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Bullseye is a public radio show about what's good in popular culture. With a keen editorial eye, Bullseye sifts the wheat from the chaff, and brings you hot culture picks, in-depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary creative people and irreverent original comedy.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: No F***ing Eagles

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our guests: We talk first with the founders of Lebowskifest, an annual celebration of all things Big Lebowski. Aherents call themselves "Achievers," and flock to the events, typically held in bowling alleys.

We also talk with Seth Greenland. He's the author of the novel "The Bones," which satirizes Hollywood and the world of comedy.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: America's Future

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our guests: Joe Garden is currently features editor of The Onion. He's been a writer there for many years, and is also a candidate to replace Conan O'Brien as the host of Late Night.

Chris Jackson founded the entertainment advocacy and prank group H.O.P.E., or Horrified Observers of Pedantic Entertainment.

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Podcast: Anne Beatts, Original Saturday Night Live Writer

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Anne Beatts is a legendary pioneer in comedy writing. She was the first female editor on the National Lampoon, wrote for the National Lampoon Radio Hour, and was an original writer on Saturday Night Live. After leaving SNL, she created the critically-acclaimed sitcom Square Pegs, which featured a breakthrough performance from Sarah Jessica Parker.

Today, Beatts is a screenwriting professor at the University of Southern California. She also teaches sketch comedy writing workshops privately. You can find out more about the courses on her MySpace page.

You can see portions of our interview in video form here and here.

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Zines with V. Vale and Josh Karp, author of "A Futile and Stupid Gesture" about Doug Kenney and the National Lampoon
Belushi! with Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby (MP3)
New York Stories with Roz Chast and SNL Castmember Bill Hader

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The Sound of Young America is underwritten in part by Project Breakout

Podcast: Louis Theroux, Author and TV Host

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Louis Theroux is an author and television host. His new book, "The Call of the Weird: Travels in American Subcultures." He's been reporting on fringe groups and subcultures since he started in television, on the Michael Moore series TV Nation.

In the 1990s, he hosted the series "Weird Weekends," which ran in the United States on the Bravo network. More recently, he's hosted the UK-only series "When Louis Met...", a series of long-form documentaries which investigates some of the odder corners of celebrity culture. His work is often distinguished by a very strong sense of empathy towards his subjects, which has sometimes been interpreted as manipulation for the purpose of mockery, particularly given the generally light tone of his work.

In his new book, Louis rekindles some of the relationships he'd formed in his first television series, and investigates how his subjects have changed and how the nation has changed around them.

Louis himself is half American -- his father is the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux.

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You might also enjoy these shows:
This American Life's senior producer Julie Snyder
Worlds of Wonder with Terry Gilliam and Chris Elliott
Found with Found Magazine editors Jason Bitner and Davey Rothbart

Podcast: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Co-Creator Dave Willis

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Out interview guest Dave Willis is the co-creator of the cult series Aqua Teen Hunger Force. The television program has just become a film, called "Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Moviefilm for Theaters." The trailer for the film is below.

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Jackson Public of The Venture Brothers
Jamie Hewlett, creator of The Gorillaz and Tank Girl
Sketch comics The Human Giant

Podcast: Steven Wright

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Steven Wright is a standup comedy legend. He's also an Academy Award winner, and is well known for playing, well, Steven Wright-like guys in films like Reservoir Dogs, Half Baked and Babe: Pig in the City.

His new comedy special "When the Leaves Blow Away" is about to be released on DVD -- it's his first special in 15 years.

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Podcast: Ted Leo of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

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Ted Leo is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. His songs blend careful songcraft and indie aesthetics with politics and the drive of punk rock. His most recent record is "Living with the Living."




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Brendan Canty
Your Brain on Music with Matmos & Dan Levitin
Wonder with Michael Ivins of the Flaming Lips and Ren Weschler

Podcast: Brian P. Stack, Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer/Performer

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Brian Stack is a long-time writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. We talk about his early career as an improviser in Wisconsin -- at a theater which produced Chris Farley and Joan Cusack, among others, his masters degree (really!) and of course his time writing for Conan. His characters include the Ghost Crooner and Frankenstein (above).

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Podcast: Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock's "Kenneth"

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Jack McBrayer plays the almost alarmingly lovable NBC page Kenneth in the new sitcom "30 Rock." He's unquestionably the breakout star of the program, lighting up the screen with a 10,000 watt smile. (In case you haven't noticed, I think he's fucking great.)

While Jack is a newcomer to the national stage, he's a comedy veteran. He appeared in the film Talladega Nights, and has graced the boards of The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the IO for many years.

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By the way, the day after this interview was recorded, it was announced that 30 Rock has been renewed for a second season!

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Podcast: Faking It with Yuval Taylor

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Yuval Taylor is the co-author of "Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music." We discuss what Taylor and his co-author Hugh Barker see as the three forms of musical authenticity: cultural, personal and representational.

We discuss (and hear music from) artists including Leadbelly, Nirvana, Neil Young, Woodie Guthrie, the Rolling Stones, Jimmie Rodgers, Donna Summer, Billy Joel and even Jennifer Lopez.

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