Xeni Jardin steps in as guest host this week! Xeni is a longtime co-editor and blogger at BoingBoing and a tech journalist who's provided commentary or reporting to NPR's Day to Day, PBS's NewsHour, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ABC World News Tonight among others. She's currently working on a series of stories for PBS about the physical and economic damage and fallout from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year.
She'll talk to Robert Popper, a BAFTA-winning comedy writer and producer who is responsible for the very funny BBC mock educational series Look Around You (with collaborator Peter Serafinowicz) and now, the creation and writing of the BBC America series Friday Night Dinner. Every episode follows a different Friday night as adult brothers Jonny and Adam return to the family homestead for a meal with their (slightly off) parents.
In the past, Robert has worked on Peep Show, South Park, and a number of other TV programs. He's also well known as an accomplished prankster. We'll talk to him about regressing to childhood in the company of your siblings and parents, the construction of some of his favorite comedy bits, prank phone calls from his alter ego Robin Cooper, and more.
The final episode of the first season of Friday Night Dinner airs this Saturday at 11:30/10:30c on BBC America. It's also available for download from the iTunes store.
XENI JARDIN: Welcome to The Sound of Young America, I'm Xeni Jardin in for Jesse Thorn. Sitting here with me today is the brilliant, the illustrious, the genius funny man, Robert Popper.
ROBERT POPPER: Thank you very much. That's my natural
XENI JARDIN: Robert, I've followed your work for many years.
ROBERT POPPER: And you've literally followed me around.
Chris Hardwick from The Nerdist and G4TV's "Web Soup" joins us for a discussion of good things turning bad.
The sci-fi adventure series Doctor Who has been a fan favorite for more than 40 years. The original run of the show, from 1963 to 1989, is mostly remembered by Americans for its cheesy special effects and distinctly British eccentricity. A series revamp in 2005 dispensed with the former and kept the latter - it's a huge hit, both critically and commercially, in the UK.
This month the fifth series of the new version of the show launched on BBC America, with a new head writer (the highly acclaimed Steven Moffat), a new Doctor (Matt Smith) and a new companion (Karen Gillan). Moffat, Smith and Gillan are our guests on this Sound of Young America. They talk bout the significance that Doctor Who held in their lives, and about what it's like to put a personal stamp on a revered cultural phenomenon.