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: Entertaining with Amy Sedaris and Jimmy Carr

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On this week's show, we entertain two wonderful (and entertaining) guests.

Jimmy Carr is one of the UK's most popular standup comics. Here in the US, he's hosted the game show Distraction on Comedy Central and appeared on Late Night and The Tonight Show. His new book, written with his long-time friend Lucy Greeves, is "Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?"

Then we talk with Amy Sedaris. She's a rabbit lover and taxidermied squirrel owner, as well as the author of "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence." The book provides domestic advice of many types, ranging from recipes to costumes to how to make fake food out of felt.

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Podcast: Comedian Zach Galifianakis

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Zach Galifianakis is a stand-up comedian, best known for his piano-playing and one-liners. He's also an actor, and was a regular on the series Tru Calling. Really. Most recently, he was seen in the Comedy Central series Dog Bites Man and The Comedians of Comedy.

We talk with Zach about his short-lived but critically beloved VH1 talk show, "Late World with Zach," the curious arc of his career, and why he enjoy enacting a descent into madness on stage.

Podcast: Rhymefest

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Before he'd even released his first album, Chicago rapper Rhymefest won a Grammy award for co-writing the Kanye West hit "Jesus Walks." He's also a veteran of the battle rap circuit, having bested Eminem at the famous Skribble Jam in 1997.

His first LP, Blue Collar, was one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop CDs of 2006. His upcoming release, "El Che," bears the name his grandfather gave him at birth.

In our interview, 'Fest talks about being a revolutionary, what it means to be a grown man in an industry full of people clinging to adolescence, how battle rapping feels, and more. In our bonus audio (bottom), he talks about what it's like to tour with legends like A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan. He also reveals an impressive production and guest lineup on his upcoming record, including Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier.

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Podcast: Maria Bamford

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Maria Bamford is a comedian and sometime actress. She's been featured on Comedy Central's The Comedians of Comedy, and her distinctive voice has been heard in a number of animated films.

We talk about her career as a Star Trek impersonator, her preference for collective living and how much a comedian actually makes. Oh, and also: her comedy. Her new CD is called "How to Win."

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These American Jokes, featuring laffs from Maria

Podcast: Neal Pollack, author of Alternadad

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Neal Pollack is the author of "Alternadad," a hilarious and heartfelt memoir about becoming a father. Neal talks about his family's financial struggles, the joy of fatherhood, and why he started a punk rock band shortly after his son was born.

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Podcast: Japanese Toy Culture with Woodrow Phoenix

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Woodrow Phoenix is the author of "Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World." We discuss the history of Japanese toy culture, as well as it's current incarnations, which include high-brow art from Takeshi Murakami and the limited-edition collectible vinyl toys for adults which are popular in the urban boutique market.

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Podcast: Japanese Robots with Tim Hornyak

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Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art & Science of Japanese Robots." His book investigates the history of robots in Japan, from the pre-industrial age to today. We talk about why Japan's cultural history makes their perception of robots quite different from ours, as well as some of the most important robots in Japanese culture and technology.

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Podcast: Julie Snyder of This American Life

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Julie Synder is the Senior Producer of This American Life, the peerless public radio storytelling program. Julie talks with us about how the show is put together, her nearly ten years with the show and about the upcoming television version, which will air on Showtime starting next month.

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Podcast: Clifford & Kidd "Models"

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Here's a comedy sketch from this week's Sound of Young America broadcast, written & performed by Los Angeles' Clifford & Kidd.

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Podcast: Jamie Hewlett on The Gorillaz and Tank Girl

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Jamie Hewlett is the award-winning artist behind the world's most popular cartoon band, The Gorillaz. Before he created The Gorillaz with his then-flatmate Damon Albarn, he created the seminal punk-rock comic Tank Girl. The Gorillaz have just released a lavish "oral history" of the band called Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre.

I talked with Jamie about how music has influenced his art, how Hollywood ruined Tank Girl, and why rock star Damon Albarn was sharing a flat in the first place.

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