The MaxFunCon Podcast returns triumphantly to bring you some of the fun from MaxFunCon 2010! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes to get these exciting podcasts as they become available. And you can visit www.maxfuncon.com to find up-to-the-minute information about MaxFunCon 2011.
In this episode, Jad Abumrad gives the MaxFunCon audience some insight into the making of Radiolab. Jad explains some of the behind-the-scenes techniques used to make the information presented on his radio program sound like music.
Comedian and Jordan, Jesse, Go! host Jordan Morris gives his top five for December.
JESSE THORN: Once a month my colleague Jordan Morris steps into the recording booth to tell us what's up, what's down, what's hot, what's not, what's worthwhile and what's worth tossing in God's United States. Here he is with Jordan Ranks America.
Behold, The Gassy Penguin. "Barp!"
Peter Oldring of This Is That joins us to talk crank calls, divas, and which Gyllenhaal is prettier.
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This week, the case of the Long-Necked Custody Battle.
Best Friends Katie and Meghan went halfsies on a robotic giraffe while vacationing abroad. For years, it entertained friends in their shared college apartment. Now Meghan is headed for a PhD at Stanford, and Katie is staying home and pursuing an advanced degree in illustration. Each wants the other to have the giraffe, as comfort in challenging times. Is Jeffrey the Giraffe staying in Atlanta, or is he headed to Palo Alto. Only one man can decide.
John Brandon is a novelist who was raised on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Citrus County is set in his home state and is his second novel, focusing on a teacher and two middle-schoolers who have their loneliness and status as outsiders in common. The book is part crime novel and part exploration of the adolescent pysche.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse thorn. My guest on the program is the novelist John Brandon. He’s a professor at Ol’ Miss University. His new book is called Citrus County. It’s set in Citrus County, Florida, which is simultaneously the northern and southern part of Florida; physically northern and culturally southern. Places where there are no beaches and people have not bothered to turn it into Orlando.
It’s the story of two middle schoolers and a middle school teacher, and a horrible crime, and basically the feeling of being lost in one’s life. Either as a very well justified adolescent or as a maybe slightly less justified almost 30 year old. John Brandon, welcome to the sound of young America.
JOHN BRANDON: Thanks a lot.
Comedian Nick Thune joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss Thanksgiving, driving under the influence and more.
Backstage at Pardcastathon 2010: comedy legends Tom Dreesen and Sarah Silverman, marginal public radio host Jesse Thorn. Photo by Steve Agee. Check out some more here.
Our friends from Never Not Funny are hosting a 12-hour marathon broadcast to raise money for Smile Train, a charity which performs cleft palate surgery on third-world children. The show just began, and ends at 6AM Pacific. Watch and donate!