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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.)
 
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.
 
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 ...
 
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The Brat Pack, as you might know, is a term for a group of 8 or so actors who starred in about a dozen movies in the 1980s. There's Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, a bunch of others — and Andrew McCarthy. But McCarthy always kind of pushed back on the label of being a Brat Pack actor — he wasn't really into the whole nostalgia…
 
Look at just about any "greatest albums of all time" list and you'll usually see Liz Phair's 1993 record Exile in Guyville. The album put her on the map as a singer-songwriter. The production was no frills, and the songwriting was personal at times and tongue-in-cheek at others. It inspired a bunch of bands and artists such as Courtney Barnett, Foo…
 
Eliza Skinner (Earth to Ned) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how Eliza's cat's new haircut has totally changed his personality, a debate over the best emoji to deploy when censoring your pet's genitals online, and the secret plot octopuses probably have to right the wrongs of humans. Plus, Eliza is hosting her own late-night talk show!! …
 
We're remembering the life of rapper Gift of Gab, who died last month at just 50 years old. Gab was the co-founder and MC for the legendary Northern California hip-hop group Blackalicious. If you're a serious hip-hop head, you know them; If you're not, you might recognize him for the tongue-twisting track Alphabet Aerobics. He could go toe-to-toe w…
 
Ben files suit against his friend and writing partner, Graham. The two of them agreed that if they were not hired on a writing staff by the end of 2020, they would get matching ear piercings. They did end up getting hired on a show, but their start date was at the very beginning of 2021. Graham believes that since they were offered the jobs in 2020…
 
Melissa McCarthy has played some unforgettable parts, like in Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy. She met her husband, Ben Falcone, when they were members of the Groundlings theater in Los Angeles and have been performing together on stage and screen for almost 20 years now. Together the two have made five movies now. Their latest collaboration is the N…
 
Sarah Morgan (Bubble podcast and graphic novel) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's plan for sports hooligan harm reduction, the castles that even small towns have in England, and the surprisingly deep conversation Jordan overheard in the shower at the aquatics center. Plus, Sarah co-wrote Bubble with Jordan and IT'S ALMOST OUT! WHA…
 
Content Warning: this segment contains some graphic descriptions of torture, sex and violence. It's an interview with John Waters for a segment we do called I Wish I'd Made That. In this episode, the director behind Hairspray, Crybaby, and Pink Flamingos. He stops by the show to talk about the 1975 film Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom which is direc…
 
Big thanks to John Darnielle for his expertise on this week’s episode! The Mountain Goats' latest album "Dark in Here" is OUT NOW on Merge Records. Click HERE to read Jesse Raub’s 3,333 word essay about Michael Anthony! Thank you to Adam Capybara, Mike Kennedy, and Chris Rini for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a title for a future episode…
 
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger keep busy with various projects in show business. They're parents, too. The celebrity couple don't get much one-on-one time together. In their podcast Did You Get My Text with Meredith and Patton they take a break from their busy lives as actors to talk about all the text messages, memes and random stuff they sen…
 
Glen Weldon (Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR's Podcast Start Up Guide) joins Jordan and Jesse to talk about his new cabin lifestyle and what it's like to see a fox roaming around your yard, how nature documentaries can be ruined by the behind-the-scenes features, and the giant two-headed shark he beheaded in his DND campaign as Gnorm the Oathbreaker. P…
 
Rudy, of RUDY'S PLACE, returns to Judge John Hodgman's court and brings his wife, Mary, with him! Rudy can’t stand glitter. He says that Mary keeps bringing it into the house and would like her to stop. Mary says that Rudy needs to find a better way to cope. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae! The Rudy's Place theme song: Lyrics…
 
We're dedicating this week's show to music duo Wendy and Lisa. Together they recorded some stone cold classics with Prince's band The Revolution: Purple Rain, Raspberry Beret, Kiss, When Doves Cry and more. These days, they're known for their work composing scores for TV and movies: Heroes, Dangerous Minds, Crossing Jordan, and Nurse Jackie. Their …
 
Michael Hing and Ben Jenkins (Free to a Good Home podcast, Dragon Friends show) join Jordan and Jesse from Australia to talk about the Australian hot ham sandwich sensation that is the Yumbo, how Yahoo Serious is the JD Salenger of buffoonery, and a terrifying swimming pool invitation Jesse had delivered to his inbox. Plus, Jordan saw a baffling sh…
 
Canonball is a segment on Bullseye that gives us a chance to take a closer look at albums that should be considered classics, to find out what makes them great. This time, the writer Aaron Carnes tells us why Crab Rangoon by MU330 deserves to join the canon of great pop records. Aaron is a music journalist who just wrote In Defense of Ska, which, w…
 
We are going back to the beginning of the JJHo inbox to find some DOCKET DEEP CUTS! Cases from 2010! The best fast food burgers, cats looking for milk, free-will arguments, ramen, and much more! Plus the FIRST EVER Judge Wrong Hodgman letter (™ Lela)! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: The Doughboys podcast French Fries cold-frying technique from Ame…
 
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players of all time: an NBA Hall of Famer, six-time MVP, 19-time All-Star and, of course, the master of the skyhook shot. He excelled at basketball in high school, went on to play college ball at UCLA and was drafted first overall in the NBA, where he played for 21 seasons. Since retiring from b…
 
If you know Will Forte from one thing, it's probably Saturday Night Live. He was a cast member for eight years, playing characters like MacGruber. He also starred in and created the hit TV show Last Man on Earth, and had parts on 30 Rock and a bunch of other comedies. Plus there was the Academy Award-nominated Nebraska, in which he starred alongsid…
 
Chris Gethard (Half My Life comedy special, Beautiful/Anonymous podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse on day twelve of a two-week quarantine in a sad hotel in Vancouver to discuss Jesse's visceral aversion to a man wearing spurs at the flea market, Chris's unlikely connection to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's mother, and Chris's dedication to t…
 
Clearing the docket! Ordering tea at a beer garden, sending your published book to a literary idol, nicknames, artificial plants, and the return of our new segment RUDY'S PLACE! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Lunenburg Pudding Be Scared of Everything by Peter Counter "All of the birds died in 1986 due to Reagan killing them and replacing them wit…
 
Award-winning actor Antonio Banderas is probably one of the most versatile, charming and handsome actors out there today. You've probably seen him in "Zorro," "Philadelphia," "Desperado," or maybe heard him in "Shrek" – he played the voice of Puss in Boots. His latest project is "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard," which comes out in theaters this week…
 
Content warning: This interview contains some explicit language and graphic, frank talk about sex that some listeners might be sensitive to. Ryan O'Connell is the creator and star of the Netflix show Special. It's a semi-autobiographical sitcom about Ryan's own life – his experience as a gay man, and coming to terms with his identity as a disabled …
 
Tony Cliff (Delilah Dirk series, the Bubble graphic novel artist!!) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the three (3) movies Jordan saw IN THEATERS this week, the strikingly authentic Italian deli in Pasadena that adds credibility to the whole block, how the best apple fritter Tony has ever had came from a Safeway, and the viral video of a l…
 
Time to clear the docket! Answering your door to unexpected visitors, lotion hands attacks, naming a camper, fresh air, pronouncing the word "album" differently, and more! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: City Willie on Instagram Archie Was Here on Instagram Axolotl Twins on Instagram由John Hodgman, Jesse Thorn
 
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