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: 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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Podcast: Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: Mick Brown on Phil Spector

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Before he was an alleged murderer, Phil Spector was a mad genius of pop music. His productions, marked by a style known as "the wall of sound," bridged the gap between Elvis and The Beatles. His first hit song, "To Know Him is to Love Him" was as a performer, but he quickly transitioned into production, producing hit records for artists like Darlene Love and the Ronnettes. Even after his career crested in the early 60s, he produced seminal records for John Lennon and The Ramones. Mick Brown was the last journalist to interview the reclusive super-producer before the night in 2003 when he allegedly killed a young actress. His new book, "Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector," documents Spector's life.

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Podcast: The Lifesavas

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For the past 15 years, underground hip-hop trio The Lifesavas have blended smartly intricate rhymes with socially-conscious and self-aware lyrics. Hailing out of Portland, Oregon, The Lifesavas worked with many top names in the underground scene before finally releasing their first LP, Spirit in Stone, in 2003. Their new album is Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack. Released in April of this year, the ambitious full-length is imagined as the soundtrack to a (non-existent) blaxploitation film.

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