Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 402: Ho-Cabulary with Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander

Writer, actor and comedian Judah Friedlander joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Judah's interest in competitive table tennis, the guys' hot takes on pumpkin foods, and what it's like to pick fruit in New Jersey. Plus, Jesse has an update on The Eyes and Nose Light.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 234: Shut Your Pious Hole


Libby brings the case against her husband Aaron. Aaron is a minister by occupation, and thinks he should always be upfront about his job when meeting new people. Libby says he should play it cool till he gets to know them a bit better. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thanks to Peter Counter for this week's case name.

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One Bad Mother Episode 128: Playground Etiquette, plus guest Anna Lefler

One Bad Mother
Anna Lefler

Biz and Theresa talk about all the reasons we love playgrounds and all the reasons we fear them. Isn't it OK that some parents are following their kids around and others are letting their kids run free? Why do we feel so judgy and so judged?! Plus, Biz reaches a point of acceptance about the seemingly never-ending challenges that her youngest child poses and Theresa makes her LAST cup of coffee (sob!). And, we talk with the lovely and charming Anna Lefler, author of the enjoyable new novel, Preschooled.

Preschooled, by Anna Lefler


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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Ep. 26. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Nine


In this penultimate installment of a race that has gotten wildly, profoundly out of hand, our heroes take on a trio of automotive threats. Merle starts himself a convoy. Magnus fights a shark. Taako catches up with an old friend.

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TS210:Fish Mongers,Joe Jurden,Pickles,SxSW

Throwing Shade

Do you only like outer space when Sandra Bullocks is in it? Do you want Leah Remini to ruin your wedding? Are you worried that Compari will give you diarrhea? If the answer is yes then this episode is for you! This week Bryan tries to order pickles from the homophobic monster Joe Jurden, who after calling his employee a ‘cocksucker’ decided to fire him. And Erin calls out South by Southwest for cancelling a panel which was set to discuss sexual harassment in videos games, because of outside threats. Looks like Texas ain’t as tough as it seems. Still hungry for more? Call Joe Jurden at 913-956-5060 and place an order for pickles!

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Pop Rocket: Episode 44 Late Night TV

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Wynter, Guy, Margaret & Oliver
Pop Rocket

The team say goodbye to Grantland, consider whether Twitter's business model is broken and discuss the good, bad and ugly of TV's current Late Night offerings.

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

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Kathy Lee by Jessy Lanza
Oliver Wang - As One by Low Leaf
Margaret Wappler - Feel You by Julia Holter
Guy Branum - His interview with Margaret Atwood on this week's Bullseye With Jesse Thorn

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

Here's the Atlantic article we talked about on The Decay of Twitter

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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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Matt Braunger & Margaret Atwood

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Matt Braunger
Margaret Atwood

Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off next week in Los Angeles on Friday, November 13 with William H. Macy, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

Plus check us out in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly and DC with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, John Hodgman, Joel Hodgson, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and more. It's all at BullseyeTour.com. Don't miss it!

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Matt Braunger on Class Clowning, Trying Even if You Fail, and Teenage Rapping

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Matt Braunger always knew that he wanted a life in comedy. He was so sure of this career path that he never seriously considered a backup plan. It was, as he puts it, comedy or die.

Thankfully, it’s been the former and his observant sense of humor is on full display in his latest comedy special, Big Dumb Animal. Along with being a cast member on the final season of the sketch comedy show, MADtv, he’s acted on numerous television shows including the United States of Tara and Pushing Daisies. He’s also made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Chelsea Lately.

Braunger joins Jesse to talk about playing the dumb, clueless husband in television commercials, how he’s worked to be less negative and enjoy the present moment, and why it’s so important to try (even if you fail).

Big Dumb Animal is available now for streaming on Netflix.

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Margaret Atwood on Sex in 'The Heart Goes Last', Childhood Brutishness and Shakespeare

Canadian-born author and poet Margaret Atwood has had an extremely successful career as writer, despite, as she relays to us, the fact that she was not the most memorable or exceptional English student. Her work includes the novels Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale as well as many volumes of poetry, and often deals with feminism and politics.

Her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last is a dark comic take on the near future, where lawful people are imprisoned and the lawless are free. The narrative was first introduced to readers in serial form on the website Byliner, and takes on its full shape as a novel which explores issue of sexuality and sexual politics.

Atwood spoke with our contributor Guy Branum to discuss why she believes a novel is an opportunity to share an experience rather than a pulpit from which to preach, delves into her favorite aspects of Shakespeare, and shares her favorite version of her own origin story as a writer.

The Heart Goes Last is available now.

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The Outshot: The Sound of the Apocalypse

In 1977, the country of Jamaica was in economic and social turmoil. Only 15 years after it gained its independence, the country was experiencing difficulties that some believed were signs of the coming apocalypse, specifically on the date of July 7, 1977, the day the two sevens would clash. Jesse shares how the voice of hope came in the form of Joseph Hill, the frontman of a reggae band called Culture.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 398 - Charlie Demers

Charlie Demers

Comedian and author Charlie Demers returns to talk phone booths, Calgary, and window seats.

Download episode 398 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 275: The Podcast Krampus


The Podcast Krampus done got us again, but good. We lost half an episode to his insatiable maw, but we managed to produce another half-episode to make up for it. Better luck next time, Podcast Krampus, you absolute dingleberry.

Suggested talking points: That Creep, Pizza Crime, Switch Witch, C6, A Raging Zordon, Finder's Fee, Full Court Baseball

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 401: M.R.E.A.M. with Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan

Writer Sarah Morgan joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of mangos and other foods that they've changed their minds about as an adult, Jesse's visit to a taco truck in Hawaii, and the Elvira show at Knott's Scary Farm.

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