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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 ...
 
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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Clemmie Telford

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Influencer, mum and curator of the Mother of All Lists blog Clemmie Telford attempts to get to the bottom of some of life's trickiest questions by having honest conversations with an array of guests from all walks of life. Series one featured Matt Haig, Caitlin Moran, Bryony Gordon, the Holistic Psychologist Dr Nicole LePera, and many more. Series two includes, among others, Jess Ennis-Hill, Helen Thorn, Giovanna Fletcher, Vex King and Gemma Styles. Find Clemmie on social media @clemmie_telf ...
 
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.
 
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!
 
The Shift is a podcast that aims to tell the truth about being a woman post-40, created and hosted by journalist and author, Sam Baker. In this frank, funny, painfully honest new podcast series, Sam talks to a variety of women about the good, the bad and the ugly side of being a supposedly grown up woman in a world that would quite like to ignore us. Each week, guests including Marian Keyes, Sara Collins, Lindsey Hilsum, Philippa Perry, Tracey Thorn, Isabel Allende, Anita Rani and many more ...
 
The dark and brilliant sketch comedy of San Francisco's Kasper Hauser Comedy Group has dazzled audiences around the world, on stage and on Comedy Central. Hear audio comedy, watch videos, and read pages from the hilarious catalog parody "Skymaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From A Plane," which has already been acclaimed by Patton Oswalt, George Saunders, Fred Willard and John Hodgman.
 
Bald comedians, Brian Huskey and Charlie Sanders, interview celebrities, actors, musicians, directors, and really anyone about being bald, both literally and figuratively. Bald Talk isn’t just for the hairless because everyone has that insecurity, hang up or self image issue that is their personal "bald spot". The in depth interviews and conversations about vulnerability, vanity, insecurity, and self image are always hilarious, but also stuff gets deep. Brian and Charlie are always down to h ...
 
Critics Chris Klimek and Glen Weldon both loved the late-60s British sci-fi series "The Prisoner" in their formative years, but they haven't seen it in a long time and they're not at all sure how it will play in a 21st century rife with with "alternative facts" and militant individualism at the expense of social responsibility. One thing is certain: Run-DMC were clearly influenced by the vocal patterns of Patrick McGoohan, and that malicious weather balloon is still eerie as hell. Wait, that ...
 
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Dan Kennedy and Benjamin Harrison

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A comedy fiction pod from Ben Harrison (The Greatest Generation) and Dan Kennedy (The Moth Podcast, McSweeney's). Two morning radio DJs return to the airwaves in 1997 after being suspended and sent to rehab. Machine Bolt and El Farto were previously total tools, but now are finally facing the fact that they're contractually obligated to become better people. And as a wise man once said: The problem with self improvement is knowing when to quit.
 
Hear from leaders across all aspects of Fintech about what is fintech, how to get into it and how to make a mark in the fastest growing sector of finance. Work in Fintech Founder Matt Cheung teams up with Founder Members to interview Fintech Founders, CEOs and CTOs about what you can do to gain an edge in Fintech. Essential listening for any student or young professional looking to secure a role in Fintech, Banking or Finance. #fintech
 
OMG Books brings you into the brains behind your favorite books. Covering fiction and non-fiction, we invite each author into an informal discussion of what makes them tick and what makes their stories talk to readers. Digging into the facts as much as the fiction, you’ll connect with each guest on a whole new level. Yes, each interview is packed with more juice and chutzpah than can safely be consumed in one sitting. And yet, we do it anyway. A new show will arrive each Tuesday bringing you ...
 
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Jo Firestone's new comedy special Good Timing is the culmination of months of work from her and a group of senior citizens she taught how to do standup comedy. It also features interviews between Jo and the students and behind the scenes footage from the classes. Jo joins us to talk about the new special, and what she learned when teaching stand-up…
 
Podcaster, radio host and "America's Sweetheart," Jesse Thorn is a bald man who reveals his serious facial hair helps cover some cheek zone bald spots. Jesse and the Bald Talkers dive into some serious manscaping discussions, the fact that Jesse's garden is filled with his Wahl shaved hairs, and the term "Schikcing it" might replace our beloved "Bi…
 
It’s 2/19/98 and Lynn has booked local TV greengrocer Jesse Thorn on the morning show. What seems like it would be an onion in the fruit basket ends up pairing with Machine Bolt and Él Farto like ice cold brew dogs and a morning commute. The interview touches on Mexican Chip Sauce, seasonal produce, building wealth, news, traffic and weather. Tensi…
 
At a glance, the border between the United States and Canada would seem to be at the friendlier end of the international boundary spectrum. But even though the US-Canada border is now pretty tame, when two countries touch each other over a stretch of 5500 miles, it can result in some surprisingly weird disputes, misunderstandings, geographical quir…
 
Today’s guest is former fashion journalist turned interiors blogger, Paula Sutton. For twenty years Paula lived a typical busy busy busy 9-to-9 London life. But the birth of her third child made her question everything. Ditching her glamorous job, she and her husband and three kids decamped to rural Norfolk. There, jobless, cash-less and identity-l…
 
In this monthly q & a session, the guys answer listener questions. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand e…
 
It's March 5th 1998, once again Lynn has the mics on when the guys are discussing personal matters and that's not professional behavior. Super Caller Mike sheds light on sending weird drawings to the station, living with hundreds of animals, accidentally driving his Buick Electra onto a Little League field, and more. Plus listener calls, El Farto's…
 
Sarah Morgan (Bubble graphic novel, The Fear pod) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of what her spooky Halloween Twitter name should be this year, what mistakes Jesse can make that he can blame on the steroids he is taking, and the best books to teach kids about sex. Plus, Jordan gets a very important missive that threatens to destroy his rep…
 
Technology Futurist, Theo Priestley joins Matthew Cheung and Benjamin Ahmed to discuss the future of the world! Theo Priestley has worked within the technology industry for up to 20 years in both the client facing side and the vendor side. During his time in the industry, Theo study various trends that occurred, leading him to write "The Future Sta…
 
This week Clemmie chats to Hat Hewit the person behind @dayinthelifeoflaws, a remarkable Instagram account documenting her mum's early onset Alzheimer's & Dementia. We chat about what Hat’s mum (Laws) was like before diagnosis. The signs and symptoms that led to the diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. The difficult decision to move to her to care…
 
Margarine is yellow, like butter, but it hasn't always been. At times and in places, it has been a bland white, or even a dull pink. These strange variations were a byproduct of 150-year war to destroy margarine, and everything that it stands for. During this epic fight for survival, margarine has had to reinvent itself, over and over again. I Can'…
 
Sharon Thorne, Global Chair of Deloitte, joins Matthew Cheung and Josh Lavorini to discuss her experiences breaking glass ceilings in the business world. Sharon is the first-ever female to hold the role as Deloitte's Global Chair and was also the first-ever female partner in the Manchester office, the first of two women on the UK board in 2004, the…
 
This week: a very spooky Bullseye Halloween spectacular! We've got Jamie Lee Curtis, Harvey Guillén and the one and only Elvira, Mistress of the Dark! Jamie Lee Curtis has had unforgettable roles in a bunch of the Halloween movies, as well as memorable roles in True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday and Knives Out. Lately, Curtis has been re…
 
Dubbed the Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has written 35 books (she thinks, but she’s stopped counting), sold over 17million copies and been translated into 40 languages. At the vanguard of female crimewriters, she’s created countless female sleuths but is probably best known for one of her male ones - Dr Tony Hill of the TV series Wire In The Blood.…
 
MJ Preston knows the importance of returning to unfinished work. After sitting with a manuscript for over two decades, he made the decision to revise and release it as The Equinox in 2011. Little did he know, the novel would reach the quarterfinals of Amazon’s Breakthrough Awards and win critical acclaim from various authors, even being compared to…
 
John Carpenter has made an impact on film in two different disciplines. As a director , there's so many memorable movies in his filmography: Halloween, Escape from New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Thing, and They Live – to name a few. His work as a composer is just as iconic. Carpenter scored many of his early films – including Halloween.…
 
Here comes the future! It’s February 26, 1998 and technology is taking over more and more of our lives. Ophira Eisenberg, tech consultant extraordinaire, is in studio to tell the guys about how to adapt to a modern world where 41% of Americans are projected to use Internet. There’s news, station drama, Nostradamus-like predictions and more on today…
 
Mark and Hal host the Maximum Fun show WE GOT THIS, wherein they settle small debates. In 2018, they attempted to decide the Best Pretzel Shape but came to an impasse. Hal thinks that Mark was too unwilling to properly entertain a debate. Mark says that Hal betrayed the show’s core by removing the default pretzel shape from contention. Who’s right?…
 
Eric Bachmann is a genius indie rock music legend/producer fronting such groups as Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers and currently performs his own solo material. And he does all of this, "baldly". The Bald Talkers and Eric unpack the rough road for bald rockers, the rough road that is just being a musician these days, disect the process of writing …
 
This week Clemmie chats to clinical psychologist and certified psycho-sexologist and author Dr Karen Gurney - aka @thesexdoctor. The pair discuss: Redefining what we mean by ‘sex’. Whether we judge our sex lives by unrealistic standards? How to define what ‘good sex’ is Research around oral sex and the sexual scripts that surround it. The orgasm ga…
 
Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons, Small Town Dicks Podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Yeardley's favorite Lisa Simpson merch, how she deals with the weight of doing a true-crime podcast, and the magical food that she made on her cooking show, Oil and Water that made her feel like a sorcerer. Plus, we find out if more clergy members or …
 
Kene Ejikeme, ex-Professional Rugby Player and Goldman Sachs Managing Director, Head of Multi Asset Platform Sales EMEA, shares his thoughts on everything from finding your career, why athletes are a good fit in finance, the importance of diversity and much more! Kene's story is a fantastic insight into pursuing your passions and taking risks. Kene…
 
For nearly 5 decades, Sonia Manzano played the part of Maria on Sesame Street. The role came to be during her college years while she was studying acting. She had just gone back home to New York for her first gig, which was a role in an off-Broadway musical called Godspell. While she was there, she auditioned for a part on Sesame Street, and her li…
 
My guest this week has always been a self-starter. From flogging Blue Peter badges in the playground to earn a few extra quid to joining theaudience while she was still at school (famously telling her mum, ‘Sod school I’m going on a tour with NME’), Sophie Ellis Bextor has been doing it her own way for a very long time. Famous almost before she was…
 
One secret. Eight cryptic words. Lifetimes of ruin. In his latest novel, I Am Not Who You Think I Am, Eric Rickstad uses vivid personal memories and intentionally constructed settings to create a gripping thriller tale. Rickstad is a NYT and international bestseller well known for his Canaan series, which includes stories like The Names of Dead Gir…
 
In 1989, Mac McCaughan co-founded the band Superchunk. The band was abrasive and vulnerable; Guitars dominated their sound, with Mac's voice sitting low in the mix. The band caught on and became huge. So big, they helped coin the Gen X term "Slacker" with their 1990 hit "Slack Motherf--ker." To release Superchunk's albums, Mac and his bandmates sta…
 
Nicholas Sparks has become one of the most prolific and successful authors of our generation. Beginning with The Notebook, Sparks has had multiple New York Times Bestsellers and countless film adaptations. He has generated legions of adoring fans who delight in his version of the modern love story, which he discusses in this bonus episode of Writer…
 
Hossein Azari, CEO and Founder of Cmorq, is a former Chief Data Scientist at Goldman Sachs and Senior Data Scientist at Google. He successfully co-founded his own company called Clarity Money, a personal finance app for consumers, which was eventually bought out by Goldman Sachs for $100m. Hossein's impressive CV also includes being a Teaching Fell…
 
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