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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: Simon Rich, author of "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations"

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At the age of 22, Simon Rich published his first compilation of humor writing, the hilarious "Ant Farm & Other Desperate Situations." He's a former editor of the Harvard Lampoon and a current writer for Saturday Night Live. We interview Simon and hear him read several pieces from his book.

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Podcast: Sarah Lamm, director of "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox"

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Sarah Lamm is the director of the documentary "Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox," which examines the Bronner family and their counter-culturally iconic soap. She talks about the original Dr. Bronner, who created his famous soap in a tenement apartment after being briefly committed to a mental institution. The soap's text-dense label includes wisdom from Ghandi, Jesus and Olympic champion Mark Spitz. Sarah also discusses the second and third generations of the family, who've built the soap into an international force and more recently into a leader in the field of sustainable business practices.

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Goofaround Gang with Tim & Eric, Paul F. Tompkins and Will Franken
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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Del Close Marathon.

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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.

On this week's show The Del Close Marathon, Ian Roberts from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony King of the UCB Theater join us to talk about the marathon which took place in memory of the legendary comedian. Jeff Griggs, author of “Guru: My Days with Del Close”.

For over 30 years Del Close was the leading light in improvisational comedy in Chicago, having a huge influence on Mike Meyers, Bill Murray, John Belushi and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, among many others. Following Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the annual Del Close Marathon as a means of celebrating their mentor’s life, and passing on his legacy to future generations. Ian Roberts and Anthony King from the UCB talk about the event.

Jeff Griggs’ book “Guru: My Days with Del Close” explores elements of Close’s biography, from his childhood in Kansas, his early years as an actor to his involvement with the Compass Players and Second City.

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Podcast: Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim -- known collectively as Tim & Eric -- are the creators of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series "Tom Goes to the Mayor" and "Tim & Eric, Awesome Show, Great Job!" Their bizarre humor hinges on uncomfortable social relationships and industrial-film aesthetics.

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Goofaround Gang with Tim & Eric, Paul F. Tompkins and Will Franken
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Podcast: Bryan Coffee's "Shrimp" from The Weekly Armenian

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Here's a little comic pallette cleanser after three weeks of hefty shows. Bryan Coffee performs "Shrimp," from his one man show The Weekly Armenian.

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Ira Glass of This American Life: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Ira Glass is the host of Public Radio International's This American Life, as well as the television version of the program, which airs on Showtime. He also edited the book "The New Kings of Nonfiction," which collects some of the best magazine-style reportage of the last fifteen years or so.

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And here's a special bonus:
This American Life parodies from the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast.
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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Go! For It.

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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.

On this week's show Go! For It writer Paul Feig and musician Ian Parton are in the hot seat.

Among his many accolades, Paul Feig can count the creation of 90’s cult tv show “Freaks and Geeks” and the book “Superstud: How I Became a 24 Year Old Virgin”. Paul is also an actor, director and producer.

The Go! Team are a super-talented, highly energetic bunch of musicians from Brighton in the UK. Founder member Ian Parton takes TSOYA behind the scenes and tells us what makes the band what it is!

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Way Into You.

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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.

On this week's show Way Into You we're joined by comedian and author Greg Behrendt. We’re also got “The Fun Bunch”, Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter.

Greg Behrendt is a standup comedian and best-selling author of “He’s Just Not That Into You” and “It’s Called a Break Up Because It’s Broken”. He also acted as consultant for two episodes of the hit tv show “Sex and the City”.

Also on the show are Scott Aukerman and BJ Porter, otherwise known as comedy duo “The Fun Bunch”. These guys have written for “Mr. Show” and run the hugely successful alternative comedy showcase Comedy Death-Ray in the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA.

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Podcast: The Upright Citizens Brigade

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Matt Besser (above) is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy group which brought long-form improvisation to New York City in the late 1990s, and has brought high-quality comedy to both coasts since opening theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Besser talks about the history of the group, which also includes SNL's Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, and has also included comedy luminaries like Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz. The second season of their Comedy Central sketch series was recently released on DVD.

We also hear improvisation from Besser and colleagues from the UCB Theater in Los Angeles -- Sean Conroy, Andy Daly and Chad Carter.

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Put-Ons with Matt Walsh and Charlie Todd
Del Close Marathon with Ian Roberts and Anthony King (MP3)
Life Changes with Rodney Rothman and Matt Besser (MP3)

Podcast: Dan Deacon

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Dan Deacon is an electronic music performer based in Baltimore, Maryland. In fact he's a classically trained composer with a Masters degree in electro-acoustic composition. From 2003 - 2006 he released no less than seven self-produced albums.

His latest offering "Spiderman of the Rings" blends his frenzied live performance electro anthems with amusing lyrics and colorful instrumentals. Dan has maintained an almost constant tour schedule but has still found the time to draw on his classical background and compose and perform for ensembles at museums and galleries around the United States.

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