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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian

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Bullseye
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Stuart Murdoch

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Belle and Sebastian founder Stuart Murdoch on making 'Indie Pop'

As founder of the indie-pop band Belle and Sebastian, Murdoch has an affinity for popular music of the past. The Brit-pop movement of the 1980s or the sunshiny American pop of the 1960s are some of his favorite genres. The 1980s were a great time for the musician. He had little interest in creating music as a kid outside of a few piano lessons and recitals. Then there was the occasional DJ set during his formative college years. Still, being a spectator of music was very much a part of his life.

Around the beginning of the 1990s, though, that changed. Murdoch started to feel exhausted and sore pretty much all the time. He couldn't concentrate. Sleep would come, but it wouldn't help. He'd come down with chronic fatigue fatigue syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME. Murdoch dropped out of school, stopped running track, stopped DJing. At home, he started writing songs on the piano. And on the advice of his doctor, he took a class for unemployed musicians.

There he met Stuart David, and the music they made together eventually became Belle & Sebastian.

Since their debut, Belle and Sebastian records have made it on literally hundreds of top ten lists. Their second album, 1996's If You're Feeling Sinister, is routinely called one of the best albums of the 90s.

These days Murdoch still fronts the band and still writes music, he's got a wife and kids and through all that, he still deals with chronic fatigue.

The band is back with a new album. It's the original soundtrack to Days of Bagnold Summer. It features a breathtaking new track, Sister Buddha.

Murdoch joins Bullseye to talk about retro pop music, how meditation changed his music and songwriting. Plus, Jesse and Stuart talk about the great game of baseball. If you didn't know, Stuart's a Mets fan.

If you're traveling in Europe this fall, click here for Belle and Sebastian's upcoming tour dates.

For the rest of us, you can purchase their latest album on vinyl here.

This interview originally aired in February of 2018.

Ep. 41: Go Fact Yourself with Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen

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Jamie Kennedy, J. Keith van Straaten, Melissa McQueen, Helen Hong, Grant Rosenmeyer
Guests: 
Jamie Kennedy & Melissa McQueen
Guests: 
Brian Dunning & Grant Rosenmeyer

Go Fact Yourself is coming to Chicago! Join us on August 9 & 10 at Sleeping Village. Visit gofactyourpod.com for tickets and details.

Our patented mind-control techniques compel you to hear this episode of Go Fact Yourself!

Jamie Kennedy is a comedian and actor. He’s spent most of his life working in film and television with some big names like Frank Oz and David O. Russell. But how did he decide that he wanted to spend his life in Hollywood? It all goes back to his minor background role in a classic Robin Williams film. Jamie Kennedy can be seen in the upcoming film Ad Astra.

Jamie will face off against a frequent collaborator of his: comedian Melissa McQueen. These days, she’s known for wearing sequins and sparkly outfits while performing on comedy stages across the country. But she’ll tell us about how she used to work to help other people perform on stage… as a karaoke KJ.

The guests will chat about government secrets, child-actors and the value of passing on deceased relatives' clothing.

What’s the Difference: Impostors

What’s the difference between "duplicate" and "replicate?"

What’s the difference between a robot and an android?

Areas of Expertise

Jamie Kennedy: The MK Ultra conspiracy, pacemakers and lyrics to the Big Bopper song "Chantilly Lace."

Melissa McQueen: Lyrics from the Hall & Oates album Rock & Soul Part 1, the film The Royal Tenenbaums and The Pizzagate Conspiracy.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong


Jamie Kennedy and Melissa McQueen

Jamie Kennedy
Melissa McQueen

With guest experts:

Brian Dunning, science writer and host of the award-winning "Skeptoid Podcast".


Melissa McQueen and Grant Rosenmeyer

Grant Rosenmeyer, producer and actor who’s appeared on Broadway, film and television.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

I Know Their Lips (Drag Queens, The Yankees, Stranger Things 3)

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Minority Korner

We're heading into this episode with a little story about James potentially starting a ruckus at a Yankees games. Nnekay felt old in an Urban Outfitters, and the NYPD is at it again with James. In the corner, James is tackling the New York Magazine profile of Powerful Drag Queens, why it's problematic. To combat this list, he is giving you some alternative Drag Queen that are Powerful and not featured on this list. This week we got Nnekay's recommendations for the summer!!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Washington Nationals' relief pitcher Sean Doolittle

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Sean Doolittle

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Washington Nationals' relief pitcher Sean Doolittle

Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle might be one of the most interesting players in baseball.

Sean had an improbable journey to the majors. He was originally drafted as a hitter in 2007 before being sidelined by knee injuries. He didn't play for two years as a result. When Sean joined us in 2017, he talked to Jesse about the physical and mental obstacles he faced during recovery. At one point, he thought about giving up and going back to college to earn his degree.

Eventually, Sean was encouraged to try his hand at pitching instead. As it turns out, he had an excellent arm and could throw in the mid-to-high-90s. He played with the A's, and was selected as an All-Star in 2014. It's been a pretty good career for a guy that wasn't even supposed to be a pitcher.

Sean's known as one of the nicest guys in the majors. He's used his platform as a baseball player to raise awareness about a number of causes. He's worked with veteran groups, spoken out publicly for LGBT rights and hosted a Thanksgiving dinner with Syrian refugees.

You can find out what Sean's up to on Twitter.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Linda Holmes

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Linda Holmes

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Writer Linda Holmes on her debut novel "Evvie Drake Starts Over."

If you've arrived from a far-off galaxy and need to quickly ascertain what the most worthy bits of pop culture information are to take back to your home planet, you'd do no better than following the musings of Linda Holmes. Holmes, a pop culture critic and one of the hosts of the NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour is smart, witty, and very funny. She has amazing taste in TV and movies and loves to talk about it. She even recently convinced us that the entire cast of that new Sonic movie is worth pulling for and well… you saw the trailer.

But Linda's first love has always been writing. She's just released her debut novel titled Evvie Drake Starts Over. It's about a young woman dealing with the grief of losing a husband whose life intersects with a major league baseball pitcher who is experiencing a slump in his season.

Linda could have mailed it in. She could have turned in 300 pages about a great TV show or band you've never heard of, but you've probably got a million of those types of books on your bookshelves and tablets already. Instead, she decided to write a book about love, loss, and the power of starting over. It's quite good.

Evvie Drake Starts Over is out now.

Ep 26: Go Fact Yourself with Lea Thompson and Sandeep Parikh

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Ellen Greer, J. Keith van Straaten, Lea Thompson, Helen Hong, Sandeep Parikh
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Lea Thompson & Sandeep Parikh
Guests: 
Dan Shaughnessy & Ellen Greer
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

Nerdy media of the past and present collide on this edition of Go Fact Yourself!

Lea Thompson is an actress, perhaps best known for her role in the classic Back to the Future series. But lately, she’s developed a reputation for losing reality TV competitions to such illustrious names like Cheech Marin, Tommy Chong and Alfonso Ribiero. But she’s ready to end that trend on this show!

Competing against Thompson is Sandeep Parikh, star of the series The Guild. Growing up, he worked really hard to learn about things that would help him fit in and make friends. Luckily, that helped him gain knowledge that could help him win today's game.

In this episode, we’ll learn about classic Hollywood movies, baseball and the color green.

What’s the difference: Green

What’s the difference between “jealous” and “envious”?

What’s the difference between a grove and an orchard?

Areas of Expertise

Sandeep Parikh: The Boston Red Sox, Hindu Mythology, and the film The Princess Bride.

Lea Thompson: Roseville Pottery, designing houses and the film Harold and Maude.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Sandeep Parikh
Lea Thompson

With guest experts:

Dan Shaughnessy, sports columnist for the Boston Globe.

Ellen Greer, actress who’s appeared in more than 100 projects across movies, television and theater.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Steven Yeun and Sawbones' Justin and Dr. Sydnee McElroy

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Bullseye
Guests: 
Steven Yeun
Guests: 
Justin McElroy
Guests: 
Dr. Sydnee McElroy

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Steven Yeun on his new film 'Burning'

First up: Actor Steven Yeun joins us to talk about what he's been up to since his breakthrough performance in the "The Walking Dead" the series.

For seven seasons, Steven played Glenn Rhee on "The Walking Dead." In this post-apocalyptic world where zombies roam the world Glenn's character was always quick to think strategically on his feet. Despite being kind of a loner in the series Glenn was an excellent leader in times of stress. He became one of the series' most beloved characters, and if we're being frank – he was quite a badass. He'll discuss what it was like when he first got that gig and what it was like to deal with people immersed in "Walking Dead" fandom.

Steven's work can also be seen in critically acclaimed films like "Sorry To Bother You" and "Okja." His new movie, "Burning," is the first Korean language film he's performed in. It's South Korea's submission for the Academy Awards. He'll explain why it was so intimidating performing in Korean.

As a kid Steven was pretty active at his local Korean American church. He was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He says he wasn't the coolest kid on the block but that didn't stop him from trying to assimilate. Something he says he's kind of embarrassed about now. He reflects on his childhood, and explains why trying to fit in was one of the most difficult acting gigs of his life.

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The couple behind the podcast Sawbones on their new book about misguided medicine

There's something kind of fascinating and morbid about medical history, something unique to that genre. If you look into the history of medicine, one thing will become very clear, very quickly: for the longest time, we had no idea how our own bodies work. Sawbones is a podcast that airs on right here Maximum Fun. It's a show about all the gruesome, gross and sometimes very funny stuff we did to our bodies in the name of health and medicine.

It's hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy, a physician and medical history buff, and her husband Justin McElroy. And now: Sawbones is a book, too! It's called "The Sawbones Book: The Hilarious, Horrifying Road to Modern Medicine." It's beautifully illustrated by Teylor Smirl. It's available for purchase now.

Heads up: this is a conversation about medical history, so we'll be talking about blood, guts, injuries and other potentially squeamish stuff. If you're sensitive to that, we thought we'd let you know.

Listen to this interview on YouTube!

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The Outshot: Remembering Hank Greenwald

Jesse explains why Hank Greenwald, a play-by-play radio announcer for the San Francisco Giants, is his broadcasting hero.

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The Last Dregs of Summer (Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo, Gender & Sexuality Terminology, Omarosa, and Fire Island)

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Coming hot from a jam packed weekend in Fire Island James has notes on... the Hunger Game movies? The duo talk about these movies, also some how Omarosa manages to squeeze herself back into the fray with their conversation as well. Nnekay takes us back with the story of the Dominican Republic's baseball team Dragones de Ciudad Trujillo- created by 1937 dictator Rafael Trujillo. A team while created in a time of fascism still managed to treat black baseball players better than the United States. James investigates the difference between various terms that we might have misused in past episodes: Pansexual, Bisexual, and Sexually Fluid. We're here to grow just like everyone else!

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Ep 13: Go Fact Yourself with Andrea Savage & Fred Willard

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Alison Arngrim, J. Keith van Straaten, Andrea Savage, Helen Hong, Fred Willard, Dr. Joe Price
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J. Keith van Straaten
Guests: 
Helen Hong
Guests: 
Alison Arngrim
Guests: 
Andrea Savage
Guests: 
Fred Willard
Guests: 
Dr. Joe Price

In this episode, J. Keith van Straaten is reunited on stage with fellow thespian Andrea Savage. You may recognize Savage from her starring role on TruTV’s I’m Sorry, but dozens of Angelenos will recognize her from a junior high production of a pirate musical, which also starred J. Keith himself. Alas, Fred Willard did not appear in that seminal musical. He was probably off filming This Is Spinal Tap or SCTV at that time. In any event, fate brought Andrea Savage and Fred Willard together to compete for trivia supremacy.

Do YOU Know the Difference?
What is the difference between a bagel and a bialy?
What is the difference between theater that is off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway?

Areas of Expertise
Fred: WWII-era Baseball, '50s Rock & Roll, Silent film history
Andrea: Little House on the Prairie, Playing Poker, Talking to your kids about beginning puberty

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Andrea Savage
Fred Willard

With guest experts:
Alison Arngrim, the New York Times bestselling author and actress known for playing Nellie Oleson on Little House on the Prairie

Dr. Joe Price, Co-Director for The Institute for Baseball Studies at Whittier College

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell

Judge John Hodgman Episode 317: Deep in the Misanthropy Hole

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Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn return to chambers this week to clear the docket. They discuss eggshell disposal, baseball team allegiance, white lies and more! Plus some follow up letters about cats!

Judge Hodgman's newest book Vacationland is available for pre-order at bit.ly/painfulbeaches. If you're in Western Massachusetts, there are still day tickets available for Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, where Judge Hodgman is hosting the Comedy Stage on Saturday, June 24.

If you're in the Portland, ME area this July, make sure to check out Jean & John, Judge Hodgman's live show with friend of the show Jean Grae. They will be bringing the show to the Port City Music Hall on July 9! Tickets are available here.

If you're near London, England, make sure to find us dispensing Live Justice at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place in September! Tickets are available now for our shows on September 14 and September 16. We are taking cases for both shows at MaximumFun.org/JJHo.

Tickets are still available for MaxFunCon East, taking place Labor Day weekend in the Poconos. Visit MaxFunCon.com for tickets and more information!

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