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Apocalypse Now!

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Hello Buddies! A lot of scary stuff in the news, huh? Talk of "signs of apocalypse"? Well, we found 4 stories we just HAD to talk about! Hear about a swarm of beetles in Argentina that have inexplicably taken over a beach! Learn a little about the Zika virus. There's a pretty good chance you won't be hearing this episode if Asteroid 2013 tx68 comes a lot closer to Earth than expected! There's been reports/cases of the Plague recently. Yes, THAT plague! This is real stuff that is really happening right now! Enjoy Buddies!

#54 - Paper Towels or Air Dryers

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If ever there was an episode that uniquely captures the specific quirks of each of our hosts, it's this one, as Mark and Hal look for the best way to get their hands dry. Which method will reign supreme? Only one way to find out...

CIPYD 33: Paige Weldon and TSA Dogs

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Guests: 
Paige Weldon

Hello dog lovers/wanters! Thanks for joining us once again! This week, hear about Calvin the neighbor dog in Dogs We Met This Week! And we talk about the dog we want to meet, new MaxFun office dog George! Learn all about Bull Mastiffs in Mutt Minute! We redesign "Beware of Dog" signs to make them more accurate! Comic, artist and our designer Paige Weldon joins us to tell us all about her timely named childhood dogs! In Dog News, we learn all about TSA dogs AND their trading cards! This is a fun one folks!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ricky Jay & G. Bruce Boyer

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Ricky Jay
Guests: 
G. Bruce Boyer

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Photo: Jesse Thorn

Ricky Jay on the mystery of Matthias Buchinger, calligraphy and practicing magic with an injured hand.

Ricky Jay is a man with a particular set of skills. He is a magician, a master of sleight-of-hand, a historian, a writer, an actor and a collector of the odd and the unusual. He is also easily recognized for his performances in television and movies, including the films Magnolia, Boogie Nights and The Prestige.

Jay is also an avid collector of rare books and manuscripts often associated with magic, gambling, fraud, confidence games and unusual entertainers. His passion for unusual performers led him to write his latest book on a peculiar 18th century German man, Matthias Buchinger, who despite being born with no hands and legs, was an extremely skilled performer and calligrapher.

Now, Jay sits down with Jesse to talk about his discovery of Matthias Buchinger, his own theories about Buchinger's life and works, and why suffering an injury to his hand led him to an even greater appreciation of Buchinger's skill.

Matthias Buchinger: The Great German Living is available now from Siglio Press. A corresponding show is currently on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It's called “Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from the Collection of Ricky Jay”.

Segment begins at 2’20”

Comedy: Brandie Posey on the Unique Challenges of the Millenial

Brandie Posey, co-host of Maximum Fun's podcast Lady to Lady, recently released her debut stand-up album, Opinion Cave. In this excerpt, she talks about the weird place millenials occupy in our culture (and how it feels to be one).

Posey's album is available now via Bandcamp.

Segment begins at 32’20”


Photo: Rose Callahan

G. Bruce Boyer on the difference between fashion and style, why he hates uniforms and the most essential menswear item

G. Bruce Boyer has made the art of style his life’s work, but you shouldn't assume he's a fashionista. Instead, he's spent decades exploring and writing about what it takes to develop a sensibility around menswear.

A former fashion editor for GQ and Esquire, he has also authored, co-authored and contributed to several books on fashion including Elegance - A Guide to Quality in Menswear and Rebel Style: Cinematic Heroes of the 1950s. His latest book is entitled, True Style: The History and Principles of of Classic Menswear.

Boyer sat down with us to talk about the difference between fashion and style, why he's excited by the downfall of uniform dressing and the best piece to begin a men's wardrobe.

Segment begins at 36’30”


Photo: Liam Daniel

The Outshot: Attack the Block

Jesse gets past his aversion for “horror” and takes on the British sci-fi film Attack the Block, starring a pre-Star Wars John Boyega.

Segment begins at 62’50"

How to Dating (Part 1)

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Show: 
Still Buffering

This week, Rileigh and Sydnee navigate the difficult concept of "talking to" someone. Then, Sydnee makes Rileigh really uncomfortable when she tries to recreate her "Are you my boyfriend?" speech.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Stop Podcasting Yourself 416 - Kyle Kinane

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Guests: 
Kyle Kinane

Comedian Kyle Kinane returns to talk napkin addiction, moisturizing gloves, and paint exercise.

Download episode 416 here. (right-click)

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MBMBaM 293: Dark Ages Teen Life

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After a rocky, inscrutable start, this episode starts to tackle some heady subjects. Like, for instance, whether or not it's possible to cook and safely consume dorm furniture. Also, how sick it would be to kick it in the 11th century.

Suggested talking points: A Bizarre Scattershot Intro, Dog the Break-Up Hunter, Pillow Love, Wine Accident, Stiff Bevins, Edible Bean Bags, Sliding Doors, Jesterwork

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 418: The Naughtiest Nurse with Mike Mitchell

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Guests: 
Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell from the Birthday Boys joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Mike's favorite gizmos, Mike's life in Quincy Massachusetts, and the best kind of french fry. Plus, Jesse opens a package of dollar bin comics sent in by a fan.

Ryan Sands / Brad Morris

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Show: 
Baby Geniuses
Guests: 
Ryan Sands
Guests: 
Brad Morris

Hello Babies! Let's start off by checking in with our listeners bathroom habits! Now let's talk about how awesome it is to be adults! So far so good! Does Lisa have a story about a rude person at the movies? She does! In Wiki of the Week we discus Walter Lingo, dog breeder/NFL team owner/showman! We are so excited to talk to Ryan Sands about his teenage years padding his resume! He worked at a radiology lab and the cable company and saw some pretty weird stuff! Expert Rick Crasker joins us to teach us the proper way to deal with customer service reps! Join us!

Emily Heller
Lisa Hanawalt
Ryan Sands
Brad Morris

The Flop House: Episode #199 - Jem and the Holograms

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Show: 
The Flop House

Don’t worry — we took your boring story about a magical rock-star-making computer and turned it into a thrilling story about YouTube. We talk Jem and the Holograms. Meanwhile, Elliott has a surprisingly deep knowledge of failed Internet concerns, Stuart reveals the hidden bonds between Seal and Salman Rushdie, and Dan is totally blazed.

Movies recommended in this episode:

Slow West
Miller’s Crossing
Cria Cuervos

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