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TS142: The World Cup, Adam Richman, Man vs. Food, Xanax, Thinspiration

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Throwing Shade

Well, the World Cup is coming to a middle which is very exciting. What's not exciting are the homophobic slurs being screamed onto the field. But who cares? Not FIFA. Also, Adam Richman from Man vs. Food has lost a lot of weight and even more perspective. Plus, Erin's an alcoholic and Bryan's a drug addict. Great week!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Caroll Spinney and Dave LaMattina & Ian Edwards

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Dave LaMattina
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Caroll Spinney
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Ian Edwards
Guests: 
Karina Longworth

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L to R: Caroll Spinney on location with Kermit Love who built the original Big Bird puppet from a design created by Jim Henson.
Photo credit: Copper Pot Pictures

'I am Big Bird': Caroll Spinney and Dave LaMattina on Big Bird's Big Heart

Spend a few minutes watching Sesame Street, and you'll recognize some part of yourself in Big Bird. His kindness, curiosity and vulnerability resonate with everyone, young and old. But who brought Big Bird to life?

Caroll Spinney is the man inside the Big Bird suit, and he has been since 1969. (He's also Oscar the Grouch). Dave LaMattina is the co-director, along with Chad Walker, of a documentary about Spinney. It's called I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.

Spinney made his television debut in 1955, working on the local Las Vegas show Rascal Rabbit, then moved on to the East Coast and performed on Bozo the Clown. But he was looking for greater purpose in his work, and he found it. He met Jim Henson and began work on the pioneering children's TV show, Sesame Street.

Spinney and LaMattina sit down to talk with us about Big Bird's physical and spiritual evolution, how the 80-year-old Spinney manages to maneuver in a full-body puppet suit, and how Big Bird has helped so many children and adults deal with loss, love and their own feelings.

I Am Big Bird has been touring the festival circuit this spring, and we caught it as part of the Los Angeles Film Festival. You can find more information about the film on their website.

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Karina Longworth on Old Hollywood Favorites: 'The Bad and the Beautiful' and 'Picnic'

Karina Longworth hosts the podcast You Must Remember This, which looks at some of the secrets of Old Hollywood. She joins us to talk about some of her favorite cinematic moments of the 1950s.

She suggests checking out 1955's Picnic. It's a movie about a handsome drifter who blows into a small town and wreaks havoc on the citizens' love lives.

Longworth also recommends The Bad and the Beautiful from 1952, a self-reflexive movie about a manipulative Hollywood producer and the studio system.

You can find Longworth's podcast on her website or in iTunes.

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Ian Edwards on his Jamaican heritage, Finding His Comedic Voice, and '100% Half-Assed'

Would you take career advice from a complete stranger? Ian Edwards did, and he's never looked back. He was working a fast food drive-through when a customer liked his banter and suggested he become a comic.

Edwards has written for Saturday Night Live and the reboot of In Living Color. He's also performed on Conan and on Def Comedy Jam on HBO.

He talks to us about moving (from England to Jamaica to New York City), finding his comedic voice, and the lessons he learned from the late Patrice O'Neal.

His new album 100% Half-Assed is the first record on the new Team Coco label.

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The Outshot: I Love LA

We return to the Newm: Jesse delves into why the Randy Newman song "I Love LA" is ironic, but also sort of... not ironic? You'll see.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 206: Hodor Hoarders

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Happy Solstice, everybody! Oh, don't worry - we definitely know what the solstice is. And like, its significance, and its observations and ... just like, all the things about the solstice.

Suggested talking points: Solstice, Pump Island, Marry a Billy Joel, Old Friend Management, Dank VelJohnson, Travis' Special Underwear

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 330: Bed Buster with Dave Holmes

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Dave Holmes

Fan favorite Dave Holmes joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of educational tv shows, a cooking class Dave took, and Jesse's experience buying Simon a new bed.

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One Bad Mother Episode 60: Teething, plus guest Ellen Harper

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Ellen Harper

Biz and Theresa talk about teething and back up the discussion with so many scientific facts that we consider having the show recategorized from comedy to science. Note: "facts" stated by Biz and Theresa may not be true / may make you less smart.

Plus, Theresa advises you to never leave before the raffle, and Biz gets weird about a comment on last week’s show. We're joined by singer-songwriter Ellen Harper to talk about the new album Childhood Home, which is a collaboration with her son Ben Harper.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Learn It All Again Tomorrow, Ben Harper/Ellen Harper, Childhood Home (http://www.benharper.com, also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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TS141: Rick Perry, Assassin’s Creed, the Banger Sisters, Guest Sara Benincasa

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Throwing Shade

This week, Throwing Shade doesn’t make any sense! First of all, Rick Perry compares homosexuality to alcoholism. Then Erin takes a look at how the makers of the video game Assassin’s Creed have the worst and most confusing explanations as to why they don’t include female characters. And finally, the hilarious and smart Sara Benincasa talks to us about Uber, coming out as bisexual, and agoraphobia. Oh, and which Banger Sister are you?

 

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 165: Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro

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Declan brings the case against his older brother Taran. Taran is a heavy sleeper and often relies on Declan to wake him up in the mornings. Declan thinks he should get used to a real alarm clock, since they won't be living together forever. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 205: Face 2 Face 8: Wedding Stiffness

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This is the second of our three-show set at the People's Improv Theater in beautiful New York, New York. Thanks to everyone who came out!

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 329: Fish Day with Hasan Minhaj

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Comedian and host Hasan Minhaj joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of sneaker collecting culture, concert experiences, and Hasan's new show on PBS.

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International Waters: Episode 28 Kenny G Lane

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Tom and Barunka in David Bowie's studio
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Bullseye

Alison Stevenson, Barunka O’Shaughnessy, Chris Fairbanks and Tom Meeten join host, Dave Holmes for pop-culture quizzing, competitive toilets and why you should never stir a baby.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos.

Other useful links this week:
Alison Stevenson writes regularly for Vice, and blogs here. She’s doing The Business in San Francisco on June 18th.
Check our Barunka’s BBC TV show Up the Women.
Chris Fairbanks is playing in July and has his other live dates up here.
Catch Tom Meeten in Noel Fielding’s series Luxury Comedy.

We’re dedicating this episode to Rik Mayall who died suddenly last week. He was a massive influence on a lot of modern comedy, particularly for the parts he played in The Young Ones, Bottom and Blackadder. Here’s a nice bit of Rik being silly while doing the Bottom Live! Stage show. RIP.

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