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Luis Guzman, star of How to Make It In America: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Luis Guzman

Luis Guzman is one of America's most successful character actors. He's appeared in dozens of films and television series, from Short Eyes in the 1970s to Miami Vice in the 1980s to Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights and The Limey in the 1990s. Now he's featured on the new HBO show How To Make It In America.

He talks with us about growing up in New York's Lower East Side, and about his work there as an activist and social worker. As a teen, he hung out at the legendary New Yorican Poets Cafe, watching poets and writers like Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsburg and Miguel Piñero, who cast Guzman in Short Eyes in the late 1970s, and got him his first television audition, for Miami Vice in the 1980s. Since then, Guzman has become a favorite of directors like P.T. Anderson and Steven Soderbergh, among others.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 126: Ziggy After Dark with Dave Holmes

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Dave Holmes

Dave Holmes joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about Hydrox cookies, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, pornographic Ziggy cartoons and more.

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Jordan Morris Ranks America: February 2010 on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Jordan Morris

Jordan Morris tells you what's what once again.

This month:
5. Hybrid Cars with Environmental Bumper Stickers
4. Greek Mythology
3. A Sexual Uncle
2. Television Garden Plans
1. A University Education

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Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch, Director and Producer of Lucky and Spellbound: Interview on The Sound of Young America at Sundance

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Bullseye
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Jeffrey Blitz
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Sean Welch

Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch Interview on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch were nominated for an Oscar for their first documentary feature, Spellbound. They made the film as a duo with money borrowed from credit cards - Blitz behind the camera, and Welch holding the microphone boom.

Blitz went on to direct the fictional feature Rocket Science (you can hear his interview on the show about that film here), as well as episodes of The Office.

Now, Blitz and Welch have a new documentary, called Lucky, about lottery winners. It premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, where we spoke to the pair.

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Trevor Groth, Director of Programming at the Sundance Film Festival: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Trevor Groth

Trevor Groth on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Trevor Groth is director of programming at the Sundance Film Festival. He started at the festival as a teenaged volunteer; today he's charged with reinvigorating its rebellious spirit. He and his team watch thousands of films each year, working to build a lineup for the world's most prestigious festival of independent film.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 125: Space Monarchy

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Xeni Jardin

Boing Boing co-editor and woman about town Xeni Jardin joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss the Prince Fan Club, the Olympics, and a cost-benefit analysis of making your own seltzer.

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Drunk History's Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner at Sundance: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Derek Waters
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Jeremy Konner

Drunk History on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner are the creator and director of Drunk History, a series of shorts in which comedians get very, very drunk, then re-tell their favorite stories from history. The stories are re-enacted, with drunken narration and dialogue, by notable actors. Past participants have included Michael Cera and Jack Black. At Sundance, Konner and Waters screened two shorts, one featuring the story of Tesla and Edison, with actors John C. Reilly (above) and Crispin Glover, and one telling the story of Lincoln and Douglass, who were portrayed by Will Ferrel and Don Cheadle.

"Drunk History: Douglass & Lincoln," narrated by past Jordan, Jesse, Go! guest Jen Kirkman, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film Festival. The new shorts will air as part of a new series on HBO, Funny or Die Presents, which premiers tonight.

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MaxFunCon Podcast Ep. 11: Merlin Mann

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Merlin Mann shared his thoughts on creativity and producing creative work in a very popular talk at last year's MaxFunCon.

Maybe you couldn't make it in 2009. Well, luckily enough for you, Merlin will be joining us again this year. In anticipation of next week's podcast, in which Jesse will be talking to him about his upcoming book, we're sharing the advice he gave at MaxFunCon 2009.

Merlin is great at breaking down the process of making art, or writing, or however you choose to be awesome and helping you think clearly about how you can stop stalling and just get started. So what are you waiting for? Help him help you by heading over to the MaxFunCon site to get the podcast.

Podcast: The College Years: First Impressions

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Joanne Gilbert
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Jeff Richards
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Harmon Leon

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: First Impressions.

Joanne Gilbert, former standup comic and doctor of philosophy, talks about her book Performing Marginality, a look at the roles of women in standup comedy.

Standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live and MadTV cast member Jeff Richards stops by to talk about his career and do some of his celebrity impressions.

He's also done the late-night circuit with appearances on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC's Late Friday, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


And finally, we're joined by Harmon Leon, a first-person journalist and funnyman who's written for Might Magazine, Esquire, Salon, This American Life, and Wired, among others. He's also published six books, including The Harmon Chronicles. You can find links to his writing and cultural commentary at his site, FreedomHaters.org.

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Biker Fox and Jeremy Lamberton of "Biker Fox": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Biker Fox
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Jeremy Lamberton

Biker Fox on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The cycling enthusiast, muscle car parts salesman, and wildlife worshipper Frank P. DeLarzelere III, aka Biker Fox, is both loved and loathed in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Director Jeremy Lamberton found himself fascinated with the character of Biker Fox, and set out to make a documentary feature about the complexities of his persona and lifestyle. The film explores the sometimes-strained relationships between Biker and the people of Tulsa. Biker Fox premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

BONUS: TSOYA documents some of Biker's characteristic attention-grabbing stunts on the streets of Park City.

Biker Fox Stunts at the Slamdance Film Festival on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

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