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Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken and Zach Miller on Shame, Shame and More: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Dr. Dog

Zach Miller and Scott McMicken are members of the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Their music synthesizes the sounds of the 1960s and 70s with contemporary influences, and they've built a major following over the past ten years. Their latest album is Shame, Shame.

JESSE THORN: It’s the sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guests are Scott McMicken and Zach Miller, members of the band Dr. Dog. They’re a lovely, friendly, happy feeling; although sometimes sad lyricized band from Philadelphia. Their new album is called Shame, Shame. Let’s hear one of the singles from the record, “Stranger.”
Scott, Zach, welcome to the Sound of Young America. It’s great to have you here.
ZACH MILLER: Thanks for having us, Jesse.
SCOTT McMICKEN: Thanks for having us.

Click Here For a Full Transcript of Our Interview.

Judge John Hodgman Ep. 4: Tear Down That Wall

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This week on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, a dispute between friends. Foy argues that breaking the fourth wall ruins film and theater. His friend Matt disagrees. Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

To listen to this week's Judge John Hodgman podcast, subscribe in iTunes or using this feed.

Discuss the ruling on our forum here.

The Pardcastathon is Coming!


For the second year, our friends at Never Not Funny are hosting a marathon, live-streaming show to benefit the charity Smile Train. Catch the show at on Friday starting at 6PM pacific -- and ending at 6AM pacific. The show features lots of their favorite guests... I won't give any hints, but I will say that I'm in Southern California for Thanksgiving this year.


(photo by Liezl)

Judge John Hodgman on Boing Boing


While we're mentioning mentions on great blogs... our friend Mark Frauenfelder was kind enough to give a mention to Judge John Hodgman on Boing Boing the other day. Reactions are generally excellent, except for one guy, named "Weatherman," who writes: I'm a big fan of Hodgeman, but any show ranked with Sound of Young America immediately shoots to the bottom of my list. That has to be one of the worst shows on NPR, and I'm including Prairie Home Companion. Thanks, fella!

Mashable's 7 Essential Podcasts


We're excited to note that Mashable has included The Sound in their list of "7 Essential Podcasts You Should Add To Your Playlist."

It's a fascinating list, including some friends of ours, like Stuff You Should Know and Build & Analyze. There's also a "Hall of Fame" with our pals Radiolab and This American Life, among others.

Our thanks to Mashable and Zachary Sniderman for including us.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 141 - Sunee Dhaliwal

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Sunee Dhaliwal

Comedian Sunee Dhaliwal joins us to talk basketball movies, mustaches, and Burlesque.

Download Episode 141 here. (right-click)

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The Alumni Newsletter: November 22, 2010


  • Sarah Silverman recalls a disturbing Thanksgiving memory with her dad.

  • Director Lee Unkrich's newest film, Toy Story 3, is a dark horse for the Oscar win for Best Picture, as The Atlantic discusses -- but we've still got faith.

  • Kevin Kline has a great turn as an eccentric writer in The Extra Man, which is just now out on DVD. He talked to us about the film at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

  • Performance artist Ze Frank in his TED talk from earlier this year on virtual connections between people, entitled "Ze Frank's Web Playroom".

The Newshour on Radiolab


One of our favorite public radio shows is RadioLab. The PBS Newshour profiled Jad and Robert, the show's hosts, in a lovely pieces built around one of their live shows. Of course, they were also guests on The Sound a couple of years ago.

Yelawolf - Pop the Trunk


If you're a hip-hop fan, you won't want to miss Noz's great interview with Yelawolf on Cocaine Blunts. Excellent discussion of topics close to my heart: Devin the Dude... Mystikal... which is the best member of Hieroglyphics. The man's a serious fan.

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