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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 279: The Optometrist's Daughter with Alison Becker

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Alison Becker

Alison Becker joins Jordan and Jesse for a comparison of spa experiences, an exploration of American Girl dolls, and a discussion of a new exercise technique.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 156: The Sound of One Hand Twerking

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We're sorry for missing last week's episode, but we think you'll agree that the show has improved with one week's rest. Like, this week, we talk enthusiastically about horses. When was the last time we had the energy to do that?

Suggested talking points: Fat Pipes, Syncing Up, Horse Stack, Morrissey Hair, Ironic Tiesto, Whistlin' Sarah, Papa Pockets

One Bad Mother Episode 15: Father's Day, with guests Al Madrigal, Jesse Thorn, and Stefan Lawrence

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On this Very Special Episode of One Bad Mother, Biz and Theresa celebrate Father's Day! We talk about our own dads and discover that despite every single television advertisement we've ever seen, all dads might not be total idiots.

We call Al Madrigal, comedian, Daily Show Correspondent, and one of the hosts of the podcast Minivan Men, to talk dad stuff and get some advice. We're also joined by our husbands for a Very Special genius and fail segment this week!

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Minivan Men, with Al Madrigal, Chris Spencer, and Maz Jobrani
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
"But You Love Me, Daddy (with Jim Reeves)" by R. Stevie Moore (http://www.rsteviemoore.com/)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans (www.cornbreadted.com and available on iTunes)

Judge John Hodgman Episode 114: Fitness for the Prosecution

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Melissa brings the case against her boyfriend, Henry. She's been looking for a way for Henry and her friends to bond, and thinks she's found the solution -- teaming up for a charity mud race. But Henry wants to opt out of the race, citing a forced atmosphere of fun and camaraderie. Must he join Melissa and her friends? Only one man can decide.

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Special thanks to Philip Schaefer and Glen K. Amo for this week's title!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band, Mark Frauenfelder

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Mark Frauenfelder Recommends: "Good Dog" and Super Durak

Mark Frauenfelder, founder of BoingBoing and host of the Gweek podcast joins us to weigh on his latest obsessions in the form of geeky pop culture. This time, it's Graham Chaffee's Good Dog and the virtual version of Russian card game Super Durak, for iOs.

Chaffee's book, out this week, is a tour through a stray dog's life as he weighs a life of independence against the security of being a house pet, exploring the psychology of dogs in a vein similar to White Fang. Frauenfelder also suggests downloading the Super Durak app for a card game with a unique twist -- there are no winners.

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Charlie Wilson: Creating Funk Jams with the Gap Band, Overcoming Addiction, and Recovering a Career

From his years as the frontman of the funk-R&B group the Gap Band, to singing hooks for rappers like Snoop Dogg and Kanye West, to his solo career recording R&B hits in his airy tenor, Charlie Wilson has been all about music. He grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of a Pentecostal preacher and a music minister mother. Wilson spent his early years singing for his father's congregation and formed the Gap Band with his brothers, Ronnie and Robert, as a teenager.

In the late 1970s and early 80s, the Gap Band took their signature funk and R&B sound and made chart-topping hits like "Burn Rubber on Me", "Outstanding", "You Dropped a Bomb on Me", and "Party Train". The band's management was rocky in the mid 1980s, and Wilson's life took a downturn. A few years later, he was addicted to drugs and living on the streets. But a love for music and sense of pride helped right the course, and he retooled his career into Grammy-nominated solo work.
Wilson talks to us about crafting the now-classic sounds of the Gap Band, encounters with Stevie Wonder and Sly Stone, and why he returned to music after years of isolation and addiction.

Charlie Wilson's newest record is Love, Charlie. He'll receive BET's Lifetime Achievement Award on June 30th.

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Comedy: Al Madrigal Meets the "Cholo Soccer Dad"

There's a very specific kind of subculture you might encounter in East Los Angeles. Al Madrigal explains his encounter with it in this clip from his new stand up special, Why Is the Rabbit Crying?.

Al Madrigal is a stand up comic. You can catch him on the road in selected cities this summer and fall, and on TV as The Daily Show's Latino Correspondent.

The Outshot: "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton" by The Mountain Goats

Jesse explores a song about two high school friends, a death metal band, and dreams. It's "The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton".

The Mountain Goats are on tour this summer. You can find those dates on their website.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 273 - Kyle Bottom

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Comedian Kyle Bottom returns to talk giving up World of Warcraft, a bizarre plant woman, and an electrifying city crew. We also count down the top 10 horses.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 278: Herman's Headache with Rhea Butcher

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Comedian and podcaster Rhea Butcher joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of skateboarding, Taco Bell, organizing remotes, and everyone eats some european candy sent in by a listener.

One Bad Mother Episode 14: Don't Say Mommy Brain, with guest Anne Kreamer

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Anne Kreamer

Biz and Theresa speak with author Anne Kreamer about the science of emotions in the workplace and what happens to our brains after having a baby. And we decide that moms have SUPERBRAINS.

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It's Always Personal: Navigating Emotion in the New Workplace, By Anne Kreamer
Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood, Authenticity, and Everything Else That Really Matters, By Anne Kreamer
Anne's blog, Make Life Work
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans (www.cornbreadted.com and available on iTunes)

Judge John Hodgman Episode 113: Uniform Code of Podcast Justice

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Sports! Paul brings the case against his friend Jeremy. Paul loves to wear his favorite baseball team's gear to games, even when that team isn't playing the game. Jeremy says that this practice is in bad taste. Who's right?

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Special thanks to listener Ranjit Bhatnagar, Jason Richards and Jesse Lansner who all sent in the suggestion for this week's title!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Weird Al, Geoff Nunberg, Andrew Noz

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Weird Al Yankovic
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Hip Hop with Andrew Noz: DJ Quik's Pacific Coast Remix and Rammellzee's Beat Bop

Hip hop blogger and Pitchfork columnist Andrew Noz joins us with a couple of his all-time favorite hip hop tracks. His first recommendation is Pacific Coast Remix by DJ Quik (featuring Ludacris), a track devoted to sunny Los Angeles's dark side. He also suggests checking out the 1983 track Beat Bop by Rammellzee and K-Rob. It's a song from an era where the uptown and downtown communities mingled in a way that the rap world would rarely see again.


Weird Al Yankovic: King of Parody

Weird Al Yankovic is the undisputed king of parody music. Inspired by the novelty songs he heard on broadcasts of The Dr. Demento Show, Yankovic began writing his own comedy songs for the accordion -- starting with a love song to his parents' car, entitled Belvedere Cruisin'.

He sat down with us in 2011, before his album Alpocalypse was released. He talks about his food parodies (think "Eat It"), his special talent for rapping, and having an unusually long and successful career for a parodist (or musician of any kind).

Weird Al just kicked off a nationwide summer tour. He's also just released a new children's book, My New Teacher and Me. You can find more information .


Linguist Geoff Nunberg on The First Sixty Years of Assholism

Geoff Nunberg is a professor at UC Berkeley, the resident linguist of Fresh Air, and the author of Ascent of the A-Word: Assholism, the First Sixty Years. He talks to us about his studies into the word "asshole," which began life as a bit of slang used by WWII servicemen and has come to envelop the concept of modern incivility.

We spoke in 2012. The book is now out in paperback.

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The Outshot: The Late Show with David Letterman

Jesse explains what makes David Letterman such an especially gifted late night host in a world of very good late night hosts.

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