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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Liz Garbus
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus Explores the Passionate Life of Nina Simone

Nina Simone pursued freedom in her politics, her music and her personal life. Yet, it was something that often eluded her when she wasn’t on stage. Struggles with bi-polar disorder, a complex and often violent marriage and a legacy of racism caused her great pain, but these same things also shaped her into one of the most quintessential performers of her generation.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus’ documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, reveals the life of the performer using an exhaustive collection of archival material, interviews and even excerpts from Simone’s personal diaries. The result is a film that reveals an artist in all her complexity, a woman whose ability to be simultaneously vulnerable and powerful helped define her as a voice of her generation.

Garbus joins us to discuss Simone’s beginnings as a child prodigy in the Jim Crow south; how the civil right moment changed Simone’s professional and personal life; and how the contradictions that make a human being made Nina Simone truly unforgettable.

Liz Garbus’ film What Happened, Miss Simone? is now available to stream on Netflix.

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Oliver Wang on the Rise of the Filipino Mobile DJ Crews

If you don't know about the dozens of Filipino mobile DJ crews that rocked garage parties, weddings, birthdays, school dances and showcases in the Bay Area during the 1970s to 1990s, you're not alone. The DJs who made up these crews were mostly teenagers, initially inspired by what they heard and saw at nightclubs. They even tended to fly under the radar at school or outside of their Filipino communities. Yet their work is an important, if understudied part of the history of turntablism.

Academic, journalist and DJ Oliver Wang spent nearly fifteen years researching and interviewing these crews to spotlight a scene that created a foundation for famed scratch DJs like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike and DJ Shortkut. Wang's new book on the subject is called Legions of Boom.

Wang joins us to talk about what these mobile DJs borrowed from the discos of the 1970s, how continuous mixing ensured the party would go on, and why the California-style two car garage became the perfect place for that party.

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area is available now. You can hear Oliver Wang on our pop culture sister podcast, Pop Rocket, every week.

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The Outshot: The Promise of Summer

Jesse explains how The Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer" seems to capture the season's essence.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: What Happened, Miss Simone? & Oliver Wang

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Liz Garbus
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.

And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud.


Photo: Monty Fresco/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What Happened, Miss Simone? Liz Garbus Explores the Passionate Life of Nina Simone

Nina Simone pursued freedom in her politics, her music and her personal life. Yet, it was something that often eluded her when she wasn’t on stage. Struggles with bi-polar disorder, a complex and often violent marriage and a legacy of racism caused her great pain, but these same things also shaped her into one of the most quintessential performers of her generation.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus’ documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, reveals the life of the performer using an exhaustive collection of archival material, interviews and even excerpts from Simone’s personal diaries. The result is a film that reveals an artist in all her complexity, a woman whose ability to be simultaneously vulnerable and powerful helped define her as a voice of her generation.

Garbus joins us to discuss Simone’s beginnings as a child prodigy in the Jim Crow south; how the civil right moment changed Simone’s professional and personal life; and how the contradictions that make a human being made Nina Simone truly unforgettable.

Liz Garbus’ film What Happened, Miss Simone? is now available to stream on Netflix.

If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this interview with a friend.

Oliver Wang on the Rise of the Filipino Mobile DJ Crews

If you don't know about the dozens of Filipino mobile DJ crews that rocked garage parties, weddings, birthdays, school dances and showcases in the Bay Area during the 1970s to 1990s, you're not alone. The DJs who made up these crews were mostly teenagers, initially inspired by what they heard and saw at nightclubs. They even tended to fly under the radar at school or outside of their Filipino communities. Yet their work is an important, if understudied part of the history of turntablism.

Academic, journalist and DJ Oliver Wang spent nearly fifteen years researching and interviewing these crews to spotlight a scene that created a foundation for famed scratch DJs like DJ Qbert, Mix Master Mike and DJ Shortkut. Wang's new book on the subject is called Legions of Boom.

Wang joins us to talk about what these mobile DJs borrowed from the discos of the 1970s, how continuous mixing ensured the party would go on, and why the California-style two car garage became the perfect place for that party.

Legions of Boom: Filipino American Mobile DJ Crews in the San Francisco Bay Area is available now. You can hear Oliver Wang on our pop culture sister podcast, Pop Rocket, every week.

If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this interview with a friend.

The Outshot: The Promise of Summer

Jesse explains how The Hold Steady's "Constructive Summer" seems to capture the season's essence.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 29 Clueless at 20 & High School Movies

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Guy
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

It’s 20 years since the release of Clueless so we talk about the best high school movies and argue over whether Boyz n the Hood counts as one. Plus Trainwreck, Bree Newsome, and Bridget Everett’s “Gynecological Wonder”.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Sharpness by Jamie Woon
Oliver Wang - Stay in My Corner by The Arcs
Margaret Wappler - Light in Places by Peaches
Guy Branum - Ring of Keys from Fun Home

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

What video has made you laugh hardest on YouTube? (Thanks to WidePath in the MaxFun reddit for the question)

Margaret Wappler
Oliver Wang
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell

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Pop Rocket: Episode 28 Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy finally announces his official Summer Jam 2015.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 27 Rihanna’s BBHMM Video And Summer Reads

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Guy watching the Rihanna video before we started taping
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

We share our own hot-takes on Rihanna’s new Bitch Better Have My Money video. Is it about race? Is it about feminism? Is it awesome? Plus we share our best summer reads and Wynter celebrates the songs that she claims are bringing oral sex back.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Too Young by Post Malone
Oliver Wang - Gabby by The Internet Feat. Janelle Monae
Margaret Wappler - Feelin’ Good covered by Lauryn Hill
Guy Branum - Cool For The Summer by Demi Lovato

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Books recommended this week…

Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Intimacy Idiot by Isaac Oliver
The Belgariad by David Eddings
Executive Orders by Tom Clancy
You by Caroline Kepnes
Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Bloom
A Planet for Rent by Yoss
Diary of a Madman by Scarface
California: A Novel by Eden Lepucki
Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal

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Pop Rocket: Episode 26 UnReal, Vince Staples and Jumping the Shark

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Wynter, Margaret and Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn guests on an episode in which we decide which celebs will narrate our autobiographies, call out the elements of pop culture we think have jumped the shark and discover which member of the team is secretly into pool porn.

With Oliver Wang, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Jesse Thorn.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd
Oliver Wang - No Sleep by Janet Jackson
Margaret Wappler - Go by The Chemical Brothers Feat. Q-Tip
Jesse Thorn - Let Your Hair Down by The Temptations

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 25 Do I Sound Gay?

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The gang marvel at the young Patrick Swayze, discuss which characters in Game of Thrones are better at game of throning and go deep talking about the new David Thorpe documentary Do I Sound Gay? Plus handies and brain orgasms!

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Technically, Missing by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (From the Gone Girl soundtrack)
Oliver Wang - ASMR brain orgasms
Margaret Wappler - Deal by Miguel
Guy Branum - Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 24 OITNB, Rachel Dolezal & Jurassic World

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Wynter, Margaret, Guy and Oliver
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The gang share their fantasy contract riders, discuss the Rachel Dolezal debacle and take a team fieldtrip to see Jurassic World.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 023 Women’s World Cup & #ThatGamingCism

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Four Quadrants by Oliver Wang
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

MaxFun boss Jesse Thorn drops by for a #ThatCism update focussing on the lack of diversity in computer games characters. Plus the team share their favorite movies, TV shows or songs about their hometowns.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam:

Wynter Mitchell - Ascension Millenium by Corey Feldman
Oliver Wang - Nate by Vince Staples
Margaret Wappler - Swimming Pool by Emmy the Great

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

Other useful links this week…

Colorblind: On Witcher 3, Rust, and gaming's race problem by Tauriq Moosa
On The Witcher 3, Race, and Historicity by Austin Walker

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Pop Rocket: Episode 22 Official Summer Jams 2015 Search Committee

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Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Oliver Wang

The team are excited about Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover, the TV show Cucumber and the FIFA corruption investigation. But all that’s just a warm-up for Guy’s Official 2015 Summer Jam Search Committee.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

Submit a song to Guy’s Official 2015 Summer Jam Search Committee via our Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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