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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Daveed Diggs

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Bullseye
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Daveed Diggs

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Daveed Diggs on Hamilton, Blindspotting and Clipping's new record.

Daveed Diggs has one of the most varied resumes in entertainment.

He starred in the original cast of Hamilton – he won a Grammy and a Tony for his roles as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.

He's an actor on screen, too. You've seen him on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, The Get Down, Black -ish. Every now and then, he's got a great role in the Elmo's World segment on Sesame Street. His latest can be seen on the Amazon series Undone.

He's also a writer. Diggs co-wrote the screenplay for Blindspotting, a movie about violence and gentrification in Oakland, his hometown. Diggs also co-stars in the film, and it's brilliant.

And, if that wasn't enough he's a very talented musician. He's a member of the rap group Clipping. He serves as the MC, and producer alongside William Hutson and Jonathan Snipes. They create their beats out of weird samples: beer bottles, alarm clocks. They collaborate with noise artists, and Daveed never raps in the first person. Their newest record, There Existed An Addiction to Blood is a study in horror – horror movies, horror soundtracks, and horror rap.

Diggs joins us to talk about Clipping's new record, his various acting roles, and of course, Hamilton. Diggs reflects on his favorite music from his teenage years, and growing up in Oakland. Plus, what it's like to be recognized as a Sesame Street character.

Clipping's new album There Existed an Addiction to Blood is available October 18.

Bullseye: Rachel Bloom & Esperanza Spaulding

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Bullseye
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Rachel Bloom
Guests: 
Esperanza Spalding

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Rachel Bloom on her love of musical theater and gaining confidence in Hollywood.

Rachel Bloom is a comedian whose humor often involves her bursting into song. She embraces the classic tropes of the Hollywood musical comedy adding her own contemporary twist on her CW show, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. The show has already earned her a Golden Globe and a Critics Choice Award.

A veteran of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Bloom has also worked on television shows Allen Gregory and Robot Chicken. But it was her absurdist and hilarious musical videos that first brought her to the industry's attention. The video for her song, Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury went viral and earned Bloom a Hugo Award nomination. She has released two albums including Please Love Me and Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).

Rachel Bloom sat down with Jesse to talk about her love for musical theater, gaining self-confidence in Hollywood and the logistics involved in being lifted in the air in a giant pretzel.

Episodes of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend can seen on Hulu and at CWTV.com.


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Esperanza Spalding on The Song That Changed My Life: “Petrouchka” by Igor Stravinsky

Singer, songwriter, bassist and cellist Esperanza Spalding explains how Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky introduced her to a world of sound that she hadn’t known existed.

The Grammy Award winning artist’s latest album is Emily’s D+Evolution.

Find Esperanza Spalding online at EsperanzaSpalding.com.

The Outshot: Popstar

Jesse explains why he loves a movie that aspires to be nothing more than silly, goofy and funny.

Popstar is in theaters now.

Pop Rocket: Episode 59 Grammys 2016 with Karen Tongson

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Margaret, Karen & Guy
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Pop Rocket
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Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler
Guests: 
Karen Tongson

The team talk Full Frontal with Sammantha Bee, The People vs. OJ Simpson, Kanye's Epic week of tweets and the Grammys.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Margaret Wappler and Karen Tongson.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 6 Grammys, Biopics, Books & Jams

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Grammy Awards
Guests: 
Guy Branum
Guests: 
Wynter Mitchell
Guests: 
Oliver Wang
Guests: 
Margaret Wappler

We’re all about the Grammys this week, with opinions on Beyonce, Beck, Madonna and awards in general. Then we get into biopics. We talk about our favorites, common biopic mistakes and Wynter shares some strong feelings about Michael Douglas’ performance in Behind the Candelabra. Plus, which books have influenced the team most significantly? And we share our current top jams.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

That’s My Jam (and book that most influenced us):

Wynter Mitchell
Jam: Van Halen - Eruption
Book: American Psycho by Brett Easton Elis
Oliver Wang
Jam: Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire
Book: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Margaret Wappler
Jam: Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood
Guy Branum
Book: From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Each week we’ll add everyone’s jams to this handy Spotify playlist.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics on the MaxFun forum, our Facebook group or via @PRPod on Twitter.

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