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Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
 
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
The Turnaround is a new series about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and The Columbia Journalism Review. Featuring conversations with prominent interviewers about their careers and their craft, the show is a perfect resource for a new generation of storytellers and journalists. You'll hear Jesse speak with Larry King, Terry Gross, Werner Herzog, Audie Cornish, and so many more!
 
John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.
 
The dark and brilliant sketch comedy of San Francisco's Kasper Hauser Comedy Group has dazzled audiences around the world, on stage and on Comedy Central. Hear audio comedy, watch videos, and read pages from the hilarious catalog parody "Skymaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane," which has already been acclaimed by Patton Oswalt, George Saunders, Fred Willard and John Hodgman.
 
Expand your horizons with this collection of hand-picked classic short stories and tales by writers like Jack London, Guy de Maupassant, Louisa May Alcott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Allen Poe, Ray Bradbury, Hans Christian Anderson, Ambrose Bierce, and many others. These fast-paced stories are chosen for their unique flavor, are suitable for all ages and tastes, and provide a window to a time when writers knew how to tell great stories usi ...
 
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Actor and comedian David Cross is our guest! While you may know him best for his stand-up comedy and roles on shows like Arrested Development and Mr. Show, David joins Jesse to talk about his newest endeavor - a dramatic role in the new film The Dark Divide. He talks about the mental and physical challenges of playing that role, growing up in Georg…
 
In 'A LADIES MAN a group of men taking a slow steamer encounter 15 young ladies who are being sheltered by a headmistress nicknamed "the dragon" and they try to find ways to break the ice. In "A CASE OF FEVER" a older doctor aboard a passenger ship shares a past experience from the American west with his younger crewmates. Catch ALL our author inte…
 
Cody Ziglar (She-Hulk on D+, The Dark Weeb podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the lesser-known sodas from the south like Cheer Wine, the titillating hashtag Jordan saw being used on the Antiques Roadshow, and the jarring ebb and flow of action in Attack on Titan, an anime that features naked crank-less giants eating people. Plus, w…
 
This week, we're clearing the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse discuss eating leftovers for lunch, picking up baby items with one's toes, cast iron pan hoards, and eating at morally questionable restaurants. LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: The ad from 1984 that convinced a young Judge Hodgman to get a Mac Judge Hodgman's appearance on Justi…
 
Watson recalls a case in which he and Holmes unravel a mystery surrounding a young lady cyclist who iis being pursued daily by an unknown man. Catch ALL our author interviews in one place here at 1001 History's Best Storytellers! Android devices: https://podbay.fm/p/1001-historys-best-storytellers (cut and paste into your url) Apple devices: https:…
 
We're joined by rapper A$AP Ferg of the A$AP Mob. Born Darold Durard Brown Ferguson Jr., he grew up in Harlem in an area dubbed "Hungry Ham." His music is hard to define but if you had to you'd need to include hip hop, trap, dubstep, house and soul. He's helped to redefine the term "New York rapper." His latest album is called Floor Seats 2. Ferg j…
 
Cristela Alonzo (Music to My Years memoir, To Be Continued podcast), joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Jordan is doubting his creativity because of his milquetoast dreams, Cristela's quest to correct some misinformation about the Biden dogs, and the dubious existence of die-hard Aerosmith fans.…
 
This week we have Friends of the Court Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark in chambers to help clear the docket! They talk about distances, leaf collecting, consuming blood, and snacking on leftovers. Plus a letter from a Gen Z listener about books! Josh and Chuck are the hosts of the smash hit podcast STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW! They are also the writers of th…
 
Rob Halford is a legend in the world of metal music. He is the lead vocalist of heavy metal group Judas Priest. He recently released an autobiography called Confess. In it, he shares some truly incredible stories: like the time he handcuffed himself to Andy Warhol or when he explained heavy-metal to Queen Elizabeth. We're revisiting our interview w…
 
A swindler grabs a large plot of cheap property in Georgia and sells lots by mail, planning to leave the area before he s discovered, but on the way out he runs into an old couple who has purchased the most expensive property and suffers a bout of conscience. Catch ALL our author interviews in one place here at 1001 History's Best Storytellers! And…
 
Musician Laura Jane Grace joins Bullseye this week! She talks with Max Fun's Jordan, Jesse, GO! co-host, Jordan Morris about her new album, Stay Alive. Laura fronts the punk band Against Me! and super-fan Jordan chats with her about her early days playing shows in a laundromat, her love of Guns N' Roses, and what it's like to record and album while…
 
Brea Grant (12 Hour Shift movie, Mary graphic novel) and Mallory O'Meara (The Lady From the Black Lagoon book) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how everyone spent the most powerful Halloween of all time, how Elvira will not sign autographs unless she is in character, and the drive-in porno theater in Brea's hometown. Plus, Jesse helps ever…
 
In the exciting conclusion of Washington Irving's THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, we join the traveling schoolteacher Ichabod Crane as he saddles up old Gunpowder for a ride to a special party hosted at the home of Katrina Van Tassle, where he hopes to win her heart away from the town hero and rabble rouser, Brom Bones. Catch ALL our author interviews…
 
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains an extremely brief mention of SARS and respiratory disease from 17:40-18:32. This week we are revisiting a courtroom classic with a rerun of the beloved BAT BROTHERS episode! Brothers Adam and Noah share a home bought out of foreclosure. They are slowly fixing up the house together and the monthly payment is c…
 
These days it might seem like we're in a bit of a time-loop. Days feel like months. Months feel like an eternity. That's probably what makes Hulu's Palm Springs the perfect movie for this time. It's a romantic comedy about two people who are forced to repeat the same day. The film stars Andy Samberg as Nyles, and Cristin Milioti, as Sarah. It's a f…
 
This classic short story by Washington Irving is a well-written tale of life in the Dutch settlement of Tarry Town in New York State in an area bordering the Hudson River , where many Dutch and German immigrants settled after Henry Hudson's explorations. Along with a desire to work hard and prosper, the Dutch brought with them their superstitions..…
 
Blaire Erskine (Twitter / Video / Superstar ) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's exhilarating run through the resurrected Target Husk, the lawless Christian nightclub for teens Blaire used to go to growing up, and the genderbending papal protest organization called the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence that one of Jesse's childhood m…
 
It's time to clear the docket! Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (FROZEN, COCO) help with an important FROZEN 2 related dispute! They also weigh in on cases about continuity errors and group text chat participation. And much, much more! Here are some links to topics and references from the episode: Kristen and Bobby excited for Ma…
 
It's a very special Halloween Spooktacular edition of Bullseye! We revisit our 2017 conversation with Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She'll talk with Jesse about The Groundlings and creating the aesthetic behind her iconic character, her childhood growing up in the midwest and what it's like inhabiting such a sex…
 
While riding his bicycle in the Miskatonic Valley of rural New England, a geneologist seeks shelter from an approaching storm. He enters an apparently abandoned house only to find it occupied by a loathsome old man who seems to enjoy pictures of hacked human bodies. Catch ALL our author interviews in one place here at 1001 History's Best Storytelle…
 
This week we are revisiting our conversation with musician Tom Fec, better known by his stage name, Tobacco. His latest album, Hot Wet & Sassy comes out at the end of October. Tom joined Jesse last year to talk about his musical influences, his creative process, and why he rejects the label of psychedelic rock. Plus he tells us why you'll occasiona…
 
Alicia Tobin (Retail Nightmares podcast, "So You're A Little Sad, So What?" book) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the intolerable soundtracks at retail jobs that play on a loop and haunt you for decades, the notoriously awful customer that spawned Alicia's Retail Nightmares podcast, and the Scandinavian gummy store by Jordan's house that…
 
Lauren files suit against her mother, Cheri. When Cheri dies, she says she would like her ashes flushed down a toilet at Disney World, so her remains are recycled with the water used for the flowers in the parks. Lauren is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Chris Nuber for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episod…
 
Padma Lakshmi is a model, actress and the host of Top Chef on Bravo. She's the person telling everyone to pack their knives and go home. Her latest television series is Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi on Hulu. Each episode, Padma travels to a different part of the United States to highlight an immigrant community. The show celebrates different …
 
In THE THORNY ROAD OF HONOR Hans Christian Anderson recalls the abuse suffered by great men like Socrates and Homer due to other people's jealousy, envy, and ignorance. THE ELDER TREE MOTHER is a fantasy seen through a little boy's eyes after drinking elder tree tea and listening to a tale from his grandparents. NEW 1001 Ghost Stories & Tales of th…
 
We're joined by Kyle Kinane who chats with Jesse about his latest comedy special Trampoline in a Ditch. It was recorded in 2019. His voice is probably most well-known from his work on Comedy Central but did you know he was also in a punk band? Kyle joins Bullseye to chat about challenging himself and his audience with new topics, being the voice of…
 
David Rees and Jon Kimball (Election Profit Makers podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the tamest political scandal of all time, Jesse's big missed opportunity on LinkedIn, and the Big League Chew swallow club that David and John had in 8th grade. Plus, Jordan makes his long-awaited debut on Instagram and only has eyes for John Dicke…
 
Cory Doctorow joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse as they clear the docket! They discuss splitting the internet bill, operating system updates, pajamas on planes, playing acapella gospel music, GPS navigation, and spoilers! Cory's new book Attack Surface is OUT NOW! It's available wherever you get your books! Check out Cory's website craphound.co…
 
Actor Richard Jenkins joins guest host Jordan Morris on Bullseye this week. Among his many roles, Richard is perhaps best known for his supporting actor roles on critically acclaimed TV shows like Six Feet Under and movies like The Shape of Water. He joins us to talk about his new films, Kajillionaire and The Last Shift, the show he saw as a kid th…
 
The hurricane continues to rage across the tiny island as many of the inhabitants are swept away- but nature and fate pick the ones who will survive. Naori is swept far off the island and looking at isolation and probable death until an unexpected discovery gives her the strength to survive. Enjoy 1001 Heroes, Legends, Histories & Mysteries on the …
 
Hari Kunzru is a novelist and journalist. He is the author of several novels including: My Revolutions, Gods Without Men, and White Tears. His latest novel is called Red Pill. The book's protagonist is an unnamed narrator. He's a writer in Brooklyn, married with kids. In the back of his mind, he can't shake this feeling: something bad is about to h…
 
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