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High Five Contest: An Ongoing Delight


If you're just waking up from a coma, like that one Mel Gibson movie, the High Five Contest is pretty much the greatest contest ever. We are giving away lots of great stuff, and all you have to do is take pictures of you high fiving people. There are lots of bonus points to be earned -- high five a child or animal, high-five in front of a monument or tourist attraction, etc.

Marc Maron is sick.


I don't know if I am a sucker, or a wuss, or both. I do know that I am sick. Not mentally sick though that is arguable. I mean I've got a cold or what they call a cold these days which is an illness that starts like a cold and then becomes sort of flu like in the head and body and then turns into a deep bronchial nightmare that reveals our inner greenness that might or might not turn into pneumonia and then turns back into a cold again and trails off with a little flu-ishness and in the worst case just turns into cancer and kills you.


Love that guy.

Human Giant - Illusionators


Human Giant's show on MTV is fast approaching.

The Sound of Young America Classics


I'm proud to announce a new addition to the Sound of Young America lineup: TSOYA Classics. Fifty-five interviews and programs from our archive -- post College Years, pre Podcasting era. After two years of people asking me to put the RealAudio archive into MP3 format, I finally have. You can find the shows for download here on the web, or here in iTunes. If you prefer to use another feed reader, the feed is

You can hear, among others: Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman, Greg Proops, Davy Rothbart, Todd Barry, Ted Alexandro, They Might Be Giants, Dick Dale, Neal Pollack, Sarah Silverman & more. If you do use iTunes, remember that iTunes will only automatically download the most recent program, unless you tell it otherwise.

One question for you: iTunes only keeps the most recent 100 or so podcasts in its feed. Shall I add the older podcasts, which have fallen off the list, to the new TSOYA Classics feed?

You're welcome!




Kasper Hauser's Khraigslist is one of the great pleasures of my life, and it's just been updated.

One of my favorite new posts has a headline which reads, simply, "Lost Horse"

Kurosawa's "Rashomon"


Really! The whole thing!

Prince & Sheila E. in 1986


This clip of Prince and Sheila E. rocking "A Love Bizarre" in 1986 answers the question: "Can Prince rock it in heels and pink halter-top pajamas?" with an unequivocal "Yes!"

Weekend Edition Responds!

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Last week, I wrote to NPR's Weekend Edition, complaining about NPR's editorial treatment of hip-hop culture. The reporter of the piece I referenced responded. Now, I've gotten a response from NPR - and what an eloquent, touching and personalized response it is:

Dear Jesse,

Thank you for contacting NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

We appreciate your thoughts.

Making decisions about covering the events that impact our everyday lives
is never easy. We make every attempt to ensure that the segments and
stories you hear on NPR programming, and the attention devoted to them, are
valid and appropriate.

We welcome praise, as well as criticism, and your thoughts will be taken
into consideration.

Additionally, your message has been forwarded to NPR's Office of the
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We are grateful for your comments to NPR News. Your feedback is important
to us, and your thoughts have been noted.

NPR is always delighted to hear from listeners!

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