Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ethan Hawke & Michaela Watkins

Ethan Hawke
Michaela Watkins

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Ethan Hawke Considers Life Lessons in 'Rules For a Knight'

Ethan Hawke is one of the rare actors that viewers have seen grow up in front of their eyes. They watched him as a teenager in the films Explorers and Dead Poets Society, saw him as a young adult in Reality Bites and Before Sunrise, and even saw him change over the course of twelve years of filming his Oscar-nominated turn in the Richard Linklater film, Boyhood.

Along with his work on-screen, he has also enjoyed success as a novelist with his books. His newest is a set of parables, inspired by Hawke's experiences as a parent, called Rules for a Knight. In it, a knight fears that he may not return from battle, and leaves behind a letter with important life lessons for his children. In the book, Hawke explores themes of honesty, courage, solitude and patience.

Ethan Hawke joins Jesse to share how life as a divorced father has influenced his work as an author and an actor, why child stardom was a double-edged sword, and how a favorite line from one of his films helped him to complete a marathon.

Rules for a Knight is now available in hardback and as an e-book.

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Michaela Watkins on Dating In Real Life and On-Screen, SNL, and Going For the Joke

Michaela Watkins is an actress who is in her element when she can go all-out for the joke. Whether she’s practicing sketch comedy as she did in her time with The Groundlings or her one-year stint on Saturday Night Live or performing on a sitcom like the Trophy Wife, Watkins creates characters that are both funny and memorable.

Now, Watkins brings her wit to the lead role of Valerie Myers in the new Hulu series, Casual. In it, she plays a newly divorced woman who finds herself living with her adult brother, while learning to navigate the dating world as a middle-aged woman.

Michaela Watkins joined Jesse to talk about how taking time for herself helped her to improve her relationships, the insane pacing of Saturday Night Live, and her contributions to Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.

Casual is now in its first season on Hulu.

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The Outshot: The Musicality of an MC

From the early days of rap, the role of the MC was an ancillary one. They were there to support the work of the DJ by keeping the energy level up. The rapper Rakim helped to change that by bringing the role of the MC front and center using a unique blend of words, music and an intoxicating beat.

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Half-Pac, Half Amazing


Hey Everybody! Kimberly here. I was so broken-hearted over not being able to share our full episode about Tupac and special thanks to Greg Edwards of Thug Notes for stopping through. Hope you enjoyed the 12 minutes that we did manage to save. Oh and for the record, during our Hip-Hop Quotables segment, I have never in my life read (out loud) so many vile and profane things within a 20 second time span. It was so ridiculously foul I couldn't even get through the reading of the lyrics without laughing. You would have to listen to the episode to know what I'm speaking of. Well, the real reason why I'm writing this is to give you guys some inside on why we chose to talk about Tupac. It all stemmed from a heated discussion Jasper and I had about Pac. I told Jasper that in my opinion Tupac was a "slightly above average" rapper. (this is in terms of rhyming skills) Yes shots were fired - verbal shots that is. We agreed to disagree on several points made but the huge thing that we disagreed on was whether Tupac was a living legend or did he become a legend in death. What do you guys think? I'm really interested in what the people have to say about this. I don't know if we scrapped all of the audio from the episode, but maybe I can talk Jasper into releasing it, despite the poor quality. Feel free to chime in, was Tupac a legend in life or did he become a legend in death?

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