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Please donate today, and let the holiday spirit fill your lungs, then be distributed by your blood vessels to every cell in your body, giving you astonishing (and primarily tinsel-related) holiday powers.
We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Legacy Collection.
Ricky Jay is an author, actor and magician. He's best known for his appearances in the films of David Mamet, but his solo magic and sleight-of-hand performances, which mix astonishing feats with compelling stories about the history of odd performance, are legendary.
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George Clooney's pig died at 19. The pig slept in Clooney's bed, which is the GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER HEARD.
Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo in NYC... HOLY SHIT.
New Cody Chestnutt video directed by Michel Gondry
A thoughtful examination of why the rememberances (or lack thereof) of Gerald Levert split so much along racial lines.
The legendary proprietor of Mabuhay Gardens, the SF punk rock nexus V. Vale described a few weeks ago on the show, passed this week.
I once wrote a fan letter to Dave Dravecky, and got a response about two years later. Former Phillies left-hander Don Carman responded to this Slate writer's letter *15* years later.
US Office v. UK Office in The New Yorker
The Onion, circa 1988: now you can own it.
Jen Kirkman celebrity round-up. Everything you need to know about what Jen Kirkman thinks about celebrities.
Ain't It Cool News talks to Laraine Newman
Pine Oaks Community Newsletter for December
As always, first person to email me with the name of the game above gets stickers in the mail (assuming they include their name and address in the email).
"Untitled Thorn/Morris Project" is the new podcast from maximumfun.org. Your hosts Jesse Thorn, "America's Radio Sweetheart" and Jordan Morris, "Boy Detective" will steal your hearts with irreverent chat, psuedo-celebrity guests, and MAXIMUM FUN.
Here's a rundown of Episode One:
* An extensive discussion of the man who hawks loogies outside of Jesse's apartment window.
* Why are we doing the podcast? Vanity, primarily. We also want people to call us at 206-384-4FUN.
* We used to get a lot of calls from weeeeeeird Santa Cruzians. For example -- people who opposed the flouridation of water (apparently they didn't realize that Dr. Strangelove was a work of satire).
* A guy who worked at our station, Bob, lived in the woods. Not in a house in the woods, but literally in the woods, under a tarp. This was not considered especially unusual at our station.
* Why did the white reggae djs speak in faux-Jamaican patois sometimes, but not other times?
* Jesse talks about adjusting to life in LA -- Jordan points out that compared to Orange County, LA is Valhalla. They agree that while it's hacky to talk about the traffic in LA, it really is unbelievable -- and unpredictable.
* Jordan runs down his LA apartment history. Now he lives with our pal Lauren... he doesn't have any stuff, Lauren wants to have stuff. What should we do? We're gonna get Lauren on the show, call us and share a question for Jordan and Lauren that you think would help, or tell us what you think of the situation. Has this ever happened to you? 206-984-4FUN.
* Hang it up:
SNIPING AT CELEBS
* Keep it Up
BURGLARS / ESCAPED CONVICTS
SAFARI CAPTAINS / PEOPLE IN PITH HELMETS
THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:
* What should we call the show?
* What's a good replacement for pirates (culturally speaking)?
* How can we settle Jordan's housemate dispute?
* What's your worst holiday memory, that's funny looking back?
Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.
Hear Episode One
What do you all think we should name the new podcast?
Something I just thought of after days of dissapointment and decided I liked a lot: The Bombardment Society.
I'm very excited to announce the availability of The Sound of Young America in a brand-new form... CD collections!
Thanks to our friends at PodDisc, you can now purchase professionally manufactured collections of the program on MP3-CD. Each CD contains four months' worth of broadcasts -- about 20 hours of audio -- and can be played on your computer, transferred to your iPod, or even played on many late-model car stereos and home CD and DVD players.
The CDs are only $9 each, and the price drops even further if you purchase them by year (three CDs for $25), or if you purchase a complete archive -- six CDs for $40.
Not only is it a great way to have all our shows at your fingertips, it's also a great way to give The Sound of Young America as a gift, or share it with friends. And of course, the proceeds support your favorite show!
Visit PodDisc.com to order now!
AND if you order this week, and use the coupon code "MAXIMUMFUN", you get 10% off. That's good till the end of Monday 12/11. Go!
Arrested Development seasons 1-3 are only $34, total, right now at Amazon.com. $11 a set ain't bad. Merry Christmas.
Jordan Morris, "Boy Detective," visits red carpet film premiers for the Fuel TV program "The Daily Habit," typically dressed in a stupid outfit. Here's his most recent segment, filmed at the premier of "Pirates of the Carribean 2"