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Who Shot Ya? Episode 19: Molly's Game with Louis Virtel

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Louis Virtel
Guests: 
Inkoo Kang

This week the Who Shot Ya? gang is joined by the one and only Louis Virtel to discuss the new Aaron Sorkin talk-a-thon, Molly's Game. The crew examines the type of character Jessica Chastain always seems to play and how this movie is WAY too long. They delve into some of their favorite gambling films. PLUS, they get a call from critic, Inkoo Kang, in a new segment called You're Wrong! Tune in to hear which opinions of Ricky, Alonso, and April from past episodes were actually wrong!

In news, the Golden Globes say "Time's Up," Disney admits to darkening the skin of their extras on Aladdin, Kendrick Lamar is curating the soundtrack for The Black Panther, and Catherine Deneuve and 100 other french women denounce #MeToo.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:
Louis - Secrets & Lies
April - Crank 2: High Voltage
Alonso - Paddington 2
Ricky - The Game

PLUS, we just put together two Spotify playlists. One is for Movie Soundtracks and the other is for Movie Scores. Check 'em out!

With Louis Virtel, Inkoo Kang, Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.
You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 10: The Legacy with Lotti Pharriss Knowles

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Lotti Pharriss Knowles

On this week's episode, April talks to producer, writer, and actress Lotti Pharriss Knowles about the 1978 supernatural horror, The Legacy. They discuss the hot chemistry of the leads Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, their favorite death scenes, and, of course, cats! Plus Lotti talks about the making of her film Chastity Bites, the casting process, and her desire to produce a remake of The Legacy.

Lotti Pharriss Knowles' Chastity Bites is available on Amazon Prime.
And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch The Legacy.
With April Wolfe and Lotti Pharriss Knowles

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 18: Movies of the Near Future and Downsizing

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde

This week the gang takes a trip to the near future as they talk about Alexander Payne's newest film Downsizing. Ricky, April, and Alonso tackle the controversy surrounding Hong Chau's depiction of the Vietnamese refugee Ngoc Lan Tran. They also ponder whether they would "downsize," April claims Christoph Waltz as her second husband, and the crew discusses the prolific career of Laura Dern. Plus, each host takes turns designing their own awards show. April has some very interesting stipulations for award show speeches so listen now!

In news, 300 women in the film industry say "Time's Up" for sexual harassment, Laura Dern shares some advice she received from Steven Spielberg, the three highest grossing films of 2017 were fronted by women, and MoviePass gets 1 million subscribers

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Teeth
Alonso - Five Came Back
Ricky - The X-Files: Fight the Future

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 9: Snowpiercer with Trish Sie

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Trish Sie

Just in time for record freezing temperatures, this week April talks to Pitch Perfect 3 director Trish Sie about Bong Joon-ho's frozen feature, Snowpiercer. They discuss the amazing performance of Tilda Swinton as the authoritative Mason, the commanding directorial style of Bong Joon-ho, and the train car on the Snowpiercer they'd most like to spend time in. Trish also talks about getting her start directing the famous OK GO "treadmill video" for the song 'Here It Goes Again' and what it's like taking over an existing franchise with Pitch Perfect 3. She also shares some fascinating tidbits about the eating habits of polar bears.

Trish Sie's Pitch Perfect 3 is in theaters now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Snowpiercer.

With April Wolfe and Trish Sie

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: Terry Crews, Jessica St. Clair & Lennon Parham

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Terry Crews
Guests: 
Jessica St. Clair
Guests: 
Lennon Parham

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Terry Crews on addiction, physical fitness, and why he works so much

[R] Terry Crews is the kind of performer that has his hand in all different facets of the entertainment industry. He starred alongside Ice Cube in the Friday After Next, played Chris Rock's Dad on Everybody Hates Chris, and he played the president in Idiocracy. Now he's Andy Samberg's co-star on Brooklyn Nine Nine as Sergeant Jeffords. He was also the screaming muscle man in all those Old Spice ads. But, before all that, Terry was a football player from Flint, Michigan - like not just high school and college - he played on four NFL teams over 5 years. He was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and in 1996 he played his last season ever for the Eagles.

Terry and Jesse discuss football, and the culture that surrounds the player in training and on the field. They discuss what life was like for Terry after leaving the NFL, and how that time shaped his relationship to fitness. They also discuss his childhood, his relationship to success, and why he works so much.

Listen to Terry Crews' interview on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in May of 2017.

Canonball with Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell: King Crimson’s 'In The Court of the Crimson King'

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Canonball.

No one says The Rolling Stones don’t belong in the pop music canon. But what about Genesis? Or Yes? What about the prog rockers? The music wasn’t down and dirty, and the songs weren’t pop-radio short. Sometimes they were downright long. But prog has always had its loyalists.

This week Marc Weingarten and Tyson Cornell, the editors of the prog rock anthology Yes Is The Answer: (And Other Prog Rock Tales), explain why the King Crimson album In The Court of the Crimson King is a classic, and how it laid the foundation for a whole genre. They’ll explain how these classically trained musicians mixed flutes, horns, blues riffs, and synthesizers to create this face melting album.

Listen to this segment on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in June of 2014.


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Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham of 'Playing House': Improv in the writers' room, and showing realistic friendships on television.

Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham play best friends on TV, and if their on-screen chemistry seems real, it is. They met doing improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and have been writing partners ever since. They co-created and star in Playing House, a sitcom about female friendship that's more reminiscent of Lucy and Ethel than it is Carrie Bradshaw's gang.

Playing House follows Emma and Maggie, two women who have been friends forever. Maggie stayed in their hometown, got married, and is expecting a baby. Emma has been professionally ambitious, closing business deals in Shanghai, and hasn't been back to visit for what must be years.

Parham and St. Clair join us to talk about the marathon improv sessions that produce the show's jokes, and their real-life friendship.

You can watch *every episode* of Playing House on USA's website.

Listen to this interview on YouTube!

This interview originally aired April of 2014.

The Outshot: The Gap Band

Finally, for this week's Outshot: The Gap Band. Jesse tells us about a chart-topping album with a lot of funk and soul, The Gap Band IV.

Listen to Jesse's Outshot on YouTube!

This segment originally aired in May of 2017.

Who Shot Ya? Episode 17: Year in Review with Inkoo Kang

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Inkoo Kang

The end of 2017 has arrived, and the Who Shot Ya? crew has some thoughts about it. The gang is joined by good friend/provocateur Inkoo Kang to discuss the movies that made the biggest impact on them. They discuss which films surprised them, which disappointed them, and which films best represented the year that was 2017. Plus, instead of a normal round of ITIDIC (Is this important? Do I care?) Ricky, Alonso, and April discuss the news stories they DIDN'T care about AND the ones they cared about...but no one else did. If you're looking for fantastic film recommendations, THIS is the episode to listen to because it is chock full of them.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - 200 Cigarettes
Alonso - The Dead
Ricky - Brawl In Cell Block 99

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Inkoo Kang, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 8: Sudden Fear with Anna Biller

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Anna Biller

On this week's episode April sits down with The Love Witch director, Anna Biller, to discuss the 1952 noir thriller, Sudden Fear. Anna confesses her love for old movies and in particular the work of Joan Crawford. The two of them dissect the masterful screenplay, written by famed female screenwriter, Lenore Coffee. Plus, Anna details what it was like collaborating with Samantha Robinson on The Love Witch. She also breaks down how much time she spent on production design, including spending months making one rug for the film.

Anne Biller's The Love Witch is available on Amazon now.

And if you haven't seen it yet, go watch Sudden Fear.

With April Wolfe and Anna Billerl

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Bullseye With Jesse Thorn: End of Year 2017 Comedy Special

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It's that time of year again! The Bullseye team listened to hours of comedy from the past year and picked the absolute best for you to enjoy in one convenient episode. There was a lot of great stuff this year. Our list includes industry veterans, newcomers and lesser know talents you are going to love. This was no easy task -- please let us know who else should have made the cut @Bullseye or on Facebook!

Like what you hear? Click through to learn more information on these comedians. For your convenience links to buy their albums have also been provided below:

Dana Gould - Mr Funny Man
Kate Willett - Glass Gutter
Josh Gondelman - Live at Max Fun Con East
Roy Wood, Jr. - Father Figure
Jackie Kashian - I Am Not The Hero Of This Story
Shane Torres - Established 1981
Myq Kaplan - No Kidding
Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher - Back to Back
Dave Anthony - Hot Head
David Gborie - Live at Max Fun Con West
Joel Kim Booster - Model Minority
Chris Gethard - Career Suicide
Janelle James - Black and Mild
Solomon Georgio - Homonegro Superior
Cristela Alonzo - Live at Max Fun Con East

Who Shot Ya? Episode 16: Star Wars: The Last Jedi with Andy Richter and Jen Yamato

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Who Shot Ya?
Guests: 
Ricky Carmona
Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Alonso Duralde
Guests: 
Jen Yamato
Guests: 
Andy Richter

HO HO HO! Tis the season for a new Star Wars movie! This week the gang is joined by LA Times' Jen Yamato to talk Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The crew covers an array of topics; diversity in casting, Kylo Ren, the force, and of course...Porgs! Plus, it's a very special final installment of Stump Alonso with the one and only Andy Richter calling in to try his best at toppling King Christmas himself. Will he finally stump El Rey De Navidad? Stay tuned!

In news, Mira Sorvino is blacklisted, Paul Thomas Anderson uses his friends Netflix account, WGA West is not on board with Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, and Gary Oldman smokes a lot of cigars.

Weekly Movie Recommendations:

April - Morvern Callar
Alonso - Desk Set
Jen - Nathan For You Season 4 Finale - Finding Frances
Ricky - Score: A Film Music Documentary

With Alonso Duralde, April Wolfe, Andy Richter, Jen Yamato, and Ricky Carmona.

You can let us know what you think of Who Shot Ya? at @WhoShotYaPod on Twitter. Or email us at whoshotya@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

Switchblade Sisters Episode 7: Rosemary's Baby with Jessie Nickson-Lopez

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Guests: 
April Wolfe
Guests: 
Jessie Nickson-Lopez

On this week's episode April talks to Stranger Things and Narcos writer Jessie Nickson-Lopez about the controversial film, Rosemary's Baby. The two dive right into the complicated relationship they both have with the film, and what makes the movie so effective. Jessie discusses how she is inspired by Roman Polanski's work, while simultaneously hating him as a person. She also shares her writing process and what it's like in the writers room. A WARNING to our listeners, April and Jessie talk in depth about sexual assault and the sexual crimes that Roman Polanski has committed.

Stranger Things Season 1 and 2 are available now on Netflix.

With April Wolfe and Jessie Nickson-Lopez

You can let us know what you think of Switchblade Sisters at @SwitchbladePod on Twitter. Or email us at switchbladesisters@maximumfun.org
Produced by Casey O'Brien and Laura Swisher for MaximumFun.org.

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