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Mavis Staples, Gospel and R&B Legend: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples is one of the greatest singers of our time -- a gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist known for her rich, throaty voice. She began as the lead singer of The Staple Singers, a family gospel group formed by Pops Staples and several of his children. The Staple Singers achieved several hits with "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again". They also became a musical voice of the American civil rights movement with their protest music.

Mavis has reinvented her sound over the decades since The Staple Singers' introduction in 1950 and worked with Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Ry Cooder, and Bob Dylan. Her newest album, You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

Click here for a full transcript of this show.
Click here to download or stream the audio of this interview.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is one of our greatest singers, Mavis Staples. In her 50-plus-year career with The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, she has really and truly bridged genres from soul to gospel to R&B to country, and her latest record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Mavis Staples, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

MAVIS STAPLES: Well thank you, thank you. I’m happy to be with you.

Comedy: Ragtag and Jordan Ranks America on The Sound of Young America

Jordan Morris

First, "Ragtag", a sketch from LA-based comedy group Cream. You can check out their videos on YouTube or Funny Or Die. Then, catch a monthly wrap-up of what's up and what's down with Jordan Morris for "Jordan Ranks America".

Click here for a transcript of this month's power ranking by Jordan Morris.

Maximum Fun Now on BlackBerry Podcasts


Now on the BlackBerry podcast app, several of the Maximum Fun podcasts including:

  • The Sound of Young America
  • Jordan, Jesse, Go!
  • Stop Podcasting Yourself
  • Judge John Hodgman

If you've got the BlackBerry Podcast App, you'll find our shows in the directory to subscribe and download right to your phone.

Podcast: The College Years: Baseball

Tim and Eric
Will Carroll
Bill Lee

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program from our salad days.

Today's theme: Baseball

In this episode, Jesse first talks with Tim and Eric. They play a little amateur baseball trivia between themselves. Tim and Eric are the creators of and "Tom Goes to the Mayor" on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network.

Next Jesse talks briefly with Will Carroll. He's the author of “The Juice: The Real Story of Baseball's Drug Problems," which covers the steroid scandal in Major League Baseball, and co-author of The Baseball Prospectus. They discuss local baseball, Barry Bonds, and injury and trade updates.

Jesse also talks with Bill “The Spaceman” Lee.. He's written the best-selling memoir “The Wrong Stuff” and “Have Glove, Will Travel”," which cover his career in amateur, minor, and major league baseball. He talks about getting older and still playing, pitching in senior leagues and staying passionate.

What's "A Thousand Clowns" About?


Tonight at Cinefamily in Los Angeles we're presenting a screening of A Thousand Clowns. If you asked me what it was about, I'd probably say it's about comedy, the pain of show business and what it means to be an adult. It's also about Irving R. Feldman's Birthday, the great under-celebrated national holiday, and a million other things. (As the poster can attest.)

It occurs to me that I have three "favorite movies." They're this one, Rushmore and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. Pee-Wee is about a man-child. Rushmore is about a child-man. A Thousand Clowns is about a man-child's relationship with a child-man. I guess I have some growing up issues.

Tickets are only ten bucks for the show tonight, and I'll be interviewing Barry Gordon, who starred alongside Jason Robards in both the Broadway play and the film. He went on to become a lawyer and eventually served as president of the Screen Actors' Guild.

See you tonight at Cinefamily.

The Alumni Newsletter: January 26th, 2011



The Sounds of VTech / Bilal Levels

The Cooking Dance


This dance, invented by Lil B, is a Very Important Cultural Development.

Adam Reed, Creator of "Archer": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Sterling Archer, title character of the FX series Archer.
Adam Reed

Adam Reed is a writer, director, producer and voice actor. He co-created the Adult Swim programs Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo with Matt Thompson. He's also the creator and executive producer of Archer, a series about global espionage on FX.

Archer is an animated send-up of a spy thriller, with lead spy Sterling Archer working alongside his ex-girlfriend and fellow agent Lana Turner. An impressive pool of actors voice the characters, including H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Jessica Walter, Chris Parnell, and Adam Reed himself.

Season Two of Archer premieres tomorrow night, January 27th, at 10pm on FX.

JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the show is Adam Reed. With his colleague Matt Thompson, he co-created the seminal [Adult Swim] series Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo. His latest project is a spy spoof that is very silly and very vulgar called Archer; the second season of the show premiers on January 27 on the FX Network.
Adam, it’s a pleasure to have you on The Sound of Young America.

ADAM REED: It is an honor to be here, thank you very much!

Click here for a full transcript of this episode.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 161: Jose Can-Snake-o with Ashkon (Live at SF Sketchfest)


Bay Area legend Ashkon joins Jordan and Jesse at a live taping of the podcast at SF Sketchfest.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 150 - Craig Anderson

Craig Anderson

Comedian and actor Craig Anderson returns to talk fantasy novels, autographs, and Burlington Coat Factory.

Download episode 150 here. (right-click)

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