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Lee Unkrich, Director of Toy Story 3 and Pixar Veteran: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Lee Unkrich

Lee Unkrich is the director of Toy Story 3. He's worked at Pixar for more than 15 years, and co-directed Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. and Toy Story 2. Before he worked at Pixar, he was an editor in non-animated film = his credits include a TV movie called "Separated By Murder" and the erotic TV thriller Silk Stalkings.

Lee talked with us about being a non-animator in an animation company, and what his traditional film-making skills mean in a Pixar context. He also talks about introducing themes of mortality into kids' movie, and the pressure of making a Pixar film.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 138 - Debra DiGiovanni and Darcy Michael

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Darcy Michael

Comedians Debra DiGiovanni and Darcy Michael join us to talk about Halloween, having a law named after you, and lunchbags.

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Satirist Chris Morris, Writer-Director of Four Lions: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Chris Morris

Writer-director Chris Morris' new film, Four Lions, is a farce in an unexpected milieu: a terror cell. The film follows the lives of five British-born terrorists as they plan and attempt to execute a suicide bombing. Their efforts (and failures) were inspired by years of research by Morris, who tells us that he became fascinated by the real terrorism stories that struck him as funny. One group of bombers filled a boat with explosives, planning to blow it up alongside a US naval warship. The boat sank while they argued on the dock. Another terrorist was mocked by his compatriots for peeing too loud. He blamed the Jews who manufactured the too-thin bathroom door.

Four Lions was shortlisted for the World Cinema Narrative Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. As a guest on our show, Sundance programmer Trevor Groth told us that while the film was uproariously funny, its greatest achievement was in humanizing the would-be murderers who are its subject. Four Lions enters staged release on November 5th, distributed under the new Drafthouse Films banner.

Morris made his name in the UK and among comedy fans with a series of incisive news satires in the 1990s. The Day Today parodied newscasts with absurd, buffoonish reporters and ridiculous headlines like "Where Now For Man Raised By Puffins?" Steering the ship with utter conviction was Morris behind the anchor desk. The news magazine satire Brass Eye went even further, at one point convincing a Minister of Parliament to introduce a resolution against "cake," a drug that the show had made up out of whole cloth. Morris himself went undercover, asking real street dealers for made-up drugs until they threatened him with violence. Most recently, Morris was a regular on The IT Crowd, created by past Sound of Young America guest Graham Linehan. Another past Sound guest has also been a frequent collaborator: Armando Iannucci, director of In The Loop.

Chris Morris was named #11 in a poll of "comedians' comedians" conducted by the BBC in 2005, finishing one slot behind Richard Pryor, and ahead of comedy legends like Bill Hicks, Peter Sellers and Steve Martin.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 137 - Moshe Kasher

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Comedian Moshe Kasher joins us to say the most swears ever and talk about Australia. Meanwhile, Dave got engaged.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 150: Fiche or Famine with Todd Levin

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Todd Levin

Todd Levin talks about writing for Conan, not writing for Swamp People, and more.

His new book, "Sex: Our Bodies, Our Junk", can be found at
The Association for the Betterment of Sex website.

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William Gibson, author of "Zero History": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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William Gibson

William Gibson is a science fiction writer whose works increasingly take place in a realistic present. His latest book, Zero History, is about fashion, authenticity and identity. It's a freestanding third work in an informal trilogy, which also includes Pattern Recognition and Spook Country.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 149: Cocaine Disneyland with Greg Fitzsimmons

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Greg Fitzsimmons

Greg Fitzsimmons from Fitz-Dog Radio joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about the Sunset Strip, getting in fights and more.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 136 - AL Connors

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Improviser AL Connors joins us to talk waterslides, the Yukon, and if Graham would make a good Big Brother.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 148: Santa Cruz Holiday with Matt Besser

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Matt Besser

Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss celebrating 4/20 in Santa Cruz, restaurant staff etiquette, inappropriate jokes and more.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 135 - Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny

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Jamie Kilstein and Allison Kilkenny of Citizen Radio join us and it gets political, then it gets less political, then we talk about headbutting someone to death.

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