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Mike Sacks, author of "And Here's the Kicker": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks is the author of And Here's the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on their Craft. Sacks is a writer for Vanity Fair magazine. The book features interviews with writers like Jack Handey, Buck Henry, George Meyer, David Sedaris, Harold Ramis and many others.

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Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 110: Moors and Christians with Nick Adams

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Nick Adams joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about all kinds of different stuff.


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High Five Contest 09 - Results

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Our 09 High Five Contest has drawn to a close. This year's undertaking was marked by some spirited competition, but one clear cut winner. GINA MAI is this year's winner with over 120 points! JJGo's official burlesque dancer Honesuckle Duvet had a good showing, while Leanne and Reid J. were able to track down some past JJGO guests. Ultimately, all comers were vanquished by Gina's sheer volume. Congrats to all who entered!

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Andrew W.K. - She Is Beautiful

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Solid Gold.

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Mr. Rogers at the Crayon Factory

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If I was the kind of jerk who made posters of cut-out bits of magazine to help envision future projects, I'd cut this out and stick it on my poster board for "Put This On."

Jordan Jesse Go Live

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Stream is done. If you want to hear about future streams, follow me on twitter @youngamerican.

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Who wants an orange whip?

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Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "More Than One Lesson"

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Your Podthinker has publicly put himself on record as a big fan of the film podcast Battleship Pretension. His curiosity was therefore piqued when Tyler Smith, one of your Podthinker's two favorite Battleship Pretension co-hosts, founded a separate movie podcast of his own. As a cinema geek, your Podthinker grew even more interested. But what's this? It's a Christian movie podcast? As a non-Christian — a non-anything, for that matter — your Podthinker suddenly wasn't even sure whether he'd be allowed to download it.

Yet even before hearing More Than One Lesson's [RSS] [iTunes] first episode, signs arose that the show would be Not What You Think, especially if You are a non-Christian — or, even more appropriately, a Christian — who has grown to fear explicitly Christian media and Christian "perspectives" on media. An informal poll of Christian stuff-fearing individuals reveals that they primarily seek to avoid:
  1. proselytization
  2. nonsensical claims
  3. moral scoldiness
  4. poor production value
But as any Battleship Pretension listener knows, Smith — who, by way of disclosure, has been a guest on one of your Podthinker's podcasts — actively doesn't proselytize, say things that don't make sense, lament the presence of the word "damn" in the movies or talk up direct-to-DVD Christian sci-fi epics produced for a buck three-eighty. In fact, he'll occasionally spend an impromptu monologue arguing against Christians who do those things! Given his extreme reasonability, even the most rage-filled, religion-loathing internet atheist would have to make an exception for him.

And it turns out that More Than One Lesson is indeed as popular with the atheists as it is with the Christians; so popular, in fact, that Smith spends the opening of one episode addressing the many atheists who have volunteered to contribute to the show (!). Afraid of misrepresenting the program's perspective, your Podthinker would normally have trouble writing up an ostensibly Christian podcast, but one that Christians and atheists agree on? That's too interesting to ignore.

The format could scarcely get any simpler: each week, Smith discusses a movie for the bulk of the episode, be it Gus Van Sant's Milk [MP3], Greg Mottola's Superbad [MP3] Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker [MP3] or another. Then, in what time remains, he goes to the back pages and talks about an older film that deals with a similar theme. Sometimes, in the longer episodes, he'll have a guest with him, usually a local Christian friend somehow involved in The Industry; BP listeners will enjoy hearing him engage in the one-on-one conversation outside the usual setting, but it must be said that some of these guests sound somewhat less approachable than does Smith himself. And, while all super-nice guys, some will seem slightly alien to listeners who never interact with believers.

But then, More Than One Lesson as a whole couldn't be more approachable, especially since one can approach it from a couple different angles. Christian audiences can presumably regard it as Christian Movie Talk That Doesn't Make You Cringe, while non-Christian audiences can safely consider it Tyler Smith on Film. Though the show contains the occasional Bible quote and utterance of the J-word, the vast majority of what Smith and his guests say has to do with cinema and what humanity can learn from it. If these lessons tie in with a particular set of religious teachings, fine, but if the connection isn't as direct, Smith doesn't force it. His discussion of Jason Reitman's Thank You For Smoking [MP3] and what the movie says about truth, falsity, rhetoric and argument exemplifies the show at its best: Christians can learn from it, non-Christians can learn from it, and maybe — just maybe — they'll stop shouting at one another quite so much after listening.

Vital stats:
Format: "movie talk for the discerning Christian" (that's the slogan)
Running since: July 2009
Duration: 30m-1h20m
Frequency: weekly, more or less
Archive available on iTunes: all

[Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions or threats for Podthinker Colin Marshall? colinjmarshall at gmail.]

Just as it appears on the radio...

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If you're a monthly donor, you can listen to the podcast of The Sound of Young America just as it appears on the radio. Intros, outros, music. Also, higher bitrate MP3s.

The standard feed sometimes includes some interview material that doesn't fit in the radio show, but the radio version sometimes includes a comedy bit or commentary that doesn't make it on the podcast. And there's an episode every week (including occaisional re-runs).

If you want to listen to the show as it appears on the radio, and you're a monthly donor to MaximumFun.org, email me and I'll give you the feed address.

Sean Kingston on my block

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Sean Kingston shot this video on my block. The theme is: Ghostbusters rays turn shit from Jesse's neighborhood into crazy colored nightmares. And there's a pool.

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