Bullseye

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.

Bullseye is equal parts funny and fascinating. Whether you're already plugged in to the culture map, or looking for a signpost, Bullseye will keep you on target. More About Bullseye

Podcast: Merlin Mann Live in San Francisco

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The first in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Merlin Mann is an internet guru. He's best known for his wildly popular lifehacking site 43folders, which offers simple solutions to make work and home life less complicated and stressful. He's also a new media personality, with his own series (That Phone Guy, The Merlin Show) and a regular co-host slot on the Mac Break Weekly podcast.

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Podcast: Danny Hoch Live in San Francisco

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The third in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Danny Hoch is a multiple Obie award-winning playwright and actor, and the founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. His newest show, "Takin Over," is currently in its premiere run at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California. The show examines the gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, using character monologues from a variety of community members. It is way, way better than that lame description makes it sound. Hoch talked about being a native New Yorker, how he feels when he's looking at the organic produce in Whole Foods, and how all the women he meets in New York seem to have come to the city from somewhere else to "find themselves."

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Bucky Sinister

Podcast: Bucky Sinister Live in San Francisco

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The second in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.

Bucky Sinister is a San Francisco poet and comedian. He's been a leader in the Bay Area's performance poetry scene since moving to the Mission district of the City in the 1980s. He performed a poem from his book, "All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go." He also recently released a spoken word CD, on Talent Moat records, titled "What Happens in Narnia, Stays in Narnia."

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Podcast: Director Jeffrey Blitz

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Jeffrey Blitz is the director of the film “Rocket Science,” which follows the story of a New Jersey teenager with a stuttering problem who joins his high school's debate team. His last film, 2002’s “Spellbound,” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. He has also directed several episodes of NBC’s “The Office.”

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Podcast: Comedy: "Help Me Help Me" from Stephen Brophy

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Here's a Sound of Young America comedy podcast from writer/performer Stephen Brophy. Stephen has a recurring role on the ABC sitcom "Carpoolers," and is a member of the sketch comedy groups "Oh, You and Your Bone Spurs" and "White Noise Radio Theater."

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Podcast: Soul Music Legend Swamp Dogg

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Jerry Williams recorded several hit records in the 1950s and 60s, before re-christening himself Swamp Dogg at the end of the latter decade. His albums, starting with 1969's "Total Destruction to Your Mind" merged social concerns, humor and the psychadelic spirit of the times into a beloved chapter in soul music history. When Swamp wasn't recording himself, he wrote hit records for artists like Betty Wright and even country star Johnny Paycheck. His new album, "Resurrection," has received rave reviews in The New Yorker and Rolling Stone.

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Sa-Ra Creative Partners
Swamp Dogg, circa 2002

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Hedberg, etc.

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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.

On this week's show, we talk with a couple of comedians, and discuss the life and career of Mitch Hedberg on the day of his passing. Also, listeners send in their tributes to the show.

Our Guests: Al Madrigal is an up-and-coming standup comic who toured with Mitch on his Comedy Central tour.

We also talk with Marc Maron, veteran standup comic and host of Air America Radio's "Morning Sedition". He shares his thoughts on drug-use in the profession and life as a morning radio host.

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Podcast: Les Savy Fav's Syd Butler and Tim Harrington

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(Les Savy Fav: Butler center, Harrington flying)

Syd Butler and Tim Harrington are founding members of the rock band Les Savy Fav; Harrington is the singer, Butler the bassist and record label head. The band is known for it's angular, exciting art-punk, as well as for Harrington's on-stage antics. They talk about forming the band with what amounted to a manifesto, and why they consider the band a second career despite their success. Their new album is called "Let's Stay Friends."

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Steve Albini
Dan Deacon
Greg Saunier of Deerhoof

Jordan, Jesse GO! Torrent

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If you're interested in picking up the first six months of Jordan, Jesse GO! in one big fat torrent, you can do so now on MySpleen. It's free of course, but requires a MySpleen account (and the ability to use torrents). If you need the former, just email me and I'll hit you with one. You must include a specific favorite MaxFun moment in the email so I can verify you're a listener and not a random (if you're somebody who found this on google, please do not bother me).

Remember that you can also use MySpleen to download all the TSOYAs of 2006, 2005, and 2004 and before.

Enjoy!

Podcast: Eric Lax on Woody Allen

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Jesse interviews Eric Lax. Lax is the author of "Woody Allen: A Biography," "On Being Funny" and most recently "Conversations with Woody Allen." Since being assigned to profile Allen for the New York Times magazine almost forty years ago, Lax has followed the comedian and filmmaker's career, interviewing him regularly. We talk about Allen's life and enormous ouvre, from the great to, well... The Curse of the Jade Scorpion.

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Shelley Berman & Mr. Wizard
Hollywood Outsiders: Rebel Filmmakers and Great Film Critics
Demetri Martin & H. Jon Benjamin (MP3)