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My Brother, My Brother and Me 58: Manifest Goodburger


Hey, you made it! We were getting worried. Some of the guys, they were like, "Oh, listener? They're not gonna show." And we were like, "No, man, you don't know listener like we know listener. They're good for it."

Suggested talking points: Phat Beach Con 2011, Kel's Antics, High Art, Peterin' Out, Normin' Up, Twin Mayors of Birthday Town, Megatoots, Another First Kiss, Verne Troyer Awareness

Podhoughts by Colin Marshall: Seminars About Long-Term Thinking


Vital stats:
Format: lectures and debates to do with long-term thinking
Episode duration: 20m-2h
Frequency: usually monthly, though some months have their own miniseries

It always comes back to Brian Eno, doesn’t it? I mean, everything in my life does; I’ve got no reason to assume yours is any different. Rarely do I pick up an interest without soon finding out that Eno — music producer, visual artist, oblique strategist, public intellectual about the very basis of culture, and author of my favorite book, A Year With Swollen Appendices — got there first. This has reached the point where, instead of looking for new things to get interested in, I just look up what he likes at the moment and get interested in that. Easier that way.

Brian Eno counts long-term thinking among his interests. He counts it so hard that he, along with other perpetually fascinating thinkers like Stewart Brand, sits on the board of The Long Now Foundation, an organization founded to further the cause of long-term thinking. Long Now people, so I gather, think of us as sitting smack in the middle of a 20,000-year story of human civilization, and if we want to do a better job in the next 10,000 years than we did in the first 10,000 years, so the logic goes, we’d better consider our actions in the context of all the rest of the story. The Long Now Foundation encourages this with a variety of projects, most iconically a 10,000-year clock, but most directly a lecture series, hosted by Brand, conveniently available as a podcast: Seminars About Long-Term Thinking [RSS] [iTunes].

If you have any familiarity at all with what I think of as TED culture, you’ll know many of the Long Now lecturers. The group boasts heavyweight names like Lera Boroditsky [MP3], Paul Romer [MP3], Michael Pollan [MP3], Craig Venter [MP3], and Nassim Taleb [MP3]. Sometimes these luminaries give straight-up lectures, perhaps with a Q&A session following. Other times, the events take on more unusual forms, like debates structured into a series of rounds where, not only does each participant state their case and respond to the others’, but each participant also explains the opposing point of view. In lots of venues, debates can wind up as time-wasting shams; performed Long Now-style, they achieve actual engagement between the ideas involved — a rare thing — pretty much every time.

Unlike the TEDs of the world, The Long Now Foundation doesn’t just bring people in to flog their pet theories. When they announce a Seminar About Long-Term Thinking, it stays about long-term thinking. So these guests from myriad different domains — astrophysicists, historians, engineers, writers, politicians, “technologists” — all have to consider and explain their own ideas within the frame of the next 10,000 years, the last 10,000 years, or preferably both. Some of the seminars get quite creative to work within this frame, as when PC game designer Will Wright and Brian Eno get together [MP3] to talk about the common long-term-y elements of their separate work with generative systems. Eno has built generative music systems that can crank out single pieces that last thousands of years; Wright has built games that simulate thousands of years of evolution.

Seriously, guys. This podcast has a good deal Brian Eno in it. How much more do I really need to tell you?

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to host and produce The Marketplace of Ideas [iTunes], a public radio show and podcast dedicated to in-depth cultural conversation. Please hire him for something.]

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 178: Wrap Party with Rob Corddry

Rob Corddry

Rob Corddry joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about second base, the King of Portland, marriages, pet accidents and more.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 27: The Friendship Inquest


Friends Adam and Will have a dispute about social networking. Is it Adam's responsibility as a young adult to get with the program and join the online social networking world, or is Will pushing his own life choices on his friend?

Scot Armstrong, Co-Writer of The Hangover Part II and Old School: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Scot Armstrong

Scot Armstrong is a screenwriter and improv comedian who has co-written some of the most popular comedies of the past decade, including Old School, Road Trip, and Starsky and Hutch among others. His newest writing project was tackling a sequel to the hugely successful movie The Hangover with long-time collaborator Todd Phillips.

Scot talks about how to write the narrative to a comedy film (and especially, fitting together the puzzle-form of a movie like The Hangover Part II) and writing for Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Scot Armstrong, is one of the most successful comedy screenwriters in America. He's written or co-written films, including but not limited to Old School, Semi-Pro, Starsky & Hutch, most recently The Hangover Part II. He's also contributed to including, but not limited to, Elf and Bad Santa.

Scot, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

SCOT ARMSTRONG: Hi. Glad to be here.

Click here for a full transcript of this interview.

E3 Maximum Fun Meet-up

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06/05/2011 - 21:30 - 23:30
Los Angeles, CA
Venue Name: 
Library Bar

Are you a Maxfunster who lives in Los Angeles -- or maybe a transplant who's temporarily in town for the Electronics Entertainment Expo? You should definitely make your way down to the Library Bar this Sunday night to hang out with Griffin and Justin from My Brother, My Brother and Me and Jordan and (maybe!) Jesse from Jordan, Jesse Go.

Sound off in the forums so we have a rough idea of who is coming out!

The Pardo Patrol, Backstage at Conan


Our pal Jimmy Pardo is the opening act at the Conan show, and he's just started a new behind-the-scenes web series over at called The Pardo Patrol. This episode features the hilarious Dr. Ken Jeong and Jimmy sharing a little post-racial banter.

WTF Starts on WBEZ This Sunday!


WTF on WBEZ from WBEZ on Vimeo.

For you Chicagoans out there, WTF is coming to WBEZ starting Sunday at 8PM. Mark your calendars!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 168 - Aaron Read

Aaron Read

Aaron Read of The Sunday Service joins us to talk black mold, Mad Magazine, and wedding registries.

Download episode 168 here. (right-click)

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