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Getting Curious: Episode 10 What Are Strokes?

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Show: 
Getting Curious
Guests: 
Jonathan Van Ness
Guests: 
Lina Nih

Jonathan sits down with Dr. Lina Nih to talk about what causes strokes, how to detect a possible stroke, and what medical researchers are doing to better treat stroke victims.

With Jonathan Van Ness and guest, Lina Nih.

More information: Segura Lab

You can find Jonathan on Twitter @TheGayOfThrones or follow him on his Instagram Gay of Thrones.
The Getting Curious Facebook group is here and you can follow us on Twitter @Getting_Curious on Twitter.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Thao Nguyen & Lance Bangs

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Thao Nguyen
Guests: 
Lance Bangs

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Photo: Mike Windle / Getty Images

Thao Nguyen on 80s Pop Music, Collaboration and Familial Estrangement

Thao Nguyen began her career as a singer-songwriter in her teens, while making change for customers at her mother’s laundromat. Her musical influences include country, folk and hip-hop, but her music is uniquely her own.

Her latest album as the frontwoman of the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down is called A Man Alive, and takes its inspiration from Thao's complicated relationship with her father. Their estrangement began when Thao was a teenager and has continued into her adulthood. Her feelings of affection and resentment results in a musical experience that is both raw and intimate.

Thao Nguyen sat down with Jesse to talk about the importance of her collaboration with producer Merrill Garbus in the making of the album, the diversity of her early musical influences and the struggle to fit in while growing up as a Vietnamese-American.

Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's new album, A Man Alive is available now. The band is currently on a cross country tour; you can find those tourdates here.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Lance Bangs on His Intimate Approach to Filmmaking, Working on 'Jackass' and Exploring the Messy Living Habits of Stand-Up Comics in 'Flophouse'

Lance Bangs is the kind of filmmaker who would prefer jumping into the backseat of a car with a camera than being responsible for a huge budget and massive crew. His intimate approach to filmmaking has been appreciated and sought after not only for films and television, but also numerous music videos for performers including Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Green Day, Arcade Fire, REM and Kanye West.

He was even brought on to help film the intimate relationships within the MTV reality show Jackass, which focused on its talent performing incredibly dangerous and crude pranks and stunts.

Lance Bangs’ latest television show is the new Viceland series Flophouse. The show profiles the lives of up-and-coming stand-up comics and the sometimes questionable living conditions they live under while trying to make career for themselves in comedy.

Lance Bangs joined Jesse to talk about his why he prefers his intimate approach to filmmaking, his memories of working on Jackass and why he is attracted to the world of comedy.

The first season of Flophouse is airing now on Viceland Thursdays at 10:30pm.

The Outshot: Black Sabbath’s Paranoid

Jesse talks about the emotional depth to be found in Black Sabbath’s 1970 album, Paranoid.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 420 - Clare Belford

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Guests: 
Clare Belford

Comedian Clare Belford joins us to talk about dates, coyotes, and spooky Russian stuff.
Download episode 420 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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MBMBaM 297: Justin Wide

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Happy belated April Fools' Day everyone! That's when we recorded this episode, and hoo boy, apparently our prank on you is that we have prepared an episode that discusses, to an obsessive degree, Julius Caesar's ancient gastrointestinal distress.

Suggested talking points: A Great April Fools Goof, Tweet Narc, Toilet Mysteries, Recycle Justice, Camp Pranks, Roscoe the Potato Man, Party Baby, Ghost Clothes

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 422: Friendship Charisma with Michael Showalter and Karen Kilgariff

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Guests: 
Michael Showalter
Guests: 
Karen Kilgariff

Michael Showalter joins Jesse and special guest co-host Karen Kigariff for a discussion of his new movie Hello, My Name is Doris, the most charismatic people Jesse has ever met, and Karen's experience working on The Marriage Ref with Jerry Seinfeld.

International Waters: Episode 71 Peas Is Problematic

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Janet, Dave and Kulap
Guests: 
Kulap Vilaysack
Guests: 
Janet Varney
Guests: 
Ben Partridge
Guests: 
Tiffany Stevenson
Guests: 
Dave Holmes

Kulap Vilaysack, Janet Varney, Ben Partridge and Tiffany Stevenson join host, Dave Holmes for stories about dumb crimes, old timey musicians and chicken fights.

Links:
Kulap Vilaysack wants to plug her SeeSo.com show Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and recommends FX Network comedyYou're The Worst.

Janet Varney wants to plug her podcast The JV Club and is on Twitter Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.

Ben Partridge wants to plug his podcast The Beef and Dairy Network and his BBC sketch show Small Scenes and recommends mid-aughts era of US reality show Celebrity Apprentice.

Tiffany Stevenson wants to plug her BBC show People Just Do Nothing and is on Twitter @TiffStevenson and recommends Salt-N-Pepa, the new Netflix showLove and New York comedian Jenna Friedman.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. His book Party Of One comes out June 28th and is available for pre-order now. Dave would like to recommend Super Ex Girlfriend.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

TS228: Queen of Teetha,Liberty Holes,TRAP Laws,Conscious Period

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Show: 
Throwing Shade

We did it you guys! Thank you to everyone who donated to the MaxFun drive! Okay enough with the fun because there's been another win for bigotry in North Carolina AND in Indiana, two states that I guess we need to start paying attention to now. Also the brains behind the amazing company Conscious Period are here and they are flowing with tampon puns!

Pop Rocket: Episode 65 Gaming with Soha Kareem & Hal Lublin

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Hal, Soha, Oliver and Wynter
Show: 
Pop Rocket
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Soha Kareem
Guests: 
Hal Lublin

Wynter hosts an episode dedicated to gaming culture, how different generations are engaging with games and whether VR headsets are going to stop making users nauseous any time soon.

With Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and guests Soha Kareem and Hal Lublin.

You should probably subscribe to Hal's MaxFun podcast, We Got This.

That’s My Jam:
Wynter Mitchell - Diamonds on My Neck by Smitty
Oliver Wang - You Make Me So Happy by Les Vikings
Soha Kareem - If I Had A Tail by Queens of the Stoneage
Hal Lublin - Tired of Being Alone by Al Green

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

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

Produced by Colin Anderson & Christian Dueñas for MaximumFun.org.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 255: Anecdontal Evidence

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Guests: 
Teresa McElroy

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for your support during the MaxFunDrive! We won't bother you for another year. And if you missed it, you can still join anytime at www.maximumfun.org/donate. We always appreciate your support.

With expert witness Teresa McElroy of Shmanners! Bob brings the case against his fiancee Alessandra. They have a "no boring stories" policy when they are at home together. Now Alessandra wants an exception for stories about the workplace. Should they change the rules? Only one man can decide.

Thanks to Jesse Huston for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bob Odenkirk & Rickey Vincent

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THANK YOU to everyone who donated to support Bullseye during this year's MaxFunDrive. We're proud to announce that over 9,400 of you joined or upgraded your memberships this year. That's HUGE, and we're so grateful for your support.


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Bob Odenkirk: Cult-Comedy Icon, Reluctant Celebrity

Millions of Breaking Bad fans know Bob Odenkirk as sleazy criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman. He has reprised the role the spin-off show Better Call Saul which is in its second season.

But comedy fans already knew about Odenkirk from another show -- Mr. Show with Bob and David. Odenkirk’s outrageous and profanity-ridden outbursts were a staple of his performances and helped make him a cult-comedy icon.

Before that he wrote for Saturday Night Live. Perhaps his most notable work was co-writing the sketch Down by the River The bit featured a 35-year-old divorcee motivational speaker played by Chris Farley and is considered one of the best sketches in the history of the SNL.

When Mr. Show ended, Odenkirk appeared in a number of one-off roles for TV before working behind the camera. He directed Let’s Go to Prison, Melvin Goes to Dinner and The Brothers Solomon. Even though he loves directing, it’ll be a while before he decides to gives it another shot. He’ll explain.

Odenkirk talks to us about why writing timeless humor is so difficult, transitioning from comedy to drama and why he still doesn’t consider himself a celebrity.

Odenkirk will also read a selection from his collection of short-fiction humor. It’s called A Load of Hooey and is available now.

Better Call Saul airs Monday nights at 10 pm on AMC.

Cannonball: Touring Parliament's Mothership Connection with Rickey Vincent

Every so often we like to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. It's Cannonball.

This week we're joined by author, historian and self-described funkateer, Rickey Vincent. He's going to talk about Parliament's landmark R&B album, Mothership Connection. The album is at once a celebration of the past and a glimpse into the future. It touches on a lot of traditional soul ideas, but delivered with a new funky edge. Vincent will explain more.

Vincent's recent book is called PARTY MUSIC: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. You can also hear his radio show The History of Funk on KPFA.

The Outshot: Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas

Jesse tells us about a song that makes him imagine a better world: the simple but powerful Why Can't We Live Together by Timmy Thomas.

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