podcasting

Jesse Thorn on Comedy & Everything Else

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I had a blast last night recording an episode of Comedy & Everything Else. Stef and Jimmy were gracious hosts and we had a lot of fun talking about everything from President Obama to Queen Latifah. If you have the stomach for two and a half hours of me running my mouth, you should check it out.

Scott Simpson on Stop Podcasting Yourself

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Our friend Scott Simpson from You Look Nice Today stopped by the very funny Canadian podcast Stop Podcasting Yourself this week. I listened today while I was walking my dog, and laughed a lot.

Listen below, or download it directly here. If you want to use iTunes to download it, use this link.

Nick Kroll as "El Chupacabra" on WTF

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This trumps the heck out of me and Jordan's arguments about El Cucuy and El Piolin. Nick Kroll is amazing.

Eddie Pepitone on WTF

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A month or so ago, I went and did Marc Maron's WTF at the UCB Theater. It was a lot of fun, and maybe the most fun was Eddie Pepitone's profane, meandering rant on the Balloon Boy and Parks and Recreation and so on.

Very NSFW.

Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 112: Bananacakes with Seth and Jonathan from Uhh Yeah Dude

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Guests: 
Seth Romatelli
Guests: 
Jonathan Larroquette

Seth Romatelli and Jonathan Larroquette join Jesse and Jordan to talk about smart phones and dumb everything else.


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The Public Radio Talk Show Handbook

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The Public Radio Program Directors association has put together a really useful guidebook on how to make a local public radio talk show.

I know, you don't work for a public radio station, and don't aspire to make such a show.

However: I know many of you are podcasters, or are interested in local media. The guide is every bit as useful to you as it would be to a local public radio station.

It covers everything from pre-show prep to hosting to "formatics".

An invaluable tool if you're interested in making high-quality audio.

Interview with Never Not Funny Hosts Jimmy Pardo & Matt Belknap

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Jimmy Pardo (L) and Matt Belknap (R), photo by Liezl
Guests: 
Jimmy Pardo
Guests: 
Matt Belknap

Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap are the hosts of Never Not Funny, one of the world's most popular comedy podcasts. Pardo has been a standup comic for twenty years, and has appeared on the Tonight Show and been featured in his own Comedy Central special. He's also hosted television shows like National Lampoon's Funny Money on GSN and Movies at Our House on AMC. Belknap works in film development, and is the founder of the comedy fan website aspecialthing.com.

Jesse on Never Not Funny

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My friends at the podcast Never Not Funny invited me on their show recently, and it was a pleasure and an honor to accept their invitation. Never Not Funny has been one of my favorite podcasts for years; I listen every week.

Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap, the host and producer of the show, will be guests on The Sound of Young America in a few weeks. Jimmy was a guest a few years ago, shortly after he and Matt launched the show.

Above are the first 20 or so minutes of the show, which are free. If you subscribe ($20 well spent), you can get the full episode and for a further five bucks, the video.

Podcast Fridays

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My pal Clinton from PRI had a great suggestion today on Twitter: Podcast Friday.

Recently, Twitter users have taken to sharing their favorite twitterers with posts tagged "#followfriday". Clinton suggested we use the same format to share some favorite podcasts: #podcastfriday.

Here's what I'm subscribed to at the moment (besides, of course, my own shows):

The Age of Persuasion
The Best Show on WFMU
The Bugle
Car Talk
Fresh Air
Hey, We're Back!
The Moth
Never Not Funny
On the Media
Radiolab
Savage Love
Seven Second Delay
Ted Talks
This American Life
Wiretap
You Look Nice Today

So -- if you're on twitter, try a post tagged #podcastfriday. Either way, share your picks with us on the forum.

The Best Show Gems - Tom Scharpling's New Podcast

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Long-time Sound of Young America followers are probably already familiar with Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU. It's a call-in talkshow on the nation's premier free-form radio station, which Scharpling calls "three hours of mirth, music and mayhem."

Calling it a call-in talk show, though, undersells it dramatically. On the show, Tom and his partner in crime Jon Wurster have created an entire fictional universe, with recurring characters, feuds, drama... like Arrested Development on the radio. Wurster calls in in-character regularly, and part of the fun of the show revolves around the line between truth and fiction. Even when regular folks call in (and it's mostly regular folks), half the time Tom pulls them in one direction or the other, leaving us to wonder what he really thinks. It's half talkshow, half deconstruction of the talkshow -- both celebrating and making a mockery of talkshow convention.

Comedy stars like Paul F. Tompkins and Patton Oswalt and rock & rollers like Ted Leo are fans and supporters of the show, and for good reason -- it really is something special. I'm a fan myself (in case you can't tell) and Tom & Jon have been guests on The Sound. I once dedicated an entire Sound of Young America to highlighting material from The Best Show.

The show has been available by podcast for sometime, but the whole three-hours-a-week thing can be tough for a new listener. To help ease people into the world of The Best Show, Tom's created a new podcast, called Best Show Gems. It's a sort of greatest-hits compilation, every other week. Easy to digest and follow, easy to laugh at, tons of fun.

You can check out Best Show Gems online here. This is the iTunes link. This is the podcast feed. As the proud winner of a Best Show Award (Worst Caller, 2007), I urge you to take a listen.

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