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Podcast: The College Years: Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone

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On this week's show, episode two of Mace Detective: Private Detective. Also: Jordan makes a controversial Bold Statement about DINOSAURS.

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SNL Cast Shuffle

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Looks like Horatio Sanz, Chris Parnell and Kenan Thompson are out at SNL. Darrel Hammond is still in negotiations. Parnell's a wonderful comic actor, but I imagine he's just come to the end of the line. Best of luck to him going forward.

Edited to add: Sanz says as far as he knows, he's coming back. You'd expect that with the success of Boat Trip, he'd be eager to leave, but I guess you just can't predict what these mercurial celebs'll do.

Lupe Fiasco Watch Continues: "I Gotcha"

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Pharrell is rocking like a "guy who works at a resort" look in this clip...

The Small World Podcast

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Yesterday I spoke "on-air" with Joseph from The Small World Podcast. Small World is a show dedicated to interviews with people around the world, and from all walks of life.

Joseph was a wonderful interviewer, certainly the best I've encountered in the podcast sphere, and if you're interested in getting some background on the show, it's certainly worth a listen.

Senior Black Correspondent Larry Wilmore

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The Daily Show is scrambling to replace the folks they've lost in a continuing talent drain. Besides the departures of Stephen Colbert and Steve Carrel, Rob Corddry recently left the show to focus on his new FOX sitcom. (side note: if you watch the pilot, check out the funny titles Jordan wrote on Corddry's character's videos). Rob's brother, Nate, left the show for "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," and Ed Helms is headed for a regular role on NBC's The Office, and while he's not leaving, that's got to cut back on his Daily Show screentime. All of this leaves a bit of a vacuum, which TDS has been gamely working to fill.

Two Sound of Young America guests, Demetri Martin & John Hodgman have performed ably in limited roles, but some of the other correspondents the show has mixed in have been a mixed bag.

Last night, TV writer and actor Larry Wilmore was given a slot, and I think knocked it out of the park with a desk piece about low-quality racism. There's never really been a black voice on the show, and Wilmore's exceptionally well qualified, with a resume that stretches from In Living Color to The Office.

Here's the piece (thanks, Nick):

Know where you stand.

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Haven't you always wondered where your home media market ranks? And how it compares to rival media markets?

I know you have.

Luckily, the good people at Neilsen Media Research have done some media research and answered the question. Here are the results. (Click the download link on the right for a full list.)

By the way:
San Francisco Bay Area #5
Monterey Bay Area #124
Hattiesburg #165

Podcast: The Symphony with Masta Ace and Patton Oswalt

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This week on The Sound of Young America, it's The Symphony of awesomeness.

Patton Oswalt is a great pal of The Sound of Young America. His fame as a standup comic has come to rival his celebrity as co-star of The King of Queens. He created the tour and television series "The Comedians of Comedy," which aired on Comedy Central. Most recently, he was cast as the lead in the upcoming Pixar animated film "Ratatouille."

Also, we dip into our archives for a 2004 interview with rapper Masta Ace. He helped define hip-hop as a member of The Juice Crew in the mid-80s, then struggled with the industry for ten years, releasing several critically acclaimed but only modestly commercially succesful LPs. He most recently released "A Long Hot Summer" and "Disposable Arts," two story-driven concept albums. Each was acclaimed by hip-hop fans and critics.

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Digable Planets "Blackitolism (9th Wonder)" & "Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies)"

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I think between middle school and graduating from high school, I must have listened to Digable Planets' album Blowout Comb 25,000 times. I interviewed Ladybug Mecca a couple years ago, and I told her that record changed my life, and it's true. Still stands with Sly & the Family Stone's "Fresh" as my favorite record of all time. Sounds better every year.

I didn't even know the album had two videos -- they terrified people when they went from "cool like dat" to "I stands in the face of oppression / with my sisters and brothers / no slippin' no half steppin'" and tanked big time.

Sparks "Something for the Girl with Everything"

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A little discomfiting, a lot awesome. Thanks, Hound.

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