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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Matt Braunger & Margaret Atwood

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Matt Braunger
Guests: 
Margaret Atwood

Our WORLD TOUR OF SEVERAL AMERICAN CITIES kicks off next week in Los Angeles on Friday, November 13 with William H. Macy, Chicano Batman and Baron Vaughn - get your tickets now!

Plus check us out in Boston, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Philly and DC with guests Barney Frank, Mission of Burma, Tavi Gevinson, David Cross, John Hodgman, Joel Hodgson, Ray Suarez, Dan Deacon and more. It's all at BullseyeTour.com. Don't miss it!

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Matt Braunger on Class Clowning, Trying Even if You Fail, and Teenage Rapping

Actor, writer and stand-up comedian Matt Braunger always knew that he wanted a life in comedy. He was so sure of this career path that he never seriously considered a backup plan. It was, as he puts it, comedy or die.

Thankfully, it’s been the former and his observant sense of humor is on full display in his latest comedy special, Big Dumb Animal. Along with being a cast member on the final season of the sketch comedy show, MADtv, he’s acted on numerous television shows including the United States of Tara and Pushing Daisies. He’s also made appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman, the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien and Chelsea Lately.

Braunger joins Jesse to talk about playing the dumb, clueless husband in television commercials, how he’s worked to be less negative and enjoy the present moment, and why it’s so important to try (even if you fail).

Big Dumb Animal is available now for streaming on Netflix.

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Margaret Atwood on Sex in 'The Heart Goes Last', Childhood Brutishness and Shakespeare

Canadian-born author and poet Margaret Atwood has had an extremely successful career as writer, despite, as she relays to us, the fact that she was not the most memorable or exceptional English student. Her work includes the novels Cat’s Eye and The Handmaid’s Tale as well as many volumes of poetry, and often deals with feminism and politics.

Her latest novel, The Heart Goes Last is a dark comic take on the near future, where lawful people are imprisoned and the lawless are free. The narrative was first introduced to readers in serial form on the website Byliner, and takes on its full shape as a novel which explores issue of sexuality and sexual politics.

Atwood spoke with our contributor Guy Branum to discuss why she believes a novel is an opportunity to share an experience rather than a pulpit from which to preach, delves into her favorite aspects of Shakespeare, and shares her favorite version of her own origin story as a writer.

The Heart Goes Last is available now.

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The Outshot: The Sound of the Apocalypse

In 1977, the country of Jamaica was in economic and social turmoil. Only 15 years after it gained its independence, the country was experiencing difficulties that some believed were signs of the coming apocalypse, specifically on the date of July 7, 1977, the day the two sevens would clash. Jesse shares how the voice of hope came in the form of Joseph Hill, the frontman of a reggae band called Culture.

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RISK! #705: Scary Stories #6 - "Yoinks!"

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Description: Sharon Houston, Nelson Lugo and Chris Iacono share spooky tales in our annual 'ween-tide collection.
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RISK!
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Sharon Houston
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Nelson Lugo
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Chris Iacono

Stop Podcasting Yourself 398 - Charlie Demers

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Charlie Demers

Comedian and author Charlie Demers returns to talk phone booths, Calgary, and window seats.

Download episode 398 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 275: The Podcast Krampus

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The Podcast Krampus done got us again, but good. We lost half an episode to his insatiable maw, but we managed to produce another half-episode to make up for it. Better luck next time, Podcast Krampus, you absolute dingleberry.

Suggested talking points: That Creep, Pizza Crime, Switch Witch, C6, A Raging Zordon, Finder's Fee, Full Court Baseball

Kate Purdy / Matt McCarthy

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Kate Purdy
Guests: 
Matt McCarthy

Hello Babies! Welcome to Podcasting 101! It's been a while since we've recorded and boy have we been busy! Along with watching British baking shows and trip to Disneyland, Emily is putting out a comedy album! In Chunch Chat, we have an inside source for Chunch pictures. Writer Kate Purdy joins us to discuss Bjork and her swan dress. Then she tells us all about a man with a donkey and a mission. She also teaches us about home bee keeping! Expert Stephen Sisko is here to teach us all about the movies/cultural phenomenon "Star Wars". Even if you think you already know about Star Wars, we promise you'll learn something

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Kate Purdy
Matt McCarthy

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 401: M.R.E.A.M. with Sarah Morgan

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Sarah Morgan

Writer Sarah Morgan joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of mangos and other foods that they've changed their minds about as an adult, Jesse's visit to a taco truck in Hawaii, and the Elvira show at Knott's Scary Farm.

Ross and Carrie Get Gorgeouspil: Immortal Alex Chiu Edition

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NEW EPISODE! Ross and Carrie, sick and tired of being moderately gorgeous, finally take the next step in bettering themselves, by following Alex Chiu's regimen of reverse-aging products, including Gorgeouspil, Immortality Foot Clamps, and Immortality Rings. By day two, they should look 30% more gorgeous, and by the end of the month, should be "as gorgeous as a super model" and on their way to immortality. Best $100 ever spent? You be the judge.

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International Waters: Episode 61 Not A Sexman

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Nate, Sarah, Dave, James and Amber
Guests: 
Nate Craig
Guests: 
Sarah Morgan
Guests: 
James Bachman
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Amber Tozer

Amber Tozer, Nate Craig, James Bachman and Sarah Morgan join host, Dave Holmes for trending hashtags, Nazi references and a charm contest.

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

Written by Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

The Flop House: Episode #189 - Ouija

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The Flop House

Every Shocktober must come, sadly, to an end, but not without our longest (and best?) episode of the month. Dan Macabre, Booart Skellington, and Elliott Killin' are joined by Hellie Haglund to discuss "Ouija," the movie that captures the thrill of moving a piece of wood across a board. Meanwhile Stuart discovers the double-meaning to House II, Dan expands his masterful celebrity impression repertoire, which turns the tables on interrupting Elliott, and Hallie insists that Ingmar Bergman was a breast man.
Movies recommended in this episode:

Seconds
Creep
My Best Fiend
Ginza Cosmetics

Thanks for all the inquiries about the health of Lulu, Dan's cat. Unfortunately, he and Sarah had to put her to sleep after 12 love-filled years. Her suffering is over, and now she's sniffing Hallie's boots in heaven. We miss her.

One Bad Mother Episode 127: Halloween Costumes, Plus Pregnancy Myths with Guest Jena Pincott

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Jena Pincott

Biz and Theresa get into the spirit of Halloween with a discussion about costume pressures for kids and a whole other set of costume pressures for us moms. Should we give up and resign ourselves to sad witch hats? Plus, Biz just finished running the annual elementary school carnival and Theresa celebrated her two-year-old's birthday by taking him on a six-hour plane ride. And Jena Pincott joins us to talk about debunking myths about pregnancy in her wonderful book, Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy.

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

http://jenapincott.com/

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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