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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."

Jesse on the Metafilter Podcast

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The Sound of Young America's gracious underwriter, Metafilter, has a podcast. I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the show's host (and MetaFilter's owner), Matt Haughey about how I use MetaFilter on said podcast. I had a great time, and as I've mentioned before (I think), I was a MetaFilter member and fan before they started underwriting the show.

You can find the interview here.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Poltical Lunch"

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With the presidential primaries trudging along here in the United States I decided to see if there were any podcasts beyond the big media names covering this race. I found a video podcast, Political Lunch (iTunes link), hosted by Will and Rob. It’s an alternative to the big guys but not necessarily in what they cover. Rather, it’s how they cover it.

For those of us who have found the 24-hour news channels tiring, the way they fill up time by having talking heads go on and on about precipitations so wrong that you’re thankful they’re not in charge of telling you the weather, Political Lunch is a nice alternative. Each of the episodes, one each weekday, are roughly five minutes long. What’s amazing is how much information is provided in such a short amount of time. Will and Rob have a sense of timing you would think only belonged to veteran broadcasters. When they perform their “10 in 3” segment, ten news items in three minutes, it’s quite an amazing feat. Nothing sounds rushed. What we get is just no-frills precise news copy being spoken clearly and firmly. It’s nice to know that some journalists still care about trimming away the fat, rather than stretching for time and bombarding us with graphics.

While Political Lunch doesn’t go down the Fox News route it certainly isn’t a placid viewing experience. Graphics from websites scroll across as the pertaining stories are being discussed. Video clips are sometimes used, usually at the end of a show. Will and Rob themselves are interesting hosts. They are broadcasters not unlike Anderson Cooper or Keith Olbermann who can manage to sound both authoritative but still have the slightest sense of irony or suspicions when going over certain items. They realize they aren’t just competing with Brian Williams but also Jon Stewart.

Political Lunch’s truncated format means that it offers news for people who follow the election only for the dograce aspect. At that goal it’s very good. If you want to learn about the issues the candidates are either talking about or running away from you will have to look elsewhere. But if you’re interested in quickie lawsuits that will decide whether Dennis Kucinich will debate on NBC or not, and I must admit that I am, than Political Lunch is a great show to keep up with.

Hey, there’s a thread on the message board about Podthoughts suggestions. If you want me to review a show here head on over there and tell me something.

Podcast: Soul Music Legend Swamp Dogg

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Jerry Williams recorded several hit records in the 1950s and 60s, before re-christening himself Swamp Dogg at the end of the latter decade. His albums, starting with 1969's "Total Destruction to Your Mind" merged social concerns, humor and the psychadelic spirit of the times into a beloved chapter in soul music history. When Swamp wasn't recording himself, he wrote hit records for artists like Betty Wright and even country star Johnny Paycheck. His new album, "Resurrection," has received rave reviews in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

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