culture sister podcast, Pop Rocket, every week.

If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this interview with a friend.

The Outshot: The Promise of Summer

Jesse explains how The Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer" seems to capture the season's essence.

If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this Outshot with a friend.

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RISK! #644: Loaded

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Shashi Musso, Matteson Perry and Myriah Myers share stories in which key players are under the influence.
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Shashi Musso
Guests: 
Matteson Perry
Guests: 
Myriah Myers
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 384 - Morgan Brayton

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Guests: 
Morgan Brayton

Morgan Brayton returns to talk The View, the McLobster, and Cuddleup.com.

Download episode 384 here. (right-click)

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

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 387: Slamtastic Four with Joe Randazzo and Asterios Kokkinos

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Guests: 
Joe Randazzo
Guests: 
Asterios Kokkinos

@Midnight head writer Joe Randazzo joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of ice cream flavors, Jordan's trip to see Steely Dan at the Hollywood Bowl, and how Joe's son's kid lawyer phase. Plus, Asterios Kokkinos calls in as he eats his way through the entire Slamtastic Four menu at his local Denny's.

Check out more photos and video of Asterios's feat here!

Get Joe's book here!

Get Asterios's comic here!

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Pop Rocket: Episode 29 Clueless at 20 & High School Movies

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Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

It’s 20 years since the release of Clueless so we talk about the best high school movies and argue over whether Boyz n the Hood counts as one. Plus Trainwreck, Bree Newsome, and Bridget Everett’s “Gynecological Wonder”.

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

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Sharpness by Jamie Woon
Oliver Wang - Stay in My Corner by The Arcs
Margaret Wappler - Light in Places by Peaches
Guy Branum - Ring of Keys from Fun Home

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

What video has made you laugh hardest on YouTube? (Thanks to WidePath in the MaxFun reddit for the question)

Margaret Wappler
Oliver Wang
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell

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

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One Bad Mother Episode 114: Are We Squashing What Makes Our Kids Special? plus guest Jeanne Faulkner

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Jeanne Faulkner

Biz and Theresa love how special our children are but sometimes feel like the need for peace, quiet, and order calls for squashing their special little selves. IS THAT BAD?! Plus, our kids ask us the tough questions this week! And, we talk to women's health expert, labor and delivery nurse, mother of four, and FitPregnancy.com columnist Jeanne Faulkner about her new book, Common Sense Pregnancy.

Common Sense Pregnancy: Navigating a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth for Mother and Baby, by Jeanne Faulkner
JeanneFaulkner.com
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Sawbones: The Unkillable Phineas Gage

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Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Justin and Dr. Sydnee blow metal rod through a guy's brain and live to tell about it. He does too, which is more impressive, in retrospect.

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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TS195:Sex,Bachelorettes,Troy Newman,Joshua Feuerstein w/ Guest John Milhiser

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Throwing Shade

Erin went to a bachelorette party and Bryan maybe had sex, but that's not all! They both went dick deep into the backgrounds of two lady and gay villians, Troy Newman & Joshua Feuerstein. Also, does John Milhiser want kids? Find out in our interview with the SNL alum.  

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EP. 134 "Deli Meat" ft. Louis Peitzman

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Show: 
Lady to Lady
Guests: 
Louis Peitzman

Louis Peitzman (@louispeitzman) joins the ladies to discuss sweating, pants, coconut oil, orthodox jews, tindr, Smash, Patti LuPone, Yeezus and more! Produced by David Janove, Booker Marie Colette, theme song Zach Ames.

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