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: Freaks & Geeks

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I'm launching a new initiative on The Sound of Young America... The Legacy Collection. Since we were among the first on the podcasting scene, we have a huge backlog of episodes from long ago (wow! two years!) that I'd like to bring out of the museum, dust off, and share with everyone. This week, it's our show from January 20th, 2005.

Paul Fieg co-created the television series Freaks & Geeks, which responded to a rash of absurd teen dramas like Dawson's Creek with realism, humor and humanity. The show has gained a loyal following on DVD, and helped establish Feig as a guru of awkward adolescence. In his two books, "Kick Me" and "Superstud," he told hilarious and touching stories about his own strugglesto become a man.

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Podcast: Jackson Publick of The Venture Brothers

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Jackson Publick is the co-creator of the Cartoon Network [adult swim] series The Venture Brothers. The series is a sometimes bizarre, often surprisingly heartfelt parody of the boys' adventure genre.

Jackson talks about his own roots, including the loss of his mother when he was a child, his aborted college career(s), and his meteoric rise from comic book store clerk to television writer.

Podcast: Artist Brandon Bird

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Brandon Bird describes himself as a surrealistic, realistic pop artist. His often-hilarious paintings typically place psuedo-celebrities in bizarre and somehow banal situations. He talks about the potential he thinks pop art is missing, the role of humor in art and why popular culture is a perfectly reasonable subject for a fine artist.

From the Archive:
Brandon talks with us several years ago on this archive show (MP3)

Podcast: Andrew W.K.

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Rock & roll star Andrew W.K. is an old friend of The Sound of Young America. His propulsive, almost absurdly anthemic songs are the official soundtrack of The New Sincerity, and have blown listeners' minds around the world. Combining the intensity of the hardest hardcore with an unquenchable thirst for good times, Andrew is a unique and remarkable dude.

Andrew's most recent album, Close Calls with Brick Walls, was released last year in Asia, and will be released in a special vinyl-only edition in the United States soon.

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Santa Cruz, You're Not That Far with Andrew W.K.

(above: Andrew with Brendan Thorn of Total Annihilation)

Note: In a portion of this show, Andrew discusses his experience with a substance popularly called Salvia. He's describing his own personal experience, and I ask that you please not interpret his description as either an endorsement on the part of the show or on the part of Andrew.

Indeed, a listener writes in: "In your latest episode, Andrew W.K. spoke about an experience he had smoking salvia... I tried it myself and had an ABSOLUTELY HORRIFYING EXPERIENCE. Luckily, there were no ambulances or police involved, but this is only due to the intervention of a good friend. Scant research will show you that SALVIA IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE. I would not want anyone to go through what I went through last night, and just wanted to pass that along to you. If I were you I would add some kind of warning to this particular episode, just for the benefit of your listeners (like me), telling them to use EXTREME CAUTION when dealing with this substance, and to do some research about it before deciding to try it. "

As many listeners know from discussions on Jordan, Jesse GO!, I choose not to use any mind-altering substances, including alcohol, so I'm particularly sensitive to this issue. Please make your own, informed choices and be mindful of your health and the law.

Podcast: These American Jokes

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We hear some comedy... a sketch from Clifford & Kidd, songs from Hard N Phirm and Jonathan Coulton, and standup from Maria Bamford (pictured above).

Podcast: Rapper Peedi Crakk aka Peedi Peedi

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Peedi Peedi is a member of the group State Property, and is signed as a solo artist to Rocafella Records. His debut solo album, "Prince of the Roc," is due later this year.

In our interview, Peedi talks about growing up with hip-hop, not rapping publicly until age 17, and his current state of malaise. He also talks about his relationship with fellow Philly MC Freeway -- when the two met, Freeway as dressed as a ninja, doing ninja moves. (Obviously, they became fast friends.)

In our bonus audio Peedi talks about his identity as a Latino and a Philadelphian. He also clarifies his beef with Juelz Santana and his role with The Roots.

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Podcast: Author Vendela Vida

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Vendela Vida is the author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," as well as co-editor of The Believer magazine. Her first novel was "And Now You Can Go."