Desus and Mero have worked together since 2013 when they started their first podcast Desus vs. Mero but have actually known each other since going to summer school together in The Bronx. Both Mero and Desus have huge Twitter followings, where they first cultivated a rapport. Eventually, they transferred it to podcasting. After their first podcast ended, they started The Bodega Boys which has a similar vibe and is everything that makes podcasts great; improvised, diverse, hilarious, and irreverent. Their success in podcasting has lead to Vice tapping them to host their flagship late-night show on Viceland, the new television network. It's called Desus & Mero, of course.
In for Jesse Thorn, public media legend Ray Suarez talk with Desus and Mero about their new TV show and the differences between being funny on twitter and producing a TV show or podcast. They tell us why they talk about race so much, and give us a look into what it was really like to grow up in Bronx in the 1980's.
Three time Academy Award winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch has been a part of Hollywood scene for over 50 years. One of his most frequent collaborators is Francis Ford Coppola - he worked on Apocalypse Now and The English Patient. In his free time, though, he does something completely different: astrophysics. He's particularly mesmerized by Bode's Law, the almost 250 year old theory that explains the spacing and orbit of the planets. Murch is the subject of Lawrence Weschler's new book Waves Passing in the Night, which chronicles Murch's education in astrophysics.
Murch tells Ray about how the move from analog to digital machines changed the game, his obsession with science and astrophysics, and what he learned about sound editing from Marlon Brando.
Waves Passing In The Night is out now.
Ray tells us why the HBO limited series The Young Pope is so surprisingly captivating.
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Thanks to everyone who came out to our World Tour of Several American Cities! Here’s our show recorded in front of a live audience at NPR Studio 1 in Washington D.C.
New York comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson opened our DC show.
Her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, will launch soon with WNYC. Robinson co-hosts the show with The Daily Show's Jessica Williams.
You can find more from Phoebe, including live dates at her website, www.phoeberobinson.tumblr.com.
Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist and writer with a thirty-plus year career in journalism. He currently hosts Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Previously he was a senior correspondent on the PBS NewsHour and before that was the host of Talk of the Nation on NPR.
He has explored the cultural history of the United States in three books which include Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation and The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.
Ray Suarez shared the stage with Jesse to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, frequently being the first non-white hire and how it feels to be an unintentional role model.
Inside Story airs weekdays at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Al Jazeera America.
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Dan Deacon is a longtime Bullseye favorite -- an electronic musician who's earned a large following for his fun and exciting live shows. He's become known for his own unique brand of audience participation during his sets.
Deacon performed live in front of our studio audience and also talked about his early affinity for Aerosmith, incorporating theatrics into his performance and what it’s like to tour with Miley Cyrus.
Dan Deacon’s latest album is Gliss Riffer.
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