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Judge John Hodgman Episode 393: What An Age We Live In


This week, Judge John Hodgman clears the docket in his chambers with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! They talk about the "good spot" on the couch, the phrase "cash money," cleaning cast iron pans, responsible air conditioning usage, art repurposing, and a follow up letter about kilts!



EP63: G Yamazawa on Kanye West's "The College Dropout" (2004)

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G Yamazawa

The Album: Kanye West: College Dropout (2004)

Kanye has had a...not great year. From a public relations standpoint, it's been nothing short of a disaster. And yet...'Ye remains one of the most intriguing (if not also infuriating) pop acts we have, evinced to us by the fact that two different guests - rapper G Yamazawa and R&B legend Macy Gray - both asked to talk about Kanye West albums when they came on our show. By further coincidence, they came on the same day to tape which also happened to be the day of West's now-infamous Saturday Night Live appearance. West was also supposed to drop a new album that evening, Yandhi (spoiler alert: he didn't). Sufficed to say, all things pointed West that day, so much so that we were a little worried about releasing these episodes lest our listeners were suffering from too much Kanye fatigue.

And yet...both conversations (the Macy Gray episode, about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will drop next week) were so compelling that we couldn't help ourselves. This one, with Yamazawa, was especially great in revisiting the old Kanye, chop-up-the-soul Kanye of College Dropout, where the young producer-turned-rapper came firing out the gate, putting the hip-hop world on notice that "oh sh---, Kanye raps too?" For G Yamazawa, then a young'un growing up in Durham "North Cack," West made a huge impression with his humor, sly politics and of course, the beats. Yamazawa, now relocated to L.A., knows something about sliding between worlds as a former champion spoken word poet turned MC (peep his new Money Is Time album) and together, we discussed what it was like for all of us to discover West's new persona back then, his taste in samples, and what era of West we gravitate towards.

More on G Yamazawa

More on College Dropout

Show Tracklisting (all songs from College Dropout unless indicated otherwise):

  • The New Workout Plan
  • G Yamazawa: Drumma Some
  • Chaka Khan: Through the Fire
  • Through the Wire
  • Last Call
  • All Falls Down
  • Slow Jamz
  • Lil Jimmy Skit
  • Workout Plan
  • Spaceship
  • Little Brother: Slow it Down
  • Luther Vandross: A House Is Not A Home
  • Slow Jamz
  • Marvin Gaye: Distant Lover
  • Spaceship
  • The ARC Choir: Walk With Me
  • Jesus Walks
  • All Falls Down (Demo)
  • All Falls Down
  • Intro
  • Kanye West: Wake Up Mr. West
  • Breathe In Breathe Out
  • Jesus Walks
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Get Em High
  • Last Call
  • All Falls Down

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there.

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Wonderful! 62: Dip Crimes


Rachel’s favorite natural phenomenon! Griffin’s favorite strange commercial desire! Rachel’s favorite ice invention! Griffin’s favorite rolling game!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

#197 - Best TV Sketch Show with Craig Cackowski

Craig Cackowski

WorkJuice December kicks off with the returning Craig Cackowski, co-host of the wonderful Craig's List podcast talking about something near and dear to all of their hearts: Sketch comedy. Which show will reign supreme, and why? FIND OUT VIA LISTENING.

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 560: Lovitz Again with Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon

Glen Weldon (Pop Culture Happy Hour, The Caped Crusade Book) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the specific pain of Glen felt taking phycology for his marine biology degree as someone who is color blind, the time Jordan had a fancy afternoon of expensive olive oil tasting but ended up feeling really greasy, and the detailed back stories of the porn actors who work out at Glen's gym. Plus, Jordan gets Glen to weigh in on his new signature segment, "Which Avatar sequel are you most excited about?"

CIPYD 169: Dogs are Doctors and Jordan Duffy

Jordan Duffy

Hello! Happy December!

We've got a Tugboat heavy episode, so buckle up! First, Renee and Tugboat have a a little bone to pick in a segment titled "Unleashed! What are you doing to me!?"
We have a Dog Science in which we learn that dogs are basically doctors now. Plus, special guest Jordan Duffy is here who is not only an Audio Engineer at Earwolf and great person, but is also Renee's roommate! We get the inside scoop on living with Tugboat.

Stop reading this and tune in!

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 559 - JJ Whitehead

JJ Whitehead

Comedian JJ Whitehead returns to talk donuts, nacho helmets, and island life.

Download episode 559 here. (right-click)

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Remembering Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

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Remembering Ricky Jay

This week, we're doing something a little different. We're looking back on the life of one of Jesse's favorite Bullseye guests ever: Ricky Jay, who died last month at 72.

Ricky Jay was one of the first magicians to play comedy and rock clubs in the 60s. He became one of the most adept illusionists in the world and one of the greatest sleight of hand performers who ever lived. He's in the Guinness Book of World Records for his card tricks and authored a bunch of books on the history of magic.

Ricky was an actor, too, who appeared in a bunch of movies like "Boogie Nights" and "Tomorrow Never Dies." He had a pretty big role on "Deadwood" and narrated PT Anderson's "Magnolia." David Mamet directed his one-man shows.

On this episode, you'll hear from several different interviews I did with Ricky over the years. We talked about his acting, his research into the history of magic, even the nature of truth itself.

First, we'll share our conversation with him in 2005. Ricky Jay talked with Jesse on the phone about his collection of handbills and flyers from performances dating back all the way to the 17th Century.

Ten years would pass before he was a guest on Bullseye again. It was early 2015 and he was the subject of an episode of American Masters, the PBS series. He was the first magician to ever get profiled on the show. It's available to stream online. You should absolutely check it out.

The last time Ricky Jay was on the show was in 2016. He'd just written a book about Matthias Buchinger. Buchinger was an artist and calligrapher. He was born without hands or feet and was only 29 inches tall. He called the book "Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living."
It's out of print but if you can find a copy, you should pick it up.

Click here to listen to our interviews with Ricky Jay on YouTube.

The Outshot: "Learned Pigs & Fireproof Women" by Ricky Jay

Here's a celebration of one of Ricky Jay's best selling books.

Click here to listen to The Outshot on YouTube.

Everything's Coming Up Simpsons Ep. 166: What Animated Women Want w/ Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

This week, Emmy-award winning voice actor Maurice LaMarche chats about his voiceover appearances in The Simpsons. If you don't know Maurice by name you certainly know his iconic voice work – he's probably best known as The Brain in "Animaniacs" and "Pinky and the Brain." His work can also be heard on "Futurama," "Disenchantment" and many other video games, animated series, television shows and films. He'll tell us the personal connection he had to the character he voiced in "What Animated Women Want." We'll spend a lot of time discussing Maurice's career including his contributions to "The Critic," and his time as a stand-up comic. He also chats about what it was like to join Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta in studio for his appearance in this episode. You don't want to miss this one – he'll gives us a taste of his fantastic impressions and even share some techniques if you want to make some authentic barf sounds.

International Waters Ep 135: Sing with the Onion Man

Jordan Morris, Ryan Singer, and Dave
Ryan Singer
Jordan Morris
Josh Glac
Alice Fraser

Jordan Morris, Ryan Singer, Josh Glanc and Alice Fraser join host, Dave Holmes for embarrassing high school protest stories, a round of Florida man vs Australia man, and made up celebrity biographies.

Jordan Morris wants to plug Bubble on Maximum Fun and Jordan Jesse Go on Maximum Fun and recommends Dose Your Dreams by Fucked Up.

Ryan Singer wants to plug his comedy album Free Love and Me and Paranormal You and recommends Immortal Americans by Austin Lucas.

Josh Glanc wants to plug his upcoming tour dates in London and Australia and recommends Big Mouth on Netflix.

Alice Fraser wants to plug Tea with Alice and the Alice Fraser Trilogy and recommends The Rivers of London series of books.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and would like to recommend Forever on Amazon.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

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