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Judge John Hodgman Episode 197: The Hodgman Dubbel

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Judge Hodgman weighs in on loud popcorn eating, anniversaries, fedoras, and selects the best drawings of his proposed Double-Ended Unicycle.

Get a limited-edition double-ended unicycle t-shirt in the MaxFunStore, as illustrated by artist Gregory Mackay! Sales end Thursday, February 26th!

Thanks to Josh Beck for this week's episode title (and his amazing unicycle design).

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Pop Rocket: Episode 6 Grammys, Biopics, Books & Jams

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

We’re all about the Grammys this week, with opinions on Beyonce, Beck, Madonna and awards in general. Then we get into biopics. We talk about our favorites, common biopic mistakes and Wynter shares some strong feelings about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra. Plus, which books have influenced the team most significantly? And we share our current top jams.

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

That’s My Jam (and book that most influenced us):

Wynter Mitchell
Jam: Van Halen - Eruption
Book: American Psycho by Brett Easton Elis
Oliver Wang
Jam: Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire
Book: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Margaret Wappler
Jam: Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood
Guy Branum
Book: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

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 on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PRPod on Twitter.

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Throwing Shade #79: Fifty Shades Of Grey & The Grammys

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Are you seeing 50 Shades? Did you see what Kanye did to Beck at the Grammys? Bryan and Erin did, and they have some soft opinions on both of them. Plus, an ex-gay blogger named Matt Moore defended the conservative church's views on gays by saying "we're not as bad as ISIS." And hedge fund founder Jonathan Hoenig went on Fox News to say that government intrusion with vaccines would lead to forced abortion. Fun? Fun.

Pod People

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Baby Geniuses

Hello fellow human buddies! Nothing strange going on here! Just a couple of normal humans doing a podcast, same as always! And even if we were impostors, how could you tell? A secret code phrase? Could you tell from our mannerisms? Or maybe you'd just stab us and see how it goes. That's pretty much Andie's solution. Also, learn about a really interesting mental illness. Also, Andie is an indigo child and Travis is a psychopath apparently. It's a pretty weird stream of consciousness episode!

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Intro and outro music thanks to Brentalfloss

Art thanks to Justin Russo

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Sawbones: The Dancing Plague

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Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin recount a horrifying, real-world case ... of Boogie Fever.

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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MBMBaM 238: Face 2 Face 11: No One Goes Home Alone

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Live from the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery! Join us as we pitch projects to Tim Allen, discuss the sexual potential of Donny Osmond and hang out with our pal, Drew Davenport.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Rene Russo & Dan Gilroy of 'Nightcrawler'

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Rene Russo
Guests: 
Dan Gilroy
Guests: 
Alexandre Desplat

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Dan Gilroy and Rene Russo of 'Nightcrawler' on Seediness in TV News, Writing a Desperate But Strong Female Character, and the Constraints of Independent Film

Dan Gilroy is the writer and director of the movie Nightcrawler, which is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Screenplay. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom, a video stringer for a local TV news program, and Dan's wife Rene Russo as an overnight news producer, Nina.

Lou is an anti-hero, bordering on a psychopath. His attempts to build a career and establish relationships with others are charmingly off-kilter. But also more than a little creepy. Russo’s character, Nina, ends up on the receiving end of both the charm and the creepiness.

Jesse spoke with Gilroy and Russo in front of a live audience at a benefit for the film nonprofit Vidiots.

Nightcrawler is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Song Exploder: Alexandre Desplat on Creating The Imitation Game's Theme

Alexandre Desplat is an Academy-Award-nominated French film composer. He's written the score for lots of Hollywood movies: Zero Dark Thirty, Harry Potter, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and several Harry Potter films among others.

Desplat talked to Hrishi Hirway for an episode of his podcast, Song Exploder. On Song Exploder, Hrishi asks musicians to deconstruct their songs, track by track. This year, Alexandre has been nominated again for an Oscar twice in the same category, for his work on both "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "The Imitation Game".

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the English mathematician Alan Turing. Turing helped crack the Enigma code during World War II, but his achievements didn't keep him from being persecuted for his sexuality.

Desplate broke down the orchestration in the main theme from the film.

You can listen to other episodes of Song Exploder on our website, in iTunes or wherever you download podcasts.


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The Outshot: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Jesse talks about beauty, perfectionism and The Grand Budapest Hotel.

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RISK! #618: Cripes!

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Rye Silverman, Steve Belanger and Andrea Allan share stories of cripes-tastic crises.
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RISK!
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Rye Silverman
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Steve Belanger
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Andrea Allan
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 360 - Sean Proudlove

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Sean Proudlove

Sean Proudlove returns to talk retirement homes, naked men, and Ron White.

Download episode 360 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 363: Live at SF Sketchfest with Maeve Higgins and Roman Mars

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Maeve Higgins
Guests: 
Roman Mars

Comedian Maeve Higgins and radio host Roman Mars join Jordan and Jesse live on stage at Cobb's Comedy Club for SF Sketchfest.

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