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Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girl"

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Went up to the Bay Area about a month ago, and drove home my aunt's El Camino. Well, my El Camino, now. Anyhoo... AM/FM radio, no AC, and I'm on 5 south in the middle of an 85-degree day. I listened to Central Valley pop radio for about four hours, and heard this song about three times. And I liked it every time. Ben E. King and the vocoder (or maybe just heavy pitch correction) on the assist with this one. All hit songs should be this pleasant and charming.

My Nature Documentary, by Jack Handey

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Show monkey in a tree. Narrator says, “The monkey, proud and smart, in his native habitat. But one thing he does not have . . .” Show a giraffe. “. . . is a long neck, like the giraffe. Which is why nature has allowed them to combine forces.” Show monkey on giraffe’s neck. (Note: Monkey may have to be tied on.)

Then the narrator says, “The monkey can now see very far, and has protection from predators. And the giraffe has a little friendly guy to ride around on him.”


May God bless you, New Yorker, for making Mr. Jack Handey a continuing part of our lives.

Podcast: TSOYA: Dave Hill

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Dave Hill
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Bullseye

Comedian Dave Hill has taken the New York comedy world by storm over the last three years. His stage show, "The Dave Hill Explosion," has hosted celebs like Sandra Bernhard and Dick Cavett. He's also made a name for himself online, with videos for Superdeluxe, among other venues. His most recent project is a television series for the Mojo network, called "King of Miami."

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Michael Cera (Arrested Development)
Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show)
Sarah Thyre (Strangers with Candy)

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Rock Snobs

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The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge
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Steven Daly
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Ira Kaplan
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Greg Proops

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 Guests: Steven Daly is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the co-author of The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge.


Ira Kaplan is a co-founder, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the veteran indie rock band Yo La Tengo. We talk with Ira about their 2004 best-of compilation - Prisoners of Love, playing cover songs, and fund raising for WFMU.

In 2006, Yo La Tengo released their 14th LP, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass to critical acclaim.

Greg Proops is a stand-up and improv comedian, best known for his appearances on both the U.K. and American versions of Whose Line is it Anyway.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 12: Mailman, Give Us Your Mail

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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 mailman to let them deliver his mail. They promise not to do any "rifling".

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Kanye West - "Stronger"

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Signs of summer: Kanye is wearing some white back-window-of-a-camaro shades.

Question that leaps to mind: Are they louvered?

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Baseball

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Bullseye

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

On this week's show, a celebration of America's Pastime. We've got baseball trivia with Tim & Eric, creators of the Cartoon Network's "Tom Goes to the Mayor", Will Carroll, author of the The Baseball Prospectus, and author/former major league pitcher Bill "Spaceman" Lee.

Also, a public service announcement regarding barber shop quartets.

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Day of silence...

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I haven't got the means to shut down the podcast for the day, but I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the day of internet radio silence today. Online broadcasters across the country are protesting the dramatic price hikes for online streaming music royalties by shutting down their transmissions. It doesn't affect me -- I used to use music on the show, but I stopped a long time because there was no way to navigate the treacherous legal waters. But it is an important issue worthy of your consideration.

What vexes me most is not so much that these rules and regulations are changing, but rather that our lawmakers seem to be almost willfully ignorant about issues that are really, really important to our lives. When they do act (see: DMCA), they seem to act exclusively in the interests of the biggest, richest corporations. Courts and regulatory bodies are trying to make decisions based on laws that are woefully inadequate to deal with current technologies, and no one who actually decides (read: legislators) are doing shit.

There's a horrible imbalance, and that's why I've supported the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I don't neccesarily agree with all their positions, but when the big-money lobbyists head to Washington to write the new laws and the big-money lawyers head to court to interpret them for elderly judges who can't program VCRs, it's nice to have SOMEONE on the side of, well, anyone other than the richest, sleaziest corporations.

So the moral of the story is: use today, the day of silence, to think about what YOU think the equitable solution is to this internet royalty business. At least think about what the core values of a solution should be. Then TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. They'll know that there are people who will vote on this issue, and they should just give corporations anything they want.

Michael Palin's Diaries

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Michael Palin discusses his life and diaries on British television. A very good interview and a fascinating man. Excuse the ridiculous host, the interviewer does a very nice job.

Garry Shandling on Conan

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"I'm not against a Mexican person taking my job. I wish George Lopez was here right now to take over."

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