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Holiday Contest

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If you have an entry, get it in NOW. We have to judge the contest in time to make it to the post office this afternoon! Emma at maximumfun dot org.

Podcast: The Best Music & Movies of 2007 with the editors of The Onion's AV Club

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This one's a podcast exclusive -- the best music and movies of the year for 2007. Managing editor Josh Modell runs down the music side, and Film Editor Scott Tobias runs down the world of film. You can find the full film list here, and the full music list here.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 28: French Festival

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

The Imposters pose as radio producers from France, inviting the public of San Francisco on a trip to their country - but under what conditions?

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Lively Discussion Forum

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You know that lively discussion forum I often plug on the air?

It really exists! Like in the ancient Egyptian salons where Mao Zedong's People's Revolution was fomented, all kinds of fascinating topics are under discussion.

SUCH AS:

Guest Ideas for a Bay Area show

The Awesomeness That Is The Wire

Improv Everywhere's 2008 No Pants Subway Ride

No Country for Old Men: "Great" v. "The Emperor Has No Clothes"

Soul Music Recommendations

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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Sandwiches

What's that? YOU HAVEN'T REGISTERED FOR THE FORUM YET?? Get on that.

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Podcast: Burn to Shine with Brendan Canty

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This week, we talk with Brendan Canty. He's best known as the drummer for the punk rock band Fugazi, but he's also made his name as a record and film producer. We talk about his high concept music DVD series "Burn to Shine." Each DVD features a group of bands representing a regional rock scene, each of which play a song in a house that's slated to be burned down by the fire department. Brendan says he hopes each DVD captures a moment in the music scene of a certain place.

We also talk about how Brendan feels about making a new career after 17 years with Fugazi, and about being a rock & roll dad.

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Ike & Tina

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RIP to one of the men who invented Rock & Roll and made immeasurable contributions to making soul music BAAAAAAAD.

And thank God we've still got Tina, kicking out the fucking jams as above. She may match James Brown in my book for greatest music performer of the 20th Century. Wow! Above she's singing "River Deep, Mountain High," which was produced by Phil Spector and discussed on our Phil Spector episode.

Below, check out Tina's fucking dance moves. Holy shit. And listen to Ike rip into that guitar.

Messages from our troops

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Our Troops Send Holiday Wishes For Peace, Goodwill, And Body Armor

This might be the best Onion video piece yet. Wow is this funny.

Podcast: JJGo Ep. 47: The Groomsmen

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This week on the show Jesse asks his friends to be Groomsmen at his upcoming wedding - do they all accept? It's the "Battle of the Animals" semi-final, Hippo vs. Bear. Find out who won.

THIS WEEK'S ACTION ITEMS:
* What should Jesse and his friends do for his bachelor party?
* Suggestions for a honeymoon destination for Jesse and Theresa.
* It's the 2nd semi-final of the battle of the animals. It's Ape vs. Giraffe, get voting!

CONTINUING ACTION ITEMS:


* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Does It Hold Up? JJGo's new action item!! Tell us about the things you liked in your youth that are still entertaining in 2007! Call 206-984-4FUN!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: High and Low.

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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 High and Low, there's an exploration of the differences in high and low art. Louis CK and Chip Lord are guests plus there’s music from Elephant Larry.

Louis CK has performed his stand-up comedy on shows like Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His writing credits include Late Show with David Letterman, The Dana Carvey show and the Chris Rock Show. He has also written several short films and feature-lengths – most notably “Pootie Tang”. When he spoke to TSOYA in this Classic episode from 2005, Louis spoke about his upcoming HBO series “Lucky Louie”.

The Ant Farm was a group radical architects who were also video, performance and installation artists. They were founded in 1968 by Chip Lord and Doug Michels. Along with their early inflatable structures, the group was also known for spectacular performance events like "Media Burn" (1975), for which Ant Farm members dressed up like astronauts and sped a customized Cadillac El Dorado through a pyramid of burning televisions. Chip Lord talks about their history.

There’s also a musical treat from the New York sketch comedy group Elephant Larry.

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Podcast: Chris Hardwick of Hard N Phirm and Wired Science

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Chris plays science with The Office's Rainn Wilson

Chris Hardwick started his television career as a pre-teen bowler, touring talk shows like "Mike Douglas," where he bowled against Jimmie Walker. He came to national prominence while still in college as the host of MTV's Singled Out. He's since forged a career as a comedian and comic singer-songwriter with his partner Mike Phirman as Hard N Phirm. Most recently, he's been co-host of the PBS series Wired Science.

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