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What should we name it?


What do you all think we should name the new podcast?

Something I just thought of after days of dissapointment and decided I liked a lot: The Bombardment Society.


In the advertising business...


...this is what's known as a "teaser."

(photo taken 12/3/2006)

The Sound of Young America Collections


I'm very excited to announce the availability of The Sound of Young America in a brand-new form... CD collections!

Thanks to our friends at PodDisc, you can now purchase professionally manufactured collections of the program on MP3-CD. Each CD contains four months' worth of broadcasts -- about 20 hours of audio -- and can be played on your computer, transferred to your iPod, or even played on many late-model car stereos and home CD and DVD players.

The CDs are only $9 each, and the price drops even further if you purchase them by year (three CDs for $25), or if you purchase a complete archive -- six CDs for $40.

Not only is it a great way to have all our shows at your fingertips, it's also a great way to give The Sound of Young America as a gift, or share it with friends. And of course, the proceeds support your favorite show!

Visit to order now!

AND if you order this week, and use the coupon code "MAXIMUMFUN", you get 10% off. That's good till the end of Monday 12/11. Go!

Arrested Development Seasons 1-3 for $34


Arrested Development seasons 1-3 are only $34, total, right now at $11 a set ain't bad. Merry Christmas.

Jordan on the red carpet...


Jordan Morris, "Boy Detective," visits red carpet film premiers for the Fuel TV program "The Daily Habit," typically dressed in a stupid outfit. Here's his most recent segment, filmed at the premier of "Pirates of the Carribean 2"

The Short Films of Louis CK

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Comedian and American Hero Louie CK is not only video podcasting he's also posted a number of his short films on YouTube. Above is "The Legend of Willie Brown." There are more here.

How to hear our holiday special before anyone else...


I'm planning on podcasting our 2006 holiday special on December 15th. That's two long weeks from now. I'm guessing, though, that you don't want to wait two weeks to hear from Paul Feig, Mike Birbiglia, Kasper Hauser, Tom Lehrer, Jonathan Coulton, Jon Benjamin, The Polyphonic Spree and the Kids Martian Choir (from "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians").

So, what can you do?

Here's the show on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. PRX is a clearinghouse for public radio content -- stations from around the country get programming here. Stations in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Cleveland and Santa Fe have all picked up TSOYA shows from the site this year.

What's cool is that PRX is open to the public -- both if you want to listen, and... here's the kicker... if you want to review.

So, go to PRX, register (free, super quick, completely non-spammy), and listen to the show. Then, if you can, leave a thoughtful review. Good reviews mean big things for TSOYA!

(And while you're there and signed in, you can listen to other cool stuff, like Bob & Ray, Jonathan Katz's one hour special, or John Hodgman's The Little Grey Book Lectures.

Let's all get rowdy this Christmas


Just as I was putting the finishing touches on The Sound of Young America Holiday Special 2006, Chris from the band Challenge Club told me he'd posted their new holiday single, "Let's All Get Rowdy This Christmas" on their MySpace page.

I really like how they bring some punk rock spirit to the Holidays! Drink all grandma's egg nog indeed!

And speaking of Christmas news... our friends in the super-fun, super-great sketch group Elephant Larry are running a special show for the holidays -- "Caveman Christmas." It's the next three Saturday nights at the PIT in NYC... here's more info.

Is Chris Guest still funny? He used to be funny, right?


As many of you have noticed, I'm hosting the Daily Podcast this week. It's a fun job, and I'm grateful to the regular host, Andy Bowers, for picking me to fill in.

Today's 'cast is a quick interview with Slate's "Middlebrow" columnist, Bryan Curtis. His most recent piece is "Christopher Guest: A Mighty Whimper." He's saying the emperor of mockumentaries has no clothes, in essence. I think he's right, in part at least. The returns have been diminishing for me in the laughs department since Guffman, and by all accounts "For Your Consideration" is the spottiest yet.

Check out the piece, then listen to the podcast.

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