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

Podcast: Ask the Optimist by George Saunders

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Our most ambitious production ever -- an adaptation of George Saunders' hilarious story "Ask the Optimist," from his most recent collection, The Braindead Megaphone. Produced by me (Jesse Thorn) with video & puppetry by Brian Hogg for Hoggworks.

You can view piece in video form above, or in listen to the radio/podcast version below. We convinced George's publisher to let us run this piece by arguing that it might "go viral," so please share! And for some perspective on George's work, don't miss this interview I conducted with George and ran a few days ago, or this show, which features an older interview with George.

Featuring an all-star cast:
The Optimist - Andy Daly
Mad - Jen Kirkman
Hurt But - Jonathan Coulton
W - James Adomian
Small Penis - John Hodgman
Not Altogether Hopeful - Maria Bamford
Turkey - Jonathan Katz
Ralph, the New Optimist - Dan Klein
Judy - Xeni Jardin

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You might also enjoy these past interview programs:
Moustaches, Etc with Andy Daly and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash
On the Road with John Hodgman & Henry Rollins (MP3)
Analog & Digital with John Vanderslice and Xeni Jardin & Mark Frauenfelder

Podcast: Ten West: "Jimmy & Jeb"

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Ten West are a Los Angeles-based comedy group whose performances combine traditional sketch-comedy with vaudevillian clowning, often with live music accompaniment. They tour regularly, and have appeared in all of the nation's premier sketch comedy and fringe theater festivals. The Los Angeles Weekly highlighted their most recent show, writing that it was "goofy, giddy, funny and executed with infectious charm."

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Comedy - Dan Mintz
Comedy - Clifford & Kidd "Models"
The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast

Podcast: Austin Grossman

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Austin Grossman is the author of the new novel "Soon I Will Be Invincible," a literary look at a team of superheroes and their nemesis. Before he became a novelist and academic (he is currently a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley), he was a writer for video games.

Video of this interview is viewable above, or downloadable via bittorrent at Myspleen. MySpleen is invite-only; if you need an invite, email me and mention your favorite TSOYA moment (to keep out the riff-raff).

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You might also enjoy these past interview programs:
Comics & Comix with Art Spiegelman (MP3)
Comics & Comix Pt. 2 with Harvey Pekar (MP3)
Moustaches, Etc with Andy Daly and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash

Podcast: Cynthia Hopkins

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Cynthia Hopkins is a singer, songwriter and multi-media theatrical performer. The New York Times wrote of her most recent show, Must Don't Whip Um: "a triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity and musical accomplishment. Ms. Hopkins' voice is both so delicate and emotionally forceful - part Natalie Merchant, part Madeline Peryroux - that it leaves you wondering why she has ever bothered to do anything else but deploy it." Special thanks to WNYC this week for sharing their studios with us.

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They Might Be Giants
Hip-Hop Heads with Danny Hoch and Sway & Tech
Moustaches, Etc with Andy Daly and Richard Montoya of Culture Clash

Podcast: Paul F. Tompkins

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Paul F. Tompkins has been performing standup comedy for over twenty years. He's perhaps best known as a castmember of HBO's Mr. Show, and as a talking head on VH1, Real Time with Bill Maher and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He's just released his first standup CD, called "Impersonal," on AST Records.

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You might also enjoy these past interview programs:
Goofaround Gang with Paul F. Tompkins, Tim & Eric and Will Franken
Maria Bamford
Bob Odenkirk

Podcast: John Sellers, author of "Perfect From Now On"

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John Sellers is the author of "Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life." It's really two stories -- how he fell in love with indie, and how he came to obsess over the band Guided By Voices. Eventually, Sellers met the band, and disaster ensued.

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The Indies - Doug Martsch of Built to Spill & Bill Plimpton
Deerhoof's Greg Saunier
Ted Leo
Faking It: Authenticity in Popular Music

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Podcast: Brian Coleman on Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip-Hop Junkies

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Like a lot of music nerds, Brian Coleman is into liner notes. Unlike a lot of music nerds, however, Brian's chosen genre (hip-hop) rarely provides them. Instead of whining about it, Brian wrote "Check the Technique." The book records the oral history of the great albums of hip-hop's golden era, from "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" to "Life Is... Too $hort." Coleman calls this history "the invisible liner notes."

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Soul Sides with Oliver Wang
The Lifesavas
Sa-Ra Creative Partners

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Potpourri with Paula Poundstone

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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 guest this week is standup veteran Paula Poundstone. We talk with Paula about, among other things, Santa Cruz, parenting, bankruptcy law, and the mad world we live in.

We've also got "Would You Rather?" with Jordan Morris and Big Time Gene O'Neill, and "Hang It Up/ Keep It Up".

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Podcast: Comedy: Oh You and Your Bone Spurs "Cineastes"

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Comedy from LA sketch group "Oh, You and Your Bone Spurs."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Nucular Option

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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 first guest is Stanford University linguistics expert and frequent NPR contributer Geoffrey Nunberg. We talk to Geoffrey about his book Going Nucular and all sorts of heady linguistic things.

Then we talk with Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Michael Ian Black, members of the bizarre comic trio Stella - just before their Comedy Central program of the same name debuted.

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