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MBMBaM 253: Bye-Bye Boy

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Please, please, someone get us out of this contract. We are in a Hellscape of our own creation, from which we will never receive relief. Anyone. Please.

Suggested talking points: On the Blob, Sock Farmer, Dew Time, Larry the Cable Curse, Knuckles Threesome, Accidental Breaking Bad

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: 'I Am Big Bird' & Vince Staples

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L to R: Caroll Spinney on location with Kermit Love who built the original Big Bird puppet from a design created by Jim Henson.
Photo credit: Copper Pot Pictures

'I am Big Bird': Caroll Spinney and Dave LaMattina on Big Bird's Big Heart

Spend a few minutes watching Sesame Street, and you'll recognize some part of yourself in Big Bird. His kindness, curiosity and vulnerability resonate with everyone, young and old. But who brought Big Bird to life?

Caroll Spinney is the man inside the Big Bird suit, and he has been since 1969. (He's also Oscar the Grouch). Dave LaMattina is the co-director, along with Chad Walker, of new a documentary about Spinney. It's called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.

Spinney made his television debut in 1955, working on the local Las Vegas show Rascal Rabbit, then moved on to the East Coast and performed on Bozo the Clown. But he was looking for greater purpose in his work, and he found it. He met Jim Henson and began work on the pioneering children's TV show, Sesame Street.

Spinney and LaMattina sit down to talk with us about Big Bird's physical and spiritual evolution, how the 80-year-old Spinney manages to maneuver in a full-body puppet suit, and how Big Bird has helped so many children and adults deal with loss, love and their own feelings.

I Am Big Bird is in theaters nationwide.

This interview originally aired in June 2014.

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Photo courtesy Vince Staples

Vince Staples on Rap, Growing Up in Long Beach, Gang Culture, and Why Being Hard is "Just Corny"

The rapper Vince Staples is now 21 years old. As a teenager, he got jumped into a gang in Long Beach, where he’s from. He didn’t expect to become a rapper. And unlike some rappers, he doesn’t think street life is anything to brag about.

He's been fighting against his own upbringing and the gang culture that surrounded him since childhood, and his verses reflect that. He's released several well-received mixtapes, and he's continually outshone other rappers in guest verses on their own tracks.

Staples talks to us about growing up, why gang banging seemed like fate, and how he became a rapper.

His debut LP, Summertime '06 will be released by Def Jam on June 30th.

A different edit of this interview originally aired in June 2014.

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The Outshot: Game of Thrones

Like the 18 million people who watch it each week, Jesse loves Game of Thrones. But though he finds himself jumping up and down and shouting at the TV, he doesn't care how it all will end. Why? He'll explain.

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RISK! #635: Family Planning

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Dave Ross, Daniel Sloss and Toni Nagy tell stories of times their families dropped the ball or had to pick it up again.
Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Dave Ross
Guests: 
Daniel Sloss
Guests: 
Toni Nagy
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Stop Podcasting Yourself 375 - Erica Sigurdson

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Guests: 
Erica Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson returns to talk matching outfits, placentas, and vermin.

Download episode 375 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

Click here to donate to our friend Pat Placzek's leukemia treatment fund.

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You Don't Mess Around With Jim




Matching Dresses

Paul Coffey

Australian in a suit




SAAN

Thrift Shop




Daiso underwear

Booster Juice

Hands Up




Vancouver goose (actually duck) lady

Swagulous




Mansplaying (actually manspreading)

Girls stink (at 4:28)




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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 378: Four Wizards with Kevin Avery

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Guests: 
Kevin Avery

Writer and comedian Kevin Avery joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of napping strategies, Kevin's college boy band, Denzel Washington's underrated movies, and how expensive pebble ice makers are.

Plus, Summer Boy shirts are available for a limited time! Buy one today!

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Hellen Jo/Zach Sims

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses

Hello Babies! Welcome to our new episode, a safe place for butts! What does that mean? Don't worry, we'll man-splain it to you! Wait, what is the lady version of man-splain? We were wondering, what would you want on your tombstone? Join us as we make a trip down to Crush, TX! Learn all about Asian revenge ghosts from our guest Hellen Jo. Who would you haunt? Then, a REMARKABLY creepy discussion on sleep paralysis! Finally, guest Martin Banks shares with us his collection of presidential correspondence! There's a lot more poop talk than you'd expect!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Hellen Jo
Zach Sims

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Pop Rocket: Episode 20 Summer Blockbusters & Vodka

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Wynter, Margaret and Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The team review Age of Ultron, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2. Plus The Mad Men Finale, Jams and Vodka.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Infinity by Mariah Carey
Oliver Wang - The Rest is Noise by Jamie XX
Margaret Wappler - Dreamlover by Destroyer
Guy Branum - Jimmy Kimmel’s Farewell Tribute to David Letterman

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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John Hodgman's Secret Society in LA

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Date: 
06/11/2015 - 19:00
City: 
Los Angeles, CA
Venue Name: 
Largo at the Coronet

JOHN HODGMAN's SECRET SOCIETY

will meet in Los Angeles for the very first time

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Largo at the Coronet
366 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Doors 7pm
Show 8pm

Tickets and more information here.

Wham Bam Pow Ep. 98 - Mad Max: Fury Road

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow

We had a change of plans this week -- we're tabling our review of Avengers Age of Ultron and instead digging into Mad Max: Fury Road, this summer's hottest Charlize Theron-helmed action flick. Grab Tom Hardy and use him to stabilize your rifle!

Special thanks to Brian "Sunny D" Fernandes for stepping in to engineer this week's episode!

Next week, we'll be watching Infernal Affairs, which is available now on Netflix Watch Instant.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

Don't forget about our Facebook and Tumblr pages. You can also email us at whambampow@maximumfun.org

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One Bad Mother Episode 106: Crisis Mode, plus guest Amy Dickinson

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Amy Dickinson

Biz and Theresa wonder why sometimes a crisis is easier than regular life? Maybe we wouldn't feel this way if we got trophies and a standing ovation every time we did the dishes or handled bedtime solo! Plus, success leaves a bad taste in Biz's mouth, Theresa discovers the secret to keeping a clean house, and we talk to nationally syndicated advice columnist Amy Dickinson, who reminds us, “It’s just a baby.”

Amy Dickinson's memoir: The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Story of Surprising Second Chances
AmyDickinson.com
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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