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Throwing Shade #61: Communes & Vagina Massage

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Have you ever had an earth witch on a commune stand across from you and massage herself from her legs to her vagina to her chest without breaking eye contact? Then you and Erin have a ton in common this week. Also, a lesbian teacher was fired from her school for getting pregnant and did you know that women only make up less than 10 percent of all statues in the U.S.? Sad but true but dumb.

Song Exploder No. 19: RAC

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Show: 
Song Exploder
Guests: 
Andre Allen Anjos
Guests: 
Amanda Warner

Andre Allen Anjos is better known as RAC, a musician who first found success by remixing other people’s songs. His remixes for artists like Lana Del Rey have gotten millions of plays online. In 2013, RAC released Strangers, his first album of original material, and in this episode, he breaks down the song Let Go from that record. It features guest vocals from Kele, best known as the frontman of the band Bloc Party, and singer MNDR, who also talks about her experience working on the track.

Buy "Let Go" on iTunes.

footnotes
The Bloc Party song at the beginning is "Helicopter." You can hear André's full remix of the song here. The voice from Portal is the character GLaDOS from the games Portal and Portal 2. Listen to Michael Giacchino's opening theme to Lost.

Tickets for Song Exploder live in Seattle on November 15, 2014, can be purchased here. Sign up for Five Song Fridays at tinyletter.com/songexploder.

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International Waters: Episode 35 Canada Runs on Tommy Ho's

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Jessica, Sean, Glenn, Dave and Starlee in MaxFunHQ
Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Sean Conroy
Guests: 
Starlee Kine
Guests: 
Glenn Wool
Guests: 
Jessica Young

Sean Conroy, Starlee Kine, Glenn Wool and Jessica Young join host, Dave Holmes for comedy quizzing and banter.

Can the teams distinguish tell their gay coming-of-age movies from their Yankee Candles? Who or what is Sleepytime Peach? And which country is more to blame for Justin Bieber?

Other useful links this week:

Sean Conroy is on Twitter @SeanConroy and wants to plug the new TV show he’s writing, Mr Pickles and his podcast, The Long Shot. Sean recommends you check out Eddie Pepiton’s latest special, In Ruins out on Netflix.

Starlee Kine is on Twitter @Starlee Kine and you can order the book she’s contributed to, The Thing The Book while you’re witing for her new podcast, Mystery Show to come out. Starlee recommends Man V. Nature, a new book of short stories by Diane Cook.

Glenn Wool wants to plug his new album No Lands Man and recommends that you check out the music of Corb Lund.

Jessica Young was on the latest episode of New Girl, on Fox, and is currently crushing on Charlie Hunnam in Sons of Anarchy.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend the new album by Wormburner.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests on the MaxFun forum or through our Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter for updates on guests and when we’ve just posted a new episode (hint: it’ll be 1st and 15th of every month).

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Tig Notaro, Ed Helms & Nick Frost

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Tig Notaro
Guests: 
Ed Helms
Guests: 
Nick Frost

Do you live in Los Angeles? Know someone who does? Come see Bullseye with Jesse Thorn LIVE on Wednesday, October 15th at the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Featuring conversation with Dan Harmon (Community, Harmontown), music from Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek, Watkins Family Hour), comedy from Steve Agee (New Girl, The Sarah Silverman Program) and Andy Kindler (Maron, Letterman) and more! Get your tickets now!


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"I Have Nothing to Lose Now": Tig Notaro on Life and Stand Up Comedy After Cancer

In 2012, the stand up comic Tig Notaro had a famously bad year. She caught pneumonia, which snowballed into C. Diff. She and her girlfriend broke up. Her mother passed away unexpectedly. And then, she learned she had breast cancer.

You're probably familiar with what came next. Notaro headed out to a stand up gig in Los Angeles, at the Largo. But she didn't feel right performing her usual set. She decided to open up like she had never before. Hours after she received the diagnosis, she went on stage and said to the audience, "Hello, I have cancer."

She took the audience through the pain she had experienced over the last few months. It was still in her deadpan style, with jokes and stories that were brave and sometimes uncomfortably funny.

Notaro is in remission now, and she's continued to perform stand up, write and record her podcast Professor Blastoff. She's headed off on a new national stand up tour, called Boyish Girl Interrupted.

She talks with Jesse about how she decided to approach that set at the Largo, why cancer and tragedy made her more open to the world, and telling her "bee joke" after an emotionally intense set.

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The Part: Nick Frost on Humanizing Greed & Excess in 'Money'

Becoming an actor isn’t easy. Getting cast in your first role is a huge challenge. But even then it’s sometimes YEARS before an actor lands the role that changes everything. It's The Part.

The English actor Nick Frost is known for playing the everyman: goofy, kind, good-hearted men who are easy to love, like his characters in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

So why did he take a role as the greedy, hedonistic ad director John Self in the BBC adaptation of 'Money'? Well... he'll explain.

Frost voices the henchman Mr. Trout in the new animated movie The Boxtrolls, which is in theaters now.

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Ed Helms: From The Daily Show, to The Hangover, to... Bluegrass?

Ed Helms is an A-list comedy star these days. He starred in the mega-successful Hangover trilogy, and on NBC's The Office for seven seasons. And before that, he caught a break as a correspondent on The Daily Show, where his cohort included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

But like most folks in show business, he started out low on the totem pole -- working as a barker for comedy clubs, handing out fliers to people walking by, begging them to come inside.

Helms talks to Jesse about his very early career, how Stephen Colbert helped him both professionally and personally, why he thinks The Hangover doesn’t deserve its reputation as a "bro movie", and why of all things, he started a bluegrass festival.

Helms is currently shooting the new National Lampoon's Vacation movie, in which he stars as Rusty Griswold. If you live in Los Angeles, you can find him hosting the 2014 LA Bluegrass Situation on October 10th and 11th.

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The Outshot: Nina Simone's "Four Women"

Jesse talks about one of his very favorite singers, Nina Simone, and "Four Women".

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Welcome, Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House!

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We are so excited to announce Destination DIY, Baby Geniuses, and The Flop House are now part of the Maximum Fun family. You probably already know and love these wonderful shows, but in case you're not familiar, here's a rundown:

Destination DIY
Destination DIY is a show about all kinds of creativity. Host Julie Sabatier takes the concept of "doing it yourself" well beyond arts & crafts and home improvement. From fitness, to health care, to building a space suit, Destination DIY is about recognizing that you are an authority.

Baby Geniuses
Comedian Emily Heller and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt love learning stuff, and they pursue that knowledge by inviting guests to share information on whatever topic they want! Self-proclaimed and dubious experts alike are welcome on Baby Geniuses.

The Flop House
Not every movie is a hit, but even the worst of the worst can be fun when Flop House hosts Elliott Kalan, Dan McCoy, and Stuart Wellington examine them.

We know you'll love these shows as much as we do. Please give all of these new additions and their hosts a warm welcome if you see them around the internet. And don't forget you can subscribe to the feeds for updates and support the creators by becoming a MaxFun member today!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 341 - Paul F. Tompkins

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Guests: 
Paul F. Tompkins

Paul F. Tompkins returns to talk nonsense, Baby Margot, and wedding photobooths.

Download episode 341 here. (right-click)

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

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Baby Geniuses Ep. 73 - Dave Thomason / Henry Zebrowski

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Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Dave Thomason
Guests: 
Henry Zebrowski

Hey babies - this week's guest is comedian Dave Thomason! You can see him on this season of Adam Devine's House Party, or you can listen to him talk about his dog's separation anxiety. We also talk about Finnish cuss words and LIFE HACKS!! Then, raccoon expert Steven Tobolowski tells us how to care for these nocturnal critters.

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The Flop House Ep. 161 - A Talking Cat!?!

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The Flop House

Smalltember continues with perhaps the smallest movie we've ever covered, the bad movie new classic "A Talking Cat!?!" Meanwhile Stuart entertains the lizard representative of Harlem, Elliott gives helpful mnemonic devices for the major German directors, and Dan does some research into the pervy past of the movie's creative team.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 219: Pizza Delivery Clone

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Travis is recording from a hotel in Norman, OK, as he makes his big move to Hollywood. Enjoy this episode, because it's the last one before he goes all Big Time on us.

Suggested talking points: NCIS: Norman, Parking Malarkey, Rewriting Good Burger, Zone Coverage, Murder Most Mysterious, Apple Gluttony, Memorable Wedding Entrance

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Destination DIY September, 2014 - Mother of Invention

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Show: 
Destination DIY
Guests: 
Helen Anderson, mom, nurse, inventor
Guests: 
Soledad Iniguez, director of Lactation Services at OHSU

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Our Inventor Series has taken us into the past to learn about Hjalmar Hvam, an enthusiastic Norwegian skier who came up with the first quick release ski binding. And we’ve looked towards the future with teen inventors inspired by everything from shark week to synaptic transistors. This month, we’ve got both feet firmly planted in the present as we bring you the story of Helen Anderson. She’s a nurse and an inventor who balanced new motherhood with her passion to invent a device to help other moms.

Helen's original patent

And here's the infomercial she made about the Milk Saver:

Funding for the Oregon Inventor Series comes from The Regional Arts and Culture Council

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