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Ep 31: Go Fact Yourself with Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky

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John Melendez, Shawn Pelofsky, J. Keith van Straaten, Greg Fitzsimmons, Helen Hong, Leslie Kendall
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Greg Fitzsimmons & Shawn Pelofsky
Guests: 
Leslie Kendall & John Melendez

Fans of comedy, cars and Howard Stern rejoice: This episode of Go Fact Yourself is sure to delight!

Shawn Pelofsky is a comedian whose special "Stretch It Out" is available now. She’s ready to be quizzed about her favorite things; But she’s also excited to share a personal experience with one of her greatest loves: Bette Midler.

Shawn goes up against comedian Greg Fitzsimmons, who you can hear hosting two podcasts: "Ftizdog Radio" and "Childish." He tells us about why his brief time as an athletic swimmer helped his future career in the entertainment industry.

The show touches on everything from cool janitors to chemistry to presidential prank calls.

What’s the difference: Silent "E"

What’s the difference between silicon and silicone?

What’s the difference between whisky and whiskey?

Areas of Expertise

Greg Ftizsimmons: Classic Mustangs, President John F. Kennedy and antidepressants.

Shawn Pelofsky: Howard Stern, the TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" and gay culture.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Greg Fitzsimmons
Shawn Pelofsky

With guest experts:

Leslie Kendall, chief historian of the Petersen Automotive Museum.

John Melendez comedian and author of the book "Easy For You To Say".

This episode is sponsored by CA Trusts.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 381: Jerky Duty

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Adara brings the case against her friend, Bobby. They host a radio show together and Bobby likes to do fake celebrity phone calls on air. Adara thinks that while it’s sometimes funny, it’s not always successful. She would like him to limit his fake calls. Who's right? Who's wrong?

PLEASE NOTE: This episode makes a brief, glancing reference to the Predator movies. It was recorded weeks before recent news emerged about the problematic personnel decisions that took place in the production of newest Predator sequel.

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Here are a few clips from the radio show, where Bobby does some impressions:

Dr. Oz

Robert Downey Jr

How fake calls have created problems (Bobby talking about baseball)

Justin Bieber

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Thank you to Adam Labonte for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Elvis Mitchell and Bob Edwards

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Bullseye
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Elvis Mitchell
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Bob Edwards
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Damian Kulash

Elvis Mitchell, Film Critic

Elvis Mitchell is film critic, best known as the host of KCRW’s "The Treatment". Since 1996 he’s interviewed scores of film industry writers, actors and directors on the show. He’s even gone into filmmaking for himself, producing a series of documentaries about race and success called The Black List.

But don’t mistake Mitchell’s tastes for being conventional. He may very well be the only critic in America quoted as enjoying the film Pootie Tang.

He’ll talk about the interplay between television and film, how he got his start in pop culture and why he was arrested on the Canadian border with Cuban cigars and $15 thousand in cash.

You can listen to The Treatment every week on KCRW and on iTunes

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This segment originally aired 06/26/2012


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Damian Kulash with "The Song That Changed My Life"

OK Go is band who broke out in 2006 with a hugely popular homemade video for their single "A Million Ways".

Lead singer and guitarist Damian Kulash talks to us about one of the moments that led him to his place in music- hearing "Rockit" by jazz legend Herbie Hancock of the 1983 album Future Shock.

OK Go just released a new album. It’s called Hungry Ghosts.

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This segment originally aired 08/24/2011


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Bob Edwards: Broadcasting Icon

Bob Edwards was around at the very, very beginning of NPR. He was the original host of Morning Edition back in 1979 and stuck with public radio for decades. His interviews and insight earned him the Peabody award in 1999 and cemented him as a broadcasting icon.

In 2004 Edwards was controversially removed from his hosting job. Listeners didn’t take kindly to it, but Edwards was quick to move on- to satellite radio. For almost a decade The Bob Edwards Show aired daily on Sirius XM. And a weekend version of the award-winning program was aired on public radio stations via Public Radio International.

Production of The Bob Edwards Show ended in September. To celebrate Edwards’ 40-year career, Jesse will play his 2005 conversation with him. Edwards will talk about his early days at NPR and why he stuck with non-commercial radio for so long.

Reruns of The Bob Edwards Show can still be heard on Sirius XM and on iTunes.

This segment originally aired 08/27/2005

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Outshot: Ric Burns' Coney Island

Ever feel nostalgia for a time or place that you never even experienced firsthand? That’s what Jesse felt after watching Ric Burns’ documentary Coney Island, a beautiful portrait of America caught somewhere between its past and its future.

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This segment originally aired 05/27/2013

Judge John Hodgman Episode 72: The Nominative Case

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Monte Belmonte

Jordan, a lifelong comic book fan, and his friend Charles were discussing the DC comics villain Mr. Mxyzptlk and made a wager: if Jordan's friends could trick him into saying his own name backwards, he'd owe them five dollars. Charles says the group succeeded using Jordan's middle name -- but Jordan refuses to pay up, saying the middle name doesn't count. Who is right, and what's in a name, anyway?

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The BBC's "Life: An Idiot's Guide"

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Here's a little promo for the BBC Radio 4 Comedy program "Life: An Idiot's Guide," which was taped at Edinburgh this year. Note the presence of MaxFunPals W. Kamau Bell and Josie Long, and right at the top, a brief snippet of the voice of YOURS TRULY.

Why is my voice in there? Because the producer of the show, one Colin Anderson, knows my STRONG POSITION on recording theater instructions. My policy: if you need someone to record the "turn off your cell phones" message at the beginning of a show, I AM YOUR MAN.

Now, hundreds of arts patrons around the world know about my commitment to the ANNOUNCING ARTS.

Stern on Kimmel via HOLLYWOOD MAGIC

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Howard Stern appeared on Kimmel from New York City via green screen technology. Totally amazing. Two A+ broadcasters + Hollywood magic.

Nick Thune, Stand Up Comic and Actor: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Nick Thune

Nick Thune is a stand up comedian, actor, guitarist and writer. His observational humor often interlaces storytelling and music.

He's made the late night rounds doing stand up on The Tonight Show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and as a correspondent on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He's also had his own Comedy Central special and created the web series "Nick's Big Show".

He recently released his debut album, Thick Noon, on Comedy Central Records.

Adam Carolla, host of The Adam Carolla Podcast: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Adam Carolla

Adam Carolla is a radio and television personality, writer and actor. He hosted or co-hosted The Man Show, The Adam Carolla Show, Too Late with Adam Carolla, and Loveline. He now hosts The Adam Carolla Podcast, one of the internet's most popular. He also co-wrote and starred in the feature film The Hammer.

Carolla grew up in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. After dropping out of Community College, he worked for ten years as a laborer, carpenter and boxing trainer. Having given himself until he was 30 to find a job that used his mind and not his body, he got his first break at 29. Los Angeles radio powerhouse KROQ was having a promotional boxing match, and looking for trainers. Carolla headed to the station, where he was paired with Jimmy Kimmel, who became his colleague and friend.

Carolla talks with us about growing up in an apathetic family, how he found success, and balancing independence with career imperatives.

On the Media Hosts Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are the hosts of On the Media, a media criticism show produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio. Their show takes as its mandate the world of media, which they define broadly to include everything from newspapers to standup comedy. Gladstone and Garfield ask tough questions of media moguls, media makers and government officials every week, and seek to fill in holes in our mediated understanding of the world. They're funny, too.

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Jesse on Josie Long: All The Planet's Wonders

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British comic Josie Long and her producer Colin Anderson were kind enough to invite me to participate in their lovely BBC radio series "All the Planet's Wonders." My favorite part of the third episode (the one in which I appear) was this:

"Hi, Josie. Tell me some facts about owls!"
"Happy to."

I "act" in the production as a loudmouthed American television host. Which is close to my dream role, which would be in a radio adaptation of Slumdog Millionaire, in which I play the Indian host of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and get to say, "Who wanttobeya MILLONAIYH!"

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