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Chuck Brown, Godfather of Go-Go Music: "The Song That Changed My Life" on The Sound of Young America

Chuck Brown

Known as The Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown created a new take on funk music in the 1970s with strong dance beats and an infectious spirit. His early hits as a guitarist and singer included "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose". He's a local legend in Washington, D.C., where go-go originated.

His new 3-disc CD/DVD set We Got This includes his first Grammy nominated song, "Love", recorded with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.

He spoke to us about a song he considers very influential -- "Mister Magic" by the jazz-funk musician Grover Washington.

The Song That Changed My Life, by Chuck Brown

Grover Washington, "Mister Magic"

One Hundred Episodes of Coyle & Sharpe!


After nearly four years and 100 episodes, we've brought the Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters podcast to a close. We really just ran out of A-list material in the archive.

It's been an honor to be the custodian of all this amazing content, and share this stuff that I think is some of the funniest audio ever put on tape with a new generation. I know Mal feels exceptionally proud, as well, that the response to this material has been so strong and so sustained.

I hope folks will continue to download the show - the archive of 100 amazing episodes isn't going anywhere - but there won't be any new episodes.

So on behalf of Mal and his daughter Jennifer, as well as myself, THANK YOU!

February Underwriting Update: Thank You, Ask MetaFilter!


Our esteemed February underwriter is Ask MetaFilter. If you're not already a MeFi user, here's the scoop:

This site offers a Q&A forum where you can post questions about anything and everything in life, and you'll get answers from the community. The site's extensive archive is a place to search for answers to questions that cover a wide range of topics, from "What are some jawdroppingly awesome videos about science?" to "I think my graphics card is do I fix it?" to "Identify this Y.A. Sci-fi book from the 1980's - a boy learns how to meditate his way to flying." You can learn more, search the archives, and set up an account at

Ask MetaFilter: Thank you for nearly four years of amazing continued support!

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Kasper Hauser's "Pillow Talk"


MaxFun Superstars Kasper Hauser have a new comedy pilot on MSN's "The Bubble" called Pillow Talk. It's a look at the bedtime conversations between three couples who share a multi-unit building. Since this is 1998, MSN doesn't allow embeds, but you can watch the video here.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 151 - Josh Loewen

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Josh Loewen

Comedian and graphic designer Josh Loewen joins us to talk pizza, weddings, and punchability.

Download episode 151 here. (right-click)

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 162: Junket Buddies with Alison Haislip

Alison Haislip

Alison Haislip from G4's Attack of the Show talks with Jordan and Jesse about movies, momentous occasions, and more.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 11: The Case of the Youthful Indiscretions


Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evan's things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?

Also: evidence referred to by Judge Hodgman is viewable here.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 40: Fresh Out of Aardvarks


In a weird twist, we've decided to spend time during this episode to actually provide our listeners with practical advice. You know, things you'll use every day -- like phone etiquette, or tips for naming your Chinchilla breeding business.

Suggested talking points: The Sandiego Slip, Wizard Pizza, PCP Juice, Minus Tephen, Doing the Deed, Vine-Ripened, Chin Deep

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: World Book Club


Vital stats:
Format: long-form genre fiction writing advice
Episode duration: 53m or 27m, depending on what I don’t know
Frequency: monthly
Archive available on iTunes: last 36

When the BBC says “world”, they don’t kid around. Its World Service, so Wikipedia tells me, broadcasts in 32 languages to 188 million people. Its World Book Club [RSS] [iTunes] discusses work by authors as nationally varied as the English David Mitchell [MP3], the American Richard Ford [MP3], the Egyptan Nadaal el Sadaawi [MP3], the Nigerian Chinua Achebe [MP3], and the ostensibly French but seemingly stateless J.M.G. Le Clézio [MP3]. Its discussion questions come not just from the mouth of English host Harriett Gilbert, but from those of listeners in the England, the States, Canada, Australia, Greece, the Czech Republic, Zambia, Namibia... I could fill my word count with this. Point being, an agreeable sound for a would-be literary internationalist such as myself.

The words Book Club in the title strike me as a misnomer, but not in a bad way. Reaching for a greater formal interestingness, the broadcast hybridizes at least four breeds of literary event: the book club, sure, but also the interview, the live reading, and the audience Q&A. The BBC flies in a different writer each month and sits them down with Gilbert and an invited group of physically present listeners. Rather than talking about whatever the writer is currently promoting, the show usually focuses on something from their back pages, a well-known book many listeners will have already read. Gilbert asks the author questions about it, but she also has them read a passage or two, relays questions e-mailed in advance, or asks listeners on the phone or seated in the audience to fire off a question of their own.

Whether or not you’re read the volume under discussion — I usually haven’t — you can get a great deal of enjoyment out of these goings-on, mannered yet straight-to-the-point as they are in that very BBC sort of way. Since many questions from Gilbert and the audience alike deal with plot points, you may entertain concerns about the possibility of spoilers. I can assure you that you needn’t worry. Given world World Book Club’s selections, spoilers don’t matter; this show talks about actual books. If spoilers really and truly spoil a book, so my own handy rule goes, then that book must be nothing more than a spectacle, escapism, a jack-in-the-box — lousy, in short. As far as I can tell, not a single lousy book has refuge in this bunch.

Over and above that, I would argue that the talk on this show has less to do with characters, events, conflicts, false crises, and false dawns than it has to do with culture. Or, to make up a word that sounds like academic nails on an academic chalkboard, it has to do with interculturality. Fortunately, given the demands of holding a conversation across numerous cultures, things have to get down to their essences pretty quickly; not much room remains for the sort of theoretical fog that would give cover for a word like “interculturality” in the first place. World Book Club deals with active writers, active readers, and active texts (whatever that last means). When you’ve got, say, an Oxford-educated German novelist born in Morocco answering questions about his narrative that oscillates between 13th-century Kyoto and 23rd-century Johannesburg from an Azerbaijani caller listening in Brussels, you can’t help but let particularly refreshing gusts of fresh air blow in on the regular.

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to be the host and producer of public radio’s The Marketplace of Ideas [iTunes], the blogger of The War on Mediocrity and the writer of The Ubuweb Experimental Video Project.]

Mavis Staples, Gospel and R&B Legend: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples is one of the greatest singers of our time -- a gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist known for her rich, throaty voice. She began as the lead singer of The Staple Singers, a family gospel group formed by Pops Staples and several of his children. The Staple Singers achieved several hits with "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again". They also became a musical voice of the American civil rights movement with their protest music.

Mavis has reinvented her sound over the decades since The Staple Singers' introduction in 1950 and worked with Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Ry Cooder, and Bob Dylan. Her newest album, You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

Click here for a full transcript of this show.
Click here to download or stream the audio of this interview.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is one of our greatest singers, Mavis Staples. In her 50-plus-year career with The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, she has really and truly bridged genres from soul to gospel to R&B to country, and her latest record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Mavis Staples, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

MAVIS STAPLES: Well thank you, thank you. I’m happy to be with you.

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