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Podcast: The Wire's Bubbles and Bunk: Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce

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Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce ("Bunk," above) and Andre Royo ("Bubbles") from HBO's brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn't just another cop show -- it's an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.

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Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 48: Crossover

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This week on the show Jesse and Jordan are joined by Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap from the Never Not Funny podcast.


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Podcast: The Best Music & Movies of 2007 with the editors of The Onion's AV Club

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This one's a podcast exclusive -- the best music and movies of the year for 2007. Managing editor Josh Modell runs down the music side, and Film Editor Scott Tobias runs down the world of film. You can find the full film list here, and the full music list here.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 28: French Festival

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

The Imposters pose as radio producers from France, inviting the public of San Francisco on a trip to their country - but under what conditions?

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Podcast: Burn to Shine with Brendan Canty

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This week, we talk with Brendan Canty. He's best known as the drummer for the punk rock band Fugazi, but he's also made his name as a record and film producer. We talk about his high concept music DVD series "Burn to Shine." Each DVD features a group of bands representing a regional rock scene, each of which play a song in a house that's slated to be burned down by the fire department. Brendan says he hopes each DVD captures a moment in the music scene of a certain place.

We also talk about how Brendan feels about making a new career after 17 years with Fugazi, and about being a rock & roll dad.

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Podcast: Chris Hardwick of Hard N Phirm and Wired Science

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Chris plays science with The Office's Rainn Wilson

Chris Hardwick started his television career as a pre-teen bowler, touring talk shows like "Mike Douglas," where he bowled against Jimmie Walker. He came to national prominence while still in college as the host of MTV's Singled Out. He's since forged a career as a comedian and comic singer-songwriter with his partner Mike Phirman as Hard N Phirm. Most recently, he's been co-host of the PBS series Wired Science.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 27: Musical Animals

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week the duo explore the idea of using animals as musical instruments.

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Podcast: Chris Elliott

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Chris Elliott is an alternative comedy legend. He began his career as a runner on Late Night with David Letterman, before becoming an iconic writer/performer on that show. He turned his fame into a bizarre sitcom called Get A Life and a perhaps even stranger film called Cabin Boy. More recently, he's appeared in films like There's Something About Mary, Groundhog Day and Scary Movie and in many TV shows, including The King of Queens and Everybody Loves Raymond. He's now an author, with a new novel called "Into Hot Air: Mounting Mount Everest."

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Podcast: Comedy: Wyatt Cenac

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Wyatt Cenac is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian. This performance was recorded at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica, California.

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Comedy from Schadenfreude, Team Submarine, The Second City and Hannibal Burress

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The first of two podcasts covering our live show at The Second City in Chicago. Later this week we'll hear my interview with Steve Albini, but first here's comedy from the show.

Schadenfreude open things up with some Chicago jokes (Rick Sutcliffe, anyone?), then Team Submarine duo their way into your hearts. The Second City Tourco knock one out of the park, then Chicago's Funniest Man Hannibal Burress tears the club down.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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