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#37 - Should We Keep The Penny?


Should we keep the penny? Believe it or not, this is subject of great debate, even in the government. Of course, you can only trust one source for the answer: Two actors/podcasters.

Topics include:

- Pirate booty

- Spencer's Gifts

- Taxpayer's money

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MBMBaM 276: Luda Tells It Best


Sorry this one's a bit late, but the first few minutes should shed some light onto the circumstances that kept you waiting. Um ... if you're not into DIGESTIVE BODY HORROR, maybe skip those few minutes, and take our word for it.

Suggested talking points: Down in the Dumps, Pennies, Air Games, Interstate Food Beefs, Tumbling Cuckolds, Catchphrases,

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CIPYD 16: Margaret Willison and Sgt. Stubby


What an episode! We've got so much great stuff for you! We've got a pretty epic Dog We Met This Week two-fer! And yes, the ladies DO embarrass themselves! In Mutt Minute, a split-nosed non-barking dog! We're joined this week by Margaret Willison of NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, Two Bossy Dames and Appointment TV! Spoiler alert, she is aaaaaaa-dorable! She has a long distance dog dedication that'll win your heart! Finally, be ready to have your heart won once again when you learn about a Hero Dog named Sgt. Stubby. He's a hero and you (like us) will wonder why he doesn't have his own animated movie yet!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ethan Hawke & Michaela Watkins

Ethan Hawke
Michaela Watkins

Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off this Friday November 13th in Los Angeles with William H. Macy, Matt Walsh, Brian Huskey, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

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Ethan Hawke Considers Life Lessons in 'Rules For a Knight'

Ethan Hawke is one of the rare actors that viewers have seen grow up in front of their eyes. They watched him as a teenager in the films Explorers and Dead Poets Society, saw him as a young adult in Reality Bites and Before Sunrise, and even saw him change over the course of twelve years of filming his Oscar-nominated turn in the Richard Linklater film, Boyhood.

Along with his work on-screen, he has also enjoyed success as a novelist with his books. His newest is a set of parables, inspired by Hawke's experiences as a parent, called Rules for a Knight. In it, a knight fears that he may not return from battle, and leaves behind a letter with important life lessons for his children. In the book, Hawke explores themes of honesty, courage, solitude and patience.

Ethan Hawke joins Jesse to share how life as a divorced father has influenced his work as an author and an actor, why child stardom was a double-edged sword, and how a favorite line from one of his films helped him to complete a marathon.

Rules for a Knight is now available in hardback and as an e-book.

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Michaela Watkins on Dating In Real Life and On-Screen, SNL, and Going For the Joke

Michaela Watkins is an actress who is in her element when she can go all-out for the joke. Whether she’s practicing sketch comedy as she did in her time with The Groundlings or her one-year stint on Saturday Night Live or performing on a sitcom like the Trophy Wife, Watkins creates characters that are both funny and memorable.

Now, Watkins brings her wit to the lead role of Valerie Myers in the new Hulu series, Casual. In it, she plays a newly divorced woman who finds herself living with her adult brother, while learning to navigate the dating world as a middle-aged woman.

Michaela Watkins joined Jesse to talk about how taking time for herself helped her to improve her relationships, the insane pacing of Saturday Night Live, and her contributions to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Casual is now in its first season on Hulu.

You can find a bit of bonus audio from our interview with Michaela Watkins here.

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The Outshot: The Musicality of an MC

From the early days of rap, the role of the MC was an ancillary one. They were there to support the work of the DJ by keeping the energy level up. The rapper Rakim helped to change that by bringing the role of the MC front and center using a unique blend of words, music and an intoxicating beat.

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RISK! #706: Scary Stories #7 - "Argh!"

Myka Fox, Carrie Poppy, Marshall York and Thomas McKean tell more spooky tales.
Myka Fox
Carrie Poppy
Marshall York
Thomas McKean
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 399 - Al Madrigal

Al Madrigal

Comedian Al Madrigal returns to talk about having no game, museums, and hoedowns.

Download episode 399 here. (right-click)

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 402: Ho-Cabulary with Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander

Writer, actor and comedian Judah Friedlander joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Judah's interest in competitive table tennis, the guys' hot takes on pumpkin foods, and what it's like to pick fruit in New Jersey. Plus, Jesse has an update on The Eyes and Nose Light.

Get Judah's book here!

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 234: Shut Your Pious Hole


Libby brings the case against her husband Aaron. Aaron is a minister by occupation, and thinks he should always be upfront about his job when meeting new people. Libby says he should play it cool till he gets to know them a bit better. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Peter Counter for this week's case name.

Don't miss Bailiff Jesse's World Tour of Several American Cities with Bullseye! Stops in LA, Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philadelphia, DC await but tickets are going fast. Come see Jesse with William H. Macy, David Cross, Tavi Gevinson, Mission of Burma, Barney Frank, Hari Kondabolu, Chicano Batman, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and our own John Hodgman. Get your tickets now! Philly is sold out and the other cities are close on its heels. Visit for more info.


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One Bad Mother Episode 128: Playground Etiquette, plus guest Anna Lefler

One Bad Mother
Anna Lefler

Biz and Theresa talk about all the reasons we love playgrounds and all the reasons we fear them. Isn't it OK that some parents are following their kids around and others are letting their kids run free? Why do we feel so judgy and so judged?! Plus, Biz reaches a point of acceptance about the seemingly never-ending challenges that her youngest child poses and Theresa makes her LAST cup of coffee (sob!). And, we talk with the lovely and charming Anna Lefler, author of the enjoyable new novel, Preschooled.

Preschooled, by Anna Lefler

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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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Ep. 26. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Nine


In this penultimate installment of a race that has gotten wildly, profoundly out of hand, our heroes take on a trio of automotive threats. Merle starts himself a convoy. Magnus fights a shark. Taako catches up with an old friend.

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