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Jackie Mason's School of Economics

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Hi, periodic TSYOA blogger Joe Garden here. Confused by the recent economic woes befalling the world because of the falling U.S. subprime mortgage quandry? Then let Mr. Jackie Mason bring you up to speed!

Or, if you prefer a different viewpoint with less hands-over-the-head gesteculating, check out NPR's Marketplace, who have been covering this for a while.

Franlky, I like Jackie Mason's optimistic, if less accurate, viewpoint a little more.

What are your favorite recent TSOYAs?

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So a lot of public radio stations are poking around The Sound of Young America lately. One of the things they like to do is listen to CDs of shows, which I of course am happy to make for them. However, being so close to the production process, it's often tough for me to know what the best TSOYA shows are.

So... go here on our forum and vote on your favorite. Feel free to add your thoughts to the thread, as well.

Your input, as always, is immensely appreciated.

RIP Max Roach

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It's here! The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast!

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It's here, folks. I predict rip-roaring success for the newest production of maximumfun.org: The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast. Subscribe now!

Here's what you get:

A five-minute-or-so weekly audio sketch or comedy bit.

A weekly sample page from Kasper Hauser's new book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane." (as endorsed by George Saunders, Patton Oswalt, Fred Willard, John Hodgman, Dave Barry, David Foster Wallace and more!)

Plus videos every couple weeks...

iTunes tells us they're going to feature the show in their "New Releases" section starting Wednesday... let's get a head start! Subscribe, then review the show!3

For those who don't use iTunes, here's the feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/kasperhauser

This week's show features a favorite, originally heard on The Sound of Young America: Phone Call to the 14th Century. We'll have never-before-heard stuff in the coming weeks.
OK: ready... steady...
GO!

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Living with Baduizm

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Going to a lot of poetry slams lately? Do you find yourself preternaturally obsessed with rimshots? Do you keep talking about playing Jimi Hendrix in a movie? Is your rap album on sale at Starbucks?

You may be living with Baduizm. Luckily, the good people at Oh Word have scanned a wonderful pamphlet that can help you in your struggle with this debilitating disease.

I am fucking loving it.

Larry David on Charlie Rose

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Have you checked out the new Charlie Rose website? It's amazing.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Nucular Option

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our first guest is Stanford University linguistics expert and frequent NPR contributer Geoffrey Nunberg. We talk to Geoffrey about his book Going Nucular and all sorts of heady linguistic things.

Then we talk with Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Michael Ian Black, members of the bizarre comic trio Stella - just before their Comedy Central program of the same name debuted.

Please share your thoughts on the show in the comments section!

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 16: Vocal Projection

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe introduce a brand new, cutting-edge vocal technique. This is downright silly and ridiculous. Bonus: The "mark" sounds a lot like The Dude.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 17: Run Over My Hand.

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe try to convince a man to run them over. It soon becomes clear that he'll have none of it.

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