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Podcast: The College Years: The 50 States 04/11/02

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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.

In this week's dig in the archives, David Wain of Stella and The State stops by to talk about his various projects like Wet Hot American Summer, but only after Jordan, Gene and Jesse talk to a fat shut-in who has become the new state bird of California.

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GETAWAY CAR

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I am a twit.

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FINE. I FUCKING SIGNED UP FOR TWITTER. ARE YOU HAPPY? FUCKING NERDS.

Here is my twit page.

PS: I love you.

Podcast: Louis Theroux, Author and TV Host

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Louis Theroux is an author and television host. His new book, "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures." He's been reporting on fringe groups and subcultures since he started in television, on the Michael Moore series TV Nation.

In the 1990s, he hosted the series "Weird Weekends," which ran in the United States on the Bravo network. More recently, he's hosted the UK-only series "When Louis Met...", a series of long-form documentaries which investigates some of the odder corners of celebrity culture. His work is often distinguished by a very strong sense of empathy towards his subjects, which has sometimes been interpreted as manipulation for the purpose of mockery, particularly given the generally light tone of his work.

In his new book, Louis rekindles some of the relationships he'd formed in his first television series, and investigates how his subjects have changed and how the nation has changed around them.

Louis himself is half American -- his father is the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.

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This American Life's senior producer Julie Snyder
Worlds of Wonder with Terry Gilliam and Chris Elliott
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Off to Hearst Castle!

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I'll be off the computer for the next few days, as I'm taking a birthday trip to Hearst Castle.

Your next episode of TSOYA should come up in the feed automatically, though there won't be a blog post for it here until the weekend.

I love you! Goodbye!

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 5: The Ashtray

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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.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss with a New Zealander the possibility of growing an ashtray from his forehead. The ashtray would be sold.

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BALDWIN: DO NOT FUCK THIS UP FOR ALL OF US.

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I know for a fact that Alec Baldwin reads this blog, so I'm just going to write to him directly.

Dear Alec,

Sounds like your family is in a bit of a mess. That happens to the best of us. I'm really sorry your business got leaked to the press, and I hope you straighten things out.

I hear you might quit television.

DON'T EVEN FUCKING THINK ABOUT IT.

WE HAVE A GOOD THING GOING, ALEC. A GREAT THING EVEN.

IF YOU QUIT 30 ROCK, IT'S OVER FOR US. IT WILL GET CANCELLED, AND I WILL BE REDUCED TO A QUIVERING HEAP OF JELLO.

AGAIN: DON'T EVEN FUCKING THINK ABOUT IT.

Love,
Jesse

Troop!: "Drug Dealers"

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This was one of my favorite Project Breakout submissions that didn't end up making the finals. It's by the excellent LA sketch group Troop!

I'm going to Hearst Castle!

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This is gonna be AWESOME!

Podcast: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Co-Creator Dave Willis

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Out interview guest Dave Willis is the co-creator of the cult series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The television program has just become a film, called "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theaters." The trailer for the film is below.

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Jackson Public of The Venture Brothers
Jamie Hewlett, creator of The Gorillaz and Tank Girl
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