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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!
 
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 ...
 
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.
 
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The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we're joined by American jazz trumpeter Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen. Doc is an amazing trumpet player who led the band over at "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" …
 
We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2018, Jordan Morris and John Hodgman recorded an episode of a one-off podcast called Shootin' the Bri…
 
We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've bleeped the expletives in this episode, but some material might not be suitable for children. We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2…
 
Dave Shumka and Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for the first week of MaxFunDrive 2021!! They get into all the old Los Angeles restaurants that advertise pastrami, but actually have a different specialty that everyone orders, the time Dave's family rented a video camera to tape him singing the Gilligan's Island…
 
KLAXON! It's the MaxFunDrive! The best time of year to show your support for what we do. Join us at MaximumFun.org/join! Drea brings the case against her husband, Morgan. Morgan believes that we are all living in a simulation. And he loves to talk about it. Drea disagrees and does not want to talk about this any longer. Who's right? Who's wrong? Th…
 
Rick Prelinger is an archivist and professor at UC Santa Cruz. He's a collector of found and discarded footage: home movies, outtakes from industrial videos and never before seen b-roll from old feature films. Rick also co-founded the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. It's one of the largest collections of ephemeral films in the world. In the fil…
 
Josh Gondelman (Make My Day podcast, Desus and Mero) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's attempt to do the show on easy mode with sports bloopers, Jordan's quest to find something he likes at Dunkin Donuts, the most impressive shoe in Josh's sneaker collection. Plus, Jordan challenges Josh and Jesse to a game of guessing AI pickup li…
 
William Jackson Harper won the hearts of fans as the sweet philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye on NBC's The Good Place. The role helped jump start his career and earned him a handful of award nominations including an Emmy nod. In 2019, he also starred in the critically acclaimed horror film Midsommar. His latest project is a leading role alongside …
 
Cristela Alonzo (Chicano Squad podcast, To Be Continued podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of her strong feelings about Pepe the King Prawn Muppet, the surprising tone that dominates the Pasadena subreddit, and Cristela's junior high school song lyric hustle. Check out the Pixar documentary that Cristela is in, Inside PIxar! And check…
 
It’s time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about post-pandemic hugging, child-free adults dining at kids' pizza restaurants, central vacuum systems, artificial islands, Philadelphia accents, and much more! Plus the premiere of the song, "Gygax Departed," inspired by recent episode with guest Josh Gondelman, A Donut of One's…
 
Justin Theroux joins Marc Malkin for a chat about starring in Apple TV’s new series adaptation of “Mosquito Coast.” Each week “Just for Variety” columnist and Hollywood’s most recognizable red carpet correspondent Marc Malkin sits down with today’s biggest stars to talk film, television, pop culture and the latest news. Plus, go inside the pages of…
 
Ric Burns has written, produced, and directed many documentaries over the last 25 years that capture fascinating narratives about different topics in American history. A few subjects he's covered include New York City, The American Civil War, The Chinese Exclusion Act, and many more. His latest documentary explores the life, work, and legacy of the…
 
Raoul Peck makes sweeping, breathtaking, insightful films that marry the political to the personal. As a director, he's made both documentaries and feature films. That includes 2000's Lumumba about the assassinated Congolese leader, Patrice Lumumba, 2016's Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro which vividly reworked the writings of the late James Bal…
 
It's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about tattoos, chalkboards, dinner time, bad neighbors, jungle cats, and more! Plus a letter from a veterinarian about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: "Danse Russe" by William Carlos Williams It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn…
 
Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death novel, Our Opinions Are Correct podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the friendship potential of various kaiju, the shocking but serene photo Jesse stumbled upon on Twitter while he was searching for Ichiro Suzuki highlights, and Little Ceasar's cult status as the ultimate sex symbol.…
 
Last month, the actor Jessica Walter died. She was 80 years old, her family says she passed away in her sleep. Her career spanned over six decades. She's starred in hundreds of on screen performances, from Arrested Development, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Love Boat, and Trapper John, M.D. to a starring role in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut …
 
Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's big move to Pasadena and the recommendations Kevin has from living there for years, the themed parties Kevin has thrown to entice people to hang out on his side of town, and Jordan's newfound love for breakfast burritos. Tell us the secrets you thought …
 
Nicole Byer is a force of nature. She hosts two game shows and four podcasts. She also writes and does stand-up and improv. She's an Emmy-nominated actor. And if all that wasn't enough for you, she's a great follow on Twitter. She joins Bullseye for a wide-ranging interview with guest host Tre'vell Anderson. She talks about hosting game shows, adju…
 
Bailiff Jesse Thorn is out this week so Guest Bailiff (or new judge?) Josh Gondelman fills in! He and Judge Hodgman talk about shortcuts, donuts, fantasy realms, mad scientists, ice cream, and much more! Huge thanks to Josh for joining us! Make sure to check out his podcast Make My Day wherever you get podcasts. His delightful book of essays Nice T…
 
British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb have been making audiences laugh for over two decades. They began their career performing on stage and eventually transitioned to the world of television with their breakout sketch comedy shows The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look. In 2003, they starred on the hit British …
 
Killer Mike first joined Bullseye all the way back in 2009. Since then, he's formed the supergroup Run the Jewels with partner El-P, he's appeared in films like Baby Driver and he hosted his own television series "Trigger Warning with Killer Mike" on Netflix. The Grammy-awarded rapper also finds time to stay pretty politically active. We revisit ou…
 
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They talk about Jeopardy, a joke from the movie Trading Places, stops on road trips, and a new segment "FRANKENSTEIN OR NO?" Plus Friend of the Court Elliott Kalan (The Flop House) calls in to help judge a case! MaxFunDrive is coming! Do you have a story about what JJHO means to you? We m…
 
Adam McKay's had a pretty eclectic career. He started in sketch comedy. First as a founder of the Upright Citizens Brigade, then as a writer on Saturday Night Live. He's collaborated with Will Ferrell to make some stone cold comedy classics: Anchorman, Step Brothers, Talladega Nights. Lately, his work has been more topical and political. We're revi…
 
Kate Willett (Dirtbag Anthropology on Audible, Reply Guys podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the differences and similarities between right-wing and left-wing basement boys, the reply guys that Jesse attracted with a recent viral baseball tweet, the adorable kittens (Arthur and Pearl) Kate adopted during the pandemic, and what it w…
 
The post-punk band Gang of Four was an unstoppable force of danceable beats, abrasive guitar work and unflinchingly political lyrics. Formed in the late 70s in Leeds, England, core of the operation was vocalist Jon King and guitarist Andy Gill. King and Gill were childhood friends and lifelong collaborators, and their work influenced a generation o…
 
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. They discuss the rules of Rock, Paper, Scissors, Appalachian turns of phrase, and cooking. Plus, we seek a ruling from the Court's Official Automobile Expert Rhea Butcher. And a new segment: Juvenile Court! Links discussed in this episode: The instagram account for Chan…
 
When you think of actor Christopher Lloyd, what's the first film of his that comes to mind? Is it the Back to the Future franchise where he starred as the unforgettable inventor Emmet "Doc" Brown? Perhaps it's the 1988 live action/animated film Who Framed Roger Rabbit where he took on the terrifying role as Judge Doom? Maybe it's not a film at all,…
 
Riz Ahmed has spent the last decade pursuing dual careers in acting and hip-hop. His work has been political, controversial, funny, subtle — the sort of stuff critics love — and it's found huge audiences, despite all that controversy. He started in British independent movies like suicide-bomber comedy Four Lions, acted in a Star Wars movie, and now…
 
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are clearing the docket! They talk about how to pronounce the word "crayon," smart home assistants, naming a child after the month in which they are born, sleeping in outside clothes, and a letter from a child about making their own avocado toast! Plus a quick round of DRACULA OR NO? and much more! MaxFunDrive is com…
 
With a little help from the smash hit "Cannonball" on their 1993 album "Last Splash," The Breeders became one of the biggest names in early '90s alternative rock. In 2018, we chatted with the band's lead guitarist and singer Kim Deal. She talked about the music scene in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, how unintended her success was, transitioning fro…
 
Elliott Kalan (The Flophouse podcast, MST3K on Netflix, Maniac of New York comic) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the beautiful segmented urban worms in Elliot's garage, what his experience of being a contestant on Jeopardy recently, a new one-man show about MOMSTANK. And this week Jesse has turned the tables to quiz Jordan and Elliott! …
 
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