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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Steve Coogan & Kevin Kerrane

Steve Coogan
Kevin Kerrane
Hari Kondabolu
Andrew Noz

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Steve Coogan: "Dumping My Dysfunction" into Alan Partridge and Seeking Humanity in Comedy

The English actor, comedian and writer Steve Coogan started out as a brilliant impressionist. He was beloved by audiences for his pitch-perfect impressions, and put his voice talent to good use on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. But Coogan wanted more for himself, and began developing his own characters. While working on the radio current affairs parody On The Hour with Armando Iannucci and Chris Morris, he created his most enduring character to date -- the awkward, know-nothing sports desk reporter, Alan Partridge.

Coogan has now spent two decades off and on with Alan Partridge, as he's been fleshed out and moved from radio to television and back again. Alan has become a very important part of his life, although as Coogan says, Alan is "like a relative that you’re very fond of but you only want to see at Christmas and holidays. You don’t want to live with them." He's now brought the character to the big screen, with Alan as a regional radio deejay who accidentally gets roped into a hostage situation at his station.

Coogan has also acted in a number of movies and television shows in England and abroad, including The Trip, Night at the Museum, Tropic Thunder and 24 Hour Party People. He also recently co-wrote, produced and starred in the drama Philomena, which garnered several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

He joins us this week to talk about his early days as an impressionist, the increasing emotional complexity and dynamism of his character Alan Partridge, and seeking humanity in his comedy.

Alan Partridge is now in theaters and on VOD. Philomena is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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Andrew Noz on All-Time Favorite Tracks: Organized Konfusion and Ice-T

Hip hop critic Andrew Noz digs way back in the catalogs of past Bullseye guests Pharoahe Monch and Ice-T to recommend some of his favorite tracks.

He suggests taking a listen to the amazing technical performances in Organized Konfusion's "Bring It On", and revisiting a poetic early track from Ice-T, "High Rollers".

Andrew Noz is the columnist for Pitchfork's Hall of Game and blogs at Cocaine Blunts. You can also find him on Tumblr.

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Hari Kondabolu Asks, What Happened to Weezer?

Weezer’s first album came out TWENTY years ago. The comedian Hari Kondabolu has been a fan since the beginning.

Hari's new stand up comedy album is called Waiting for 2042.

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"Sinister" Dick Kinsella

Who Won? Who Lost? Who Cares? It's All in How You Play the Game: Kevin Kerrane on the World of Baseball Scouting

Over thirty years ago, in 1980, Kevin Kerrane entered a world of unusual characters. "Jocko" Collins, "Sinister" Dick Kinsella, Cy Slapnicka. They were baseball scouts -- men who drove from game to game and town to town looking for fresh and undiscovered talent. They watched the players intently, but they didn't care who won or who lost. They were looking to see how an individual player runs, walks, and throws, and picturing how that talent might parlay to the major leagues. Kerrane renders these men and their stories in vivid detail in his classic history of baseball scouting, Dollar Sign on the Muscle.

The book fell out of print over the years, so Kerrane went back into the field in 2013 to provide a look at scouting in its current iteration.

Kerrane talks to us about some of the legendary scouts, the particular language and vernacular of the baseball scout, and the balance between old-school qualitative and new-school quantitative analysis of players.

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The Outshot: Owney, a Very Special Dog

Jesse shares his love for Owney, the Mascot of the Railway Mail Service.

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Song Exploder № 8: Loren Bouchard

Song Exploder
Loren Bouchard

Loren Bouchard is the creator of the animated tv comedy Bob's Burgers, a series about a family and the restaurant they own and live above, currently in its fourth season on Fox. In addition to being the co-executive producer and showrunner, Loren also composed the show's opening theme. I interviewed Loren in his office, where his desk is surrounded by musical instruments. In this episode, he talks about which ones went into the theme, and the emotions he wanted to evoke with each of them. Plus a few thoughts from cast members Jon Benjamin and Eugene Mirman.

footnotes and links:
Here's the original Bob's Burgers Pilot, with Loren's first version of the theme song.
Bob's Burgers website and Facebook page
Seasons 1–3 on Netflix

Stop Podcasting Yourself 317 - Scott Simpson

Scott Simpsons

Scott Simpson returns to talk donating stuff, Palm Springs, and bus liars.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 321: Wood Work with Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt

Mike Schmidt joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's experience at a faerie hunt in Griffith Park, Jesse's feelings about changing in front of strangers, and their upcoming trip to the LA Kiss arena football game.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 196: An Old, Rotten Boat


This episode pivots like a world champion boxer, changing effortlessly between subjects like credit tips and Sam Elliott's favorite full-motion video games. It's all finance tips, finance tips, finance tips and then BOOM -- a deep dive into Double Switch.

Suggested talking points: The Sunday, Exquisite Delight, CreditBros, Nerd Parents, Bike Shorts, Buffett v. Chesney

The Best of RISK! Music #6

A Lot of Great Indie Music!

A collection of more of our favorite music from the most recent RISK! episodes.

1989 | EP#11

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The Goosedown

Kim & Jasper discuss their favorite people, songs, films and tv shows from the year 1989. Also The Goosedowns plays the fan favorite "Stump Kim".

1989 | EP#11

The Goosedown

Kim & Jasper discuss their favorite people, songs, films and tv shows from the year 1989. Also The Goosedowns plays the fan favorite "Stump Kim".

One Bad Mother Episode 52: Baby Daddy Resentment

One Bad Mother

Biz and Theresa talk about partner resentment and try to figure out WHOSE FAULT THIS IS. It must be somebody's, right? (oh, hahaha...It's obv our partners' fault.) Plus, Biz needs someone to put a triscuit in her mouth and Theresa deals out some hard truths to Biz. And, Theresa has a new TV show obsession and Biz's baby is a vocal music prodigy. No guest this week which means we have plenty of time to gush about our personal lives to a moderately inappropriate extent!

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Anthem, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans ( and available on iTunes)

TS131: Gay Dinner Theatre, Paternity Leave in Baseball, Mike Francesa & Guest Sandra Fluke


The distant cousin of the woman who wrote into the newspaper about how to handle her gay son went to see "Deathtrap" in Salt Lake City and had a complete meltdown over the gay kiss, and Bryan has everything to say about it. And, did you know it's hard for major league baseball daddies to get R-E-S-P-E-C-T when they replace bat swinging for newborn holding? That PLUS!!!! reproductive rights defender and California State Senate candidate Sandra Fluke


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