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

Terry O'Reilly, host of the CBC's The Age of Persuasion: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Terry O'Reilly is an adman. He's the founder of Pirate Toronto, a leading audio advertising firm, and has been a judge of radio advertising at the Clio and Cannes advertising awards. When he's not marketing, he's talking about marketing on his CBC radio show, The Age of Persuasion, which looks at the history and practice of advertising. We talk with Terry about why ads matter, what we should understand about ads and whether ads, ultimately, are a net good in our society.

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On the Media Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are the hosts of On the Media, a media criticism show produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio. Their show takes as its mandate the world of media, which they define broadly to include everything from newspapers to standup comedy. Gladstone and Garfield ask tough questions of media moguls, media makers and government officials every week, and seek to fill in holes in our mediated understanding of the world. They're funny, too.

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Adam Scott, star of Party Down and Stepbrothers: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Adam Scott is an actor who stars as a failed actor in the new Starz series Party Down. He was one of the stars of HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," and played the evil brother in the Will Ferrel / John C. Reilly film "Stepbrothers." We talk with him about playing unctuous characters, growing up in TSOYA's home town of Santa Cruz, and more.

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Martin Starr of Freaks & Geeks, Adventureland and Party Down: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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As a 16-year-old, Martin Starr made an indelible impression on television viewers as the sweet, awkward Bill Haverchuck on Freaks & Geeks. Ten years later, he's blossomed into a successful adult actor. He was featured in Knocked Up and Good Dick, among other films, and currently has prominent parts in the Starz series Party Down and the wonderful new film Adventureland. Both roles call on his unique sense of humor, surprising shades of darkness, and his almost palpable sense of decency. We talk with Martin about how he's grown from a teenager overwhelmed by Hollywood to an adult with his own voice.

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Dana Gould, standup comic and writer: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Dana Gould is a comedian who's widely credited as one of the fathers of "alternative" comedy. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he helped bring comedy out of the funk of the "Evening at the Improv" scene and into the thriving world of alternative culture. He was also a writer and producer on the Simpsons for six years, among his other writing credits.
His new special, Let Me Put My Thoughts In You, is now available on CD and DVD.

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John Mulaney, Standup Comedian and Saturday Night Live Writer: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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John Mulaney has taken the standup comedy world by storm over the past few years, and at the age of 26, he's just starting to reach the top of his profession.  His first standup comedy special, Comedy Central Presents John Mulaney, premiers Friday, April 3rd on Comedy Central.  His first standup comedy CD, "The Top Part," is in stores now.  He also wrote for the Demetri Martin's "Important Things," and is currently a writer for Saturday Night Live.

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Merlin Mann, The Bros. Chaps & Jeff Olsen of adultswim.com on Online Branding: The Sound of Young America

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An unusual Sound of Young America podcast: I talk with 43folders.com writer Merlin Mann,
Homestar Runners creators Mike and Matt Chapman (aka The Bros. Chaps), and Jeff Olsen, creative director of adultswim.com, at the Integrated Media Association conference in Atlanta. The (somewhat cheesy) title of the session was "Blow Up Your Brand." We chatted about how to do something on the internet that people will actually give a hoot about.

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Steven Johnson, author of The Invention of Air: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Steven Berlin Johnson is a writer and entrepreneur who writes on the history of ideas. His books have included Everything Bad is Good for You, which suggested that contemporary popular culture is more challenging to the mind than it's accused of being, and The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, which tracked the spread of cholera in London in the mid-19th century as a way to understand the networked modern city. His newest book, The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution and the Birth of America tracks the life of the 18th century writer and scientist Joseph Priestley, and how his story can help us learn about the growth and development of ideas. Johnson also created the news discussion site plastic.com and the hyper-local site outside.in.

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Free Darko's Bethlehem Shoals, Big Baby Belafonte and Silverbird 5000: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bethlehem Shoals, Silverbird 5000 and Big Baby Belafonte are three of the authors of the baskeball blog Free Darko. Their distinctive perspective on the game is reflected not just on the blog, but also in their first book, "The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac." They claim in our interview, among other things, that they started watching basketball because it went so well with their interest in Ornette Colemen records. It's certainly the only basketball guide that features an elaborate visual metaphor based on the Aztec calendar.

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The Whitest Kids U Know Interview: The Sound of Young America

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The Whitest Kids U Know are a sketch comedy group based in New York City. They won top sketch honors at the 2006 Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, and rode a weekly gig in a NYC club to their own sketch series, which now airs on IFC. Sam Brown, Timmy Williams and Darren Trumeter talk about the trials and travails of professional sketch comedy and what it means to "do whatever you want."

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