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Judge John Hodgman Episode 78: The Mother Tongue


Matthew and his wife Y want to raise their children to be bilingual in English and in Y's native language, Vietnamese. Matthew's Vietnamese is pretty rusty, so he thinks Y should teach him and their children at the same time. Y thinks that Matthew needs to study on his own until he can keep up. Who is right?


Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Syl Johnson, Gillian Flynn, and Matt Berninger

Syl Johnson
Gillian Flynn
Matt Berninger
Tasha Robinson
Scott Tobias

We're joined again this week by guest co-host Julie Klausner.

The AV Club Recommends: The Fantastical Thoughts of Jim Henson and a New Take on Wuthering Heights

Associate National Editor Tasha Robinson and Film Editor Scott Tobias of the AV Club recommend Imagination Illustrated, which journals the various creative efforts of Jim Henson, and a modern, dark adaptation of Wuthering Heights.

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The Enigmatic, Grammy-Nominated Syl Johnson

Inspired by the sounds of Jackie Wilson, Little Walter, and Muddy Waters, Syl Johnson set out to make his own mark in music in the 1950s. His own gritty, bluesy voice and funk rhythms earned him a place in the Chicago soul and blues scene. Over the course of a career on Chicago's Twinight and Memphis' Hi Records, Johnson released several singles that climbed their way up the pop and R&B charts ("Different Strokes", "Come On Sock It To Me", "Is It Because I'm Black?") and but never attained the smash success of contemporaries like Al Green or James Brown.

He found ubiquity later in life, when dozens of hip hop artists from Run-DMC to Kanye West dug into his catalog to sample his sounds (perhaps foremost his signature scream on "Different Strokes"). Johnson found himself in the spotlight again last year when the archival label Numero Group assembled a Grammy-nominated boxset of his early cuts, titled Syl Johnson: The Mythology.

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Matt Berninger: The Song that Changed My Life

Matt Berninger, lead singer of The National, recalls being pelted by golf balls and listening to the song which changed his life, The Boy with a Thorn in His Side by The Smiths.

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Gillian Flynn on the Damaged Psyches in Gone Girl

Armed with childhood memories of watching Psycho and Alien and an insatiable appetite for true crime stories, Gillian Flynn began writing her first thriller, Sharp Objects. The book's success took Flynn from magazine journalist to full-time author. Her newest book, the bestselling Gone Girl, is a twisted and wry look at a marriage gone horribly wrong.

Flynn offers insights on the twisted and damaged psyches of her characters, cherishing the unease that comes with following an unreliable narrator, and how she combats the trope of the female victim.

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The Outshot: Key & Peele

This week, Jesse lauds the commitment and direction of Key & Peele's sketch comedy.

For more, check out our interview with Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from earlier this year.

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What’s your favorite sketch comedy show? Jump over to the MaxFun forum and pick your own Outshot.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 237 - Ross Dauk

Ross Dauk

Comedian Ross Dauk joins us to talk about enemies, rough housing, and postal work. Plus, the return of Drunk Dials!

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Get in touch with us at stoppodcastingyourself [at] gmail [dot] com or (206) 339-8328

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Throwing Shade #48 - Ella Fitzgerald, Looper, Daughters of Mary, Saudi Arabia IKEA

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Boda beep bop! Skit skattin' Bryan and Erin talk Ella Fitzgerald, Looper, Ohio nuns - Daughters of Mary- and their fight against gays and birth control, and IKEA Saudia Arabia erasing all the women from their catalog. Also, straight Bryan talks about his girlfriend. Call me maybe! 
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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 243: Now That's Jungian with Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison

Kevin Allison from The State joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Las Vegas, Robert Krulwich, bicycle safety, and Kevin's storytelling podcast and newest member of the Maximum Fun podcast family, RISK!.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 122: In Your Tarzan Boy


We put our hard-nosed political reporting skills to the test in this week's episode, as we uncover one of the biggest voter fraud conspiracies in our nation's history. We DEMAND justice.

Suggested talking points: Rock the Vote or Die, What do you Think, Water Intake, Hipster Whoopi, Baby Ducked, Extra Meatus, Watch Advice, Student Body

International Waters Live at SF Comedy and Burrito Festival

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10/13/2012 - 18:30 - 20:00
San Francisco
Venue Name: 
The Polish Club

International Waters live at the SF Comedy and Burrito Festival!

Featuring host Jesse Thorn and an epic battle between the two Californias: NORTH and SOUTH!

Representing SoCal will be Jordan Morris and Barbara Gray.

Representing NorCal will be James Reichmuth of Kasper Hauser and Natasha Muse.

Plus special guest and San Francisco comedy legend Mal Sharpe of Coyle & Sharpe!

Doors are at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.

For tickets, go to and use the code MAXFUN for $5 off!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Live at the SF Comedy and Burrito Festival

10/12/2012 - 18:30 - 20:15
San Francisco
Venue Name: 
The Polish Club

Jordan, Jesse, Go! live at the SF Comedy and Burrito Festival with special guests Scott Simpson and Merlin Mann!

Doors are at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm.

For tickets, go to and use the code MAXFUN for $5 off!

The Best of RISK! - Episode 301

Favorite stories and songs from our first two years of the podcast.

We're happy to have RISK! as a part of the Maximum Fun podcast network. If you're never heard RISK! before, checkout this Best of RISK! episode released last year. It highlights of the RISK! team's favorite stories and songs from the first two years of the podcast.

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