This pig toy is the single greatest item in the history of The Antiques Roadshow. It is so fantastic, I cannot believe it is real. Usually, when I'm watching the Roadshow, I announce which things I would buy if I were rich. I would pay the full auction valuation for this pig RIGHT NOW. I want this pig SO BAD.
The Sound of Young America was in Park City, Utah for the Sundance Film Festival this year, and we took the opportunity to talk to the hottest film directors, actors, and creatives. Here’s our first part in that series, in which we talk to actor Kevin Kline.
Kevin Kline is one of America's greatest actors. He's one of the few to have won an Oscar for a comic role (his amazing turn in "A Fish Called Wanda"), and he's been acclaimed for his work in everything from contemporary drama to Shakespeare to light opera. We spoke with him at Sundance after the release of "The Extra Man”, a film adaptation of a Jonathan Ames novel. Kline stars as Henry, an eccentric older gentleman who makes his living as a social escort to New York’s high society widows.
I had a blast last night recording an episode of Comedy & Everything Else. Stef and Jimmy were gracious hosts and we had a lot of fun talking about everything from President Obama to Queen Latifah. If you have the stomach for two and a half hours of me running my mouth, you should check it out.
Our pal Xeni talks to the very funny Peter Serafinowicz on BoingBoing TV.
Our friends* at This American Life have a new iPhone app. It costs $3, and you should definitely buy it. You've probably heard of This American Life, and maybe you think you're either not cool enough for it or too cool for it, but you're wrong. It's for everybody. Really, This American Life is a very successful show for two reasons: Ira Glass' captivating interview on The Sound of Young America, and the fact that it is a truly amazing program, maybe the best radio show of all time. Anyway, fire up those iPhones and go to town.
*Friends is probably kind of strong. I mean, some people who've contributed to the show are my friends. John Hodgman, for example. And I did meet Ira one time, and he was very gracious. And Julie Snyder, one of the show's producers, was the news director at KZSC once upon a time, and I was the news director there once upon a time (and so was Nick, our editor). I don't want you to think we're enemies or anything. I'm just saying: when I say they're our friends, I'm speaking of a general bonhomie that I feel towards them, and maybe they feel that way. Oh! Seth - I met that guy and he was really nice. He works there. Seth. Anyway, buy the fucking app.
Salvador Santana is a keyboard player and singer-songwriter. His father is guitar legend Carlos Santana. He's just released a new LP, Keyboard City. He talks with The Sound of Young America about his Bay Area roots (he's an alumnus of School of the Arts in San Francisco), working on "Supernatural" as a teenager, touring with Ozomatli and recording with his mentor, Money Mark.
I don't know if you've heard of Twitter, a red-hot website for teens, but it's VERY big right now (with teens). If you want to meet and charm other teens, you should really check it out - and here are a few MaxFun affiliates and pals you can follow.
Of course, I'm on Twitter @YoungAmerican. I make innapropriate jokes, then remember that the boss of PRI is subscribed to my feed, then figure, "hey, what's done is done." I also announce new episodes of TSOYA, livestreams of JJGo, and other stuff like that. Nick, the editor of TSOYA, is @NPWhite, where he occasionally asks a TSOYA-related question, and talks about the LPFM station he works at in Chicago. Jordan is on Twitter @Jordan_Morris, and he's fantastically hilarious. Follow him and get one or two amazing jokes a day. I also tweet about Put This On @PutThisOn.
Kasper Hauser are @Kasper_Hauser, sharing awesome jokes. So are their members individually: Rob Baedeker (@robbaedeker), James Reichmuth, aka Jacobus of the 14th Century (@Jacobus14), John Reichmuth (@CountReichmuth), and Dan Klein (@Kleinimp).
Our Monsters of Podcasting friends met on Twitter, and they met because they're all so hilarious there. Merlin is @HotDogsLadies, Scott is @ScottSimpson and Adam hits about two home runs a day @LonelySandwich. They tweet collectively as @YLNT.
Lots of our comedy friends are on Twitter. Rob Huebel (@RobHuebel) is probably my favorite Twitterer. His tweets seem to come from an alternate, nightmare universe which never ceases to amuse me. Other comedy pals of ours, like Rob Corddry (@RobCorddry), Chris Hardwick (@nerdist) and John Hodgman (@Hodgman) are there as well.
I also follow lots of public radio and podcasting pals. Our pal Matt from Never Not Funny tweets both for the show (@NeverNotFunny) and for himself (@MattBelknap). Tom Scharpling from The Best Show on WFMU is always stirring shit up @Scharpling. My overlords tweet @PRI. NPR's Mike Pesca is @Pescami and Studio 360's Kurt "Explodo" Andersen is @KBAndersen.
Of course, the most important person to follow is Andrew WK, whose PARTY TIPS ("PARTY TIP: You got to do it! You never give up! YOU'VE GOT TO DO ALL THE STUFF THAT YOU LOVE! Do what feels good, all the time.") will make your life better every day. Follow him @AndrewWK.