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Podcast: Sarah Thyre, author of "Dark at the Roots"

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Sarah Thyre is an actress and writer. She's been seen as Coach Cherri Wolf on "Strangers with Candy," and on The Upright Citizens Brigade and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Her memoir, "Dark at the Roots," describes her childhood in the deep south. Rebellious and irreverent, but also secretly deeply class and status conscious, she struggled through catholic school as an outsider.

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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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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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Podcast: Scott Dikkers, Editor-in-Chief of The Onion

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Scott Dikkers served as Editor-in-Chief of The Onion from 1989 to 2000, when he left for the warmer climes of Hollywood. He returned to The Onion in 2005.

We talk with Scott about The Onion's newest venture: Onion News Network. It's one of The Onion's most ambitious ventures into non-text media, and will feature parodies of cable news, Sunday-morning talk shows and C-Span. The network's motto is: "You'll never read again."

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: A Very Magical TSOYA with Amy Krause Rosenthal and Ricky Jay

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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.

Ricky Jay is a magician, actor and historian of magic. He can kill a man or slice a melon with a thrown playing card. He's also the author of a number of amazing books about the history of magic and odd performance.

Amy Krause Rosenthal is the author of "An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life," a touching and funny memoir, presented in alphabetical order.

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Podcast: Con Man Simon Lovell

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Simon Lovell is a former professional con man and card shark. His book is called: "How to Cheat at Everything: A Con Man Reveals the secrets of the Esoteric Trade of Cheating, Scams and Hustles."

We talk with Simon about the emotional toll that running the con for a living can take. Also: how to avoid being conned yourself.

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Podcast: Entertaining with Amy Sedaris and Jimmy Carr

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On this week's show, we entertain two wonderful (and entertaining) guests.

Jimmy Carr is one of the UK's most popular standup comics. Here in the US, he's hosted the game show Distraction on Comedy Central and appeared on Late Night and The Tonight Show. His new book, written with his long-time friend Lucy Greeves, is "Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?"

Then we talk with Amy Sedaris. She's a rabbit lover and taxidermied squirrel owner, as well as the author of "I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence." The book provides domestic advice of many types, ranging from recipes to costumes to how to make fake food out of felt.

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Kurt Andersen on WSJ.com

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Our pal Kurt Andersen talks about his new book "Heyday" with a book reporter from the Wall Street Journal.

He's on tour, and it's crossing through a lot of places, including New York, Chicago, LA and San Francisco.

Iron Comic in LA Friday, Kasper Hauser in SF Tonight!

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"Iron Comic," a show in which comedians are must deliver material only on a specific subject (a "secret ingredient"), has been burning up San Francisco for quite some time. Word filtered to me that it was coming to LA (and bringing Brent Weinbach and Maria Bamford with it), and I hopped on board. The Sound of Young America is proud to be a sponsor of the show, which is Friday night (3/9) at the M Bar in LA.

The show was so hot in San Francisco, it merited a profile in the Chronicle. Anything that gets Brent Weinbach holding a meat tenderizer into the MSM is something I support enthusiastically.

And hey -- don't forget San Franciscans... Kasper Hauser are reading at Modern Times on Valencia Street tonight at 7PM. Go, buy a Skymaul, and hear from SkyMaul CEO Jerry Pondo.

Kasper Hauser: Free in SF Tuesday!

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The world-famous comedians of the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group will be presenting their book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane" Tuesday at Modern Times Books in San Francisco. This is a really great bookstore down the street from where I grew up that I can't recomend highly enough.

The event is 100% free, and things kick of at 7PM.

"The group will talk about sketch comedy and parody writing, and their attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for throwing a checker the length of the Queen Mary. "

Even if you're not in San Francisco, you should tell your friends who are. And even if you don't know anyone there, you should buy this book, which is one of the funniest I have ever read.

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