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Dave Hill performs at Wards of Merkin show

12/19/2013 - 20:00 - 22:00
Venue Name: 
Saint Vitus Bar - 1120 Manhattan Ave

Meet Me in the Bathroom and Tell Me All Your Secrets with Dave Hill and Valley Lodge

01/10/2014 - 20:00 - 23:00
Venue Name: 
Union Hall -702 Union Street

Join Dave, Valley Lodge and guests Har Mar Superstar, Jackie Kashian, Doug Gillard, Mike Bocchetti, Ben Lerman and Jodi Lennon. TIckets here:

Judge John Hodgman Episode 137: Six Feet Plunder


Friends Brittany and Reg bring their case before the court. On an amble through a cemetery after Christmas, Brittany found hundreds of potted Christmas trees left graveside. She saw that they weren't being cared for, and hoping to save them from the trash, took the trees and replanted them elsewhere. Her friend Reg says this is tantamount to grave-robbing since it was done without permission. He insists that Brittany was wrong to take the trees, no matter her intention. Who's right? Who's wrong?

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Also, thanks to Paul Ruh for suggesting this week's case name! To suggest a title for a future episode, like us on Facebook at Judge John Hodgman! We regularly put a call for submissions.


Throwing Shade Web Series #20: American Horror Story & Yeardley Smith (#113)


FOD’s Throwing Shade #20 featuring the incomparable Yeardley Smith is now live!

Everyone is confused this week: Erin tries to wrap her brain around American Horror Story, Bryan can’t understand why twitter wasn’t thankful for Kinky Boots, and special guest Yeardley Smith asks why anyone wouldn’t want to wear gold lame and ride camels. It’s like a conversation with your great aunt, except afterwards you won’t feel sad inside!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Henry Bushkin on Johnny Carson


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Troubled, Brilliant and Intensely Private: A Look Back at American Icon Johnny Carson with "Bombastic Bushkin"

The late night show is still a staple of pop culture. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Fallon all hold their own interviewing celebrities and delivering monologues -- but there's no single late night show that is appointment viewing for all people, no host as essential as Johnny Carson, the thirty-year Tonight Show host and television icon.

He was publicly known by many, Johnny Carson didn't have a lot of close personal friends. Though he was fun and friendly on-screen -- cavorting with celebrities like Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra -- off-screen, he was very private and hid his emotions well.

It says a lot that Carson once described Henry Bushkin, his lawyer and business associate, as his "best friend". Bushkin came on to Carson's team as a fixer, someone to take care of his problems both professional and personal.

This week, Mike Pesca fills in for Jesse and talks to Bushkin, who served as Carson’s lawyer and closest confidante for nearly two decades. Dubbed ‘The Bombastic Bushkin,’ his relationship with Carson was a mix of professional and personal and he witnessed some of the icon’s darkest moments. Their friendship and business relationship eventually soured, but not before Bushkin collected a wide variety of experiences. This week, Bushkin dives into those privileged moments, from the good to the bad.

Bushkin’s new book, which recounts his time with Carson, is called, simply, Johnny Carson.

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The Dissolve on New Releases: Folk Stories in Inside Llewyn Davis and Fascinating Footage from Narco Cultura

Editorial Director Keith Phipps and Editor Scott Tobias from film site The Dissolve stop by to recommend the best films this winter has to offer. They recommend you check out the new movie from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis and a film that examines both sides of drug cartel culture, Narco Cultura.

You can find both films in select theaters nationwide this week.

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Canonball: Wire’s Pink Flag with Jim DeRogatis

Sometimes we like to take a flying leap into the canon of popular music and find albums that deserve a closer look. This week, Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ's Sound Opinions guides us through the art-punk band Wire’s debut album, Pink Flag. He'll tell us why you don't necessarily have to have mega-musical talent to make a great song -- just some brilliant ideas.

You can hear Jim DeRogatis weekly on his nationally-distributed public radio show, Sound Opinions, or find his writing at

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Lisa Kudrow Talks Friends, Brain Science and Playing the Eternal Optimist

In the ‘90s and early 2000s, Lisa Kudrow was part of an elite, six-member group. America tuned in to NBC every week as this tight-knit collective went through the ordinary struggles of twenty and thirty-somethings living in New York City. The show was called Friends and, in its decade-long run, it was one of the most successful sitcoms of all time.

Kudrow won an Emmy for her role as Phoebe Buffay, the ditzy member of the ensemble who is sometimes optimistic to a fault. Whether she’s singing about her odorous feline or recounting cringe-inducing tales from her colorful past, Phoebe retained a sense of playfulness that brightened even the darkest aspects of her character.

Since Friends, she's played some characters with darker sides -- people defined by their narcissistic tendencies. On Web Therapy, she plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who limits her patients to three minutes a session, since the rest is usually boring filler. The series shows Fiona's professional and personal life through sessions with patients that usually have their fair share of quirks.

Jesse Thorn spoke with Lisa Kudrow in 2012. Web Therapy is now in its fourth season online.

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The Outshot: Keith Olbermann’s Return to Sports

This week, Mike Pesca cheers sports journalist turned political pundit Keith Olbermann's return to the world of sports, with his ESPN2 show, Olbermann.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 298 - Hawksley Workman

Hawksley Workman

Musician Hawksley Workman joins us to talk savage housecats, flat tires, and haunted schools.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 302: Alternate Boner Theory with Bryan Cook

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Bryan Cook

Bryan Cook, the creator of Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's past interaction with some shady police officers, new Candyland, and a terrifying crow encounter.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 178: Freedom to Burger Out


We know we're a bit late in telling you this, but the McElroy brothers are here for all your turkey-cooking advice needs. Step one: Visualize the turkey. See it in your mind's eye. Taste it with your mind-mouth.

Suggested talking points: Homeland Turkey, PlayStation Buttslammer, Hair-o, Drive-Thru Limits, Mayoral Powers, Cool Guy Voice, Urinal Mysteries

Live from Philly 4!

Andrew Panebianco
Dawn Fraser
Katie Samson

Stories at our latest trip to the City of Brotherly Live at the First Person Arts Festival 2013.

Song: RISK! Theme by Wormburner and John Sondericker

Song: DC3 by Mark Clark

Live Story: Al Dente by Andrew Panebianco

Live Story: Brasilado by Dawn Fraser

Song: Foreign Bodies by Radiation City

Live Story: The First Time Again by Katie Samson

Song: The Heart by Boombox Seance

Sawbones: Headaches


Headaches: Widely regarded as the lowest pain way to get the sympathy due to the infirmed, they're also one of mankind's biggest targets for bad medicine and misguided folk cures. This week on Sawbones, join Dr. Sydnee and Justin as they attempt to get your head right.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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