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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.

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: Japanese Toy Culture with Woodrow Phoenix

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Woodrow Phoenix is the author of "Plastic Culture: How Japanese Toys Conquered the World." We discuss the history of Japanese toy culture, as well as it's current incarnations, which include high-brow art from Takeshi Murakami and the limited-edition collectible vinyl toys for adults which are popular in the urban boutique market.

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Podcast: Japanese Robots with Tim Hornyak

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Tim Hornyak is the author of "Loving the Machine: The Art & Science of Japanese Robots." His book investigates the history of robots in Japan, from the pre-industrial age to today. We talk about why Japan's cultural history makes their perception of robots quite different from ours, as well as some of the most important robots in Japanese culture and technology.

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Podcast: Julie Snyder of This American Life

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Julie Synder is the Senior Producer of This American Life, the peerless public radio storytelling program. Julie talks with us about how the show is put together, her nearly ten years with the show and about the upcoming television version, which will air on Showtime starting next month.

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Podcast: Clifford & Kidd "Models"

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Here's a comedy sketch from this week's Sound of Young America broadcast, written & performed by Los Angeles' Clifford & Kidd.

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Podcast: Jamie Hewlett on The Gorillaz and Tank Girl

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Jamie Hewlett is the award-winning artist behind the world's most popular cartoon band, The Gorillaz. Before he created The Gorillaz with his then-flatmate Damon Albarn, he created the seminal punk-rock comic Tank Girl. The Gorillaz have just released a lavish "oral history" of the band called Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre.

I talked with Jamie about how music has influenced his art, how Hollywood ruined Tank Girl, and why rock star Damon Albarn was sharing a flat in the first place.

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Podcast: Jeff Chang on Jay-Z

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Jeff Chang is the award-winning author of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," and a journalist for publications including The Nation, Mother Jones and Vibe. In the 1990s, he co-founded Solesides Records, which later became Quannum Projects.

In the January 22nd issue of The Nation, Chang wrote about Jay-Z. We talk with Jeff about Jigga's long career, his most recent album, and how his art fits into the larger context of the history of hip-hop.

In bonus audio (below), Jeff talks about "crack rap," a hip-hop sub-genre that's emerged in the past few years, focusing almost exclusively on drug dealing.

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Podcast: The Original Holiday Special

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This week, it's a classic Sound of Young America -- our original Holiday Special.

Hear John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and more on this show.

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Podcast: Live in New York City 1

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Last month, The Sound of Young America recorded two broadcasts live at the PIT in New York City. This is the first of those programs.

Heather Lawless kicked things off with some of her unique and hilarious standup. She talked about what she does and doesn't like about herself and others and related issues. How exciting to see someone who's really doing something new, and is so f'ing great at it.

Then Mike Daisey blew everyone away with his sometimes terrifying, sometimes hilarious monologue about what children do in winter when they live in the snow-bound state of Maine.

Then I talked with David Wain, who complained bitterly about the lights in his eyes (they were a bit bright). Later, we chatted about making his new movie The Ten, which premiers at Sundance January 19th and features Movie Stars like Jessica Alba and Winona Ryder, as well as Comedy Stars like every single member of The State.

The hip-hop group Tanya Morgan (Donwill, left and Von Pea, right) rocked the public-radio-comedy-nerd crowd to an astonishing extent. Admittedly, though, when they were having people make fists, I was the only one doing it at first.

Tanya Morgan graciously allowed us to offer their two songs as free downloads:
Tanya Morgan - Stay Tuned
Tanya Morgan - We Be

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All photos by Anya Garrett of SketchArtists.net

Special thanks to The Onion for promotional support

Podcast: New York Stories with Bill Hader and Roz Chast

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This week on The Sound of Young America, a new New Yorker and an New Yorker of long standing.

First we talk with Roz Chast, long-time New Yorker cartoonist. Her cartoons have now been compiled into a stately tome called "Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected and Health Inspected Cartoons 1978-2006."

Then a chat with Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader. He talks about how he got the gig after Lorne Michaels came to see him perform in a Southern California backyard, and what it's like to be the new guy at one of television comedy's most revered institutions. He's a TSOYA listener, by the way. Be sure to check out our bonus audio for discussion of his upcoming movie projects, which involve Michael Cera of Arrested Development, the folks behind Reno 911 and Mr. Show's Bob Odenkirk, among others.

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Podcast: World of Wonder with Terry Gilliam and Chris Elliott

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This week on The Sound of Young America, two men who hold the keys to WORLDS OF WONDER.

Chris Elliott came to prominence in the early 1980s as the buffoonish foil on "Late Night with David Letterman." His career has also included the cult sitcom "Get A Life" and film "Cabin Boy," as well as several seasons on the hit sitcom "Everybody Love Raymond." Most recently, he's become an author, and his absurd 19th century mystery, "The Shroud of the Thwacker," has just been released in paperback. Be sure to take a listen to our special bonus questions for Chris for comedy nerd insider info on his specials, "Action Family" and "FDR: The One Man Show," among other stuff.

Then we speak with Terry Gilliam. Since his days as a member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, he's directed many acclaimed films, including "Brazil," "Time Bandits," "The Fisher King," and "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas." His most recent film, "Tideland," a dark and disturbing fairy tale, is in theaters now.

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Bonus: Extra Questions for Chris Elliott


Incidental Music by DJW

Previously on The Sound of Young America:
Holiday Party with Chris Elliott (MP3)
Joke Warfare with Monty Python's Terry Jones