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Jacobus of the 14th Century returns!

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My favorite videoblogger is Jacobus of the 14th Century. In this piece, he explains where he's been (the vlog's been quiet for a month or so)... turns out he was hanged! (Unsuccesfullly.)

Podcast: The College Years: Andrew Sings, Song Poems & Jay's Kids

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

This week, two new (old) shows. First, we talk about Song Poems, a bizarre music scam that's preserved on LP. Then we talk to the curator of Jay's Kids, a now-defunct website dedicated to bringing together the many children of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (perhaps 50 in total). On the second show (found below the first), we talk with boy singer Andrew Anton about his romantic and heartfelt music.

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Podcast: Author Vendela Vida

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Vendela Vida is the author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," as well as co-editor of The Believer magazine. Her first novel was "And Now You Can Go."

Zach Galifiakankis on The Best Show

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Don't miss a collision of TSOYA favorites as Tom Scharpling hosts Zach Galifianakis on The Best Show on WFMU tonight. If you live in the New York area, you can listen from 8-11 PM Eastern at 91.1 FM, or you can cruise over to this page to listen live over the net, or catch the archived show if you miss it live.

Did I mention I'm sitting on a kick-ass interview with Zach that'll air later this month on TSOYA? And that's above and beyond the interview you can find in our TSOYA Classics archive.

Dick Cavett

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Don't miss this wonderful appreciation of Dick Cavett in Slate today. The interviewing heroes I grew up with are certainly David Letterman and Terry Gross, but Cavett is the model for what I aspire, one day far away, to maybe be. He was a moderately succesful comic who created a new kind of talk show. Clive James writes in the Slate piece:

The talk-show format depends on a comic monologue at the top of the show, perhaps a few sketches, and then the star interviews. Cavett's format dissolved the humor into the interviews, and much of his wit was unscripted. The idea that one man could be both playful and serious was never deemed to be quite natural on American television, and Cavett was regarded as something of a freak even at the time. Eventually he paid the penalty for being sui generis in a medium that likes its categories to be clearly marked.

I've been watching a lot of the DVD box sets of Cavett that Shout! Factory has been putting out, and they're a wonderful lesson on interviewing. Cavett is fantastically funny without ever imposing on his guests, and he actually seems interested in ideas. The tone can sometimes verge on pretense, but that's sort of a hazard of aiming high, I think.

Here's a wonderful clip of Cavett interviewing Woody Allen in 1971. After watching a clip from "Take the Money and Run," Cavett asks about an alley seen in the film. Woody mentions it was behind the hungry i in San Francisco, and Cavett is excited to have recognized it from his performing days.

"I thought so! I know that alley. I used to go there after my act, when I was appearing at the hungry i. I would go there, and meet the audience, and we would both be sick, occaisionally."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Recipe for a good day.

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Sun outside + light housework + Staple Singers on the stereo = a great Saturday

The Sound of Young America is coming to SEATTLE!

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The Sound of Young America premiers on Puget Sound Public Radio's KXOT 91.7 FM Sunday, February 25th at noon!

The show will have a four-week trial run in the timeslot, and further airings will depend on your support. If you or someone you know lives in Seattle, please support the show by listening, telling friends, and above all letting the station know how you feel about the show!

Puget Sound Public Radio are, much to their credit, working hard to create a distinct personality for KXOT, rather than simply airing the same-old-same-old NPR shows you can already hear on KUOW. Taking a flier on The Sound of Young America is part of that effort.

I'm so grateful to KXOT for this opportunity, which hopefully will qualify as a Big Break for The Sound!!

Here's a press release -- if you yourself are a member of the press, or you know press in Sea-Tac, please share!

The Fuggedabuddies!

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Ladies and gentlemen, may I present Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin as The Fugettabudies!

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