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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jason Mitchell and Karina Longworth

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Karina Longworth

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Jason Mitchell on his new film 'Tyrel' and portraying Eazy-E in Straight Outta Compton

First up: Jason Mitchell! We can't wait to share this conversation with you – he's an up and coming actor with a lot of great stories to tell. He's magnetic, and as you'll hear in our interview he's extremely charming.

Recently, he's been in a lot of acclaimed movies and television shows. In Netflix's "Mudbound" he played a World War II veteran who returns to rural Mississippi. Or perhaps you've seen him on Lena Waithe's Showtime series "The Chi," he starred as Brandon. He's probably best known for his breakthrough role: 2015's "Straight Outta Compton." He sort of stole every scene he was in as Eazy-E.

His latest film "Tyrel," is out now. In it, Jason stars as Tyler: a young guy who lives with his girlfriend in New York. Deciding he wants to get out of the city for the while, he takes a trip with a handful of guys his age. He rides out to Catskills for a long weekend in a cabin.

The plot really thickens when you learn that the guys in the cabin are all friends of friends. He doesn't really know any of them. And the other thing: Tyler's black, while everyone else on the trip is white. It's an awkward and weirdly plausible look at race and masculinity and how people react when they have to deal with those topics head on.

Jason will talk about how this film helped create a friendship with co-star Michael Cera. He'll also discuss his road to stardom: he didn't get his first role until he was 24. And it wasn't an easy road – he was raised in a tough part of New Orleans, his home was devastated by Katrina, and he had run-ins with the law when he was younger. Plus, as a former professional oyster shucker he'll give us some tips for preparing the culinary delicacy.

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Karina Longworth on her new book: 'Seduction
Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood'

The Golden Age of Hollywood was a fascinating time – this was the era of James Dean, Orson Welles and "Gone With The Wind." Look up the topic and you'll find hundreds of books, movies, TV shows, and even bus tours. Sometimes those depictions will get swept up in the glitz and glamor. Other times it's quite the opposite: dark, morose, and gritty.

Karina Longworth is writer and host of the hit podcast "You Must Remember This," which looks at some of the secrets of Old Hollywood. She's an expert on the history of Hollywood's Golden Age and she's written five books on the topic to prove it. Her latest book: "Seduction
Sex, Lies, and Stardom in Howard Hughes's Hollywood
," explores Hughes' time as a producer and director.

It's as sordid and cutthroat as you might imagine. The book talks about Hughes' role in Hollywood back then. The dozens of movies he financed, the few he wrote and directed. The weird, abusive system he created to recruit and develop young actresses – and the way he manipulated them. Longworth's book is beautifully written, and meticulously researched. She talks about the impact and damage done by Hughes and the people whose lives he affected forever.

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The Outshot: Katamari Damacy

Finally for The Outshot, Jesse describes the whimsical world of Katamari Damacy – a video game that will fill you with wonder. A remastered version of the game has just been released. It's the perfect time to reflect on the simple joys of this funky little game.

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Story Break #86: Super Smash Bros.

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A movie about Smash Brothers? With all those characters!? How!? Find out by listening to this episode!

Story Break #85: Cruisin' USA

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Everyone's favorite(?) quarter suckin' road racin' arcade machine gets the feature film treatment!

Story Break #80: Arcade Classics (Lightning Round!)

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We have one hour to break FIVE arcade classics in our first ever lightning round episode! On the docket: Frogger, Burgertime, Paper Boy, Donkey Kong Jr., and Ms. Pacman!

Story Break #78: The "Friends" Reunion Movie (ft. Riley Rose Critchlow)

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We team up with fellow Friends enthusiast Riley Rose Critchlow, host of HAGS Podcast and star of Anime Crimes Division, to break a totally normal straight ahead movie for 90s sitcom Friends that has absolutely zero video game elements in it.

Story Break #77: Bowsette

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Penny Parker
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Beth May

Against our better judgment, we return to video games to tackle the story of the internet fan art sensation known as Bowsette! The trailer features the vocal talents of Penny Parker (https://twitter.com/snapscube) and Beth May (https://twitter.com/heybethmay)

MKEP148: Vote and Read For Your LIFE! (Midterms or Bust, Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael More, Children's Books on Consent, Jane Fonda, Insecure)

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Insecure just ended it's season and the duo can barely believe it. Give that show more episodes, dammit! James watched the HBO documentary on Jane Fonda and was reminded why he loved her so much. Such an amazing life! Nnekay could relate since she watched the recent Quincy Jones Documentary. It's wonderful to honor our heroes while they are alive. Nnekay found a new video game called Supreme Courtship... about dating justices... which is as problematic as you would think it is. In the Korners- James is Getting us pumped for this November with ALL the facts on why it is truly important and necessary to make sure we all get out there and VOTE. He breaks down the Michael Moore Film 11/9 and how this could be the possible end to our democracy. Nnekay has a another great book list for you- this time on how to teach your children about consent and help curb toxic masculinity. Let's get to it!!!

https://kotaku.com/video-game-about-dating-supreme-court-justices-has-a-...

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/07/09/five-ways-republicans-...

https://www.shondaland.com/act/a14765925/helping-with-2018-midterm-elect...

https://www-popsugar-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.popsugar.com/news/Ho...

http://time.com/5389711/black-women-voters-2018-midterms/

Learning voter registration guides in yoru city: https://vote.gov/

https://www.rockthevote.org/action-center/host-your-own-event/

https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

http://www.booksforlittles.com/toxic-masculinity/

https://www.amazon.com/Tough-Guys-Have-Feelings-Too/dp/1909263664/ref=as...

https://www.amazon.com/Real-Cowboys-Kate-Hoefler/dp/0544148924/ref=as_li...

https://www.amazon.com/Like-When/dp/0152056491/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&q...

https://www.amazon.com/Elwood-Bigfoot-Wanted-Birdie-Friends/dp/145490879...

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Robot-Ben-Hatke/dp/1626720800/ref=as_li_ss...

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Story Break #74: Warhammer: Blood Bowl

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We tackle (YES THE PUN WORKS FINALLY) Warhammer's take on American football - Blood Bowl! Plus a new ending segment - an audio trailer of the movie!

Story Break #67: Kingdom Hearts

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I can't believe we are attempting the insane JRPG/Disney mashup that is Kingdom Hearts. Also, enjoy our new segment "Matt Explains Things to Moms!"

Story Break #64: Waluigi

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Wahhh! It's Luigi's... brother? Alter ego? Frenemy? Wahhh!

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