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MaxFunCon 2010 Podcast: Jad Abumrad


The MaxFunCon Podcast returns triumphantly to bring you some of the fun from MaxFunCon 2010! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes to get these exciting podcasts as they become available. And you can visit to find up-to-the-minute information about MaxFunCon 2011.

In this episode, Jad Abumrad gives the MaxFunCon audience some insight into the making of Radiolab. Jad explains some of the behind-the-scenes techniques used to make the information presented on his radio program sound like music.

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Brandon Bird's Paint-by-Number kit Giveaway

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And we have our winners! Thanks to Zachary, Joe, Vivienne, Patrick, Rhiannon and everyone else who entered.

Brandon Bird offered to give away 5 of his Paint-by-Number kits to MaxFun fans! This kit allows you to recreate three incredible masterpieces. You can take a look at these awesome kits at Brandon's website. Get started early on your holiday shopping!

    Here are the rules for the giveaway:
  • Send your name and mailing address to
  • The first five (5) entries will receive one of Brandon Bird's Paint-by-Number kits

And listen to a past episode of The Sound of Young America with Brandon Bird.

TSOYA Classics: Live in New York, Part 2 (December 1st, 2006)

This week's classic episode brings us part two of The Sound of Young America's first live on-stage show, recorded at The People's Improv Theater in New York City. You can find part one here. The show opens with a bang with comedy by Andres du Bouchet, who takes all the freshly-made bloodsuckers in the audience through New Vampire Orientation. If you aren't a vampire yet, bookmark this page so you can come back when you do need to be orientated on vampirism. New York sketch group Elephant Larry follows with more laughs, and then Jonathan Coulton sings songs. Also funny.

And finally, Jesse interviews novelist and journalist Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's Studio 360. They discuss Andersen's run at Spy Magazine, which he co-founded in 1986.

Thanks for going back in time with us today. Hope you enjoy the show.

Listen to This Week's Show

Jack Hannah on Letterman, 2005


My new thing is watching Jack Hannah clips from Letterman.

I highly recommend watching the clip above, which was shared on the forum by GloriousKyle.

Even more than that, though, I recommend watching Thursday's show online. The whole thing's great, including the musical performance by a wonderful country singer I'd never heard named Jamey Johnson, but if you want to cut straight to the animals, fast forward to the second dot on the timeline. Then watch, and laugh like you've never laughed before.

If I ever get a talk show, I want it to be all demonstrations. Cooking segments, animals... fuck celebrities. Just all dumb stuff, all the time.

"Social Courtesy" - A Riffed Short by Jordan Morris and Jesse Thorn


Jordan and I created this short film for The Sound of Young America: Live in NYC DVD. Now, it can be shared!

Me on IFC's The Grid


The kind folks at IFC have invited me to contribute to a new show called The Grid. They call it "informative entertainment for the short attention span set." Essentially, it's pop culture picks from a variety of folks... myself included. The show premiers tonight at 7:45 Eastern on IFC, but you can see my first segment above. Unlike some people, I'm not a seasoned TV veteran, but I really enjoyed the experience. From what I understand, you can look forward to regular contributions from yours truly in the coming weeks.

My special thanks, by the way, to the MaxFunsters who helped me pick videos via the forum and Twitter!

R. Kelly - When A Woman Loves

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Kells blows the house down on this joint. Looks like there's a new king of retro-soul.

Fall Intern


Our summer intern Christian is headed back to grad school at the end of the month, and we're looking for a replacement. To intern at The Sound of Young America and Maximum Fun, you need a couple free weekdays a week (or equivalent in partial free weekdays), an interest in radio and independent media, an inquisitive mind and a reliable commitment. You also need to be in Los Angeles, for obvious reasons. Application details are here.

Big Boi f. Yelawolf - Ain't No DJ


Both Big Boi and Yelawolf (the white guy with the creepy haircut) just rip this track. Yelawolf has a big future. Andre 3000 on the beat.

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