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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Robert Glasper, Pendleton Ward, Andrew Noz and Davy Rothbart

Robert Glasper
Pendleton Ward
Andrew Noz
Davy Rothbart

Andrew Noz on Rap

Blogger Andrew Noz from Cocaine Blunts kicks off this week's show by recommending some recent favorites from the world of rap -- Kendrick Lamar's 'Cartoon & Cereal' featuring Gun Play, and 'Big Beast' by Killer Mike, featuring T.I. & Bun B. For more from Noz, check out, or read his cover story on Kendrick Lamar for The Fader.

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Jazz Pianist Robert Glasper

Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist and the band leader of the Robert Glasper Experiment. Glasper's life in music began early, as his mother, a jazz and blues vocalist, would often bring her young son along to clubs with her, where he would watch from backstage. His music today blends classic jazz influences with soul music and modern hip-hop, forging something fresh and new out of a genre he says is in dire need of a shake-up. His new album, Black Radio, includes collaborations with hip-hop artists like Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, as well as old friend and frequent collaborator Bilal.

Glasper sits down with us to reveal some of his more embarrassing musical influences, reflect on working alongside the late J. Dilla, and dish on what he feels is wrong with today's jazz culture.

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Found Things, with Davy Rothbart

Davy Rothbart is the editor of Found Magazine, an annual publication collecting lost letters, tests, essays and notes, all found and submitted by readers. Found put out its first issue nearly ten years ago, and Davy has been a regular guest on The Sound of Young America ever since. In his first appearance on Bullseye, Rothbart recounts the cryptic tales found within the pages of some of his favorite lost treasures, brought to him by readers on Found's national tours.

If you've found something special you'd like to send in, either digitally or by mail, visit

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Animator Pendleton Ward, creator of Adventure Time

Pendleton Ward is a writer and animator, and the creator of the Cartoon Network series Adventure Time. The show follows the adventures of Finn the boy and Jake the shape-shifting dog, through a magical post-apocalyptic Earth. It's very witty and full of humor, and is one of those rare programs that works just as well for kids as it does for adults. Pen is a born artist, who even during this interview can't help but capture his host on paper. He joins Jesse to discuss drawing as a comedic outlet, the delicate art of writing a quality fart joke, and the influence of Dungeons & Dragons on the fantastical quests of Adventure Time. The show just began its fourth season; you can catch new episodes Monday nights on Cartoon Network.

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The Outshot: BESTIE x BESTIE

For this week's Outshot, Jesse delves into the often contrived world of quirky viral videos and finds something genuinely hilarious: the web series BESTIE x BESTIE, starring Jenny Slate and Gabe Liedman. You might know Slate as a former featured player on SNL or as the writer and voice of another internet smash, Marcel The Shell With Shoes On. In BESTIE x BESTIE she and best friend Liedman take turns trying desperately to remain serious while the other does their best to make them crack. The results are often as funny as anything on the internet.

Is there a web series that tickles your funny-bone like none other? Help it go viral by sharing it on the MaxFun Forum and picking your own Outshot.

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TS24:BYU, Nikki Haley, Mississippi Abortion, John Derbyshire, Wisconsin Equal Pay


Bryan barely survives an 8-hour ordeal with Time Warner to talk to Erin about how it gets better at BYU, Wisconsin's repeal of equal pay rights, John Derbyshire's racism and homophobia, Governor Nikki Haley and her views on how women feel about birth control, and the threats to the only abortion clinic in Mississippi. Come and get it!! 
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Wisconsin turns back time (Cher reference) on equal pay

Stop Podcasting Yourself 212 - Kevin Lee

Kevin Lee

Improviser Kevin Lee returns to talk about ice cream, weird expensive purchases, the saddest part of Field of Dreams, and syrup-scented money.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 99: Plunger Practicalities


Looks like we've made it! Look how far we've come, our babies. MaxFunDrive 2012 was a raging success, and it's all because you fine folks are so, so good to us. To thank you for your efforts, today's episode is pretty nasty.

Suggested talking points: Buried Alive, OkCupid Skinsuit, Swimfanning, Family Nudity, Tower Heisting, Momnapping, Bishop the Thundarian, Bathroom Preparedness

Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 219: Ska Church with Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards

Comedian Ian Edwards joins Jordan and Jesse to discuss ska church, 90s alternative rock bands, and daytime television personalities.

The MaxFunDrive is Over: Thank You!


Our thanks go out to the ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED NINETY FIVE new donors who signed up to support during our MaxFunDrive, to the thousands who already supported it and who increased their donations, to the hundreds who made challenge donations, and to everyone who spread the word and convinced a friend to support quality media.

You rule!

We're proud to be supported by people who love our work. And that's the truth, Ruth.

Thank you gifts will be mailed in approximately six to eight weeks. Please begin enjoying the warm feeling in your heart immediately.

Of course, even now that the pledge drive is over, you can donate anytime. Thank you!



We've just left our goal of 1000 new donors in the dust. How many new donors can we get in the last three days of our MaxFunDrive? Could we make it to 1500??

If you haven't already supported your favorite shows, do it now! There's no time to waste!

MaxFun Meet-Up: Jordan Morris at The Bridgetown Comedy Festival!

04/13/2012 - 21:00 - 23:00
Portland, OR
Venue Name: 
The Space Room Lounge, 4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Portlandians, Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Not only is Jordan Morris coming to town to perform during the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, he has just sent word on the telegrams that he'll be hosting a MaxFun Meet-Up during the festival.

On Friday, April 13th, head to The Space Room Lounge on 4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd at 9PM to hang out with Jordan and fellow MaxFunsters. Good times guaranteed!

Find out when Jordan will be performing during the festival (and how you can get tickets) by clicking here.

To RSVP for the meet-up, head on over to the MaxFun Forum.

The Anytime Show with Dominic Dierkes, featuring Jesse Thorn.

04/08/2012 - 19:00 - 20:00
Hollywood, CA
Venue Name: 
The Little Modern Theatre, 6474 Santa Monica Blvd.

Our very own Jesse Thorn will be the featured guest on Dominic Dierkes' podcast The Anytime Show, taping this Sunday at The Little Modern Theater in Hollywood.

Former guests on The Anytime Show have included JJGo's Jordan Morris and Throwing Shade's Erin Gibson.

The episode will drop sometime in the not-too-distant future, but if you're in the Los Angeles area and would like to attend the taping in person, tickets are just $5.

Dierkes is best known as a member of Derrick Comedy, having starred in their feature film Mystery Team, and too many smash hit YouTube videos to mention. Astute viewers may have also spotted him in the opening scene of the premiere episode of Mad Men Season 5. You can follow him on Twitter @DominicDierkes.

You can read MaximumFun contributor Colin Marshall's review of The Anytime Show as part of his Podthoughts series by clicking here.

MaxFunDrive: 86%!


We're now up to EIGHT HUNDRED EIGHTY SIX new monthly donors in the 2012 MaxFunDrive.

The drive ends on Sunday, so get in on the sweet pledge drive action now before it's too late!

Original illustration by Jesse Thorn

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