Bullseye

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

TSOYA: The Pixar Touch

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David A. Price is the author of The Pixar Touch: The Making Of A Company. In the book, Price takes a look back at Pixar's humble beginnings as a technology company and reveals how the company developed into the computer animation behemoth that it has become today. Price reveals some major players in Pixar's dramatic history, George Lucas, John Lasseter, and Steve Jobs to name a few.

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Patton Oswalt
Japanese Robots
Mark Evanier
Austin Grossman

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Podcast: American Nerd author Benjamin Nugent

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Benjamin Nugent is the author of "American Nerd: The Story of My People"
It's a book on nerds that's part history, part sociology, part reportage and part memoir. Nugent traces the history of the nerd, from the antagonists of romanticism in the 19th century to the classic Hollywood nerds of the 1970s and 80s to the "geek pride" and "nerd hipster" classes of today. He also writes movingly about his own childhood, and that of the friends with whom he played role-playing games as a middle school student.

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David Hajdu on Comics in the 1950s
Merlin Mann
Patton Oswalt

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Podcast: Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) of Eels

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Mark Oliver Everett, sometimes known as A Man Called E, is the frontman of the genre-hopping rock band Eels. The band has just released a greatest hits collection ("Meet the Eels") and a collection of B-sides and rarities ("Useless Trinkets"). We talk with him about why he has always had a rotating band, how sick he is of self-reflection, and of course gorilla hunting.

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Les Savvy Fav
Nick Hornby
Steve Albini

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Podcast: Ariel Schrag, Cartoonist and Writer

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Ariel Schrag spent the summers after each year of high school writing astonishingly frank comics about the experiences she'd been through. When she returned to school the following year, she sold the self-published comics to her peers. Ten years later, the books have been republished, and they're a remarkable window into her high school years: coming out as a lesbian, her first sexual experiences (with men and women), drinking and using drugs, and lots and lots of crushes. They're funny, touching and wise beyond her then-years.

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Sloane Crosley
Miranda July
Dan Clowes

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Podcast: Comedy at the Edge

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Richard Zoglin talks to us about his book "Comedy on the Edge". Zoglin talks about comedians such as Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Richard Pryor and the effect they have had on American culture.

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Michael Cera
The Upright Citizens Brigade
Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk
The Human Giant

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Podcast: The Chris Farley Show authors Tom Farley Jr. and Tanner Colby

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Chris Farley burned brightly as a comic actor, rising quickly to enormous fame as a television and movie star. Unfortunately, he also crashed and burned. Writer Tanner Colby and Farley's brother, Tom Farley, have collaborated to tell Chris' story through the words of those who knew him in the book "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts." We talk with Tom and Tanner about the life of this gifted and troubled comic.

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Belushi with Tanner Colby and Judith Belushi-Pisano (MP3)
New York Stories with Bill Hader and Roz Chast
Two Sides of a Coin with Dave Attell and Michael Showalter

Podcast: The Grouch of Living Legends

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Independent underground hip-hop exploded on the west coast in the 1990s, and it was thanks in no small part to the work of The Living Legends, a broad collective of Los Angeles and Bay Area artists whose relentless hustle made the world safe for underground rappers. The Grouch remains a leading light in independent hip-hop, with thoughtful, personal rhymes and often self-produced beats. He talked with us about what it means to be independent, how his family has affected his music, and about how his sincerity helped ameliorate the friction his race caused in the hip-hop world. His latest album is Show You the World.

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Podcast: Jack Handey, Author, TV Writer and Creator of "Deep Thoughts"

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Make a few clicks on the internet and you'll run across ten fake "Deep Thoughts," and if you're lucky, a few real ones. Our guest Jack Handey created the seminal Saturday Night Live interstitial segment and authored several book collections of the material. He also wrote numerous other classic Saturday Night Live sketches, from "Happy Fun Ball" to "Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer." The past few years, he's been writing in The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs section, and these writings, plus work for Outside Magazine and other publications, have been collected in the hilarious "What I'd Say To The Martians: and Other Veiled Threats."

Special thanks to the great public radio show Studio 360 for letting us use some audio of Jack reading pieces from the book.

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Steven Wright
"Late Night" writer Brian Stack
Former "Daily Show" head writer Ben Karlin

Podcast: ESPN Anchor and Author Kenny Mayne

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Kenny Mayne has been a fixture on ESPN for fifteen years. He's best known for his exceedingly dry wit, which he displayed as an anchor on SportsCenter in the 1990s, and in semi-fictional field pieces for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. He recently published his first book, a combination humor book and memoir called "An Incomplete and Innacurate History of Sport."

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Bill James
Nick Hornby
Jarret Grode

Podcast: Reno 911!'s Stars and Creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver

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Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver are the co-creators and co-stars of Comedy Central's Reno 911!. The show, a mockumentary in the style of COPS, is headed into the second half of its fifth season. The trio also collaborated on the Comedy Central series Viva Variety, and worked together as members of the sketch comedy group The State.

During our interview, they revealed that The State will be producing a Comedy Central special later this year, along with a DVD release of the full series, including numerous extras.

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Two Sides of a Coin with Dave Attell and Michael Showalter
The Nucular Option with Geoffrey Nunberg and Stella (David Wain, Michael Ian Black & Michael Showalter)
Patton Oswalt