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TSOYA Classics: Neal Pollack (February 23, 2007)

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Jesse sits down with writer and satirist Neal Pollack for this TSOYA Classic. At the time of the interview, Pollack had recently released "Alternadad," which is "The True Story of One Family's Struggle to Raise a Cool Kid in America."

Last year, Pollack released "Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude." More updates on Pollack's work can be found on his website as well.

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TSOYA Classics: The Venture Brothers (February 21, 2007)

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Continuing the journey back into the archives of TSOYA, this show features Jackson Publick, co-creator of the Venture Brothers, a series on Cartoon Network's [adult swim].

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TSOYA Classics: Peedi Peedi aka Peedi Crakk (February 16, 2007)

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Philadelphia rapper Peedi Peedi, also known as Peedi Crakk was a member of the group State Property at the time of this TSOYA Classic. Jesse talks to Peedi about his then-upcoming solo album "Prince of the Roc," as well as his upbringing amidst hip-hop culture and the challenges he has had to face both personally and artistically.

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TSOYA Classics: Vendela Vida (February 14, 2007)

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This TSOYA Classic takes a look back at Jesse's conversation with writer Vendela Vida. They discuss her work as co-editor of The Believer magazine, and the then-recent publishing of her book "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name."

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TSOYA Classics: This American Comedy (February 9, 2007)

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This TSOYA Classic features comedy from Maria Bamford, Jonathan Coulton, and Clifford & Kidd.

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TSOYA Classics: This American Life Producer (February 6, 2007)

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Julie Synder is a senior producer on the public radio show This American Life. Jesse talks to her about her early affiliation with the show and continued influence there. Synder elaborates on what she has learned at This American Life as far as selecting and presenting stories go, and how This American Life differs from other public radio programs.

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TSOYA Classics: Andrew W.K. (February 2, 2007)

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For this TSOYA classic we take a look back at a conversation Jesse had with rocker Andrew W.K. in early 2007, when he was just finishing up and releasing "Close Calls with Brick Walls."

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TSOYA Classics: Brandon Bird (January 31, 2007)

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Brandon Bird's paintings place minor celebrities into bizarre situations, which often combine ridiculousness with banality. For this TSOYA Classic, we take a look back at Jesse's conversation with Bird, as they discuss his realistic pop art style. Bird talks about the role of humor in art and the things he believes are missing from modern art. Bird has worked on paintings of Christopher Walken, Edward Norton, and the Law and Order television show, among others.

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TSOYA Classics: Japanese Robots (January 26, 2007)

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In this TSOYA classic, Jesse talks with Tim Hornyak, the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots."

Jesse and Hornyak discuss the attitude differences between the United States and Japan towards the use of robots in daily life. Hornyak explains that Japanese currently utilize robots in museums, hospitals, and other public areas. He believes Americans are too "robophobic," uncomfortable with having robots as a part of human society. Listen for more information on the increasing robot technology and be prepared for robot migration to your neighborhood!

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TSOYA Classics: Japanese Toy Culture (January 25, 2007)

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Woodrow Phoenix is the author of "Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World." Jesse calls him from across the pond and talks to Phoenix about this book, as well as the role of toys in modern society. Phoenix's book touches upon the development of Japanese toy culture, the development of urban toy culture, and the significance of plastic in constructing these toys.

Check out Phoenix's website for more of his work and his twitter to stay updated on his current projects.

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