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I'm going on vacation.

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OK, everybody. I'm off to my first real vacation since I graduated from college. I'll be gone for a week. See you a week from Monday.

Don't fret, however... there is plenty of entertainment here for you to enjoy.

First of all, you'll have a few CELEBRITY GUEST BLOGGERS to keep you entertained.

Merlin Mann is the host of The Merlin Show, as well as the creator of 43folders.com, the uber-popular personal productivity site. He's also the co-host of Mac Break Weekly and other popular podcasts.

Paul Scheer is a brilliant improviser and comic actor, best known as 1/4th of MTV's The Human Giant. He's also been seen regularly on various talking head television series.

And if he can figure out how to use Blogger (I mean this totally sincerely), Bill Hader of Saturday Night Live plans to join in the fun as well.

We've also got new episodes of Jordan, Jesse GO!, Coyle & Sharpe and TSOYA planned, so your entertainment experience should be undisturbed.

GOODBYE!

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: New Sincerity Summer

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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 Classics.

This show is all about summer, and fun, and how the two really just go hand in hand. First, we adjudicate the New Sincerity Summer contest, in which listeners offer up their favorite summer activities.

Then we talk with Mike Veeck, minor league baseball empresario, son of baseball Hall of Famer Bill Veeck, and author of Fun is Good. Mike talks with us about some of the promotions he's concocted, like "Disco Demolition Night" and "Mime-O-Vision." He also tells us about his son, who he has named "Night Train." Seriously people, this man is dedicated.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Finders Keepers

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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 Classics.

Our guests are Davy Rothbart, editor of Found Magazine, and Lorca Shepperd, co-director of the film Other Peoples' Pictures.

Found Magazine is a collection of notes, photos, and other found items ranging from cute, to absurd, to downright bizarre. Found items, sent in in large part by readers, are published in their irregular magazine, and more frequently, on the Found website. They also have published two books.

Lorca Shepperd's documentary Other Peoples' Pictures offers a glimpse into the world of snapshot enthusiasts -- collectors of vintage amateur photography.

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Philly Stand UP!

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Philly: it's more than just Philly Boy Roy, The Phillie Phanatic and Philadelphia Freeway. Now it's also THE SOUND OF YOUNG AMERICA ON WHYY!

TSOYA premiers TONIGHT on WHYY, and will run every Friday night at 9PM.

Come on... I know you don't have a date! Listen! Tell them you love the show!

"Coal" by Free Love Forum

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This is the best thing since WHIT Power 102 FM. Credit goes to the esteemed NYC sketch group Free Love Forum.

(via CCInsider, thanks Chris!)

David Letterman on Tom Snyder

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This is from Snyder's Worldwide Pants-produced "Late Late Show," circa 1995. A wide-ranging interview -- Snyder cracks Letterman's surface just a bit, gets him to talk about his early days in broadcasting and to be surprisingly frank about his critics in the media.

via Jumbodump

Kasper Hauser at Google

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Kasper Hauser visited the offices of Google last month to offer a sales presentation for their catalog SkyMaul. SkyMaul CEO Jerry Ponda was on hand, in his trademark black turtleneck, and a variety of friends were there too. Luckily for America, Google recorded the whole operation, which you can watch above.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 15: Grevenz

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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.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe render a man mute with the utterance of one word: Grevenz.

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Podcast: Comedy: Dan Mintz

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Comedian Dan Mintz has, at 26, already cemented his reputation as a rising star in the LA comedy scene. His distinctive style -- feet planted firmly on stage, his eyes drifting high over the audience's head, the occaisional goofy smile -- is nearly as remarkable as his finely-crafted jokes. He's also written for several television shows, including The Human Giant and The Andy Milonakis Show.

This performance was recorded for The Sound of Young America at the Westside Eclectic theater in Santa Monica, California. Our live comedy series is co-produced by Matt Belknap & aspecialthing.com.

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