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

Nick Kroll Live in Portland

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Nick Kroll on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Nick Kroll has been featured in the television shows Cavemen, Sit Down & Shut Up, The Human Giant and The Life & Times of Tim. He's also the author of Bar Mitzvah Disco.
We spoke with Nick in Portland at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival.

Rian Johnson, Director of The Brothers Bloom and Brick

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In 2006, director Rian Johnson released his first feature Brick, a hyper-stylized noir set in a Southern California high school. The film was the product of ten years of effort, and the result, produced on a tiny budget, was remarkable. His new film, The Brothers Bloom, is a similarly interesting take on a genre picture: a distinctly fantastical con man comedy starring Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody.

The Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg

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Mike Clattenburg is the creator of the Canadian sitcom The Trailer Park Boys. It follows two friends, the scheming Julian (left) and the bumbling Ricky (right), as they plan petty crimes, grow dope, drink, and seek counsel from their wise (but possibly developmentally disabled) neighbor Bubbles (center). It's a surprisingly sweet and spectacularly profane look at life in the maritime provinces of Canada.

The Sound of Young America: Five Million Downloads

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The Sound of Young America had its five millionth download this week.

We've been podcasting for almost five years now, and while our growth has never been exponential, it has been steady that whole time.

Five years ago, The Sound was the college radio show I held onto for too long. Now, it's my full-time living, and I even pay other people to help me with it. It's not just a popular podcast, it's also on public radio stations around the country.

I'm feeling very proud of the little show that could!

My thanks to you who have been so supportive, and have kept me chipping away at this thing even when I thought maybe I should just go to business school or something.

A Pledge Drive Treat

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The Sound of Young America: TV Pilot from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here's a pledge drive treat.

Last year, I made a pilot for Current. They were planning an expansion into half hour programming, and were looking for an interview show that spoke to months their demographic. They were willing to do something without claiming any ownership of my IP, and really respected and got what I was up to. It was a great fit.

We put together this pilot (Mark Rinehart produced, ably), but by the time we'd finished, there'd been an administration change at Current, and they ended up with a very different prime-time programming plan. So we had this pilot, but there was nothing they could do with it. The parting was amicable.

We taped two radio interviews -- one with Patton Oswalt, then some later one with Ben Karlin. A few months after that, we wrote and taped some interstitial pieces in a day here in LA, including a mini-interview with the one and only Maria Bamford. I actually think the show came out pretty neat. Enjoy!
You can download the show directly with this link.

Bad Cop

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Paul Bacon

Paul Bacon is the author of "Bad Cop," a memoir of his time in the New York Police Department. After September 11th, Bacon felt a calling to community service, but he was too old for his first choice, the fire department. He signed up for police academy instead, but he quickly found that he was ill-suited to the job.

Lloyd Kaufman, Troma Entertainment Madman: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Lloyd Kaufman is the madman (some might say mad genius) behind Troma, the independent film company that commands one of the most passionate cults in cinema. His films include The Toxic Avenger and most recently, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead. His new book on directing is "Make Your Own Damn Movie." A musical version of The Toxic Avenger recently opened on Broadway.

Eleni Mandell Interview & Performance on The Sound of Young America

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Eleni Mandell

Eleni Mandell is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter, whose new album is Artificial Fire. She talks with us about growing up in Southern California, and the moment she discovered that "all music doesn't sound like Barry Manilow." She went from idolizing the LA alt-rock band X to working with members of the band.

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Jane Lynch, star of Party Down, Glee & more: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch is an actress who got her big break as part of Christopher Guest's comic ensemble in the film Best in Show. Since then, she's turned in brilliantly funny performances in films like The 40 Year Old Virgin and Role Models. She's currently featured in the Starz series Party Down, and she stars in the upcoming Fox sitcom Glee. We talk about getting her big break twenty years into her career, why she's never been quite famous enough to come out, Ellen Degeneres-style and much more.

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Marianna Palka