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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Saunders, Chris Gethard, and DJ Jazzy Jeff

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
George Saunders
Guests: 
Chris Gethard
Guests: 
DJ Jazzy Jeff

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Chris Gethard on mental health and the importance of failure

Chris Gethard hosted the The Chris Gethard Show for 6 years. It aired first on New York City public access, then later on the Fusion network. You might've also seen him on Broad City or Don't Think Twice, the Mike Birbiglia movie that came out last year.

Chris is also a standup. His latest special, which was produced with Judd Apatow, is called Career Suicide and is kind of a one man show. Career Suicide, specifically talks about alcoholism, depression, and death.

Chris and Jesse talk about his HBO special, and why he's looking forward to taking a break from talking about mental health issues.

Career Suicide premiere's May 6th on HBO.

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The Song That Changed My Life, with DJ Jazzy Jeff: Funkadelic's Knee Deep

Jeffrey Townes is a DJ, record producer and actor from Philadelphia. But you probably know him better as DJ Jazzy Jeff, the producer and collaborator to Will Smith's Fresh Prince. Growing up in Philly in the late 70s, Jazzy Jeff remembers the song that changed his life. It's Funkadelic's Knee Deep.

You can stream his new album Chasing Goosebumps now, and see him on tour this year.

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George Saunders on humor, death, and choosing positivity

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan / ZUMA Press

George Saunders is a writer. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, McSweeney's and more. His 2013 book, a short story collection called Tenth of December, was a finalist for a National Book Award. His latest is called Lincoln in the Bardo - it's his first novel, ever. A lot of his work is funny, but where his other stories focused on absurdity and consumerism, Lincoln in the Bardo goes back to the 19th century, it's almost historical fiction.

In his conversation with Jesse, George talks about his process for writing his first novel, and combating the urge to insert jokes into scenes that are too emotional. They talk about whether he's afraid of death, and about that time he was almost died in a plane crash.

You can find Saunders' new book Lincoln in the Bardo in stores and online now.

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The Outshot: Paul Simon's Graceland

Paul Simon's 1986 Graceland is the perfect record for middle age.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 476 - Ron Lynch

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Ron Lynch

Comedian Ron Lynch joins us to talk magic, face toast, and birdseed.

Download episode 476 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 353: The Feenysnatcher

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"Friends, we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. All our sitcom characters have gone missing. Well, not 'missing,' per se. We know where they are. They're in universes where they should not, CANNOT be. God help us all."

Suggested talking points: All The Movies Watch, Twonies, I've Made A New Invention, Drunk Band-Joining, Triumphant Return, Guestpert: Jonah Ray, Bus Baseball Man

Jen Statsky / D'Arcy Carden

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Jen Statsky
Guests: 
D'Arcy Carden

G’day, babies!

Emily is back from Australia, and she is very disappointed by a missed connection with a koala. Lisa teaches us about “the danger triangle,” which is an area on your face and not a large part of the Atlantic ocean, as I’d assumed. On Chunch Chat, we are itching for a Chunch fix, as Martha has been fowl-focused as of late. On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for “Dirty Blues,” which “encompasses forms of blues music that deal with socially taboo subjects, including sexual acts and/or references to drug use of some kind.” If you thought Lil Wayne’s music was vulgar, you should check out what Lil Johnson was singing in the 1930’s. We welcome Jen Statsky to discuss trypophobia, the fear of small holes. Don’t Google it if you think you might suffer from it. Pretty creepy images await if you do. On Expert Hour, we are joined by Bey Stevens, an early childhood educator who happens to be in her late childhood.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 478: Urban Shepherd with Ophira Eisenberg

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Ophira Eisenberg

NPR host and comedian Ophira Eisenberg joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the Tasmanian Devil's hometown, the proliferation of cool teens wearing Led Zeppelin shirts, and the comfort a fun local news story like goats being used to clear brush on a hillside can be.

The Greatest Generation Ep 132: Captain Potter (S6E7)

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When a Previa containing Captain Picard, Ensign Ro, Guinan (and some other minor character) are transformed from the proud adults we've come to know into children, it becomes a great time for an enemy to hijack the Entrepreneur. Unfortunately, these hijackers are NOT smarter than a 5th grader. What is the worst ring tone? Why doesn't young Picard have an inner monologue? What's the market like for a used Galaxy Class starship? It's the episode that's working in shifts.

Sawbones: Fluoride

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Show: 
Sawbones

This week, Dr. Sydnee and Justin explore a medical mystery: Why, for a town in Colorado, was having brown teeth a sign of great tooth health?

Subscribe 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

The Flop House: Episode #230 - Monster Trucks

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The Flop House

We discuss the movie based on a not-really pun, Monster Trucks. Meanwhile Elliott talks about Love in an Elevator for waaay too long, Stu asks some Saved by the Bell questions, Dan’s penis habits are described at length, and we’re all sorry about the technical problems in this episode.

Movies recommended in this episode:

The Void
The Purge: Election Year
Creed

Bubble by Jordan Morris

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Bubble is a television pilot written by Jordan Morris.

Morgan and her friends live in Fairhaven, a Brooklyn-esque Silverlake-y hipster paradise where trust fund kids go to be lightly employed and follow their dreams, or whatever. PROS: Great coffee, burgeoning art scene, artisanal vape shops. CONS: Separated from the outside world by a man-made bubble, murderous beasts from the outside are slowly invading, long waits for brunch.

Cast:
Alison Becker
Eliza Skinner
Mike Mitchell
Robin Thede
Ian Wolterstorff
Taylor Orci

The Art of Critique

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Shmanners

Hello there Internet! Thank you so much for tuning to another Shmanners! Hopefully, once you're done listening, you'll have nothing but positive things to say about the episode! If not, that's ok! You can learn a lot from constructive criticism! In fact, this episode is all about THE ART OF CRITIQUE! What do you do when a friend asks for your feedback? How do make a convincing compliment sandwich? What do you do with criticism you don't agree with? Plus, some history on the beginnings of the restaurant critic! Enjoy and be sure to share!

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