The College Years

Podcast: The College Years: Christmas in September

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Guests: 
Davy Rothbart
Guests: 
Christopher Moore
Guests: 
John Waters
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Christmas in September


It's The College Years' holiday special! Oh happy day. Jesse welcomes a plethora of talented gentlemen on the show for this very special occasion, the first being Davy Rothbart. Davey Rothbart is the editor of Found Magazine, home to the greatest collection of "love letters, birthday cards, kids' homework, to-do lists, ticket stubs, poetry on napkins, doodles." Check out the the Found Magazine book, Found: The Best Lost, Tossed, and Forgotten Items from Around the World.

Next, Jesse and Jordan give a little bit of sage advice to Jesse's younger brother, John Thorn. Sage but sobering advice.

Following that, Jesse speaks with author Christopher Moore. They talk about Christopher's Christmas themed book, The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror. Do yourself a favor and read his work.

After that, listen for a good cause, namely Mustaches for Kids. I think the name speaks for itself but just in case, "Mustaches for Kids is a volunteer-run organization started in Los Angeles in 1999 to do good and have fun by growing Mustaches for children’s charities." Naturally.


Speaking of distinguished mustaches, John Waters joins Jesse to share some of his favorite Christmas tunes. If you like his films, most surely you will enjoy his musical tastes. Check out A John Waters Christmas.

Lastly but certainly not least, Patton Oswalt graces the show with his comedy. Added bonus: listen in as Jesse recreates one of Patton's fondest memories.

Podcast: The College Years: Party Time!

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Guests: 
Anne Libera

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Party Time!


In this episode, Jesse celebrates the legendary comedy institution, The Second City. With an alumni that includes some of the funniest people ever (e.g. Bill Murray, Bob Odenkirk, Amy Sedaris, etc.), The Second City has certainly contributed to the comedy landscape. Fortunately, this episode has a few recordings of their hilarious performances. Hear more vintage funny in The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater, a nice coffee table book that comes with two audio CDs.


Appropriately, Jesse also talks to Anne Libera, author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation. Anne shares what distinguishes The Second City from other groups, what signs indicate a comedy star in the making, and the unique nature of improv performance. All that and more, in this episode of The College Years.

Podcast: The College Years: R.I.P. ODB

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Guests: 
Charlie Todd

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: R.I.P. ODB


Charlie Todd is the founder of Improv Everywhere. You may know Improv Everywhere from pranks such as Frozen Grand Central, Ted's Birthday, and Who you Gonna Call. Charlie shares with Jesse the origin of Improv Everywhere and explains the rationale behind their pranks. For more details behind Charlie Todd's "missions," make sure to read the Improv Everywhere book, Causing a Scene.

After that segment, life throws Jesse and Jim a curveball as Ed Helms cancels the interview. Rather than sulk and wallow in a bottomless pit of public radio despair, Jim demonstrates why his nickname is "Master of Would You Rather."

And since this episode is a tribute to the work of Ol' Dirty Bastard, let's finish with Shimmy Shimmy Ya. It's apropos anytime really, but especially for this episode.

Podcast: The College Years: Strong Words

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Guests: 
Chuck D
Guests: 
Tim Heidecker
Guests: 
Eric Wareheim

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Strong Words


To start things off, Jesse welcomes Chuck D of Public Enemy fame. Listen in as Jesse brings out some passionate words about the state of hip hop, politics, and Black entrepreneurship from Chuck D. For more, make sure to check out some of Chuck D's work.


After that, Jesse interviews Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, better known as Tim and Eric. In this segment, Tim and Eric discuss their unique and unusual creation, Tom Goes to the Mayor.

Podcast: The College Years: Giant Teeth

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Guests: 
Rob Baedeker
Guests: 
James Reichmuth
Guests: 
Heddah from Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
Guests: 
Audrey II
Guests: 
Zach Galifianakis

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Steve Harvey's Giant Teeth


To start things off, Jesse welcomes Rob Baedeker and James Reichmuth of Kasper Hauser fame and eternal MaxFun friendship. You can look forward to anecdotes of mail fraud, lousy scholarship advice, and beaver skulls. For more hilarity, watch some Kasper Hauser funnies.

Next up, the gentlemen talk with the casting director of Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge about the show's high expectations while in Santa Cruz. More groin pummelers wanted, apparently.

After that business, Jesse interviews Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Sadly, no Rick Moranis in the interview.


Lastly and all too briefly, Jesse and the guys speak with comedian Zach Galifianakis. Fact: Zach was on the Fox series, Tru Calling. Fun Fact: Zach isn't particularly fond of Tru Calling.

Podcast: The College Years: Show People

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Guests: 
Suicidegirl Pearl
Guests: 
Josh Kornbluth

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Show People


To start the show, Jesse and guest-host Steve Palopoli interview Pearl of the Suicidegirls. While promoting her group's traveling burlesque show, Pearl explains to the guys why Suicidegirls is about more than just pictures of pretty girls. Note: very hard to find SFW links of that other stuff Pearl talks about due to risqué pictures of pretty girls. In any case, if attractive women is your cup of tea, check out the DVD of the tour.


Next, Jesse and Steve talk to the arguably just as NSFW Josh Kornbluth. (NSFW because you might guffaw while listening). Josh speaks about his one man show, Ben Franklin: Unplugged. Although that show has passed, you can still catch Josh in the film, Haiku Tunnel and at future performances.

Podcast: The College Years: Free Form

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Guests: 
Tom Scharpling
Guests: 
Eugene Mirman

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Free Form


To begin the show, Jesse speaks with Tom Scharpling. Known for his writing on shows such as Tom Goes to the Mayor and Monk. Tom talks about his radio programme, The Best Show on WFMU. Why don't you become Tom's friend?


Next up on this episode, Eugene Mirman! Listen as Eugene shares memories of childhood alienation and loneliness. Meanwhile, Jesse talks about Gallagher. If you're feeling lonely and don't want to listen to another Gallagher album, pick up some of Eugene's hilarious work.

Podcast: The College Years: It's All Politics!

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Guests: 
Kristin Gore
Guests: 
Art Spiegelman
Guests: 
Patton Oswalt

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: It's All Politics!

First up, Jesse Thorn and guest-host Maria Schell welcome writer Kristin Gore. Kristin talks about her book, Sammy's Hill, her beginnings in comedy with Harvard's National Lampoon, and her time as a writer at Futurama.


Following that, Jesse interviews the great Art Spiegelman. Listen as Mr. Spiegelman reveals some of his motivations for his book about 9/11, In the Shadow of No Towers. It is fantastic. Do yourself a favor and find more of his work.


Lastly, Jesse talks to friend of the show, Patton Oswalt. In the world's shortest interview, Patton drops some funny, Jesse tries to demonize the Chipmunks, and Maria describes what she's wearing. Owe yourself another favor and go to one of his upcoming shows.

Podcast: The College Years: Chosen People

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Guests: 
Chris Jackson
Guests: 
Count Bass D
Guests: 
Sarah Silverman

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Chosen People

Chris Jackson can be described as a sort of pop culture activist. With H.O.P.E. in America, Chris protests the mediocrity prevalent in the entertainment landscape. For example, he ruined Paris Hilton's book signing.


Following that, Jesse and Kathi interview Count Bass D. Listen in as Count Bass D talks about music, his artistic collaborations and making art in Nashville. Check out his latest work.


Lastly, Jesse speaks with his comedy crush Sarah Silverman. Between the flirting and passing of love notes, Sarah reveals her comedy origin story and describes Jesus is Magic as only she can.

Podcast: The College Years: Hello Possums!

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Guests: 
Randy Newman
Guests: 
Dan Piraro
Guests: 
Dame Edna Everage

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Hello Possums!

Randy Newman is a singer, songwriter, and composer. In this programme, Jesse devotes the first hour to the work of Randy Newman. Find his latest music on the Toy Story 3 soundtrack.

Following that musical hour, Jesse interviews Dan Piraro. Dan Piraro is best known as the cartoonist behind the comic “panel” Bizarro. Find his daily feature here.

Also, Jesse welcomes entertainer Dame Edna Everage. As a satirical character played by Barry Humphries, Dame Edna Everage has written several books, hosted many television programmes, and even managed to rile up Salma Hayek.

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