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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Host of NOVA scienceNOW: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Neil deGrasse Tyson

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called That Is All.

John talks of other universes with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the layperson likely knows him as the host of StarTalk Radio and the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW.

His upcoming projects include a new version of the TV series Cosmos -- originally hosted by Carl Sagan -- and a new book titled Space Chronicles.

He talks to us about how money for space exploration stacks up to other spending, his personal space travel dreams, the Cosmos series reboot, and more.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 183 - Chris Casillan

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Chris Casillan

Improviser Chris Casillan joins us to talk about Entourage, bike theft, and shoelaces.

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George R. R. Martin, Author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" Series: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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George R. R. Martin

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called THAT IS ALL.

He speaks with George R. R. Martin author of the very popular series of fantasy books called, collectively, A Song of Ice and Fire. The most recent installment is A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five. The series was recently adapted for the acclaimed HBO show A Game of Thrones. Martin joins us to talk about creating a fantasy universe, (very) involved fans, and more.

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JOHN HODGMAN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm John Hodgman in for Jesse Thorn. My guest is George R.R. Martin; he is the author of an extremely popular series of fantasy novels collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. There will eventually be seven of them, the most recent, the fifth is called A Dance with Dragons. It was published in July after a several year wait. Martin has received numerous awards for his writing and was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2011, named by me, by the way. I wrote the piece.

A Song of Ice and Fire was recently adapted into the HBO series A Game of Thrones. He's also written some of the scripts for the television version, including its pilot. Here's a clip from that episode. In it, King Robert, played by Mark Addy, has just brought on Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, to be his second in command, The King's Hand.

First of all, George R.R. Martin, congratulations on all of the recent success of the TV show and the new book, A Dance with Dragons, and getting that done and out there and the number one best selling success of it all.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Thank you very much. It has been a pretty exciting year.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 72: Propositions

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This week's episode is all about fresh experiences, like Travis' new horrible segment, or the first Pumpkin Spice Latte after a year of not drinking Pumpkin Spice Lattes. Out with the old, in with the new! (Actually, we're keeping the old.)

Suggested talking points: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Open the Briefcase, Stoneymoon, Extraordinary Accent, Sad Libs, Jerk-It Sheath, Bounce O' Clock, Get Busy Living Together

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 192: Cool Papa Bell with Rob Huebel

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Rob Huebel

Rob Huebel joins Jesse and Jordan, and puppy adoption talk turns dark, along with almost every other subject anyone brings up. Except MILF Island. That subject maintains a pretty steady keel.

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"Retromania" with Simon Reynolds: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Is cultural innovation at risk when we indulge in an obsessive love of retro? Music critic Simon Reynolds joins us to talk about how songs can be more unimaginative when we have unprecedented access to decades' worth of past music, the trouble with searching out authenticity, the loop of musicians re-creating old sounds, and more.

Simon Reynolds has been on a guest on the program before, to discuss his book on post-punk, Rip It Up and Start Again.

Simon's new book is Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past.

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JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is Simon Reynolds, he's a music writer who's written most extensively about electronic influenced music and electronic influenced rock music, including a book about post-punk rock and roll called Rip It Up and Start Again, the seminal history of rave in the 1990s, and now he's the author of Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past. It's about the almost complete lack of anything new aesthetically, particularly in the world of music, and particularly in the world of rock music, in the past ten years and what that means for our cultural future. Simon, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.

SIMON REYNOLDS: Thanks for having me back on the show.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 182 - Christine Bortolin

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Actress and improviser Christine Bortolin joins us to talk about Adam Sandler's friends, guinea pigs, and Archie comics. Also, Drunk Dials.

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Nicolas Winding Refn, Director of "Drive": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Ryan Gosling with director Nicolas Winding Refn, L, on set
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Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is the Danish director of the new film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Refn had a very specific vision for the film, which included trance-like music and throwbacks to the aesthetics of films of his childhood. Drive is a moody thriller that combines elements of fairy tale, noir, 80s pop and 70s grit. The film won Refn the Best Director award at Cannes.

Drive opens in theaters nationwide on September 16th.

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JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Nicolas Winding Refn grew up in the world of cinema. His father, Anders, edited the Danish classics Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark for director Lars Von Trier, among dozens of other films. He grew up in Denmark, but spend his teenage years in New York City. He briefly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before being expelled, allegedly for throwing a chair into a wall, and passed up one of six slots at a very prestigious Danish film institute when he had the opportunity to develop what had been his application short film into a feature. That movie, Pusher, went on to become a European cult crime classic.

His new film is his first American production. It's called Drive. It won Refn the directing prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Its nearly silent protagonist played by Ryan Gosling is a professional stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. It's a movie that somehow both brutal and serene, and because the main character almost never talks, it's tough for us to encapsulate with a clip of dialogue. So instead, suffice it to say that on those evenings when he isn't committing a crime, the protagonist called the driver cruises the roads of Los Angeles listening to music like this.

Nicolas, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

NICOLAS WINDING REFN: Thank you.

JESSE THORN: It's really great to have you on the show. I want to ask you, having only seen one passing reference to you throwing a chair into a wall at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I thought I would go to the horse's mouth and find out what got you booted.

NICOLAS WINDING REFN: It was a table instead of a chair. It was great because I hated authority anyways, so it didn't turn out the way I thought it was going to be, but that was maybe good, because if it hadn't maybe I wouldn't be sitting here. So I was the happiest person smashing a table into the wall and being told that was unacceptable.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 71: Swaddling

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We come to a consensus pretty late in this week's episode that it is, against all odds, our yuckiest hour of programming to date. We suggest listening to it in a warm bath, so's all the yuckiness from our mouth-words washes off instantantly.

Suggested talking points: Hug Your Hound, Zune of Love, BBFFE, Bonejockeys, Doctor Llama, Babypolice, Wyngz, Roommate Date, What a Love, The Road, Destineeeeeeeee, Superman

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 191: Lazer Buxx with Joshua Malina

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Joshua Malina, star of The West Wing, Sportsnight and the hilarious web series Backwash, joins Jesse and Jordan to create a gymnasium for Hasidic teens and more.

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