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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn



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 McSwe



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Greta Gerwig & Pixar's Lee Unkrich

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:19:37 -0500

First up this week, the one and only Greta Gerwig! You probably know her as an actor - she starred in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and a bunch of other indies. She's also been in Oscar contenders like Jackie and 20th Century Women. Now, she's written and directed a film of her own: Lady Bird. And no exaggeration - it's one of our favorite movies from this year. Then, Lee Unkrich. For over 20 years now, he's been one of the leading creative voices at Pixar. He worked on Toy Story, Finding Nemo, A Bug's Life, a bunch more. He directed Toy Story 3, probably the darkest and most affecting of the movies in that series. Now, he's directed Coco, the newest Disney / Pixar movie. Set in Mexico, Coco is a story wrapped up in the Mexican day of the dead - dia de muertos. He'll talk with Jesse about the making of Coco and lots more, especially his time working on Silk Stalkings, the classic 1993 erotic police procedural on USA.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/565556857/npr_565556857.mp3?orgId=1&d=3933&p=510309&story=565556857&t=podcast&e=565556857&ft=pod&f=510309




Bonus! Heat Rocks: Anil Dash on Prince's 1999

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:09:30 -0500

Hey Bullseye fans! We have a special bonus treat for y'all today. We're gonna give you a look at Heat Rocks, the brand new music podcast here at Maximum Fun. It's an interview show that dissects classic, canonical urban and soul albums and the people who love them. This time, join writer Oliver Wang and music director Morgan Supervisor Morgan Rhodes as they interview tech blogger (and avid Prince fan) about the Purple One's all-time classic "1999." You can find out more about Heat Rocks at heatrockspod.com or just search "heat rocks" in your favorite podcast app.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/564982746/npr_564982746.mp3?orgId=1&d=2847&p=510309&story=564982746&t=podcast&e=564982746&ft=pod&f=510309




Amy Sedaris & Paul Reiser

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:49:23 -0500

Two legends this week: first up, Amy Sedaris. Amy's made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely *zero* shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - take Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy or Mimi Kanasis on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that's a transition out of her normal comfort zone. Also discussed: rabbits, monkfish, and girl scout badges! Then, the great Paul Reiser the legendary standup and actor. He's also the creator of a brand new TV series, it's called There's Johnny and it's premiering this week on Hulu. It takes place in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/563929512/npr_563929512.mp3?orgId=1&d=3704&p=510309&story=563929512&t=podcast&e=563929512&ft=pod&f=510309




John Hodgman & Tig Notaro

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 18:28:08 -0500

Look, you probably know who John Hodgman is already. He's been on the Daily Show, This American Life, Adventure Time, way more stuff. Here at Maximum Fun he's the judge on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast. John's also written four books. His latest is Vacationland, and it's a pretty big departure. It's kind of a meditation on aging and the world we live in today. It's about fatherhood and adolescence and how to accept that at some point in your life, there's gonna be more road behind you than ahead. Then, Tig Notaro. The comedian's brilliant TV show One Mississippi is back on Amazon for a second season. She joins Jesse to talk about her start in comedy, how she incorporates autobiography into plot points, and the importance of having an all-female writing staff on the show. Finally: Surprise! An outshot about a tiger painting.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/562423363/npr_562423363.mp3?orgId=1&d=3981&p=510309&story=562423363&t=podcast&e=562423363&ft=pod&f=510309




Stephanie Beatriz & Griffin Dunne

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:54:02 -0400

For five seasons, Stephanie Beatriz has starred on the hit fox show Brooklyn Nine Nine. She plays Detective Rosa Diaz, easily the toughest cop in the precinct - she's brave, she's serious, she rides a motorcycle. Now, she stars in a new film - a drama called The Light of the Moon. It's a nuanced, touching and realistic look at the trauma left in the wake of a brutal sexual assault. After that: Griffin Dunne! He's an actor. You might've seen him on the new Amazon series I Love Dick, or as the lead in the Scorsese classic After Hours. He's also a director, and his latest film focuses on the writer Joan Didion, who happens to be his aunt. He talks with Jesse about the decision to make the film, her legacy in the world of journalism and how he mustered up the courage to ask her some pretty tough questions.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/560953439/npr_560953439.mp3?orgId=1&d=4033&p=510309&story=560953439&t=podcast&e=560953439&ft=pod&f=510309




Halloween Special with Elvira, Andy Daly & more!

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:38:07 -0400

Good October to you, boys and ghouls! It's a very special Halloween Spooktacular edition of Bullseye! First we have Cassandra Peterson, the woman behind Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. She'll talk with Jesse about where her iconic character came from, her childhood growing up in the midwest and what it's like to have a pinball game bearing your likeness. Then, a very special visit from comedian Andy Daly (Review, Reno 911, Silicon Valley), with the song that changed his life: the Monster Mash. Plus spooky and ooky movie recommendations from the team at Maximum Fun's Who Shot Ya podcast, and Jesse recommends a Halloween song that's so good... it'll give you chills! Mwahahahaha!


Media Files:
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Gilbert Gottfried and Maggie Betts

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:23:46 -0400

You know Gilbert Gottfried, right? That comedian with the crazy loud voice who tells gross, sometimes kind of tasteless jokes. He was the voice of the Aflac duck at one point, too. There's really two Gilbert Gottfrieds, though - there's that guy, and there's the pretty quiet guy who has a wife and two kids and, you know, picks up paper towels on the way home or whatever. Now, he's talking about all of that. He's the subject of a new documentary, it's called Gilbert. He talks with Jesse about the process of revealing his private side on camera for the first time. Then, a deep discussion about Catholicism, love, and privilege with filmmaker Maggie Betts. Her debut film, Novitiate, tells the story of nuns-in-training in the mid 20th century as their lives and society were in total upheaval.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/558207882/npr_558207882.mp3?orgId=1&d=3796&p=510309&story=558207882&t=podcast&e=558207882&ft=pod&f=510309




Amy Ryan & Shea Serrano

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:30:26 -0400

First up: Amy Ryan. You've seen her as Beadie Russel on The Wire, in The Office, Gone Baby Gone, a bunch more. She's starring in the new movie Abundant Acreage Available too. She'll talk with us about all that stuff, plus, how she convinced her family it was cool to skip college and give acting a real go. Then, Shea Serrano. He's a writer. He's covered basketball, music and more for ESPN, Vice, the Ringer, and more. And he took kind of an unusual path to making a career out of it. Born and raised in Texas, Serrano was originally a teacher who'd write in his spare time. He only started writing full time a little over two years ago. His new book is a hot one - it's called Basketball and Other Things, it's beautifully illustrated, and it's out now. Finally: some beautiful words about the baseball team with the worst record this year.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/556950018/npr_556950018.mp3?orgId=1&d=3716&p=510309&story=556950018&t=podcast&e=556950018&ft=pod&f=510309




Carl Reiner & Kate and Laura Mulleavy

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 19:52:18 -0400

This week's Bullseye takes you inside the home of the one and only Carl Reiner. A true legend in comedy - Reiner's been in the game since World War Two. Alongside Sid Caesar, he performed on the pioneering Your Show of Shows. He's best friends with Mel Brooks. Reiner also created the Dick Van Dyke Show, wrote Steve Martin's The Jerk and much more. Now, at 95, he's published his 18th book: it's called "Too Busy to Die." Indeed! Then, Kate and Laura Mulleavy. If you don't know them by name, you've seen their work: the two co-founded Rodarte, one of the most innovative and desirable clothing labels out there. The Mulleavy sisters aren't content to stay put in fashion, though - they just wrote and directed Woodshock, a heady, awe-inspiring film starring Kirsten Dunst.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/555225746/npr_555225746.mp3?orgId=1&d=3891&p=510309&story=555225746&t=podcast&e=555225746&ft=pod&f=510309




Open Mike Eagle & Paula Poundstone

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:01:12 -0400

A dynamite pairing this week! First, Rapper Open Mike Eagle talks about growing up in Chicago, his slow and steady rise to success and his undying love for professional wrestling. Then, Paula Poundstone. You know her as a legendary standup, as a voice actor, too, probably. But I mean, this is NPR. So you know her as Paula Poundstone from Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me, right? We brought her on to talk about the movie she loves so much she wishes she made it: 2011's Bridesmaids. Finally: an outshot about a baseball card and a word we can't say on NPR.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/553599887/npr_553599887.mp3?orgId=1&d=3595&p=510309&story=553599887&t=podcast&e=553599887&ft=pod&f=510309




Judy Greer & Ice-T

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 16:08:56 -0400

Two Bullseye classics this week. First up: Judy Greer. You've seen her as Kitty Sanchez in Arrested Development, as Cheryl Tunt on Archer, in Jurassic World, a bunch more. She's one of the most successful co-stars in Hollywood. It stands to reason. She's a gifted actress, she's funny, she's beautiful, but she still looks like a real human being you might know in real life. She talks with Jesse about her roles on screen, how she came to terms with being a co-star, and what it's like being recognized constantly on the street. Then, Ice-T, from 2012. He's been acting for over 25 years and he was a pioneer of West Coast hip-hop in the early 80s. His breakthrough on screen was in 1991's New Jack City, and he spent the last dozen years or so solving crimes on Law and Order: SVU. He's an MC and as the frontman of the metal band Body Count he's released more than a dozen albums in his 30 year music career. At the time, Ice had just directed Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap, a documentary about hip-hop's origins. Ice talks with Jesse about the good old days of rap, where it's headed now, and how he ended up writing bars for the one and only Mr. T.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/551901506/npr_551901506.mp3?orgId=1&d=4251&p=510309&story=551901506&t=podcast&e=551901506&ft=pod&f=510309




The Pointer Sisters & Bootsy Collins

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:13:51 -0400

Two Bullseye classics this week! First up: Jesse's 2014 conversation with The Pointer Sisters, one of the biggest R&B groups ever, about their rise to stardom and struggles to stay together as a family. Then, his 2011 interview with funk bass legend Bootsy Collins. Bootsy talks to Jesse about his career as one of pop music's greatest bass players. Also discussed: how'd he end up playing with James Brown? How'd he keep George Clinton down to earth? And where'd he get those dope star glasses? Twinkle twinkle, baby bubba!


Media Files:
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Tim Gunn & Jonathan Coulton

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:25:17 -0400

Tim Gunn of Project Runway and more talks fashion, surviving trauma and more. Even some hot couture takes on the American political landscape! Then, singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton talks about his latest work - a dystopian concept album and companion graphic novel - both called "Solid State." Finally: Did you know Norm MacDonald gave one of the funniest Comedy Central Roasts ever? And it wasn't even a roast, really?


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/548694057/npr_548694057.mp3?orgId=1&d=3807&p=510309&story=548694057&t=podcast&e=548694057&ft=pod&f=510309




Wallace Shawn, Nick Lowe & Jay Baruchel

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 19:11:00 -0400

Joining us this week is actor Wallace Shawn, whose many film credits include roles in The Princess Bride, the Toy Story films, and My Dinner with Andre. An accomplished playwright and author, Wallace talks to Jesse about his recent book, a long essay titled "Night Thoughts." But first: a visit from Canadian comedian and director Jay Baruchel. Jay talks about directing "Goon: Last of the Enforcers" and explains what makes the Canadian comedic sensibility so unique. Plus, English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe recalls the 1950s country and western song that changed his life. Finally, Jesse praises a story-driven video game that captures the loneliness and ambiguity of our lives.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/546895032/npr_546895032.mp3?orgId=1&d=4481&p=510309&story=546895032&t=podcast&e=546895032&ft=pod&f=510309




Ellie Kemper & Flying Lotus

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:32:38 -0400

This week, two of our favorite Bullseye guests. First up: Ellie Kemper, star of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you haven't seen it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has a pretty unusual premise. A woman emerges from a mid-western bunker. She's been held captive there by a cultish kidnapper. She and her fellow captives are national news. So, she moves to New York, the one place she can think of where no one will care. The mix of characters and dense, super joke filled pace has earned Kimmy love from critics and a bunch of Emmy nominations - Ellie's up for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series this year. Then, Flying Lotus. Jesse talked with the musician back in 2010, he'd just released his third record, Los Angeles. Born Steven Ellison, he was at the head of a burgeoning beatmaking scene here in LA that would eventually leave a huge, lasting impact on pop and hip hop. Over the course of five records, dozens of collaborations, FlyLo has created lush, kind of psychedelic soundscapes. It's a little disorienting sometimes, but it's always gripping. Now, Ellison's directed his first ever film. It's called "Kuso," and it's probably one of the most intense, and frankly gross, movies to come out in the last few decades.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/545074247/npr_545074247.mp3?orgId=1&d=3868&p=510309&story=545074247&t=podcast&e=545074247&ft=pod&f=510309




Alfred Molina & Louie Anderson

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:34:42 -0400

This week, two Emmy nominated heavy hitters. First up: Alfred Molina. Talk about auspicious starts: Alfred Molina's first American film role was as the "Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the whip" guy in the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Since then, he's had over 150 parts. That includes unforgettable roles in movies like Coffee and Cigarettes, Boogie Nights, and yes - even Spider-Man 2. He just got an Emmy nomination for his role on Feud: Bette and Joan. Then, Louie Anderson, the legendary standup and former TV host. His role as Christine on the FX show Baskets just earned him his second Emmy nomination. When he plays Christine, he's in drag, sort of, but there's no camp to it, no winking at the camera. He takes the part seriously, plays Christine funny when she's funny, plays her sad when she's sad. He says that's due in part because the role is played in tribute to his own mother. Finally: Faye Dunaway. Steve McQueen. Sex chess. These are a few of Jesse's favorite things... in the 1968 film the Thomas Crown Affair.


Media Files:
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Ani DiFranco & Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:09:25 -0400

This week Jesse talks with the great singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco about her new album Binary, and how it's changed her writing process. What you might not know is that she also jammed with Prince. Also, a conversation with actor Aidan Gillen, who you might know as Littlefinger on Game of Thrones and Tommy Carcetti on The Wire. He plays a lot of ambitious, sometimes cagey characters. Finally, Jesse recommends a classic Randy Newman song that reveals the empty promises of fame and adulation.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/542131399/npr_542131399.mp3?orgId=1&d=3836&p=510309&story=542131399&t=podcast&e=542131399&ft=pod&f=510309




Lily Tomlin & Rick Moranis

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 20:01:15 -0400

[r] This week, two of Bullseye's greatest hits. First up: Rick Moranis. At one point, he was a movie star: Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and then - he quit. We'll talk about why he doesn't regret leaving show business to raise his children. Then Jesse talks with the great Lily Tomlin about her storied career. She's been in comedy since the 60s, a bunch of movies and TV shows. She's starring in Grace and Frankie on Netflix, too, which just earned her *another* Emmy nomination.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/540701656/npr_540701656.mp3?orgId=1&d=5691&p=510309&story=540701656&t=podcast&e=540701656&ft=pod&f=510309




Dolly Parton & Steve Coogan

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:02:38 -0400

[r] This week, we've got two of Bullseye's greatest hits: First up, the one and only Dolly Parton! The legend of stage and song talks with Jesse about her impoverished childhood, how she's dealt with fame over the years and the songs that can still make her cry. Then, Steve Coogan. You've seen him in the Night at the Museum movies, maybe Philomena and his The Trip series. But if you're a comedy fan you probably know him best for one character: Alan Partridge. He's done the Alan Partridge character for 20 years now and is gearing up to another TV series around the feckless but charming sports host.


Media Files:
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Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon & Terrace Martin

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 18:46:29 -0400

"The Big Sick" has been out in theaters for a while, and already it's getting a lot of buzz. Critics rated it 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) and Emily Gordon are married and co-wrote the movie, which tells the true story of their courting years. Plus, Terrace Martin! The hip-hop producer and jazz musician who's worked with YG, Herbie Hancock, Snoop and Kendrick goes in depth with Jesse about growing up in South Central LA, California's jazz community and how you make a track that'll rattle car doors all over America.


Media Files:
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Bonus: Tavi Gevinson

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:35:38 -0400

We've got a special bonus Bullseye for you this week! Tavi Gevinson, editor of Rookie Magazine, actress, podcast host and much more. Jesse interview Tavi in front of a live audience at this year's MaxFunCon.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/537270163/npr_537270163.mp3?orgId=1&d=3444&p=510309&story=537270163&t=podcast&e=537270163&ft=pod&f=510309




Vince Staples & The Trailer Park Boys

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 16:50:25 -0400

[r] This week, we're bringing you a couple of Jesse's favorite past interviews. First up: Vince Staples! The Long Beach rapper is a legend nowadays, with his two critically acclaimed records Summertime '06 and Big Fish Theory. Vince came into the Bullseye studios back in 2014, when he had just a couple mixtapes to his name. Even then at 20, Vince was brilliant, funny and brutally honest. Then we go way back - back to 2009, when Jesse recorded the show out of his apartment in LA. The guests? The Trailer Park Boys, Canadian comedy legends. John Paul Tremblay, Robb Well and Mike Smith play Julian, Ricky and Bubbles, respectively. In a rare feat of comedic ninjutsu, they talk with Jesse *entirely* in character. Finally: Winter is coming, but who cares? Jesse tells you why Game of Thrones is about the journey, not the destination.


Media Files:
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Beth Ditto & Ernest Dickerson

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 15:06:41 -0400

Hey y'all! This week, we have Beth Ditto joining us. The former lead singer with Gossip, talks about growing up gay and punk rock in Searcy, Arkansas, and paying a dollar for her first kiss with a girl in a lesbian kissing booth called Homo-A-Gogo in Olympia Washington. Plus, Ernest Dickerson, who directed Juice, maybe Tupac's best film, and also was director of photography on all of Spike Lee's movies up through Malcolm X. Finally, we're here to say it because it's true: Car Talk was the best public radio show ever. Don't @ us.


Media Files:
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A$AP Ferg & Dr. Katz

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:49:51 -0400

What an episode this week! We have New York's very own A$AP Ferg in the house. He and Jesse talk about his love for Madonna, how going to an arts high school changed his life and how being a part of a collective like A$AP Mob can make calling yourself a solo artist kind of challenging. Then, Jonathan Katz joins Jesse. He's the creator and star of the animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. He's also one of the funniest people we've had on - he's got a joke ready for everything. Like, since about 1996, he's been dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. Does he have a joke about that? Of course he has a joke about that. Finally, what's the best Prince album? The Princiest among Prince records? Jesse makes the case for Sign O' The Times, and gets about 6 songs stuck in your head as a result.


Media Files:
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Katie Couric, Marc Maron & Audie Cornish

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 20:40:07 -0400

This week, we're giving you a sneak peek into The Turnaround, Jesse's new podcast. The Turnaround brings you interviews with some of the best interviewers out there. You'll hear why Marc Maron can't stand letting strangers in house. We've got Audie Cornish, too. she hosts NPR's All Things Considered talking about how she manages to sound as smart as she does during intense, live interviews. Plus: Katie Couric. Name a famous person, especially a politician, odds are Katie Couric's interviewed them: George Bush, Jimmy Carter, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, many more. How does she do it? Take a listen to find out!


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/533592448/npr_533592448.mp3?orgId=1&d=4302&p=510309&story=533592448&t=podcast&e=533592448&ft=pod&f=510309




Big Boi & Catherine O'Hara

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:58:19 -0400

[r] Big Boi's sold more than 50 millions records as a solo artist and as half of Outkast, maybe the greatest hip hop group of all time. With their 1994 debut Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, Big Boi and Andre 3000 introduced one of rap's most distinctive voices: Street-minded, but just as willing to travel to the stars as to stay on the corner. It's been more than a decade since the last Outkast record, but Big Boi's stayed active pretty much that entire time. He's released three solo albums, collaborated on a couple others. His latest is coming out this month. It's called "Boomiverse" and it's got appearances from Snoop Dogg, Killer Mike, Adam Levine and more. Then, we hear from Catherine O'Hara. The actress and comedian starred in Beetlejuice, Home Alone, hit Christopher Guest movies like Best In Show and Waiting for Guffman. She's brilliant, charming and funny, as always.These interviews originally took place in 2013.


Media Files:
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Kathryn Hahn & Jason Zinoman

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:08:25 -0400

This week, Jesse talks with Kathryn Hahn. She's starring in the new Amazon series I Love Dick, which also features Kevin Bacon and Griffin Dunne. The show was created by Jill Soloway, a writer Hahn's been working with a lot lately - she's also in Transparent, Soloway's other Amazon show. Then, Jesse talks about the greatest TV host of all time: David Letterman. New York Times' Comedy Critic Jason Zinoman has a brand new biography on Letterman. In it, Zinoman gives us more than just Letterman's life story - it's critical examination of what made a host like Letterman so brilliant.


Media Files:
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Carol Kane

Mon, 29 May 2017 13:49:13 -0400

This week, Jesse sits down with actor Carol Kane. They talk about her career that spans 45 years and her newest project - "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which is now in its 3rd season on Netflix. We hear some live comedy from Chris Fairbanks and Jesse tells us why the meta-sitcom The Larry Sanders Show is one of the most real things on TV, ever.


Media Files:
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Terry Crews & Amber Tamblyn

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:49:43 -0400

As a linebacker from Flint Michigan, Terry Crews was picked by the LA Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. In 1996, he played his last season ever for the Eagles. Then, he took up acting - he starred alongside Ice Cube in the Friday After Next, played Chris Rock's Dad on Everybody Hates Chris. Now he plays Sergeant Jeffords on FOX's Brooklyn Nine Nine. Now, his latest role is in Sandy Wexler. It's the new Adam Sandler comedy on Netflix. He talks with Jesse about the film, his time in the NFL and how he overcame a devastating addiction to pornography. Then, Jesse talks with the fascinating Amber Tamblyn. She's an actress and a published poet. In her latest film, Paint It Black, she's making her debut as a writer and director. The movie explores the aftermath of death from a really compelling and human perspective. This week's Outshot? Gap Band IV. The Sixth album by the Gap Band. Wall to wall bangers, we swear.


Media Files:
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John Waters & Andy Kindler

Mon, 15 May 2017 15:25:00 -0400

We got John Waters in the studio (he wore a beautiful Commes de Garcon shirt, btw). John has a new book out, it's a transcript of a commencement speech he gave to RISD students in 2015. Jesse talks with him about Little Richard, trigger warnings, and how the film industry tried (and failed) to make the King of Trash compromise his work. Then, Andy Kindler stops by. Andy's a terrific stand up and hosts the latest season of the Hulu series Coming to the Stage. Since 1996, Andy's also given a speech at the Just for Laughs Festival - it's called the State of the Industry. For about an hour each year, Andy basically puts comedians and the entire industry on blast - popular targets include Jay Leno, Ricky Gervais, and lazy journalists. It's made him one of the funniest and sincere truth tellers in comedy. His newest album is a never before released recording of his original 1996 address.


Media Files:
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Moshe Kasher, Felicia Day & Brother Ali

Mon, 08 May 2017 19:23:01 -0400

This week, Jesse talks with standup and author Moshe Kasher about his new TV show: Problematic. Like a lot of shows nowadays it's got a comedian taking on issues of the day, interviews with newsmakers, plenty of snarky jokes. But instead of John Oliver style polemic takedowns, Kasher takes a cue from legends like Phil Donahue - exploring uncomfortable issues with a genuine inquisitiveness. Then, Felicia Day of the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 tells us about the inspirational power of The Mighty Boosh - the surreal British TV comedy. Finally, Brother Ali. He's a rapper based out of Minnesota. There, he's part of the Rhymesayers collective - a label he shares with Aesop Rock, Dilated Peoples, and Atmosphere. For the first part of his career, he focused a lot on making protest rap - speaking truth to power, that kind of thing. His latest record is called All The Beauty In This Whole Life. On it, he takes a refreshing, positive spin on life.


Media Files:
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Chris Gethard, George Saunders, & DJ Jazzy Jeff

Mon, 01 May 2017 17:45:38 -0400

Jesse talks about life and death with George Saunders, the brilliant author of the new novel Lincoln in the Bardo. But first, Chris Gethard comes by. He hosts Fusion's The Chris Gethard show and stars in Career Suicide, a one-man show debuting this week on HBO. Plus: DJ Jazzy Jeff tells us about the song that changed his life - it's a good one, too.


Media Files:
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Werner Herzog & Mount Eerie's Phil Elverum

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:19:19 -0400

This week's Bullseye has a lot of heavy stuff. First up: Phil Elverum. Elverum's career dates back over 20 years, first as the Microphones and later Mt. Eerie. He's produced ambitious, beautiful records that mix genres like folk, noise, death metal, shoegaze and more. In 2016, though, his life took a tragic turn: his wife, Genevieve, died of pancreatic cancer, leaving behind a toddler. On his latest record, A Crow Looked At Me, Elverum takes grief and loss head on. Then, Werner Herzog, legendary German film director talks about sitcoms, getting shot, and his newest film: the strange, thrilling Salt & Fire.


Media Files:
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Armando Iannucci and Billy Bragg

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:54:00 -0400

[r] First things first: the one, the only Julia Louis-Dreyfus! After a run of 9 years on Seinfeld, one of the greatest TV comedies of all time, she's now entering her sixth season as Selina Meyer on the hit HBO show Veep. Plus, Armando Iannucci, Veep's creator. And Billy Bragg, the folk punk legend, tells us about the song that changed his life.


Media Files:
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Guy Branum

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 18:22:00 -0400

Guy Branum, comic and beloved host of MaxFun's own Pop Rocket is on TV now! He's hosting the brand new TV series Talk Show the Game Show on TruTV. Guy talks with Jesse about growing up gay in a rural California town, working on TV and the pleasure of calling out prejudiced athletes on TV. Plus, professor Emily Lordi makes the case for why Donny Hathaway Live is a classic album.


Media Files:
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Baseball Special with Tabitha Soren & Sean Doolittle

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:09:00 -0400

Guess what! With opening day this week, Bullseye is bringing you its first ever Baseball special! Jesse talks with Oakland A's relief pitcher Sean Doolittle about recovering from injuries, getting called up to the majors and the weird path it took him on: starting out as a first baseman, then pivoting to closing out games on the mound. Plus, Tabitha Soren of MTV fame has a new career: photography. She just published a new book that follows the a draft class of ball players over the course of 15 years. Plus: Red Sox organist Josh Kantor on the song that changed his life.


Media Files:
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My Brother, My Brother and Me & Gina Prince-Bythewood

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:30:50 -0400

This week, NPR's Linda Holmes sits in for Jesse Thorn. We kick things off with Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy. The three brothers have a brand new TV show called My Brother, My Brother and Me based on their podcast of the same name. Then, Gina Prince-Bythewood the writer/director behind Love and Basketball and The Secret Life of Bee's talks about her newest project - Shots Fired, a fascinating, poignant TV drama on Fox she co-created with her husband. Finally, don't ever, not for one second, think you can't carry a tune. Linda tells you all you have to do is listen to the crowds at a Pete Seeger show and everyone there can sing like angels.


Media Files:
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Paul Shaffer, Javaka Steptoe & Louis Theroux

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:49:13 -0400

Jesse talks with Paul Shaffer, David Letterman's former bandleader and the co-writer of the disco smash "It's Raining Men." They'll talk about his work on SNL and his role in co-founding the Blue Brothers. Plus, how weird it feels when a thing like the Late Show, something you worked on every day for almost half of your life suddenly comes to an end. Then, children's author Javaka Steptoe, talks about his Caldecott winning book "Radiant Child." Plus, British documentarian Louis Theroux on the craziest day of his career, and Jesse has some real talk about John Wick 2: it's the best six bucks he's ever spent. No contest.


Media Files:
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Sam Richardson & Syd of The Internet

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:04:00 -0400

This week, comic Wyatt Cenac sits in for Jesse Thorn, and it's a hell of a lineup: Sam Richardson of HBO's Veep stops by to talk about his new Comedy Central show Detroiters. Plus, Syd tha Kyd of the bands The Internet and Odd Future has her first ever solo album - it's called "Fin" and it just came out last month. She tells Wyatt about how the record got made, and why she is in no rush to meet her idols. Finally, for this week's Outshot, Wyatt recommends the weird, hilarious and profound Blaxploitation film "The Thing with Two Heads."


Media Files:
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Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:57:05 -0500

[r] Jesse sits down for an in-depth conversation with Danny McBride. McBride co-created and stars in the hit HBO series Eastbound and Down and the newer Vice Principals, which is getting picked up for a second season later this year. McBride says that if you like the characters he plays because you relate to them, you probably missed the joke. Then, legendary jazz bassist Miroslav Vitous tells us about the recording session he'll never forget. Finally, Jesse tells you why Taika Waititi's movie about two guys killing pigs in the wilderness is twee - and why that's a compliment.


Media Files:
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Desus & Mero, Walter Murch

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 21:06:00 -0500

Guest host Ray Suarez talks with Desus Nice and The Kid Mero - the Twitter legends and hosts of the Bodega Boys podcast have a new show on Viceland. Plus, we go deep into the world of science and film editing with legendary movie sound man Walter Murch!


Media Files:
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Michael K Williams & Zach Galifianakis

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:02:02 -0500

[r] Zach Galifianakis talks about fame, unlikable characters and his FX series, Baskets, now in its second season. Michael K. Williams reminisces on his dance career, playing Omar on The Wire and his starring role in the TV drama Hap and Leonard. Plus, Jesse remembers a rapper's powerful reflection on his own mortality.


Media Files:
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Pete Holmes & Mike Mills

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:45:36 -0500

Jesse talks with with Pete Holmes - the star of the new HBO show Crashing. Then, Mike Mills, writer and director of the Oscar nominated 20th Century Women.


Media Files:
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Cristela Alonzo & Stretch Armstrong

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 18:17:45 -0500

Jesse talks with Cristela Alonzo. She starred in the ABC show Cristela, and now she's got a great new stand up special on Netflix called Lower Classy. Plus, Stretch Armstrong, co-host of the legendary hip hop radio show Stretch and Bobbito, which gave rise to a generation of New York rappers.


Media Files:
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One Day at a Time & Todd Mayfield

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:23:00 -0500

Writers Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce talk about how the two teamed up with Norman Lear to make a brand new reboot of Lear's classic sitcom One Day at a Time. Plus, Todd Mayfield, Curtis Mayfield's son shares a new book about his father.


Media Files:
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Laurie Kilmartin and Throwing Shade

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 18:55:00 -0500

Laurie Kilmartin is a standup, she also writes for Conan O'Brien. On her new special, 45 Jokes About My Dead Dad, she talks about the loss of her father in a totally honest, touching, and funny way. Plus, comedians Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi on their new TV show, Throwing Shade and the Simpsons episode that tells you everything you need to know about the tech bubble.


Media Files:
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Corin Tucker & Tom Arnold

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:28:05 -0500

[r] Jesse sits down with guitarist and singer Corin Tucker to talk about Sleater-Kinney, anxiety dreams, and having to work a second job while on tour. He'll also talk to to the veteran comic and actor Tom Arnold. Arnold will tell Thorn about working with Roseanne Barr, and how he's coped with the ups and downs of his career.


Media Files:
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Bullseye's Judge John Hodgman Special

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:50:17 -0500

This week, we are delighted to bring you a special presentation of The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Today, you'll hear two Judge John Hodgman cases. Our first case is Grand Theft Risotto. Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law's recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing. Our next case: Assault and Hey Batter Battery. Naomi files suit against her husband, Spencer. She's embarrassed by his loud and incessant heckling at baseball games.


Media Files:
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Bill Withers & Joe Randazzo

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 03:01:00 -0500

Jesse Thorn sits down with legendary musician Bill Withers to talk about growing up in West Virginia, working in the music industry and why he wouldn't dance onstage. Plus comedian and writer Joe Randazzo joins Jesse to discuss his book Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy.


Media Files:
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End of year best comedy special

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:03:43 -0500

Wrap up 2016 with a much needed laugh - it's Bullseye's proudest annual tradition - the End of Year Best Comedy Special. You'll hear some of the year's best standup: Maria Bamford, W. Kamau Bell, Cameron Esposito, and much more.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/507012625/npr_507012625.mp3?orgId=1&d=5349&p=510309&story=507012625&t=podcast&e=507012625&ft=pod&f=510309




Holiday Special with Jane Lynch and Andy Richter

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 17:24:16 -0500

On a brand new Bullseye Holiday special, Jesse talks with Andy Richter about how to love Christmas after getting burned by it. Plus, actress Jane Lynch stops by to share her new album of swingin' Christmas music.


Media Files:
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Pedro Almodovar and Sleigh Bells

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 18:38:48 -0500

Jesse talks to Pedro Almodóvar, the Spanish filmmaker about Julieta, his newest film. Plus, Alexis Krauss from the band Sleigh Bells on the song that changed her life and the hypnotic, enchanting power of old paintings of cows.


Media Files:
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John Cale & TJ and Dave

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:11:51 -0500

Jesse talks with John Cale, the musician and producer, about his time in the Velvet Underground, producing artists like the Stooges and Patti Smith, and his latest record. Plus, comic improv legends TJ and Dave and new music from the band Split Single.


Media Files:
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Sarah Jessica Parker & Dwayne Kennedy

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:35:12 -0500

Jesse talks with Sarah Jessica Parker about her long, dynamic career, including her star roles in Sex and the City and the new HBO series Divorce. Plus, comedy from the legendary Dwayne Kennedy and music from the one singer we should all turn to when we're feeling down.


Media Files:
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Padma Lakshmi & Colin Quinn

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 18:58:23 -0500

Jesse talks to Colin Quinn about his time on Saturday Night Live and his new Netflix special, New York Story. Padma Lakshmi, host of Top Chef, model and author takes us deep into the world of spices and herbs. Plus, standup comedy from Sara Schaefer and more.


Media Files:
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Jemaine Clement & Jonathan Ames

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:20:44 -0500

Comedian Jemaine Clement tells Jesse about growing up in New Zealand, being mixed race, and his time as a member of Flight of the Conchords, the hit HBO comedy duo. Then, TV writer and novelist Jonathan Ames joins the show. Ames is the mind behind the new Starz' series Blunt Talk and HBO's Bored to Death.


Media Files:
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Willem Dafoe, Paul Schrader & David Crosby

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:16:35 -0500

Actor Willem Dafoe and writer / director Paul Schrader tell Jesse about their new movie, the gritty and wild Dog Eat Dog. Then, Jesse talks with the legendary singer songwriter David Crosby, of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash. He'll talk about dating Joni Mitchell and turning his life around after prison.


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Patton Oswalt & Fresh Off The Boat

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 20:42:27 -0400

Comedian Patton Oswalt tells Jesse about the years he spent almost completely indoors - pitching failed sketches in writers rooms, going to the movies, and standing on stage every night. Later, Randall Park and Nahnatchka Khan, from ABC's Fresh Off the Boat talk about how the hit sitcom about a first generation Taiwanese American family came to be. Plus, Jesse talks about the Sly and the Family Stone record you absolutely need to hear.


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Norman Lear & Riz Ahmed

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 19:47:39 -0400

Norman Lear, the Godfather of American sitcom, tells Jesse why he decided to make All In The Family and how he drew stories from his own life and those of his writers to bring real issues to TV comedy shows. Later, the star of HBO's The Night Of and the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One, Riz Ahmed explains why the British Asian experience made hip-hop so important to him as a kid and we hear some of his new Swet Shop Boys album, Cashmere. Plus Jesse explains why Blunt Talk his his favorite weird show on TV right now.


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Armando Iannucci & Sharon Horgan

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:23:08 -0400

Interviews with Veep creator Armando Iannucci and the writer behind Sarah Jessica Parker's new HBO show, Sharon Horgan. Plus stand-up comedy from Josie Long and live music from Romare. Recorded live at the London Podcast Festival.


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Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Jeff Garlin

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 15:49:15 -0400

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butler met at a comedy night in Chicago five years ago. Rhea was new to comedy and still had a day job. Cameron had been a working comedian for almost a decade. They hit it off, fell in love, moved to LA, got married and started a stand up night called "Put Your Hands Together". Last year they were asked by the Seeso network to make a stand up series based on "Put Your Hands together". It ended up morphing into the show they made, a sitcom called "Take My Wife". The show mirrors their lives in almost every way. Cameron and Rhea sit down with Jesse to talk about the good and bad of making a show based on your lives and marriage. Although he is probably best known for his role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jeff Garlin has a very prolific career. He came in to tell us about the craziest night of his career for our new segment "The craziest @#$% day of your career". Jesse tells us about a movie with a beautiful lack of ambition. The taking of Pelham 123.


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Kaitlin Olson and Jeff Chang

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:26:12 -0400

Kaitlin Olson plays Sweet Dee on the long-running sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Dee is the only female member of "The Gang", a bunch of depraved, self-centered pals who run a bar. The Gang is constantly looking for ways to get rich quick, humiliate their enemies, get out of work, and prove once and for all the talent, charisma and brilliance they hold to be self-evident. In an unusual move for a solo female character, Dee doesn't serve to counterbalance the guys' bad behavior — she absolutely matches their pace. Olson talks to us about creating a more fully-fleshed character for Dee, how she came to comedy, and how she ended up dating (and marrying) her showrunner. Jeff Chang talks to us about what diversity means to us today, the struggle for artists to defy racial categorization, and how and why corporations embraced multiculturalism. Chang's newest book- We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation- is an exploration of the current unrest abound in the United States through a series of essays. Jesse also tells us about the life and legend of Andre the Giant.


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Danny Fields & Judith Light

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:24:03 -0400

Danny Fields is a music manager and publicist who was instrumental in signing and promoting some of the biggest names in Punk Rock history. This week, he and Jesse discuss his decision to leave the ivy league tract, his time in Andy Warhol's Factory, and what it was like managing The Ramones. Judith Light has had an almost 40 year acting career in which she's played strong female characters on shows like One LIfe To Live and Who's The Boss?. She is now continuing in this motif with her tenure on Broadway, winning two Tony Awards for her performances in the last 5 years, starring in a one woman show, and of course her groundbreaking performance in Transparent. Judith sits down with guest correspondent Keith Powell to discuss her work on Transparent, the cast's relationship with Jill Soloway, and the famous courtroom scene on One Life to LIve that launched her career. Jesse talks about Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some as a reflection of the necessity for people to fall into spells of nostalgia, even if just for 90 minutes.


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Hasan Minhaj and Margaret Wappler

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:56:26 -0400

This week, Jesse sits down with Hasan Minhaj, comedian and Senior Correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. They discuss stand up comedy in other countries, the current political climate in the United States, and his one man show Homecoming King. He also talks to Margaret Wappler, a journalist, columnist, pop culture critic, short story writer, podcast host , teacher, and now novelist. Margaret and Jesse talk about her new novel Neon Green, how she took care of her ill father as a teenager, the writing process, and the 1990's. And Jesse talks about the look on former NFL star and current analyst Randy Moss' face while his colleague Trent Dilfer gave his thoughts on the player protests going on in the NFL right now.


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Spike Lee & High Maintenance

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:54:01 -0400

Jesse sits down with acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. He tells us about how addiction is made explicit in his movie, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, how he really feels about Larry Bird and about his own very serious addiction.... to Air Jordans. Jesse also talks to Katja Blichfeld and Ben Sinclair. Katja is a casting director who previously won an Emmy for her work on 30 Rock; Ben Sinclair is an actor. The two are a married couple, and created the webseries High Maintenance. The show follows a New York City marijuana delivery guy as he visits his various clients. MTV2's Wonder Showzen looked like a kids' show. But it wasn't. It really, really, wasn't. Jesse tells us why Wonder Showzen is his favorite TV satire of the past decade.


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Felicity Huffman & Anthony Michael Hall

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:46:36 -0400

While actor Felicity Huffman is probably best known for her tenure as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives, she has played many beloved characters throughout her career as an actor. From Dana Whitaker in Aaron Sorkin's Sports Night to Bree in Transamerica, Huffman now is starring inAmerican Crime, ABC's Emmy nominated series. Jesse sits down with Huffman to discuss her preparation for her varied roles in American Crime, her relationship with William H. Macey, and how motherhood has affected her acting career. Huffman is nominated for an Emmy for her work on American Crime. Anthony Michael Hall is most known for the films that he made with John Hughes in the 80's such as The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. Since then, he has worked on many projects, ranging from science fiction series The Dead Zone to indies like his newest film Natural Selection. Here, Hall and Jesse talk about his time working as a teen actor and the celebrity he acquired at a young age, his relationship with John Hughes, and his later in life career. He can be seen in his new movie Natural Selection. In this week's Outshot, Jesse talks about the function on "the game" in a comedy sketch, and how it works in one of his favorite sketches.


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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney & Airto Moreira

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:46:41 -0400

John Mulaney and Nick Kroll are well seasoned comedians who have made a name for themselves in many different forms of media. Jesse sits down with Mulaney and Kroll to discuss their new broadway play, Oh, Hello, the downfall of Mulaney, and how they created their favorite alter ego's, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. Mulaney and Kroll star as George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon respectively in their new show on Broadway called, Oh, Hello. Airto Moreira is a Brazilian born Jazz percussionist and drummer. He has worked as a professional musician since the age of 13, moving to New York in the late 1960's where he helped develop the "Jazz Fusion" genre of music. He sits down with Jesse to talk about Brazilian percussion methods, his move to America, and his experience playing with Miles Davis and other great Jazz legends. Jesse talks about Brooklyn based rapper Desiigner's newest single "Tiimmy Turner." The track combines melody, rapping, and auto-tune to create a very unique Southern Trap record.


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Sarah Paulson & Shuggie Otis

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:46:04 -0400

Actress Sarah Paulson is best known for playing numerous characters on American Horror Story and Marcia Clark on The People v. O.J Simpson. Sarah sits down with Jesse to talk about working on The People v. O.J., her first big acting job, and dealing with the ups and downs that come with being a working actor. Although it was not popular at the time of its release, Shuggie Otis' album Inspiration Information influenced countless musicians and has been sampled by artists like Digable Planets and J Dilla. Shuggie tells us what went behind making this rock/soul classic. And Jesse explains why Paul and Gary O'Donovan's craic interview is one of the best things to come out of Rio Olympics


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Lynda Barry & Pop Culture Happy Hour

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 19:24:16 -0400

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin. What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process. Lynda Barry's book The Greatest of Marlys is now available in hardback Our friends Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson from Pop Culture Happy Hour give us some pop culture recommendations during a live show in Washington, DC. Jesse heartily disagrees with A.O. Scott's review of the film version of MacGruber. In short: MacGruber exists, and the world is better for it.


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Nikki Glaser and Dave Holmes

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 20:36:27 -0400

Nikki Glaser is a comedian and host of the Comedy Central series Not Safe with Nikki Glaser. Nikki sits down with Jesse to talk about developing her Comedy Central show with her boyfriend, even when they were in the middle of a breakup. Dave Holmes is a comedian, writer at large for Esquire Magazine, and host of Maximum Fun's very own podcast International Waters. Jesse is joined by Dave to talk about growing up gay in the 80s with no real role models to look up to. They also discuss working for MTV, self-acceptance and his new book, Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs. Jesse tells us why the Olympics is such a beautiful sports event, even for people that don't like sports.


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Chuck Klosterman & W. Kamau Bell

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 19:52:09 -0400

Chuck Klosterman has written countless articles for GQ, ESPN, The Washington Post, Esquire, The Guardian and more. His new book, But What if We're Wrong, examines how the present will be perceived it as the past. What exactly will be thought of as important events to people that are hundreds of years removed from it all? Is it even possible to get every fact correct when writing about the past? Klosterman sits down with Jesse to talk about how we consume culture, how historians frequently reinterpret historical events, and how writing online and writing for print are fundamentally different undertakings. Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell shares with us the best piece of advice he's ever received. Jesse talks about Tony! Toni! Toné! and how they successfully merged soul music and hip-hop to create a new type of R&B.


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Keegan-Michael Key & Tituss Burgess

Mon, 25 Jul 2016 21:38:02 -0400

[r] Keegan-Michael Key talks to Jesse Thorn about creating characters for his sketch show Key and Peele. Plus, Tituss Burgess from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, tells about the time he performed live at the Tony Awards with a malfunctioning microphone.


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Danny McBride & Miroslav Vitous

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 21:04:23 -0400

Danny McBride is comedic writer and actor who started his career starring in the cult classic comedy, The Foot Fist Way. Although the film went to Sundance and was a modest success, McBride went back to North Virginia to work as a substitute teacher. Danny and frequent collaborator Jody Hill began creating the series Eastbound & Down, which would jumpstart McBride's career and make him a film and television star. He has appeared in numerous comedy films, such as Tropic Thunder, 30 Minutes or Less, and Observe and Report. McBride is perhaps best known for writing and starring in the HBO series Eastbound & Down, where he plays disgraced MLB player, Kenny Powers. McBride sat down with Jesse to talk about about working with Jody Hill, writing for Eastbound and Down, and dealing with people who idolize Kenny Powers just a little too much. Danny McBride's new show is called Vice Principals. Jazz bassist Miroslav Vitouš explains how working with Weather Report on the composition Morning Lake is an experience he will never forget. Miroslav Vitouš's new album is called Music of Weather Report. Jesse talks about the film Hunt for the Wilderpeople and why calling it "twee" is actually a compliment.


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Aparna Nancherla & Clams Casino

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 21:59:15 -0400

Though most people find it difficult to find anything funny about depression and anxiety, comedian Aparna Nancherla. has used her own struggles with mood disorders to inspire her comedy. A rising star in the comedy world, Nancherla bravely reveals her struggles with depression in a way that makes the experience both relatable and hilarious. Clams Casino joined Jesse to talk about the influences that lead to his unique sound, and some of the ways he paid his dues coming up in the world of hip-hop production. They also discuss his new album, 32 Levels, and how he developed his relationship with rapper Lil' B. The two of them have long been collaborators, including on the new album, but didn't really get to know each other until making of the new record. Clams Casino's new album is called 32 Levels. Jesse checks in on the classic movie you should see before going swimming this summer.


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Mary Roach & William Bell

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 22:47:51 -0400

Though she didn't earn a degree in the sciences, author Mary Roach has a knack for writing about them with insight and wit. Whether she's describing what happens to the body after death or the many aspects of human sexuality, Roach makes her topics accessible and fun. Roach has authored half a dozen books including: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife and Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, as well as articles for magazines including Vogue, GQ, and National Geographic. Mary Roach sat down with Jesse about whether shark repellant actually exists, life on submarines and how leaches inspired her to write a book on military science, Grunt. William Bell is a soul singer and songwriter whose distinctive sound is forever associated with the legendary Stax Records. Along with with performers like Otis Redding, Sam and Duke, Isaac Hayes and the Staple Singers, Bell helped create music that continues to entertain and inspire. He is famous for his hit songs including You Don't Miss Your Water, Private Number, A Tribute to the King and Everybody Loves a Winner. He also co-wrote the classic song, Born Under a Bad Sign which was originally performed by Albert King and later covered by Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Cream and even Homer Simpson. William Bell joined Jesse to talk about what it was like beginning his musical career while still a teenager, how he returned to his career after being drafted and his new album out on Stax Records, This is Where I Live. Jesse shares why Tanya Tucker's voice and classic song, What's Your Mama's Name manages to move him every time he hears it.


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Lisa Hanawalt & Wyatt Cenac

Mon, 27 Jun 2016 21:08:28 -0400

Jesse Thorn sits down with comic book author and the designer of Netflix's Bojack Horseman, Lisa Hanawalt. He also talks to comic Wyatt Cenac about his upcoming stand up series, Night Train.


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Rachel Bloom & Esperanza Spalding

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 21:18:21 -0400

This week Jesse interviews Rachel Bloom,the star and co-creator the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Also, Esperanza Spalding tells us about the song that changed her life.


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John C. Reilly & Shamir

Mon, 13 Jun 2016 18:44:19 -0400

[r] Jesse Thorn talks with John C. Reilly about Reilly's open-hearted and blustery comic creation, Dr. Steve Brule. Reilly shares stories from the summer of fun he had working on the movie Boogie Nights, and outlines the duties of an actor. Check it Out with Dr Steve Brule is currently airing on Adult Swim. Reilly's new movie The Lobster is in theatres now. Later, Las Vegas born singer-songwriter Shamir joins us to explain how he constructed a remarkable creative identity in a city known for producing more entertainers than artist; how his love for country music inspired him, and how his mother's proclivity for earth magic isn't quite his thing. Shamir's latest album is called Ratchet. Plus Jesse recommends Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, a revenge movie that's really about the way we all fight with our own past.


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Rashida Jones, Ramiro Gomez & Lawrence Weschler

Tue, 07 Jun 2016 00:04:46 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to Rashida Jones, from Parks and Recreation, The Office and Angie Tribeca - which just returned for its second season. Later Lawrence Weschler and Ramiro Gomez stop by the Bullseye studio to discuss their new art book, Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez. Plus Jesse explores the fun, artistry and dark irony of the of the classic noir film, The Third Man starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton.


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Joe Bataan & Ali Wong

Mon, 30 May 2016 13:47:14 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to comedian and Fresh Off the Boat writer Ali Wong, who recorded her new comedy special Baby Cobra, while seven and a half months pregnant. He also sits down with Boogaloo legend Joe Bataan to talk about breaking into the music industry, why he dropped out of it for a while and how he came back with a performance on one of the very first rap songs, back in 1979. Joe Bataan is one of the subjects of a new documentary, We Like it Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo. Plus Jesse highlights an artist with one of the sweetest voices and some of the most beautiful melodies in music right now - Chance the Rapper.


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DJ Quik

Tue, 24 May 2016 00:49:51 -0400

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to DJ Quik - one of the most prolific figures in West Coast hip hop. They'll talk about why a leaked record and a couple of guns made Quik realize he needed a new circle of friends, why he never wants to stop making pretty beats for his records and his inspiration for his awesome, awesome hairstyles over the years. Plus comedy from Michael Ian Black and Jesse explains his love for the airplane gadget catalogue parody, SkyMaul.


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Maria Bamford & Wanda Sykes

Mon, 16 May 2016 20:11:48 -0400

Maria Bamford sits down with Jesse to talk about her own experiences as a patient of various Los Angeles mental health facilities, finding love and marriage and how wanting to work less proved to be a good career move. Her new show, Lady Dynamite will be available for streaming on Netflix from May 20th. You can find out more about her upcoming tour dates by visiting her website at mariabamford.com. Later, Wanda Sykes joined Jesse to talk about transitioning from a career with the NSA to stand-up comedy, coming out "accidentally" during a rally against California's Proposition 8 and why she believes that Bob Hope could have been the perfect super spy. Wanda Sykes is beginning her tour this month, which includes recording dates for her next comedy special. Find out more by visiting her website at wandasykes.com. In his Outshot Jesse talks about his affinity for the music of Black Moth Super Rainbow - an experimental band that declined a request to appear on Bullseye to promote their 2009 album, Eating Us.


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Margaret Cho & Whit Stillman

Mon, 09 May 2016 21:54:37 -0400

Margaret Cho sits down with Jesse to talk about beginning her career during the 90s comedy boom in San Francisco, growing up in a Korean immigrant family, and how the community around her family's gay bookstore continues to touch and inspire her life. Margaret Cho's new album American Myth is now available on iTunes and on her website, MargaretCho.com. She's also out on tour this May and June. Later, Whit Stillman joins Jesse to talk about his love for Jane Austen, the importance of language in his films and how the comedy of Will Ferrell infiltrated his new period piece. Whit Stillman's new film Love and Friendship is in theaters this week. A Criterion collection of his first three films (Metropolitan, Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco) are now available in special box set edition. For his Outshot, Jesse sings the praises of a basketball scrapper who may not get all the fame, but is no less deserving of the glory – Draymond Green.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/477432281/npr_477432281.mp3?orgId=1&d=4423&p=510309&story=477432281&t=podcast&e=477432281&ft=pod&f=510309




Geena Davis & Louis CK

Mon, 02 May 2016 19:34:16 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks with GeenaDavis about her acting career, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and how taking up archery changed her life. Plus multiple Emmy Award-winning comedian, Louis CK discusses self-funding anddistributing his new show, Horace and Pete.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/476530327/npr_476530327.mp3?orgId=1&d=5206&p=510309&story=476530327&t=podcast&e=476530327&ft=pod&f=510309




Mike Judge & Sharon Horgan

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:30:00 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to Mike Judge, the comedy writer behind shows like Beavis and Butthead, Office Space, King of the Hill and Silicon Valley. Later he speaks with Sharon Horgan, whose show Catastrophe just returned for its second season.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/475728901/npr_475728901.mp3?orgId=1&d=4521&p=510309&story=475728901&t=podcast&e=475728901&ft=pod&f=510309




Nick Hornby & Luis Guzmán

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:30:00 -0400

Author and screenwriter Nick Hornby made his name with books like High Fidelity and About A Boy. His latest novel, Funny Girl is about a British actress starring in a 1960s sitcom. Hornby talks with Jesse about old TV comedy, personal ambition and sitting on a couch next to Adam Sandler. Later, character actor Luis Guzmán tells about the role that changed his life, Pachanga in Carlito's Way. Plus Jesse enthuses about the 1995 film noir, Devil in a Blue Dress, explaining why it's so important that Easy Rawlins is "buying in".


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/474791622/npr_474791622.mp3?orgId=1&d=3454&p=510309&story=474791622&t=podcast&e=474791622&ft=pod&f=510309




Ellie Kemper & Glen Weldon

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 05:30:00 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to Ellie Kemper, star of Netflix's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and discusses Batman with Pop Culture Happy Hour's Glen Weldon. Plus, Jesse on how A Tribe Called Quest's Phife Dawg has reverberated through his life.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/473916002/npr_473916002.mp3?orgId=1&d=3470&p=510309&story=473916002&t=podcast&e=473916002&ft=pod&f=510309




Thao Nguyen & Lance Bangs

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 05:30:00 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to musician Thao Nguyen from the band Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and to the filmmaker Lance Bangs. Plus Jesse thinks it's time you gave the band Black Sabbath another listen.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/473067922/npr_473067922.mp3?orgId=1&d=4533&p=510309&story=473067922&t=podcast&e=473067922&ft=pod&f=510309




Bob Odenkirk & Rickey Vincent

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 05:30:00 -0400

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to the comedian, writer, director and actor, Bob Odenkirk, plus the historian, author and DJ Rickey Vincent tells us why Parliament's Mothership Connection ended an era - and then started a new one.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/472234530/npr_472234530.mp3?orgId=1&d=3456&p=510309&story=472234530&t=podcast&e=472234530&ft=pod&f=510309




Dick Van Dyke

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 05:31:00 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to Dick Van Dyke, legendary star of stage and screen, memoirist and now bodybuilder. Plus pop culture critic and writer Margaret Wappler argues that Bjork's album Post deserves a place in the popular canon.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/471391166/npr_471391166.mp3?orgId=1&d=3457&p=510309&story=471391166&t=podcast&e=471391166&ft=pod&f=510309




Zach Galifianakis & Michael K. Williams

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 05:30:00 -0400

Jesse Thorn talks to comedian and actor Zach Galifianakis about his new TV show Baskets, and to Michael K. Williams from Boardwalk Empire and The Wire and who can currently be seen in the new show, Hap and Leonard. Plus Jesse remembers the poignancy of rapper Poetic's examination of his own mortality.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/470489779/npr_470489779.mp3?orgId=1&d=5223&p=510309&story=470489779&t=podcast&e=470489779&ft=pod&f=510309




Ricky Jay & Bruce Boyer

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse Thorn talks to the magician, sleight-of-hand artist and historian Ricky Jay, about his new book Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living. Later he sits down with the menswear writer G. Bruce Boyer. Boyer's new book is True Style: The History and Principles of Classic Menswear. Plus comedy from Brandie Posey's new album, Opinion Cave and Jesse shares what he loved about the movie Attack the Block.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/469610741/npr_469610741.mp3?orgId=1&d=4126&p=510309&story=469610741&t=podcast&e=469610741&ft=pod&f=510309




Gillian Jacobs & Jonathan Gold

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 05:30:00 -0500

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to Gillian Jacobs about her time starring in Community and to the restaurant critic, Jonathan Gold.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/468676763/npr_468676763.mp3?orgId=1&d=3467&p=510309&story=468676763&t=podcast&e=468676763&ft=pod&f=510309




Jason Sudeikis, Paul F. Tompkins & Sarah Vowell

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse Thorn talks to actor Jason Sudeikis and comedian Paul F Tompkins. Plus Sarah Vowell shares the piece of work she wishes she'd made and Jesse talks about a twenty year old SNL sketch that changed his life.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/467773103/npr_467773103.mp3?orgId=1&d=4575&p=510309&story=467773103&t=podcast&e=467773103&ft=pod&f=510309




Dwayne Kennedy & Noel Fielding

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse Thorn talks to comedians' comedian, Dwayne Kennedy and our producer Julia Smith sits down with acclaimed British comic Noel Fielding. Plus Jesse considers the unwarranted backlash to Beyonce's new song and video, Formation.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/466937794/npr_466937794.mp3?orgId=1&d=3517&p=510309&story=466937794&t=podcast&e=466937794&ft=pod&f=510309




Todd Glass & Raffi

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 05:30:00 -0500

[r] Jesse Thorn talks to comedian Todd Glass, about his memoir The Todd Glass Situation and with the beloved children's performer, Raffi. Plus author Ariel Schrag talks about the novel, September Girls and Jesse remembers the album of songs that Van Morrison made out of spite.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/466163672/npr_466163672.mp3?orgId=1&d=3427&p=510309&story=466163672&t=podcast&e=466163672&ft=pod&f=510309




Ray Suarez & Dan Deacon

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse Thorn talks to journalist, Ray Suarez and musician Dan Deacon, plus stand-up comedy from Phoebe Robinson. This episode was recorded in front of a live audience in NPR's Studio One in Washington DC.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/465247729/npr_465247729.mp3?orgId=1&d=4114&p=510309&story=465247729&t=podcast&e=465247729&ft=pod&f=510309




Roger Angell & Aya Cash

Tue, 26 Jan 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse talks to Aya Cash from the TV comedy show You're the Worst and to New Yorker writer and editor, Roger Angell.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/464404510/npr_464404510.mp3?orgId=1&d=4395&p=510309&story=464404510&t=podcast&e=464404510&ft=pod&f=510309




Joel Hodgson & Dr Robert Hicks

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Jesse sits down with creator of Mystery Science Theatre 3000, Joel Hodgson and is experimented upon by director of Philadelphia's Mütter Museum, Dr Robert Hicks. Plus stand-up from Hari Kondabolu and music from Spraynard. This show was recorded in front of a live audience at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/463554845/npr_463554845.mp3?orgId=1&d=3831&p=510309&story=463554845&t=podcast&e=463554845&ft=pod&f=510309




Kaitlin Olson & Jeff Chang

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 05:30:00 -0500

Kaitlin Olson plays Sweet Dee on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. She'll talk about morally broken comedy characters and whether it's a good idea to fall in love with the creator of your TV show. Later Jesse talks to Jeff Chang. About 10 years ago he wrote Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation. It won the American Book Award in 2005. His new book is called Who We Be: The Colorization of America. In some ways, it's a follow up to the last one. It's about how art in America shapes, and is shaped by, race. Plus, Jesse tells you about one real-life superhero who he finds astonishing: Andre the Giant.


Media Files:
https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510309/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/BULLSEYE_PODCAST/media/anon.npr-podcasts/podcast/510309/462757226/npr_462757226.mp3?orgId=1&d=3471&p=510309&story=462757226&t=podcast&e=462757226&ft=pod&f=510309