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Al Madrigal Interview: The Sound of Young America

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Al Madrigal Dreams of Laughter
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Al Madrigal


Al Madrigal is a comedian and actor. He's been a regular on numerous network television shows, but his hallmark is his standup. We talk with Al about his new CD, called Half Breed, and about his old job -- firing people.

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Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 109: The Return with guest Rob Huebel

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Rob Huebel

Rob Huebel joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about the love that dare not squeak its name.


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Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "The People You Don't Know"

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A listener once called Adam Carolla's podcast asking how to go about booking famous guests on his own. Adam advised the young man to forget it, since (a) famous people already have plenty of venues into which to drop and, more importantly, (b) famous ≠ interesting. He suggested that the caller instead produce an "everyman podcast" featuring conversations with people who do all sorts of normal jobs. Immediately, your Podthinker sensed extreme potential; potential that, sadly, he already produces too many of his own podcasts to capitalize on, but potential nonetheless. Though a true everyman podcast has yet to pop up, The People You Don't Know [iTunes] [RSS] comes tantalizingly close.

In each episode, lawyer/podcaster Eugene Ahn gets a couple people on the line — typically of the Skype or telephone variety — and chats with them about what they do and how they got to do it. These people have included Devindra Hardawar of The /Filmcast [MP3], violinist-turned-beatmaster Taka Yasuzawa [MP3], Instant Encore founder Margo Drakos [MP3] and My New Fighting Technique is Unstoppable mastermind and/or avowed left-wing polemicist David Rees [MP3]. Ahn bundles these conversations into shows with themes like "Community Spirit" [MP3], "Culture Shock" [MP3] and "TV and Cereal" [MP3].

Make no mistake: this is one slickly-produced podcast. In many ways, it's assembled more like a "real" radio show, what with the themes and the music beds and the introductions and the sound-collage intro and the occasional clip shows and all. And your Podthinker has never failed to learn at least something from each interview. But it must be said that the program hits its absolute best with its least-known guests: People You Don't Know, maybe not surprisingly, plays better with the people you really don't know, those who perform more local functions or who have never before fallen under the harsh eyes of the media. While the show never quite hangs in the "everyman podcast" end of the spectrum, it does spotlight the occasional entreprenurial attorney, community organizer or investment banker/ex-Korean soldier — people we might never otherwise hear of. That's the podcast at its best.

Which is not to say that it's bad, exactly, when featuring better-known comic artists, podcasters, bloggers and suchlike; it's just better with the under-the-radars. The same goes for The People You Don't Know's geekier side, which has been getting indulged quite often lately. The show works well — and very well indeed — at high values of both guest randomness and guest unknownness. Your Podthinker wants not to be able to predict who's going to show up next, or the type of job that person does. Ideally, listeners would never before have met anyone who does what that person does. (More ideally, one occupation wouldn't come up twice. "Blogger" counts as an occupation.) The most fascinating of Ahn's guests have, broadly speaking, called upon their own particular potential to do something unusual and intriguing. The show itself does much the same, though there's plenty of room to do more of it.

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Format: paired interviews (pitched somewhere between everyman and famousman)
Running since: March 2009
Duration: 1h-1h30m
Frequency: weekly
Archive available on iTunes: all

[Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions or threats for Podthinker Colin Marshall? colinjmarshall at gmail.]

Young Chris, Beanie Sigel & Freeway - Last Two

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In my opinion, the best kind of mean rapper is the one who's sad he has to be so mean. He didn't want to be so mean. You made him, by (talking shit, stepping to him, not being gangsta, fucking with his clique).

Meetups are brewing...

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We're headed to the east coast in a couple weeks. If you're in Philly or New York (or planning to be there), folks on the forum are starting to plan some meetups.

I can tell you from experience that the folks at the MaxFun meetups couldn't be nicer or more pleasant. It's usually a great mix of people, too.

Here's some Philly talk, and here's some folks planning something in New York.

MaxFun East Coast: Tickets Now On Sale

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Buy your tickets now for The Sound of Young America and the Monsters of Podcasting in Philadelphia and New York.

Wednesday, September 16th
The Sound of Young America Live in Philadelphia
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Thursday, September 17th
Monsters of Podcasting Live in Philadelphia
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Friday, September 18th
The Sound of Young America Live in New York
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Saturday, September 19th
Monsters of Podcasting Live in New York
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Sunday, September 20th
Jesse Visits His Friends' New Baby in Newark
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Also: remember to help pay our travel bills by ordering a copy of our beautiful tour poster (only $12 in advance!) to pick up at the show!

Beanie Sigel - The Ghetto

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Let there be no doubt: Beans can rap.

The Killer: Not Dead Yet

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Above: Jerry Lee Lewis plays "Whole Lotta Shakin" and "Chantilly Lace" on the BBC in 1972. Below, he rocks Shakin' in 1957:

Jerry Lee is releasing his first country album in years, and it's largely written by Kris Kristofferson. You can hear the first single, "Mean Old Man," on the splash page of Lewis' website, and it's kickass (despite the lack of piano).

Lewis is, after all, the Boogie Woogie Country Man.

By the way -- if you've never heard this album, Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, you owe it to yourself to buy a copy. Because it is kick-ass.

MaxFunCon Memories

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Rebecca is an intrepid MaxFunster (and a member of Jordan's Platinum Angels) who was one of the most enthusiastic visitors to MaxFunCon.

Like a lot of MaxFunCon attendees, she didn't want to leave the experience in Lake Arrowhead, so she put together the amazing website MaxFun Memories.

It's full of text, photos, and video of MaxFunCon. If you went, you can relive the experience, if you didn't, you can get a taste of what you missed.

Thanks Rebecca!

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