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#213 - Best West Wing Character with Sydnee and Justin McElroy

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Guests: 
Sydnee McElroy
Guests: 
Justin McElroy

It's Week TWO of Max Fun Drive 2019 and we're welcoming back fellow MaxFun luminaries Sydnee and Justin McElroy to delve into Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing to figure out which character from the show's 7-year run is the best.
If you enjoy our show, please take the opportunity to support us directly by becoming a MaxFun member or upgrading your existing membership. You'll get access to bonus content and other great gifts! Go to maximumfun.org/donate and make sure to check the box for We Got This to ensure that we benefit - Friday, March 29th is the last day to participate and help Maximum Fun reach our goal of 25,000 new and upgrading members!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: PEN15’s Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Maya Erskine
Guests: 
Anna Konkle

New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week.


Photo: Jesse Thorn

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle on their new Hulu show 'Pen15'

Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle join us to discuss their new coming of age show Pen15. It’s a show about middle school. Or, more accurately: it's about a version of middle school you might have actually experienced.The show is set in the year 2000 with plenty of cuts from N*SYNC and Lit and Mandy Moore. The characters wear Bebe tanks, Ruff Ryders shirts and UFO pants. It's a show about kids that definitely isn't for kids - sex and menstruation come up a bit, for example. The show digs deeper into what it means to be 12 or 13. A time in your life when a lot of kids are very, very insecure.

On Pen15, Maya and Anna play middle school aged versions of themselves. They’re best friends. Maya has a bowl cut. Anna has braces. They're starting 7th grade at the beginning of the show and while 6th grade wasn't great, they have a pretty good feeling that this year is gonna be different.

Maya and Anna tell us how they mined stories from their own lives to make the show. And why they cast Richard Karn - yes, Al from Home Improvement - as Maya's dad.

Pen15 is now streaming on Hulu

Story Break #101: Casablanca 2: Ilsa's Revenge

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Story Break
The sequel to one of the greatest films of all time, no big deal

Matt Arnold is @mattlarnold
Will Campos is @willbcampos
Freddie Wong is @fwong

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 577: Dry Sub with Aimee Mann

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Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann (The Art of Process, Mental Illness album) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Hugh Jackman is playing Jesse’s dream role of Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man on Broadway, the bartender at Dave and Busters who recognized Jordan, and whether or not more people in the audience wore bowling shoes in everyday life than own a fez. Plus, Aimee talks about her new MaxFun podcast that she hosts with Ted Leo, The Art of Process.

It's MaxFunDrive time and Aimee has an amazing new challenge reward if we meet our goal of 25,000 new and upgrading donors -- she's going to write a song about Jordan's cat, Bug! Donate so we can hear that song!

Go to MaximumFun.org/Donate right now to support the show!

And let us know if you've ever been on a submarine or if you've ever been in a cover band (and gotten paid) -- 206-984-4FUN or jjgo@maximumfun.org!

CIPYD 183: Maximum Updates and Travis McElroy Returns!

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Guests: 
Travis McElroy

Welcome to week two of Max Fun Drive! We are so grateful for your support, we genuinely have the best listeners in the world. If you would like to become a member head on over to maximumfun.org/donate. Treat yourself to some Bonus Content!

This week we've brought back the Produfus himself, Travis McElroy! Travis is here to update us on all things Buttercup AND tell us all about his new dog Lily! You definitely don't want to miss it! We've also got some fun pupdates and a great My Mutt Minute!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

The Greatest Discovery Ep 45: Taint on Taint (S2E10)

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When an unsettling secret is revealed to Burnham, she serves up some two-fisted justice. But when Michael is also found to have a link to the Red Angel, it's time to take the satellites out of the Shenzhou's backyard and re-direct them on Michael's death. Does Culber find Bob? Is the Red Angel also tethered to a shadow? What just happened?

It's the episode that deletes one memory, while altering others.

Ep. 7 - Money Mark Nishita "I Gotta Find my Own Ice Cream"

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Guests: 
Mark Nishita

WEEK TWO OF THE MAXIMUM FUN PLEDGE DRIVE!
In this episode, we sat down with "Money Mark," Mark Nishita, musician, inventor, producer, etc. We touch on everything from being a middle child, to the Chinese Exclusion Act, piano rolls, and the macho/privileged side of crate digging for break beats with the Beastie Boys. A couple of things that don't necessarily NEED explaining, but that I will anyway, are that:
1. Mark references a panel that he and I were on at South by Southwest in 2018. It was broadly about surviving and adapting as an artist in the changing business/media/technological environment, and I found his contributions to the discussion to be smart, inspiring, and challenging. I think I immediately texted Aimee and suggested we interview him for the podcast.
2. In our introduction, I started down a path of bringing up a song about music that I actually LIKE, before we got sidetracked down Main St. into Seegerville. The song I was going to bring up is "Geno," by Dexy's Midnight Runners. This was doubly relevant in that it has recently been a hot topic of conversation among a number friends and other podcast hosts that Aimee feels that, in her life, she has heard "Come on Eileen" enough times to warrant not really wanting to ever hear it again. This news came out on an episode of Judge John Hodgman the same week that I was performing in a Dexy's Midnight Runners tribute band at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and I very much enjoyed singing "Come on Eileen."
Links to all of that AND MORE (except the Seeger songs, because... come on):
Money Mark dot com
Money Mark "" (iTunes link)
Earthquaker Devices
(where we also recorded this interview) with his inventions, including piano roll manipulation
Dexy's Midnight Runners "
Geno," on Top of the Pops
Become a member of Maiximum Fun

Stop Podcasting Yourself 575 - Charlie Demers

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Guests: 
Charlie Demers

It’s week 2 of MaxFunDrive 2019 so we’ve got another one of our favourite guests.
Comedian and writer Charlie returns to talk famous Rips, Texas exes, and Canadian production values.

Please support the show by going to maxiumfun.org/donate

Download episode 575 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 452: The Cornbread Heist of the Century

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It’s week two of the MaxFunDrive, and already we’re looking for ways to boost our bottom line on the off chance this whole operation goes off the rails. If you see that sweet yellow bread sailing through the clouds, you’ll know our mission was a success.

Suggested talking points: Shazam-Watch, Serve Yourself, Pet Crocodile, Hammy Sagar, The P’Zone Cometh, The Point of Bubble Baths, Cornbread Drones, Whoopie Cushion Strategy Guide

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 181: An Interview w/ Head Ned of Okilly Dokilly

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We're doing something a little different this week! We're joined by the lead singer of Okilly Dokilly, the world's only "Nedal" band. Yep, a subgenre of metal music themed around Ned Flanders. The band's new album "Howdilly Twodilly" drops March 29th. Jordan Morris guest hosts with Julia on this epic musical journey of obscure Simpsons references and heavy metal.

The MaxFunDrive wraps up this week! Right now is the best time to support this show and all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! Listen carefully and find out how you can help out during the drive.

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