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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!
 
Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
 
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.
 
I’ve covered 5 Olympic and 5 Paralympic Games at home and abroad. Tokyo 2020 was to have been numbers 6. So how are the athletes preparing during Covid times. And what are they learning in the run up to the Games. The Podcast lasts around 10 mins and comes out daily, Monday to Friday. I’m also using it to raise money for Maggie’s Cancer Centres to thank them for the help they’ve given my wife and family during her bowel cancer journey. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/destinationtokyo
 
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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…
 
At the top of the show, Jason and Randy discuss Bob Brenly's comments on Marcus Stroman. Then they are joined by Jesse Thorn to discuss the San Francisco Giants and more. To wrap, the guys get fantasy tips from Jesse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices由Starburns Audio, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar
 
Adam Dixon is the GB men's hockey captain heading to his second Olympic Games. He's had the difficult job of guiding the team through lockdown and keeping the squad together through this unprecedented 16 months. He's also got married and become a dad. We met up at the Team GB Kitting Out to talk about the final preparation and the hopes for the Tok…
 
At the top of the show, Jason and Randy discuss the potential 12 team college football play-off. Then they are joined by Darren McCarty to discuss all things hockey! To wrap, the guys get a voicemail from Nicolas Cage. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices由Starburns Audio, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar
 
Jess Piasecki is part of Team GB in the marathon and will make her Olympic debut in the heat of Tokyo. I met Jess at the Team GB Kitting Out day and she was thrilled with the experience. Jess's story is a remarkable one. She's been competing at international level since she was 16. But from the age of 18 she's had to learn about and overcome a numb…
 
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…
 
Dylan Fletcher is heading to Tokyo for his second Olympics as part of Team GB. His mum and dad were ballet dancers who got him into child acting. They saved the money he got paid for appearing in programmes like The Bill. And with that money he got his first boat aged 11. Dylan finished 6th in Rio but goes in as one of the favourites with partner S…
 
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…
 
Lauren Williams will make her Olympic debut in Taekwondo in Tokyo and her story is one to inspire any young athlete. She's twice European Champion and hoping to add to her overall medal haul this summer. In 2012 she was on holiday with her family in their caravan when they watched Jade Jones win her gold medal at the London Olympics. Inspired by th…
 
After Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd last year, tens of thousands of people all over the world took to the streets to protest police violence against Black people. And if you look at images from these marches, you will probably start to notice a common color scheme -- one involving a lot of red, black, and green. The…
 
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…
 
Ali Jawad is a Paralympic powerlifter who won silver in Rio in 2016. As we've heard over this series, Ali has really struggled with Crohn's Disease which has left him way behind his previous level at the sport. But he's working hard and doing his best to make the Games. Ali had one last chance to qualify and he says he produced his best performance…
 
Patrick Huston is heading to Tokyo with the Archery team. This will be his second Olympic Games. Patrick has just won the British Field Archery Championships and he tells me about that side of the sport. Patrick has just competed overseas in a World Cup event - his first major event since the European Games in Minsk in 2019. He was disappointed wit…
 
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 …
 
At the top of the show, Jason and Randy discuss the sticky crises in the MLB. Then they are joined by Adam Cayton-Holland to discuss parenting as a sports lover, MLB, and Shaq as a commentator. To wrap, the guys get a voicemail from Tiger Woods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
 
Shona McCallin is a gold medal winner with GB Hockey from the Rio Olympics in 2016. Shona is a regular on the podcast and it's great that she's here on Episode 100. The Games are now just six weeks ago and Shona talks about the final preparations and how she's approaching the final push. She's also had an injury and has been on crutches. So it's es…
 
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…
 
Laura Gallagher is a GB Trampoline Gymnast, an 8 times World and European medal winner and now a member of Team GB. Laura gave a great interview in Episode 40 talking about giving up the sport five years ago, a crisis of confidence and never giving up. She promised to come back to tell us if she made the team. And I'm delighted to see we can celebr…
 
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
 
Vicky Thornley is heading to her third Olympic Games. The Team GB rower won silver in Rio with Katherine Grainger and also competed in the 8 in London. But this will be her first Games going solo. Vicky's had a few bumps along the way and talks openly and honestly about the issues she has had with over training and her nasty accident on her bike du…
 
Let us be the first to wish you a Happy Flag Day, beautiful nerds! Anyone who has listened to 99% Invisible regularly knows we have a thing for flags, which can beautiful things that give communities something symbolic to rally around. This year, we decided to get the celebration started early then keep the party going with two whole weeks of flag-…
 
City of Ghosts, the children's show on Netflix, is a bit hard to explain. It's animated in 3-D, and the characters — mostly children — look kind of like Wii avatars. It's set in Los Angeles, and the backgrounds are real places that thousands of people encounter here every day: Koreatown subway stations, Venice skate parks, East LA restaurants and s…
 
Jeanette Chippington is one of the world's most successful paddlers. She's won multiple world championships and is the current Paralympic champion in KL1, when the sport made it's debut at Rio. Jeanette made her debut in the 1988 Games and competed at 5 successive Paralympics in Swimming, winning 12 medals including 2 golds. She talks about three d…
 
Becky Downie has been left out of the Olympic team for Tokyo. The experienced Team GB athlete has had a torrid few weeks after the sudden death of her brother and having a special trial two weeks later to try to secure her place. An appeal failed. "Ever since I was a little girl winning an Olympic gold medal has always been my dream. I don't have t…
 
The Craziest Day of my Entire Career is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite people about some truly unbelievable stories. Stepping up to the plate this time around is longtime standup comedian Chris Gethard. When we asked Chris about the craziest day of his entire career, he shared with us the jaw-dropping, complete…
 
Joe McDonnell is an athletics sprint coach and part of the British Athletics coaching team. Joe speaks to me from European Para-athletics European Championships in Bydgosczc in Poland. He talks openly and candidly about the coaching issues over the last 12 months and his hopes for Tokyo. Joe believes individual welfare and development as a person c…
 
Niccole Thurman (Shrill, The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the amazing accomplishments of kids that infuriated Jesse growing up, how Jordan hung on to paleontology as a dream job for a little too long, and how well the famous hunks of the 90's have aged. This is the last week to let Jordan know about your …
 
It's 50 days to go until the start of the Olympics which marks the beginning of an extraordinary summer of sport in Tokyo with the Olympics and Paralympics. So how has it been for those involved in the organisational side! One guess!! Penny Briscoe is the team leader of Paralympics GB. She's called the Chef de Mission, which is the head of the team…
 
Kylie Grimes has committed herself fully to being a Paralympian and these will be her 3rd Games. Kylie is the only woman named in the GB Wheelchair Rugby squad in this mixed event. She says competing at the top level has been a dream since she was a young girl. A swimming accident changed her life but she used sport as part of her rehab and absolut…
 
Rick Steves is probably best known as a public media travel expert. He's mastered the art of travel in his public television programs: Rick Steves' Europe and Travels in Europe with Rick Steves. Rick always finds ways to travel around Europe that are fun and practical. He's got a cheerful, and charming presence on TV. Since around March last year..…
 
Mahama Cho has been named as part of the GB Taekwondo squad for the Tokyo Olympics. This will be his second Olympic Games after a 5th place in Rio. I caught up with him whilst he was trying out the Team GB formal suit supplied by Simon Jersey. He talks about looking the part for the Games. He was massively inspired by his dad who encouraged him to …
 
Desus Nice and the Kid Mero are longtime collaborators and friends, having met at summer school in their native Bronx. They started first as podcast hosts, and now they also make a TV show on Showtime (called, appropriately, Desus & Mero). When we had Desus and Mero on the show in 2017, we found the perfect person to interview them: Brooklyn native…
 
At the top of the show, Jason and Randy discuss LeBron braking NBA rules. Then they are joined by Jay Larson to discuss Phil Mickelson and all things golf. Quick Hits: Charles Barkley says NBA doesn't have the balls to suspend LeBron, and Dominique Wilkins turned away from restaurant. To wrap, the guys get a voicemail from Kris Kristofferson. Learn…
 
Matt Bush talks to me about being on the team for the debut of Para Taekwondo at the Paralympics. Matt talks about his journey into the sport; what he loves about it and how he balances training with working for the family firm. He also talks about how he had to convince his local gym owner that He came close to making Rio in 2016 in the javelin. T…
 
David Gborie (All Fantasy Everything podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's new visceral strategy for keeping his cat Bug from scratching up his new couch, Jesse's realization that Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk is the live entertainment experience he's been chasing since high school, and the transition of taquitos from…
 
Beth Munro has been named in Paralympics GB's taekwondo team for the Tokyo Games. Beth is 27 and from Liverpool and has had a remarkable few months. In her first international competition she qualified a place for the Games and this week has been selected. Beth played netball and threw javelin until 2019 when she was spotted and invited to try out …
 
It's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about wedding gifts, computer voices, splitting burritos, the Godfather theme, plus an audio letter from a kid! And much more! If you want to remix litigant Jim's robot voice with a track from "Sports" by Huey Lewis and the News, here's the clip! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: Ri…
 
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