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TSOYA on Atlantic Public Media

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Live in Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket?

The Sound of Young America will be running on the stations of Atlantic Public Media in their Sunday evening specials block (seven PM to midnight) for the next few weeks.

The stations are WCAI 90.1 FM, WNAN 91.1 FM and WZAI 94.3 FM. If you live in the area and want to know which station is yours, here's a link.

Podcast: The College Years: Lost & Found 4/4/02

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week, it's the first appearance of TSOYA regular Davy Rothbart, founder/editor/point guard of Found Magazine. He plays some found audio, as does Sasquatch. The urban legend, not the A Special Thing founder.

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Anne Beatts on joining the National Lampoon

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This clip is from an upcoming Sound of Young America broadcast featuring Anne Beatts. Anne was the first female editor of the National Lampoon, and was an original writer on SNL. Later, she created the cult sitcom Square Pegs, which was Sarah Jessica Parker's big break.

And hey -- this is our first ever original video post! What do you think?

(PS: Full disclosure: Anne is working with me as a judge for our sponsor, Project Breakout. I was scheduling this interview with her when I suggested her as a judge to the Project Breakout folks.)

(PPS: if it says "video is no longer available," that just means it's still encoding it. I posted it Thursday night, so if you're looking at it Thursday night, you might have to wait till Friday morning.)

My name is Jesse Thorn, and I endorse this show.

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I personally endorse literally EVERY performer on this bill (presuming Janeane Garofolo will be performing her great jokes rather than rambling semi-coherently). If you are a San Franciscan who doesn't go to this show, which is for charity, you are a fool. It is expensive, but it will be worth it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 1: Maniacs in a Living Hell

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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 varies 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.

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My Naked Dad

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Our pal Neil Campbell, (who is half of the brilliant comic duo of Neil & Paul with our other pal, Paul Rust), has just re-launched his long-dormant web comic My Naked Dad. The new site is gorgeous, especially Neil's carefully crafted line drawings of dad penis. Oh, and the comic is hilarious.

And hey, while you're checking out Neil & Paul effluvia, check out Paul's rarely-updated but always-hilarious blog, Watch Paul Rust Age Behind Glass.

Really? Seriously?

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Ever since my little one-sided tiff with Weekend Edition, I've been getting emails from people who are dissatisfied with some aspect of NPR. These folks are usually like me... they invariably start off saying, "I really love NPR, but..."

Someone told me about the letter I'm about to print below, and I happened to know the producer of the show, so I asked her if I could reprint it here, since it was so, well... unbelievable.

The show which prompted the letter, 11 Central Ave, is a really neat idea. Basically, it's a super-short (3 minute) serial dramady about a family reacting to the news. It's run on some neat stations during the local slots in NPR news shows. Our friends at WUSM in Hattiesburg run it, for example. Besides hearing it on the radio you can also hear it as a podcast.

Anyway, here's a listener letter that the show's producer got:

This show is possibly the *worst* thing ever to reach air on an NPR
station! How can you even think it's good? Are you really carried only
on Boston's WBUR an only three (of hundreds!) of NPR stations?

Here's the letter I sent to NPR -- in error, as it turns out -- and to
WBUR:
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Please, please, please. Enough of 11 Central Ave.

Its not funny. Its poorly written. Its poorly read (certainly not acted
its as if the readers are doing cold reads of the script!).

The only advantage: It gets me leaping across the room to turn off
WeSun!

This is the worst thing ever on NPR -- and Ive been listening since the
beginning.

NO MORE!

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And here's the response I got from NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday staff.
Not exactly a vote of confidence.

We completely agree with you about 11 Central Avenue. But I must tell
you it is NOT an NPR production. It is produced independently and has
been acquired by 3 stations so far - including WBUR. If that is your
local station, I urge you to go to their website, www.wbur.org, and send
your criticism directly to them. We have no control over what stations
insert into our programs, but a letter to them from you will have an
effect that word from us will not. Thanks for your note.

Robert Malesky
Senior Producer
Weekend Edition Sunday

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How embarrassing it must be to get dissed by NPR!

No response yet from WBUR. Maybe they got too many complaints?

Please contact WBUR and apologize, then get out of your contract. Then
please destroy any evidence of your lame show and disappear quietly
into another Chicago address: about 1000 yards offshore into Lake Michigan.

GO AWAY!!!

They don't mince words, do they? (I'm referring to NPR, of course.)

Of course, 11 Central Ave is an unusual program, and you'd expect to get a bit of negative response. But doesn't that response from NPR the listener forwarded shock the heck out of you? I mean, seriously folks...

And to think, when I wrote to Weekend Edition, I only got a form letter back...

Suburban Bravery

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Listener/reader Rob Bloom sends us this funny short film, for which he wrote the screenplay.

His screenplay for the film won a big contest, and was produced by the UCB Theatre and directed by Maggie Carey, whose work we've featured here before. As a result of the contest, you might see the film as pre-show entertainment the next time you go to the movies.

Also worth checking out: Carey's "Jeannie Tate Show," which also features her husband Bill Hader.

This is a teaser post!

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The tendrils of the maximumfun.org empire continue to spread ever outward...

CONSIDER YOURSELVES TEASED!

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Interview on The Coming

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Over at The Coming, the burgeoning Los Angeles wing of The Apiary's comedy blog empire, you can find an interview with yours truly.

I talked with Megan Berru about the origins of The Sound, the time I complained about the line at the UCB, and how scared I was to interview Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam.

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