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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chiwetel Ejiofor & Allison Jones

Chiwetel Ejiofor
Allison Jones

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"You’re Always Striving For Something": Chiwetel Ejiofor on 'Z for Zachariah', His Heritage and Getting 'Mamet-ed'

Chiwetel Ejiofor possesses a charisma on the screen that makes his characters both large and small to demand your attention. Whether he’s playing Othello, a drag queen in Kinky Boots or a free man forced into slavery in 12 Years a Slave, Ejiofor not only inhabits his characters but expresses their humanity in a sincere and honest fashion.

In his new movie, Z for Zachariah, Ejiofor plays one of only a handful of survivors of the apocalypse. He finds his way to an untouched valley, and struggles to find his place in this new world.

Ejiofor joins us to talk the cultural constructs of our everyday lives (and how they apply in a post-apocalyptic world), his Nigerian heritage, why being Oscar-nominated doesn't feel like the end-all, be-all of acting and what happened when he got into the jiu jitsu ring(!) with legendary playwright and director David Mamet.

Z for Zachariah is in theaters and available on VOD now.

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The Difference Between Who "Is" Funny and "Can Be" Funny: Allison Jones on Casting Comedy

If you're a comedy fan, chances are you love at least one of the following shows or films. Parks and Recreation? The Office? Freaks and Geeks? Arrested Development? Curb Your Enthusiasm? Almost any Judd Apatow movie? Bridesmaids?

There's a person behind the scenes who helped put some of your favorite comedy actors on camera, and her name is Allison Jones. She's the go-to casting director for Paul Feig and Judd Apatow, and helped shape the face of comedy TV and film as we know it. She even discovered the awkward high school kid who would become McLovin.

She specializes in finding the kind of actor who "is funny" rather than ones who "can be funny" -- she'll explain the difference and why it matters.
Jones joins us to talk about her most memorable auditions (going way back to Family Ties), the challenges in casting funny women, and her own formative comedy experiences.

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The Outshot: Jimmy Witherspoon

Jesse explains what jump blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon can add to the discussion around race in America.

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RISK! #649: Live From DC 2!

Thomas Keegan, Elizabeth McCain and Melissa Murphy share stories at our Summer 2015 trip to Washington, DC.
Thomas Keegan
Elizabeth McCain
Melissa Murphy
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The Last Episode of Rendered


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Rendered is retiring. It was not an easy decision, but it was necessary. This has been a labor of love for me and my team for many years now. Even though Rendered has only been around for a few episodes, many of you know that the show had a long history under the name “Destination DIY” before that. You may also know that Rendered is something that everyone who works on the show does in our spare time. (I also have a full-time job as a radio producer for a daily talk show.) I love making the show, but I realized that this way of working is just not sustainable. And that’s especially true because I’m about to take on a new DIY project: becoming a mom. My son is due in January and I expect that once he’s here I won’t have a lot of time outside of work.

But that’s really not the only reason that I decided to retire Rendered. I love the work of making the show. It’s given me so much creative freedom and endless opportunities to learn new things. But there’s a lot of other, non-creative work that I’ve taken on behind the scenes in order to keep it going. I actually own my own business. It’s not profitable, but I still have to file taxes for it every year. I keep track of invoices and W9s, apply for grants and, as you know, raise money from listeners. I also manage our social media accounts, update our website, maintain our mailing list etc. And when I decided to start my own radio show, I really didn’t think about any of that stuff. It just kind of built up over time. And doing all the administrative tasks took away from the time I was able to spend doing the creative work of actually making the show. So, my goal now is to keep making radio stories that you’ll be able to hear on other shows, but I just don’t have the capacity to keep up with the responsibilities of sustaining my own show anymore.

I wanted to make this Last Episode, mainly as a way to thank all of the great people who have helped to keep the show going over the years — from my amazing team to people who have been guests on the show and especially you, the listeners. The fact that you thought this show was worth your time means a whole, whole lot.

Archived shows will have a permanent home on the web and the URL will point there soon.

Ongoing monthly donations will continue to support Maximum Fun programming and if you'd like to make any changes to your membership, you can do that here. Now that the show is ending, we will no longer be receiving funds from Maximum Fun.

A Short History of Rendered:
The show began in 2006 as a monthly, half-hour program on KBOO Community Radio and went on to be featured regularly on Oregon Public Broadcasting, as well as other public radio stations. For the past two years, the show has been primarily a monthly podcast. Rendered adopted its new name in 2015 after joining the Maximum Fun podcast network.

You may have some questions about what happens next. Feel free to email me at julie(at)renderedradio(dot)org.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 389 - Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin

Everybody, this episode is pure joy. Alicia Tobin returns to talk about her new podcast and book, Seal, communicating through music, and street fights.

Download episode 389 here. (right-click)

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

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One Bad Mother Listener Meet-Up!

09/19/2015 - 10:30 - 13:30
Atlanta, GA
Venue Name: 
Legacy Fountain Splash Pad in Piedmont Park

Calling all One Bad Mothers and Fathers in Atlanta! Join listeners for a meet-up / lunch play date at the Legacy Fountain Splash Pad in Piedmont Park, which is located at 10th Street and Charles Allen Drive.

Bring your children and your lunch!

More information here:


Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 392: Happy Anal August with Eliza Skinner

Eliza Skinner
Koko from the Pleasure Chest

Comedian and writer Eliza Skinner joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's son Simon and his ever expanding universe of characters, Jordan's recent viewing of Harry Potter and the long lost cause of saving the whales. Plus, Koko from The Pleasure Chest stops in to help everyone realize the true meaning of Anal August.

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Asa Taccone / Jared Logan

Baby Geniuses
Asa Taccone
Jared Logan

Hello Babies! Listen, we have a lot to talk about (we've been doing this a long time! We like interesting art! We've been watching Seinfeld!) but mostly CHECK OUT THAT INTERESTING BIRD BEHIND YOU! People (dudes) keep asking Lisa to draw them into Bojack. We also discuss bad habits and stuff we're looking forward to! Asa Taccone joins us to discusses Largest Body Parts! He also shares his thoughts on how we meet people in the modern age. He also shares an embarrassing story or two! Expert Morton Kind joins us to discuss his extensive doll collection! Hey ladies, lean in!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Asa Taccone
Jared Logan

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 224: Justice De-furred

Monte Belmonte

Is fresh best? How often should pet-soiled sheets be washed?

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

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.


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One Bad Mother Episode 119: What Happened To My Personal Space? plus guest Penny Simkin

One Bad Mother
Penny Simkin

Warning! Our show goes a lot of places this week. Luckily they fall into neat categories! (see our trigger warnings note below)

This week, Biz and Theresa talk about personal space, which is a thing our kids like to act like they've never heard of! Plus, Biz finds something new to love and Theresa prepares to send her youngest off to daycare. And renowned author, childbirth educator, physical therapist, and doula Penny Simkin joins us to discuss actual helpful ways to prepare for a first childbirth experience as well as ways those who have suffered sexual trauma can prepare for childbirth.

Trigger Warnings:
Opening Segment: Safe but some high emotions about childcare decisions
Topic Segment: Mostly safe, but does touch on surviving sexual trauma and how a child who doesn’t respect your space can effect you
Interview: Two warnings. 1. It does talk in detail about preparing for child birth while being a victim of sexual trauma. 2. Additional risk of questioning your birth choices if one is sensitive to that.
Rant: Normally fine, but after the previous segments, it might be a tough one!
Wrap up: Biz and Theresa try very hard to bring it all together!

Penny Simkin's books are on Amazon, including The Birth Partner, The Labor Progress Handbook, When Survivors Give Birth, and more.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, ( also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Pop Rocket: Episode 34 Puppygate & Star Wars Land with Joan Ford & Rye Silverman

Guy, Oliver, Rye and Joan
Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Oliver Wang
Rye Silverman
Joan Ford

Comedians Joan Ford and Rye Silverman sit in for Wynter and Margaret to talk about TV shows that were cancelled too soon, whether we'd want to go to Disney's proposed Star Wars Land and what's been going on with the Hugo Awards.

With Guy Branum, Oliver Wang, Joan Ford & Rye Silverman.

That’s My Jam:
Joan Ford- Get Schwifty by Rick and Morty
Oliver Wang - S.E.A.N. by Sean Price (Prod. PF Cuttin)
Rye Silverman- Higher & Higher (Eric LIVE! Edit) from Wet Hot American Summer
Guy Branum - Flash by Queen

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

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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