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RIP Don Herbert, AKA Mr. Wizard


A good and decent man, committed to education. He was a guest on The Sound of Young America a few years ago -- you can download the show (which also features the great Shelley Berman) here.

Vaccinate those puppies, folks.


This probably won't mean much to non JJGo listeners, who haven't been subject to my blather about my new dog, but that dog, Woofie, is very sick, and the doc says he won't really be getting any better. It's particularly unfortunate, because had he been vaccinated as a puppy, this awful sickness never would have affected him.

The basic dog vaccinations, including the one for distemper, the unpleasant condition from which Woofs is suffering, are mandatory for a reason. My vet told me that in the 70s, when he started practicing, this untreatable virus was common. Since the vaccine has been in broad use, it only affects one dog every couple of years in his practice. Woofie was likely raised in a puppy farm, where they failed to vaccinate him before dumping him in a shelter. He got this awful disease from some other unvaccinated dog, and now my little buddy is going to die.

So forget about cost or risk or homeopathic paranoia or anything that might dissuade you from taking care of your next pet, and do the right thing to protect it. Please.



Some Max Funsters are having a passionate discussion about summer plans and summer tunes on the forum. It inspired me to put together a couple of summertime mix tapes for you, my dedicated listeners. One is for summer jamming, one for summertime cooling out.

You may also notice that they are a bit heavy on Snoop Dogg and the Dungeon Family. Well, if your summer isn't heavy on Snoop Dogg and the Dungeon Family, it's probably not going to be very awesome.


Summer Fun
1. Roscoe feat. Kurupt - I Love Cali (In The Summertime) (3:36)
2. 213 f. E-White and DJ Quik - There She Goes (3:19)
3. Suga Free - Thinkin' (3:33)
4. Dj Quik - Pitch In Ona Party (4:06)
5. Kardinal Offishal - Everyday Rudebwoy (4:19)
6. Lyrics Born - Callin' Out (3:34)
7. Kool & The Gang - Kool's Back Again (2:57)
8. Big Tymers feat. Baby & Mannie Fresh - This Is How We Do (4:20)
9. Bubba Sparxxx - Wonderful (3:42)
10. Scar feat. Big Boi - U Got Me (5:05)
11. Outkast - Rosa Parks (4:24)
12. Pharoahe Monch - Push (2:59)
13. Pete Rock - Appreciate (feat. C.L. Smooth) (4:33)
14. Ceelo - Ill Be Around (Radio Mix) (3:41)
15. Janelle Monae - Lettin' Go (4:28)
16. Sleepy Brown - Me, My baby And My Cadillac (3:51)
17. R.Kelly - happy people (10:12)
18. (Bonus Track) The Free Design - Kites Are Fun (2:41)

Summer Evening
1. 213 - Another Summer (4:11)
2. Suga Free - So Fly (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Katt Williams) (4:17)
3. Knoc Turnal - LA night and day (4:00)
4. Devin The Dude - What A Job (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000) (5:32)
5. 213 - Im Fly (4:12)
6. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Just Vibe (4:00)
7. Masta Ace - Beautiful (4:36)
8. David Banner - Cadillac On 22s (4:22)
9. Cee-Lo & Field Mob - All I Know (5:27)
10. Reflection Eternal - The Blast Ft. Vinia Mojica (3:06)
11. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It- (4:12)
12. Memphis Bleek - Dear Summer (feat. Jay-Z) (2:53)
13. D'Angelo - Africa (Acoustic) (3:42)
14. Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin' (6:25)

And while you're at it, check out the New Sincerity Summer episode of TSOYA, with guest Mike Veeck, minor league baseball empresario.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 26: Mostly John Mayer


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we show some love to the people of this great country.

Jesse and Jordan are on a tram in Zurich, Switzerland. They discuss Jordan's trip to Canada to see the creation of a new skateboarding game. Jesse confesses to being an anti-skateboard bigot.
Important Moments
Jesse and Jordan discuss the prom, and particularly the unfortunate trend towards neckties with tuxedoes. Also, we hear some important moments from listeners' lives.
John Mayer
We talk with Jordan's little sister, a student at UC Santa Barbara, about John Mayer (and Ben Folds). Later on, Jesse gets excited when the topic of Keak da Sneak came up.

Phones Burning Up

Jesse and Jordan respond to listener pitches for new shows to follow up their impending meltdown, and other phone calls.
We reveal the results of LaBouf v. Boof. Etc.


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"The Flag" by iPL from "The Catalyst"


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This is undoubtedly the best radio-themed humor I've ever seen. God Bless Elephant Larry.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Twelve Byzantine Rulers"

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Editor's note: long-time listener and freelance journalist Ian Brill will be contributing a weekly podcast review to the blog called "Podthoughts." I've decided to institute this feature because I feel there's a great vacuum of useful information about podcasts, and a lot of folks who want to make informed choices about what they download. This week, Ian covered "Twelve Byzantine Rulers," a history podcast produced by Lars Brownworth of The Stony Brook School.

Lars Brownworth announces in the introduction to his podcast that he will explain the history of the Byzantine Empire by telling the stories of its rulers. He rejects the idea that history should be told from the point of view of the common man and instead focuses on individual achievements.

I was skeptical of this approach. Perhaps it’s because I’ve read my share of Howard Zinn, but I prefer when history is told with an eye towards to daily lives of average citizen. That way that we get the temperature of the times and understand what the mindset of the general populace was. Once we realize how a segment of people in time and space chose to see the world, what they believed was right and wrong, how they saw themselves on the world’s stage, then we get a good sense of why their leaders got away with what they did.

With roughly 1,000 years of history to deal with, I see why Brownsworth, a history professor at The Stony Brook School on Long Island, New York, decided to take a different tack. With the so much time to cover it’s important to have clear markers. Granted, one of the appeals of podcasts is that there are no limits on running time. As long as your voice doesn’t give out you can go on as long as you want for as many episodes as you want. But I presume Brownsworth wants his podcast to be accessible and to appeal to the bite size chunks of information podcast listeners are used to. Profiling 12 distinct rulers is a smart way to attack this subject matter.

Brownsworth presents these podcasts in the simplest way possible. He lectures into a microphone for 15 to 30 minutes, detailing the chronological events of these leaders’ lives.

Brownsworth comes across as the knowledgeable and patient history teacher he probably is at Stony Brook. He never reads too fast and his voice is always clear. It’s effective, if a bit dry. The introduction had some liveliness to it because there was some drama in the way Brownsworth described the different approaches to history. Of course there’s plenty of drama in the life of Constantine, to whom Brownsworth devotes two installments, but the academic approach, while informative, can be a bit austere for my taste. Granted I’m the type of student who never warmed to up to just sitting in a desk and hearing lectures. If you are you’ll probably have an easier time with “12 Byzantine Rulers” than I did.

There are still moments in the podcast that fully captured my attention. The profile of Basil II includes an incredible moment of mass eye gouging. Hearing such violence told in such a clam and assured way really jolts a listener. It was actually the end of those segments where Browsworth put this leader’s life into perspective that I was most interested in. It’s there that Brownsworth’s telling of history meets that populist approach I prefer. There the big themes of power or religion are contemplated and we can apply the lessons learned on this podcast to our own lives.

Happy Birthday, Prince!


"Take Me With You" live at the Superdome, 1985

"Automatic" live in 1983

"Computer Blue" from the same show

"Girls & Boys"

Madhouse "10 & 13"


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Podcast: Greg Saunier of Deerhoof


Greg Saunier is the drummer of the rock band Deerhoof. Often called "experimental," the group combines a sweet pop sensibility with surprising left turns and complexities. They've toured with Radiohead, Wilco, The Flaming Lips and Sonic Youth, among others. Their new LP is "Friend Opportunity."

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