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Bullseye is a public radio show about what's good in popular culture. With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings you hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and irreverent original comedy.

Bullseye is equal parts funny and fascinating. Whether you're already plugged in to the culture map, or looking for a signpost, Bullseye will keep you on target. More About Bullseye

Podcast: Sloane Crosley, author of "I Was Told There'd Be Cake"

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Sloane Crosley started her non-fiction writing career after an acquaintance offered to publish a cleaned-up version of a mass email she'd sent... in the Village Voice. Her collection of humorous personal essays, "I Was Told There'd Be Cake," recently debuted on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Podcast: Ego Trip! with Brent Rollins and Gabriel Alvarez

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Brent Rollins and Gabriel Alvarez are members of the hip-hop media collective Ego Trip. The group produced the acclaimed magazine Ego Trip in the late 1990s. Since that time, they've written two hilarious and insightful books - Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists and Ego Trip's Big Book of Racism. More recently, they've produced specials and series for VH1, including last year's White Rapper Show and their current series, Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme.

Alvarez has worked for many years as a hip-hop journalist, and was a contributor to the Adult Swim series The Boondocks. Rollins is one of the world's top urban designers. His works included the logo for the film "Boyz in the Hood" and the cover for many albums, including the seminal "Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Blackstar."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Perceived Sleights with Bruce Bridgeman and Robert Weide

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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 Clasics.

This week on the program: UC Santa Cruz professor Bruce Bridgeman and Curb Your Enthusiasm Executive Producer Robert Weide.

Bruce Bridgeman (left) talks with us about his unusual area of research: world-famous Santa Cruz tourist attraction The Mystery Spot.

Robert Weide started his television career as a comedy documentarian, but his relationship with Larry David eventually led him behind the camera for David's series "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Weide served as Executive Producer of the series, and directed many episodes.

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Podcast: John Moe, author of "Conservatize Me"

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John Moe, a Volkswagen Bug-driving, latte-sipping lifelong Seattleite realized, upon becoming a real grownup, that perhaps his dismissal of conservatism wasn't less righteous than it was intellectually lazy. He spent a month steeping himself in conservatism of all stripes, from the Heritage Foundation to a Toby Keith concert.

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Podcast: David Mitchell of Mitchell & Webb

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David Mitchell is half of the British comedy duo Mitchell & Webb, with partner Robert Webb. The pair star in the acclaimed UK TV series "Peep Show" and "That Mitchell & Webb Look," the latter of which is running Friday nights on BBC America.

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Podcast: Dan Kennedy, author of "Rock On: An Office Power Ballad"

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Dan Kennedy is the author of two books of comic memoir, the most recent of which is "Rock On: An Office Power Ballad." The new book covers his brief career in the music industry, which began when he (a youngish, white Orange County native) produced a retrospective commercially for the anniversary of Motown Records, and ended in a round of mass layoffs. Kennedy has also written extensively for McSweeney's.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Power of Love with Dan Savage and Neil Strauss

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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 Clasics.

This week on the program, syndicated columnist, author and podcast host Dan Savage and writer Neil Strauss.

Dan Savage writes the syndicated sex and relationships advice column Savage Love, and hosts the podcast of the same name. He's also written several books, including "The Commitment," which focuses on his family's feelings about gay marriage. Savage himself is gay, in a committed relationship, and has a small child.

Neil Strauss has written extensively for the New York Times and ghost-written several celebrity books, but he became nationally known for his book "The Game," which delves into the world of "pick-up artists." Strauss wrote a piece on the subculture for the Times, which led to him eventually becoming a leader in the community. He recently released a sequel to the book.

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Podcast: Comedy by the Numbers with Dr. Gary Rudoren and Prof. Eric Hoffman

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Prof. Eric Hoffman and Dr. Gary Rudoren are two of the world's foremost researchers in the field of humor. Their new book, "Comedy By the Numbers" contains "The 169 secrets of humor and popularity." They promise that you don't need to be funny to be funny -- just memorize their system, and you'll quickly be impressing the cool kids.

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Podcast: Ben Karlin of The Onion, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report

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Ben Karlin was an early editor of The Onion before heading to Hollywood to work on film and television projects. He eventually helped create the Jon Stewart version of The Daily Show as it's head writer and eventually Executive Producer. He was lead writer on the Daily Show's enormously succesful book, "America: The Book." He co-created The Colbert Report, then quit, in part to edit the new book "Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me." The book is a collection of essays on, well, the subject in the title.

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Podcast: Comedy: Morgan Murphy and Andy Kindler Live

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Andy Kindler (above) is a legend in the world of alternative comedy. Since bursting onto the comedy scene in the early 1990s, he's appeared on innumberable television programs performing standup, including several appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, for which he is now a field correspondent. Within the comedy world, he's best known for openly mocking the standup world in his annual "State of the Industry Address" at the Aspen Comedy Festival. Andy's set was recorded live at the Westside Eclectic in Santa Monica, California.

Morgan Murphy is one of the fast-rising stars of the comedy world. She wrote for and appeared several times on Jimmy Kimmel Live, before quitting to pursue standup full-time. She's toured nationally with The Comedians of Comedy and Neil Hamburger, among others. Morgan performed as part of TSOYA Live at the SF Sketchfest.

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