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Judge John Hodgman Episode 215: Great Balls of Ire

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Aron brings the case against his wife Molly. They recently moved into a new home, located next door to a public park. The kids playing in the park continually kick or throw balls over the fence, and the couple's yard is strewn with the balls. Aron and Molly can't agree on how best to return the balls and appease the kids. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Harish Krishnamoorthi named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Harish!

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International Waters: Episode 52 Live at MaxFunCon

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Photo by Kenneth Lecky
Guests: 
Paul F. Tompkins
Guests: 
Janie Haddad-Tompkins
Guests: 
Nadia Kamil
Guests: 
Helen Zaltzman

Paul F. Tompkins, Janie Haddad-Tompkins , Nadia Kamil and Helen Zaltzman join host, Dave Holmes up in Lake Arrowhead to face questions about Kate Moss, exploding creatures and classic summer movies.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunCon 2015 by Nick White, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jen Kirkman & Bryce Dessner

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Jen Kirkman
Guests: 
Bryce Dessner

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Jen Kirkman's Unapologetic, Unafraid Thoughts on Marriage, Divorce, and Comedy

Jen Kirkman is fierce when it comes to pain and fear and figuring stuff out, both in her stand up comedy and her writing. In her new stand up special I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine), a lot of her material is about getting married, getting divorced, and why she thinks we're all just doing our best. While her jokes about being divorced at 40 and physical aging could be sad sack in someone else's hands, Kirkman's take is unapologetic and unafraid. She's OK with those things. Why aren't we?

Kirkman explains how part of her opening sequence is an homage to Joan Rivers, how she found her audience after spending years playing rooms of alternative comedy fans, and why she thinks dying alone doesn't have to be a bad thing.

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Bryce Dessner on "The Day I Became an Artist"

Bryce Dessner is a classically educated composer and musician. He grew up playing classical guitar, piano and flute. He also plays guitar for the rock band The National.

As a kid, classical music was something he did by himself. That changed as he grew older, and he collaborated and played with friends and took on small commissions.

For "The Day I Became an Artist", he talked to us about a pivotal moment in his career as a composer -- writing his composition "Aheym" for the Kronos Quartet.

You can hear Dessner's music many ways -- a new recording of his composition Music for Wood and Strings was just released. You can hear him in the rock band The National. And if you want to hear his compositions live, you can find them being performed all over the world. Details of current performances are available on his website, BryceDessner.com.
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"The Red Umbrella", Saul Leiter (1957)

The Outshot: Saul Leiter

Jesse talks about the photographer Saul Leiter, whose great talent lay in not telling you the whole story.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 378 - Mark Chavez

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Guests: 
Mark Chavez

Mark Chavez returns to talk unruly passengers, the midnight sun, and professional soccer.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 381: Cherry Blast with Alie Ward and Dave Horwitz

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Guests: 
Alie Ward
Guests: 
Dave Horwitz

Fan favorites Alie Ward and Dave Horwitz join Jordan for a discussion of everyone's first kiss and virginity story, rhythmic vaping videos, and Alie's experience throwing out the first pitch at a Tigers game.

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One Bad Mother Episode 109: What Did That Baby Do To My Friend?

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One Bad Mother

What happens to a friendship when one friend suddenly has a baby, and the other remains child-free? This week, Biz and Theresa tackle questions about friendships submitted by our child-free listeners. From dealing with the crappy things that come out of new parents' mouths to trying to convince your friend that you really do want to hang out with her and her screaming baby, we try to take the pressure off by answering the questions that may feel hard to ask when friendships encounter big changes.

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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 Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 214: The Santa Suit

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Andy brings the case against his wife Virginia. Andy wants to share the spirit of Christmas and Santa all year long. Virginia wants to restrict it to the holiday season. Who's right? Who's wrong? (P.S. Parents who may be listening with children, this case deals with Santa! You catch our drift?)

Jeff Herbert named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Jeff!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Baron Davis & Paul Dano

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Baron Davis
Guests: 
Paul Dano

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"How Hard Are You Willing to Play for Nothing?" NBA All-Star Turned Documentarian Baron Davis on 'The Drew', LA's Pro-Am League

Baron Davis is a two-time NBA All-Star. He was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, and went on to play for several other teams before his most recent stint in the New York Knicks. He was barely middle-school age when he started playing in the Drew League, a pro-am league named after Charles R. Drew Junior High School in South Los Angeles. The Drew was a place for amateurs to play competitively, to begin careers, and help build existing ones. A number of NBA players, including Baron Davis, have returned to the Drew in the off-season to hone their skills. The Drew has also fostered a sense of community, and created a safe haven away from gang activity.

Davis joins us to talk about his early days in the Drew, recovering from injury, and why he turned to filmmaking.

The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce has its world premiere at the LA Film Festival this week.

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Paul Dano on Capturing Brian Wilson's Essence, Slapping Daniel Day-Lewis and Turning 30

The new biopic Love & Mercy shows Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys during two different periods of his life. Paul Dano plays Wilson during the production of the critically acclaimed album Pet Sounds, as Wilson experiments with drugs and descends a bit into darkness. John Cusack plays Wilson in the late 80s and early 90s, as he suffers under the control of his legal guardian and struggles to wrest himself free.

Dano takes on Wilson's quiet spirit and gives us a glimpse into the mind of a musical innovator. His past work includes a breakout role as a silent teenager in Little Miss Sunshine, a novelist in Ruby Sparks, a power-hungry young preacher in There Will Be Blood and an overseer in 12 Years a Slave.

He joins us to talk about how physically playing music helped him connect to his character, feeling out the dynamics of Wilson's relationship with his father, playing opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and what's changed since he turned 30.

Love & Mercy is in theaters now.

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The Outshot: Finding the Heart of a Song in Five Notes with "The Plum Blossom"

Jesse explains why he loves "The Plum Blossom", a beautiful song Yusef Lateef wrote for an instrument that only produces five notes.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 377 - Katie-Ellen Humphries

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Guests: 
Katie-Ellen Humphries

Katie-Ellen Humphries returns to talk sober raves, walking to work, and losing an earbud in your head.

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MBMBaM 255: Kangaroo Jack Blood

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This week, we offer a treatise on modern critical thought, and how our cultural needs and desires have shifted as the critical process has become more democratized. Also, we go deep into Guy Fieri.

Suggested talking points: On the Run, Dilbert Reviews, Fast Spies, Daniel Craigslist, Two Pizzas, G'Day USA, Deals Warlock, Fighter Spreadsheets, Agent Fieri, Sushi Candy

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