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Jello Biafra Interview Live at SF Sketchfest: The Sound of Young America Podcast

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Jello Biafra (L) with Jesse Thorn, photo by Tommy Lau
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This week, we're joined by punk rock and free speach legend Jello Biafra. As the former frontman of the seminal punk group Dead Kennedys, Biafra fused political agitprop with humor, changing the face of punk rock. He also ran for mayor of San Francisco, gaining thousands of votes with a platform that included a requirement that businessmen downtown wear clown suits and that policemen be elected. Since his time with the DKs, he's become a free speach leader, travelling the country giving spoken word performances. He's also the founder of Alternative Tentacles Records.

We spoke with Biafra during our live show at SF Sketchfest in San Francisco.

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Betty Davis Interview on The Sound of Young America Podcast

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Betty Davis is a legend of soul and funk music. The one-time wife of Miles Davis introduced the jazzman to Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and the broad world of electric music, leading him to create "Bitches Brew." She recorded three albums of her own in the 1970s, full of raw, sexy, outrageous funk. The first two, "Betty Davis" and "They Say I'm Different" have been re-released by the Seattle label Light in the Attic Records.

Davis left the music industry in the late 1970s, and has been completely absent from the public eye since -- at one point, a fan had to track her down in the suburbs of Pittsburgh to get her $40,000 in songwriting royalties.

This is her first radio interview since her performing days.

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How's Your News?: Producer Arthur Bradford and Reporter Jeremy Vest on The Sound of Young America

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Jeremy Vest (R) cooks with past TSOYA guest Amy Sedaris

Our guests this week are two of the folks behind "How's Your News," a new MTV series which follows a group of reporters with physical and developmental disabilities around the country as they interview celebrities and just plain folks. The show is hilarious, insightful and a whole lot of fun (for both the viewer and, apparently, the reporters). Producer Arthur Bradford has grown "How's Your News?" from a summer camp activity to a feature-length film and now to it's current incarnation. Jeremy Vest, pictured above, is one of the reporting team. He has the developmental disability Williams' Syndrome.

We talked with Jeremy and Arthur about their favorite moments making the show, and the challenges of guiding such a heterogeneous group through such an ambitious project.

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Larry Wilmore Interview: Daily Show Contributor Talks About "I'd Rather We Got Casinos" on The Sound of Young America

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Larry Wilmore (L) with the late Bernie Mac

Larry Wilmore is an accomplished comedy writer and performer. He worked as a standup comic before going into television writing. As a TV writer, he wrote for In Living Color and The Office, among many others, and co-created The PJs and The Bernie Mac Show. As a performer, he's acted in numerous sitcoms and recently has been seen regularly on The Daily Show as the program's Senior Black Correspondent.

His new book is "I'd Rather We Got Casinos (and Other Black Thoughts)."

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Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 89: A Tribute to Dennis Richmond (Recorded Live in San Francisco)

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Jesse and Jordan discuss what about a city is bullshit, what to say to a Hollywood agent, Supercelebrity Rob Lowe, and of course newscaster Dennis Richmond. Recorded as part of the Monsters of Podcasting at SF Sketchfest 2009, alongside the wonderful and brilliant You Look Nice Today.

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Poet Michael Robbins reads "Alien Vs. Predator" on The Sound of Young America

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On this special mini podcast, poet Michael Robbins reads his poem "Alien Vs. Predator," originally published in The New Yorker.

Michael Robbins is a PhD student in the English program at the University of Chicago and teaches poetry at Columbia College and is an associate editor of Chicago Review. His work (poems & reviews) has appeared in LIT, Tinfish, Boston Review, Court Green, Phoebe and the Chicago Review.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 54: Sound of Shade

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: In another edition of their recurring Sounds of San Francisco segment, Coyle and Sharpe ask a man to identify the sound the shade.

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Jordan Jesse Go! Episode 88: The Crystal Store with Andy Daly

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Jesse and Jordan are joined by Andy Daly to discuss the lady who owns the crystal store, our faltering economy, David Gordon Green and more.

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Spike Feresten Interview: FOX's Late Night "Talk Show" Host on The Sound of Young America

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Spike Feresten wrote for most of the funniest television series of the 1990s, including Seinfeld, The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and even an episode of The Simpsons. Even some of his failures -- like The Dana Carvey Show -- were beloved. Among his credits are the classic "Seinfeld" episode "The Soup Nazi."

Three years ago, he stepped in front of the camera as the host of Fox's late night series Talkshow with Spike Feresten. It's a comedy-heavy Saturday night talk show that has featured guests ranging from Tim & Eric to Tom Hanks. The show just got extended from half an hour to an hour, airing in the slot that once belonged to Mad TV.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 53: Interprotoplasm Flow

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle and Sharpe attempt to convince a man to exchange his innards with complete strangers.

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