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Podcast: Director Jeffrey Blitz

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Jeffrey Blitz is the director of the film “Rocket Science,” which follows the story of a New Jersey teenager with a stuttering problem who joins his high school's debate team. His last film, 2002’s “Spellbound,” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. He has also directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

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Steve Martin on Charlie Rose

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MaxFun Group on Goodreads

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The latest lively discussion on our LIVELY DISCUSSION FORUMS concerns books, which are a bunch of pieces of paper that contain knowledge.

MaxFunster jbissel has put together a MaxFun group on Goodreads, a site that logs what books you've read and helps you find new books to read through the amazing power of social networks. If you're an MFer who wants to share your taste in words with other MFers, the group's a great place to start.

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Sound (courtesy of Radiolab)

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Podcast: Comedy: "Help Me Help Me" from Stephen Brophy

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Here's a Sound of Young America comedy podcast from writer/performer Stephen Brophy. Stephen has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Carpoolers," and is a member of the sketch comedy groups "Oh, You and Your Bone Spurs" and "White Noise Radio Theater."

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Matt Belknap on Juno

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If we've learned anything here, it's that when people don't like something, they will object to and complain about every choice made within that thing. On a perverse level, I kind of enjoy how the "Juno" soundtrack punishes the hipster viewer/listener for knowing so much obscure music. Whereas the rest of the world is oblivious to the songs' sources and can just take them at face value, the hipster will go crazy with every needle drop and become filled with the indignant rage of a villager whose homeland has been invaded and his family raped. I have no doubt that, to the learned music fan, the "Juno" soundtrack is a cloying, ham-handed appropriation of indie music that tries too hard and exposes the filmmakers as hopeless poseurs... but then again, there were probably die-hard folkies who felt the same way about "The Graduate."

Matt Belknap of Never Not Funny and aspecialthing.com sums up the discourse on Juno quite ably.

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: People Helping People

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

On this week’s show, People Helping People, we’re joined by public radio broadcaster Bob Edwards. We also help a listener impress his girlfriend, and Jesse's little brother tells a joke.

Bob Edwards spent almost twenty-five years as the host NPR’s Morning Edition, and is now the host of The Bob Edwards Show on XM Satellite Radio. He is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame, having been inducted in 2004, and is noted for his skills as an interviewer. He is also the author of two books: Fridays With Red: A Radio Friendship, about his weekly interviews with sportscaster Red Barber, and Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism, a biography of the legendary broadcast journalist.

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"Fuck Planet Earth"

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By LA comedian Max Goldberg

Hard & Phirm's Comedy Central Presents Friday Night

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Our pals Hard & Phirm have their first ever TV special premiering tommorow night. It's a half-hour Comedy Central Presents that is sure to net them much, much more money on the road, and a couple thousand dollars in cold hard cash.

The special airs Friday night at 10PM on Comedy Central. Performance above.

Elephant Larry - "Frat Boy Dad"

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Our buddies in Elephant Larry put together this great new short: Frat Boy Dad.

"It was really weak of you to take your sister's tampon like that. It's fucking gross, but it's a natural part of life."

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