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Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)
 
The Turnaround is a new series about our greatest living interviewers, hosted by Jesse Thorn and produced by Maximum Fun and The Columbia Journalism Review. Featuring conversations with prominent interviewers about their careers and their craft, the show is a perfect resource for a new generation of storytellers and journalists. You'll hear Jesse speak with Larry King, Terry Gross, Werner Herzog, Audie Cornish, and so many more!
 
John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.
 
What is the dumbest show you can imagine? This award-winning show may be dumber. It has no content. No format. Yet it's going on ten years of delighting hundreds of thousands of people. It's been an iTunes editors choice, and Rolling Stone picked it as one of the world's best comedy podcasts. It's light in the dark, comfort in the cold and a penguin in the pants (long story). Join hosts Jesse Thorn (NPR's Bullseye) and Jordan Morris (Comedy Central's @Midnight) and a celebrity guest on a rau ...
 
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.
 
Clearer Thinking is the brand-new podcast about ideas that truly matter. Join Spencer Greenberg each week as he has fun, in-depth conversations with brilliant people, exploring useful ideas related to psychology, society, behavior change, philosophy, science, artificial intelligence, math, economics, self-help, mental health, and technology. If you enjoy learning about powerful, practical concepts and frameworks, wish you had more deep, intellectual conversations in your life, or are looking ...
 
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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For the better part of a decade, the video game industry has made more in revenue than Hollywood. Year after year, it's not even close. Some of the biggest blockbuster games can pull down a billion dollars within a week of being released, and they can continue making money for years afterwards. But video games can take enormous amounts of work to p…
 
​What is utilitarianism? And what are the different flavors of utilitarianism? What are some alternatives to utilitarianism for people that find it generally plausible but who can't stomach some of its counterintuitive conclusions? For the times when people do use utilitarianism to make moral decisions, when is it appropriate to perform actual calc…
 
Travis McElroy (My Brother, My Brother and Me, Shmanners ) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of how we can take the Summer Boy ethos to the next level this year, Travis's new blacksmith hobby inspired by Forged in Fire, and what the Rocky franchise would look like if it took the path of The Fast and the Furious. ACTION ITEM: What have you fou…
 
Casey files suit against his friend, Sean. They go to baseball games together a lot. Casey says that Sean’s antics at the games cause great stress. One of the more appalling antics, says Casey, is the time Sean brought his own hot dogs into the stadium. Sean says that he is well within his rights to do this. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to M…
 
What is a cult? What do people seem to mean when they use the word "cult"? Do cults always have a charismatic and/or narcissistic leader? Are cults always harmful? Are people ever really "tricked" into being in a cult? What needs are met by cults that aren't met by standard social structures? What sorts of interactions induce intimacy and/or solida…
 
Ann Dowd is a veteran actor. Her career began on the stage, first in Chicago, where she went to school, then in New York. She started appearing on screen in the '90s in shows like The Baby-Sitter's Club and Law & Order. As she has continued her acting journey, she has starred in many memorable parts including her roles in the HBO series "The Leftov…
 
Rob Huebel (Medical Police, FriendZone Twitch show) joins Jordan and Jesse for an extra special MaxFunDrive episode! They talk about his role as the white guy Gary on Black-ish, his recent upgrade to his streaming setup that has him ready for the purge, and his recent sighting of Scott Bakula running through Griffith Park shirtless. It's MAXFUNDRIV…
 
In this episode of "Rob and Slim Interviews" we talked to Jack Thomas from The "Just Conversation Podcast", Actor Steve Coulter, and Liv & Jay from "As I Liv And Bree". It was a great show! Follow them on Twitter: Just Conversation Podcast: https://twitter.com/JustConvoPod Steve Coulter: https://twitter.com/coulter28 As I Liv And Bree: https://twit…
 
We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2018, Jordan Morris and John Hodgman recorded an episode of a one-off podcast called Shootin' the Bri…
 
What are the benefits of studying history? How do we find useful historical analyses? Can learning about history save us from repeating it? Is America decaying as a nation, empire, and/or leading world power? Generally speaking, what causes empires to fail? Is the aging and decay experienced by organic bodies analogous to the aging and decay experi…
 
We're right in the middle of the Max Fun Drive! Right now is the best time to support all of the Max Fun podcasts you love by starting a monthly membership or upgrading your existing one! We've bleeped the expletives in this episode, but some material might not be suitable for children. We've got something special interrupting your feed today… in 2…
 
The Song That Changed My Life is a segment that gives us the chance to talk with some of our favorite artists about the music that made them who they are today. This time around, we're joined by American jazz trumpeter Carl Hilding "Doc" Severinsen. Doc is an amazing trumpet player who led the band over at "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" …
 
Dave Shumka and Graham Clark (Stop Podcasting Yourself podcast) join Jordan and Jesse for the first week of MaxFunDrive 2021!! They get into all the old Los Angeles restaurants that advertise pastrami, but actually have a different specialty that everyone orders, the time Dave's family rented a video camera to tape him singing the Gilligan's Island…
 
KLAXON! It's the MaxFunDrive! The best time of year to show your support for what we do. Join us at MaximumFun.org/join! Drea brings the case against her husband, Morgan. Morgan believes that we are all living in a simulation. And he loves to talk about it. Drea disagrees and does not want to talk about this any longer. Who's right? Who's wrong? Th…
 
What is "The Index"? What are some benefits of externally compiling and organizing one's knowledge? When is spaced repetition useful? How can we co-opt our visual systems to boost memory? Would we all be more interested in producing an external personal knowledgebase if we could feel on a visceral level how much information is constantly being forg…
 
Rick Prelinger is an archivist and professor at UC Santa Cruz. He's a collector of found and discarded footage: home movies, outtakes from industrial videos and never before seen b-roll from old feature films. Rick also co-founded the Prelinger Library in San Francisco. It's one of the largest collections of ephemeral films in the world. In the fil…
 
Josh Gondelman (Make My Day podcast, Desus and Mero) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jesse's attempt to do the show on easy mode with sports bloopers, Jordan's quest to find something he likes at Dunkin Donuts, the most impressive shoe in Josh's sneaker collection. Plus, Jordan challenges Josh and Jesse to a game of guessing AI pickup li…
 
In this episode of "Rob and Slim Interviews", we talked to Ken Carlson from "Dead Drift" about his new comic book "Hellbound Slant 6", Horror Author Isaac Thorne, Sam Namo from "Reckless Airwaves Radio", and Singer/Songwriter Josh Purgason. It was a great show! Follow them on Twitter, and check out their sites: Ken Carlson: https://twitter.com/Kenz…
 
William Jackson Harper won the hearts of fans as the sweet philosophy professor Chidi Anagonye on NBC's The Good Place. The role helped jump start his career and earned him a handful of award nominations including an Emmy nod. In 2019, he also starred in the critically acclaimed horror film Midsommar. His latest project is a leading role alongside …
 
Cristela Alonzo (Chicano Squad podcast, To Be Continued podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of her strong feelings about Pepe the King Prawn Muppet, the surprising tone that dominates the Pasadena subreddit, and Cristela's junior high school song lyric hustle. Check out the Pixar documentary that Cristela is in, Inside PIxar! And check…
 
What's the current state of cryptocurrency? What are the good and bad aspects of crypto? To what extent have the promises of crypto panned out? How do blockchain and cryptocurrency even work anyway? What are "proof of work" and "proof of stake"? What are the differences between Bitcoin and Ethereum? What sorts of transactions are made easy or possi…
 
It’s time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about post-pandemic hugging, child-free adults dining at kids' pizza restaurants, central vacuum systems, artificial islands, Philadelphia accents, and much more! Plus the premiere of the song, "Gygax Departed," inspired by recent episode with guest Josh Gondelman, A Donut of One's…
 
Ric Burns has written, produced, and directed many documentaries over the last 25 years that capture fascinating narratives about different topics in American history. A few subjects he's covered include New York City, The American Civil War, The Chinese Exclusion Act, and many more. His latest documentary explores the life, work, and legacy of the…
 
We opened the show with "I watch Anime" by Rucka Rucka Ali, talked about Rob's new tiny belt and Slim's stupidly expensive braided belt, stupid Mike Lindell's new Frankspeech app, and Tucker Carlson's insane meltdown in response to a guest not agreeing with him. The Driz performed "Risky" by Saweetie in this week's installment of "The Driz Sings Th…
 
Raoul Peck makes sweeping, breathtaking, insightful films that marry the political to the personal. As a director, he's made both documentaries and feature films. That includes 2000's Lumumba about the assassinated Congolese leader, Patrice Lumumba, 2016's Oscar-nominated I Am Not Your Negro which vividly reworked the writings of the late James Bal…
 
It's time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse talk about tattoos, chalkboards, dinner time, bad neighbors, jungle cats, and more! Plus a letter from a veterinarian about Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! LINKS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE: "Danse Russe" by William Carlos Williams It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn…
 
How does a behavioral scientist apply her knowledge to her own life? What fraction of our behaviors are deliberative, and what fraction are automatic? In what ways are we insufficiently scientific in our attempts to diagnose behavior problems? To what extent is introspection important for behavior change? Can behavior change take place without rela…
 
Charlie Jane Anders (Victories Greater Than Death novel, Our Opinions Are Correct podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the friendship potential of various kaiju, the shocking but serene photo Jesse stumbled upon on Twitter while he was searching for Ichiro Suzuki highlights, and Little Ceasar's cult status as the ultimate sex symbol.…
 
Last month, the actor Jessica Walter died. She was 80 years old, her family says she passed away in her sleep. Her career spanned over six decades. She's starred in hundreds of on screen performances, from Arrested Development, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Love Boat, and Trapper John, M.D. to a starring role in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut …
 
Kevin T. Porter (Good Christian Fun podcast) joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of Jordan's big move to Pasadena and the recommendations Kevin has from living there for years, the themed parties Kevin has thrown to entice people to hang out on his side of town, and Jordan's newfound love for breakfast burritos. Tell us the secrets you thought …
 
We opened the show with "Have You Seen John Connor?" by Rucka Rucka Ali, talked about the Lil Nas X Nikes, the newest episode of "The Walking Dead" titled "Here's Negan", and Rob talked about when he worked at WRAT and plastered a K-Rock pick up truck in Rat stickers at an Ozzy Osbourne book signing. The Driz performed "I Touch Myself" by The Divin…
 
Nicole Byer is a force of nature. She hosts two game shows and four podcasts. She also writes and does stand-up and improv. She's an Emmy-nominated actor. And if all that wasn't enough for you, she's a great follow on Twitter. She joins Bullseye for a wide-ranging interview with guest host Tre'vell Anderson. She talks about hosting game shows, adju…
 
Bailiff Jesse Thorn is out this week so Guest Bailiff (or new judge?) Josh Gondelman fills in! He and Judge Hodgman talk about shortcuts, donuts, fantasy realms, mad scientists, ice cream, and much more! Huge thanks to Josh for joining us! Make sure to check out his podcast Make My Day wherever you get podcasts. His delightful book of essays Nice T…
 
What are "scout" and "soldier" mindsets? How can we have productive disagreements even when one person isn't in scout mindset? Is knowing about good rationality habits sufficient to reason well? When do we naturally tend to be in scout mindset or soldier mindset? When is each mindset beneficial or harmful? Are humans "rationally irrational"? What a…
 
British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb have been making audiences laugh for over two decades. They began their career performing on stage and eventually transitioned to the world of television with their breakout sketch comedy shows The Mitchell and Webb Situation and That Mitchell and Webb Look. In 2003, they starred on the hit British …
 
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