The College Years

Podcast: The College Years: Mashup

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Guests: 
Tyler MacNiven
Guests: 
Steve Almond
Guests: 
Marc Horowitz
Guests: 
Tony Goldmark
Guests: 
Jacob Slichter

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: Mashup, for which we've selected five interviews from the summer of 2004, with co-hosts Jamis MacNiven, Al Madrigal, and W. Kamau Bell.

Tyler MacNiven is a filmmaker and in this program he speaks to Jamis MacNiven and Jesse about his trek across the entirety of Japan. That journey would later be documented in Tyler's 2005 film, Kintaro Walks Japan.


Following that, Jesse interviews Steve Almond. In this episode, Steve Almond discusses his candy "freakdom" chronicled in the 2004 non-fiction book, Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. His most recent book is Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us.


Next, Jesse and Al Madrigal speak with Marc Horowitz. Marc Horowitz is a performance artist, actor, comic and filmmaker. He stops by to talk about a few of his performance pieces, including what happens when you mix burros with picking up the dry cleaning. You might also recognize Marc from one of his recent projects -- a piece that became a series of commercials, "Seven Days in a Sentra". You can find videos of Marc's work at his site, I Need to Stop Soon. He's also a co-host of the new TV series on G4, It's Effin' Science.

And lastly, W. Kamau Bell joins Jesse to interview Tony Goldmark and Jacob Slichter. A musical comedian, Tony Goldmark has been crafting song parodies a la Weird Al since he was a kid, with a debut album when he was only 13. In this episode, he talks about his album Rage Against the Mundane.

Jacob Slichter is a musician and a member of the band Semisonic. Jacob discusses his 2004 book, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life. In the work, he details the often frustrating experience of dealing with the music industry.

Podcast: The College Years: Mad Libs

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Guests: 
Brandon Bird
Guests: 
Jimmy Pardo
Guests: 
Geoffrey Nunberg
Guests: 
Shelley Berman

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: Mad Libs. Brian "Business, Never Personal" Lane and Arthur Gauss both co-host with Jesse on today's TSOYA.

Brandon Bird is an artist (and fellow UCSC grad) whose paintings reference pop culture and historical figures; he was an artist-in-residence at Risley Residential College at Cornell University and is a regular contributor to The Believer. He talks to us about creating a "Law and Order" coloring book and performs a dramatic reading of the frankly hysterical tale of "Butt Tinkie," dreamed up by his four-year-old self.

Jimmy Pardo, comedian and host of the weekly podcast Never Not Funny, talks about the gift of a Gentlemen's Chest, his mom, and his worst television performance ever.

We're joined next by Geoffrey Nunberg, Fresh Air's in-house linguist and author of Going Nucular: Language, Politics, and Culture in Confrontational Times. Geoffrey shares his insights on popular language usage, from "nucular" to "like".

We close it out with the legendary comic Shelley Berman, winner of the first-ever Best Comedy Album at the Grammy Awards of 1960 and a founding member of The Second City.

Podcast: The College Years: First Impressions

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Guests: 
Joanne Gilbert
Guests: 
Jeff Richards
Guests: 
Harmon Leon

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: First Impressions.

Joanne Gilbert, former standup comic and doctor of philosophy, talks about her book Performing Marginality, a look at the roles of women in standup comedy.

Standup comedian and former Saturday Night Live and MadTV cast member Jeff Richards stops by to talk about his career and do some of his celebrity impressions.

He's also done the late-night circuit with appearances on The Late Show with Conan O’Brien, NBC's Late Friday, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.


And finally, we're joined by Harmon Leon, a first-person journalist and funnyman who's written for Might Magazine, Esquire, Salon, This American Life, and Wired, among others. He's also published six books, including The Harmon Chronicles. You can find links to his writing and cultural commentary at his site, FreedomHaters.org.

Podcast: The College Years: God Bless America

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Guests: 
Patton Oswalt
Guests: 
Kenneth C. Davis

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: God Bless America! Brian "Back In Business" Lane & "The Non-Threatening Negro" Nick Adams join Jesse in today's TSOYA while Jordan Morris is away.

Historian Kenneth C. Davis wants to recruit you into History Nerdom. He explains how fireworks came to be a thing that happens on the 4th of July and about how awesome but kind of a jerk Benjamin Franklin was.
His book is called Don't Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned (he now has a whole series of books about things you wish you'd learned in school)

Also: Our pal actor & comedian Patton Oswalt talks about his first comedy album: Feelin' Kinda Patton, & about standup being the goal itself and not just the vehicle to getting elsewhere.


PLUS- Mr. Peabody's Way-Back Joke Machine Presents:
Standup comedy by "The Jazz Comedian" Franklyn Ajaye.

Franklyn Ajaye - Celibacy
comedians.comedycentral.com

Podcast: The College Years: Come Fly With Me!

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Guests: 
Jasper Redd
Guests: 
W. Kamau Bell

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: Come Fly With Me!

Comedians Jasper Redd & W. Kamau Bell on the show, PLUS a contest to win a chance to fly with Jesse on a WW2 Red Baron Pizza biplane!

Podcast: The College Years: Sticking it to The Man

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Davy Rothbart
Guests: 
Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of SFCC
Guests: 
Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.

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 is: Sticking it to The Man. With guests Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of the San Francisco Comedy College, and Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.

Podcast: The College Years: R.O.C.K!

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Guests: 
Andrew W.K.
Guests: 
Brendan Thorn

Our rock star friend, Andrew W.K., give's Jesse's little brother Brendan some rock n roll advice. Brendan Thorn (aka Eddy Demon) is the frontman of the band Total Annihilation.


(above: Andrew with Brendan Thorn of Total Annihilation)

Podcast: The College Years: FOOD

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Guests: 
Jamis McNiven

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 is FOOD - Our guest is Jamis McNiven, eccentric restaurant mogul of Bucks of Woodside and the author of Breakfast at Bucks: Tales From the Pancake Guy.
Also Jordan gets some ideas on how to make the most out of his short time left in college.

Podcast: The College Years: A Doozy

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Guests: 
Andrew W.K.

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 we have a doosy of a show with the fantastic Andrew W.K. in studio via telephone.
Plus Jim Real: "The Master of "Would You Rather."

Podcast: The College Years: Pathetic!

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Guests: 
Maria Schneider

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: Pathetic! Tales of a woe and failure. Featured guest is The Onion's Maria Schneider: She's the creator of the comic strip Pathetic Geek Stories.

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