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Me & Ben Karlin on Current

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Here's my second segment for the excellent Current TV. It's part of a larger pilot that may or may not end up being anything, we'll see. It's a video version of my interview with former Daily Show and Colbert Report Executive Producer Ben Karlin. Wow, that's a lot of Capital Letters. Enjoy!

Alan Zweibel Interview on The Sound of Young America: Original Saturday Night Live Writer and Author

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Alan Zweibel is a comedy writer. He was an original writer on Saturday Night Live, helping to originate Weekend Update, and write many of Gilda Radner's signature characters. He also co-created the groundbreaking sitcom It's Garry Shandling's Show with Shandling, and wrote several films and on many other television projects. He also helped Billy Crystal develop the Broadway hit 700 Sundays. Most recently, he has been a producer on Curb Your Enthusiasm, working with his old friend Larry David. His new book, a collection of short pieces, is called Clothing Optional.

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Podcast: Sandra Tsing Loh, author of Mother On Fire

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Sandra Tsing Loh is a writer, solo performer, actress and radio commentator. Her radio work includes contributions to This American Life, a commentary series, The Loh Life, and a science series, The Loh Down on Science. Her most recent book, Mother On Fire: A True Mother*(&ing Story About Parenting, concerns her efforts to get her daughter into "the right school," a road which ultimately ended at the neighborhood public elementary school.

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Found Magazine Editor Peter Rothbart on The Sound of Young America

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Peter Rothbart; Photo by Thomas Hayden

Peter Rothbart is an editor of Found Magazine. It's a compendium of the discarded -- ranging from shopping lists to personal notes to (once) a dead frog. Peter talks about the history of the magazine, shares some finds with us, then sings two songs inspired by found items. This interview was recorded live at Sketchfest Seattle.

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Mikita Brottman, author of The Solitary Vice: Against Reading on The Sound of Young America

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Mikita Brottman is the author of "The Solitary Vice: Against Reading." She argues that reading isn't the unalloyed good it's been presented as over the past hundred years. In fact, she says it can be dangerously anti-social. Brottman holds a Ph.D in English Literature from Oxford University, and is currently anticipating a Ph.D in Psychoanalysis from Heed University. She's currently the chair of the M.A. program in Engaged Humanities at the Pacific Graduate Institute.

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Sarah Vowell, author of The Wordy Shipmates on The Sound of Young America

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Sarah Vowell is the New York Times Bestselling author of books including Assasination Vacation, Take the Canoli and now The Wordy Shipmates. Her most recent is the story of the settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the religious and political world of the Puritans.

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BBTV V HODGMAN

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Hodgman's new book is VERY EXCELLENT, and should be PURCHASED by YOU.

Pre-order it now for only fifteen dollars, get it when it comes out next Tuesday.

THAT IS ALL.

Podcast: Chip Kidd at Bumbershoot

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Chip Kidd is one of the country's best-known designers. For the past twenty years, he's designed book covers for authors like Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Cormac McCarthy and innumerable others. More recently, he's taken pen to page himself, writing two comic novels, "The Cheesemonkeys" and "The Learners."

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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RIP David Foster Wallace

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Hodgmania Strikes

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Our friend Mr. John Hodgman has a lot more on his plate than just delivering the Keynote Address at MaxFunCon. He's got a new book, More Information Than You Require, now available for pre-order and another one, Areas of My Expertise, absurdly cheap right now at Amazon.

Above, Mr. Hodgman visits BoingBoingTV.

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