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Jesse Thorn in conversation with Nick Offerman

09/14/2014 - 08:30
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
The Largo

Join Nick Offerman and Jesse Thorn in conversation at The Largo in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $35. Seat assignments begin at 6pm, doors open for drinks at 7pm, and show starts at 8:30pm.

You can find out more information here.

Looking forward to another fun conversation with Nick! Check him out on this episode of Bullseye from last fall.

*Note this is not a live Bullseye event.

Throwing Shade #55: Nicki Minaj & Cocaine


Erin is back from a whirlwind trip to Nevada City, and she’s ready to promote her new book: “What I Have to Say as a Divorcée on Cocaine.” Sadly, it appears that Erin’s advice book hasn’t reached everyone - a man was recently fired for using the word “homophone” and Nicki Minaj is still upsetting people by having a butt. At least Bryan’s Nicki Minaj impression is spot-on.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 172: Daily Security Beefing

Monte Belmonte

Jake and Janey's urban neighborhood has been plagued by break-ins. They want to protect their house, but disagree on the best way to deter burglars.

We are joined again this week by guest bailiff Monte Belmonte of 93.9 WRSI The River in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Thanks to Matt Cadrette for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.


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Song Exploder № 15: Brian Reitzell

Song Exploder
Brian Reitzell

In May 2014, the video game company Ubisoft released Watch Dogs, about a vigilante hacker in Chicago in the near future. Here's how the game is described on their website: "You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you." It sold over 4 million copies in its first week of release.

The music for the game was made by Brian Reitzell, who played drums in the bands Air and Red Kross before becoming a composer and music supervisor for films like Lost In Translation and Beginners. He also creates the music for the NBC television show Hannibal.

In this episode, Brian talks about the unique challenges posed by scoring video games, where players control what happens on screen and as a result, what happens in the music. He'll break down a piece called Donovan, which he wrote for a chase sequence within the game. He also describes the instrument he created from a hundred-year-old piano.

This episode is presented in conjunction with Polygon.

Buy "Donovan" on iTunes here, or on vinyl here.

The Tangerine Dream song that plays is "Mysterious Semblance At the Strand of Nightmares."

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Sawbones: Rabies


This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are feeding bloody nuts to a chicken as they explore the history of rabies.

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 212: Turn Downton for What

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"Hello, I'm Laura Linney, and you're watching Masterpiece Classic. Smoke weed every day."

Suggested talking points: Guardianswatch, Love and Pathfinder, Octodad's Revenge, Reunion Woes, Sniffle Rage, Mr. Whippy Roleplay, No-Scope Pee Shot, Regal Weed

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Elizabeth Gilbert and Daryl Hall


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Elizabeth Gilbert talks curiosity, life after "Eat, Pray, Love" and writing her most recent novel

If you know of the writer Elizabeth Gilbert, it's probably from her 2006 memoir, Eat Pray Love. Gilbert's book, which was about travel and love and re-gaining a sense of self, spent years atop the bestseller list and inspired a movie starring Julia Roberts. It also saddled Gilbert with a certain kind of fame.

Gilbert was already an accomplished novelist, biographer, and journalist when fame happened. But the massive success of Eat, Pray, Love necessarily transformed Gilbert's creative life.

Gilbert returned to fiction with her first novel in thirteen years, entitled The Signature of All Things: A Novel. She spent several years doing research for the book, which follows the adventures of Alma Whittaker, a 19th century botanist who studies moss. The book shines with Alma's curiosity for life and science, and her struggle of self-discovery.

She'll talk about why she chose to write a "great moss novel", how she chose to write her heroine Alma (homely, brilliant, and moneyed), and how she dealt with a certain kind of fame.
(This segment originally aired in October 2013)

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The Dissolve Talks about All-Time Favorite Movies: "Real Life" and "To Be or Not to Be"

This week, a look back at some favorite films. Staff writer Nathan Rabin and Editorial Director Keith Phipps of film site The Dissolve join us to talk about some of their all-time favorite films.

Nathan recommends Albert Brooks' 1979 satire Real Life, a prescient look at documenting "real life" in pre-reality television times.

Keith recommends the 1942 Ernst Lubitch classic To Be or Not to Be (Criterion Collection), starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard.

(This segment originally aired in October 2013)

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Comedy: Patton Oswalt explains why sometimes shopping can be embarrassing

When you lose a few pounds it's natural to buy new clothes. You might try on those skin tight jeans that look so great on the model. But, trying on new clothes isn't always fun. Sometimes it's downright embarrassing. Patton Oswalt will explain why he didn't end up with new pants.

His most recent stand up special, Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time, is out now. He's actually gone silent for the summer. Taking a break from the internet. But you can catch him live in LA starting September 13.

Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates on forming a band, creating a signature sound, and hip hop sampling

Daryl Hall, best known as the lead vocalist and co-founder of Hall & Oates, is a singer, songwriter and producer with a collection of #1 songs to his name. He spent his formative years in Philadelphia around soul singers like Smokey Robinson.

Daryl Hall and John Oates met as students at Temple University, and went on to form a best-selling musical duo with chart-toppers like "Rich Girl", "Sara Smile", and "Private Eyes". Hall talks about his first meeting with Oates, and how he used disco and punk rock to help create Hall & Oates' signature sound.

His newest project is a web series called Live from Daryl's House of performances and collaborations with a diverse set of musicians that's included Minus the Bear, Cee-lo Green, Toots and the Maytals, Chromeo and the Neon Trees.
(This segment originally aired on The Sound of Young America in February 2011)

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The Outshot: Bo Jackson

And finally, the outshot for this week – Bo Jackson. How is a guy that fast, that strong? And how is a guy that strong, that fast? Jesse explains.

(This segment originally aired in January 2012)

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 333 - Paul Anthony

Paul Anthony

Paul Anthony joins us to talk about Arsenio Hall, B.O., and The Expendables 3.

Download episode 333 here. (right-click)

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 336: Mambo Number Six with Jake Weisman

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Jake Weisman

Comedian Jake Weisman joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of owning cats, Lou Bega's career and supporting artists you morally disagree with.

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Ross and Carrie and The Aetherius Society (Part 2): Give Peace Some Chants

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Ross and Carrie finish up their five months undercover in The Aetherius Society, a small religious movement that started when aliens spoke to a yoga master in his kitchen. Join them as they climb up a holy mountain and attempt to chant away climate change and war. Plus, an update on what the Aetherians thought of Part One!

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