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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chuck Klosterman

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Chuck Klosterman
Guests: 
Karina Longworth
Guests: 
Phillip Crandall

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Chuck Klosterman Explores Villainy with Kanye, Batman, LeBron: What Makes Someone a "Bad Guy"?

Chuck Klosterman has been thinking and writing about culture for over a decade. He's written several essay collections, nonfiction and novels, and for the past few years, he's written the weekly column as the "Ethicist" for the New York Times Magazine. In his newest book, he takes on, well… bad guys.

Klosterman looks at athletes, musicians, politicians, vigilantes and even fictional characters who have been framed as villains -- from Bill Clinton to Darth Vader to LeBron James -- and tries to deconstruct the stories we tell about them in I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined). The book is now available in paperback.

Klosterman tells us how we've got Machiavelli all wrong, why Batman works great as a fictional construct but fails as a real person, and why it's so easy to villainize professional athletes.

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Time Traveling Back to Early 80s Punk with 'Smithereens' and 'We Are the Best!'

Film critic Karina Longworth invites you to time travel back to the early 1980s to explore the punk rock dreams of young girls in Smithereens and We are the Best!.

She suggests checking out Smithereens from 1982, a kind of prequel to director Susan Seidelman's Desperately Seeking Susan, for the time capsule of 1980s fashions and New York City street scenes.

If you want a pure breath of fresh air and fun, go with 2013's We Are The Best!, a Danish-Swedish film from director Lukas Moodysson. An adaptation of a comic book authored by his wife Coco, the movie follows a crew of young girls in Stockholm who found respite from the cruelties of middle school in punk rock.

Longworth hosts the podcast You Must Remember This, which explores forgotten bits of Hollywood history.

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Hey You, Let's Party: Andrew WK and the Party Philosophy of "I Get Wet"

This week, Phillip Crandall takes on Andrew W.K.'s 2001 debut, I Get Wet. At the time of its release, the album got a lot of flack. A lot of people just weren't sure what to make of it. The cover art was a gory photo of Andrew with blood running down his face, the song titles and lyrics were absurdly simplistic. A critic at Pitchfork gave it the abysmal rating of 0.6 out of 10. Ten years later, Pitchfork reviewed the reissued record, and gave it an 8.6. What gives? Well, Crandall says the album has a purpose and a message that endures.

Phillip Crandall is the author of a critical analysis of I Get Wet for Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series.

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The Outshot: Stuart Saves His Family and Drawing from the SNL Well

Lots of recurring characters and sketches from Saturday Night Live have spawned feature films. Some of them are great, and some don't hold up well for 90 minutes of screentime. Jesse takes a look at the Al Franken vehicle Stuart Saves His Family, because "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!"

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 337 - Toby Hargrave

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Toby Hargrave

Comedian Toby Hargrave joins us to talk horse medicine, deep fried foods, and party buses.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 340: Sexual Icons with Nate DiMeo

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Writer and podcaster Nate DiMeo joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the discussion of Space Jam, videos of people playing video games, and Jordan's trip to Six Flags.

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International Waters: Episode 33 Edición Español

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Danielle, Nadia, Dave, Brent and Shawn
Guests: 
Brent Forrester
Guests: 
Danielle Ward
Guests: 
Nadia Kamil
Guests: 
Shawn Pearlman

American Office and Simpsons writing legend Brent Forrester and Shawn Pearlman take on Brits Danielle Ward and Nadia Kamil for pop-culture quizzing and Pumpkin Spiced Lattes with Dave Holmes.

Everyone’s together in the MaxFun LA studio again and we sample seasonal coffee, learn about buttsteaks and test our teams’ TV detective knowledge.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos.

Other useful links this week:

Shawn Pearlman’s going to be at the New York Comedy Festival with and runs The Comedy Palace, every Thursday at the Palace restaurant in LA.

Brent Forrester thinks you should check out comedian, Paul Rust.

Danielle Ward has two of the musicals she took to the Edinburgh Fringe up on Soundcloud and recommends fellow British comedians Bridget Christie and Sara Pascoe.

Nadia Kamil will be touring the North Eastern United States in October as part of the International Grown-Up Lady Tour, and is currently enjoying the books of Margaret Attwood.

And finally, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on September 12th and recommends
Whit Stillman’s new show on Netflix.

Let us know what you think or suggest guests on the forum or Facebook page and please follow us on Twitter, ya goof!

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One Bad Mother Episode 70: Mom in the Mirror, with guest Deborah Feingold

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One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Deborah Feingold

Biz and Theresa try to figure out how our childhood memories and images of moms fit -- or don't -- with how we see ourselves now that we're moms. There's a good chance we're over-thinking it. Plus, Biz discovers that the kindergarten playground may be one step away from a prison yard and Theresa makes parenting look easy. We speak with Deborah Feingold who has photographed everyone from Bono to Clinton, about her new book Music, a collection of her most iconic images, and she lays some serious mom-insight bombs on us that may be the answers to all our over-thinking.

Deborah Feingold: Music
DeborahFeingold.com

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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)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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TS151: Ice Buckets, Michelle Duggar,NY Post Catcalling, with Guest Tanlines

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Throwing Shade

Erin challenged Bryan to throw ice for ALS! So instead he's just gonna write them a check. Also, Queen of Bangs Michelle Duggar of "19 Kids and Counting" said some incredibly stupid things about trans women. And finally, indie super-duo Tanlines drop by to talk about everything from the Ying-Yang twins to Google to Bernadette Peters. Also, can you climax standing up?  

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Takei and Damian Abraham of ****ed Up

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Bullseye
Guests: 
George Takei
Guests: 
Damian Abraham
Guests: 
Carolyn Kellogg

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If you're in Los Angeles, come hang with us at a cemetery this October. For real! It's how we're kicking off MaxFunWeek. Find details and ticket information here for our upcoming live show on 10/15 at Hollywood Forever's Masonic Lodge.

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What Is it Like "To Be Takei"? George Takei on Growing Up Japanese-American (and Gay), Acting Challenges and Yes, 'Star Trek'

Star Trek: The Original Series broke ground with its debut in 1966. The show had a multiethnic cast, and creator Gene Roddenberry tackled social issues in a futuristic setting. George Takei was an original castmember, and helped paved the way for Asian-American actors on television with his character Hikaru Sulu.

Takei went on to reprise his role in the animated Star Trek series and six Star Trek movies. He's also accumulated dozens of other acting and voiceover credits, from the 1956 Japanese monster movie Rodan, to The Simpsons, to Heroes.

But the new documentary To Be Takei goes beyond his acting career to show Takei's remarkable backstory and his positivity in the face of adversity. Before he even began kindergarten, he and his family were ordered at gunpoint to a U.S. internment camp for Japanese-Americans. In puberty, he realized that his emerging crushes were on boys, not girls. Takei chose to remain closeted for decades, to shelter his acting career from any fallout over his sexuality.

Takei spoke to us about his family's struggle to retain normalcy during and after their imprisonment in an American internment camp, starring in the Twilight Zone episode that America couldn't handle, and the impact that being gay has had on his personal and professional life. (Yes, there's a Star Trek question in there too.)

To Be Takei is now in theaters and available on VOD.

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Satisfying Thrills, Chills and Noir: Carolyn Kellogg on New Books

Los Angeles Times book critic Carolyn Kellogg stops by to talk about two innovative new books that should satisfy your need for thrills and chills, or noir-ish detectives and dames.

Her first recommendation is Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes, a supernatural detective story set in present-day Detroit.

She also suggests checking out Kill My Mother, by acclaimed cartoonist and writer Jules Feiffer. It's a graphic novel which gives a new twist on noir.

Carolyn Kellogg covers books for the Los Angeles Times. You can find her writing online in the Times' book blog, Jacket Copy or follow her on Twitter @paperhaus.

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"Music by Participation": Damian Abraham of ****ed Up on Finding Punk Rock

What happens when a hardcore band makes a rock opera, or quadruple tracks their drums, or writes a beautiful love song? Damian Abraham's band, ****ed Up, has done all of that and more. They started back in 2001, and have only gotten more ambitious over time.

Abraham, also known as Father Damian or Pink Eyes, got his first taste of punk rock as a fourteen-year-old, when the lead singer of the band he was seeing jumped off stage and tackled him and his friends. Abraham loved that punk wasn't "music by observation", it was "music by participation".

He talks to us about what it's like to have punk rock be your life and career, the circumstances that spurred his decision to drop his straightedge lifestyle, and the aesthetics of his music.

****ed Up's newest album is Glass Boys. The band will wrap up a string of U.S. tourdates shortly, and will tour Canada in September.

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The Outshot: 'Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women'

Jesse thinks you too might be charmed by magician Ricky Jay's history of Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 336 - Alicia Tobin

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Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin returns to talk murder TV, parking lot attendants, and Winnipeg.

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MBMBaM 214: Face 2 Face X: Craigslist Croutons

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We did this live show in Los Angeles a few months ago, but that just means the goofs have ripened and fermented for peak flavor. We'll be back with your regularly scheduled fraternal advice next week!

Suggested talking points: Fancy, Shumwaying, Sexy Wii Bowling, Great Job Robber, Dirty Truth or Dare, Truck Bed Contagion, A Puzzle of Flesh, Creating a Human Life, Horse Cons, Super Neutered

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 339: King Frizz with Matt Belknap

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Matt Belknap

Podcaster Matt Belknap joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of hidden talents, business ideas, and Jordan's first ultimate frisbee game.

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