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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn (formerly known as The Sound of Young America) is a public radio show about things that are awesome. Each week on the show, host Jesse Thorn, "America's Radio Sweetheart," brings you in-depth discussions with personalities from the world of entertainment & the arts. Think of it like Conan O'Brien on public radio, or "Fresh Air," but more fun.
The program is carried on public radio stations around the country, and was the first public radio program west of the Mississippi to podcast. It has received plaudits from publications like Time Magazine (which called it "Pick of the Podcasts") and Salon.com (which wrote "If you've never heard The Sound of Young America, then The Sound of Young America is the greatest radio show you've never heard."). It also was honored by the iTunes editorial staff as a "classic" Best of iTunes selection. Since April 2013, the show has been distributed by National Public Radio.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:30amGeorge Clinton is the 72-year-old master of funk. He paid his dues in the mainstream -- singing doo wop and writing for Motown. Then, with Parliament-Funkadelic he developed a look and a sound that was like nothing else before it. Later Christian Acker talks about the history of the tags you see on walls, park benches and trash cans everywhere. Plus, we'll go into the woods with comedian Chris Fairbanks. Andrew Noz will tell you about great new tracks from Nicki Minaj and Vince Staples. Lastly Jesse will play a song that reminds you of what it feels like to be a teenager. The good parts.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 4:30am[r] Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson chases the unexplored secrets of the universe and then tells Jesse why he shouldn't be scared of space. He's the host of the new version of Carl Sagan's Cosmos. Then, Jesse talks with actor and comedian Lily Tomlin about her storied career. Plus, FOUND Magazine's Davy Rothbart is constantly discovering amazing notes and photos that other people have left behind. He returns to the program to share a few of his lastest favorites. (This episode originally aired in April of 2013.)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:30amAndy Daly is a very pleasant looking guy, in a sort of all-American, unthreatening way. He’ll talk to Jesse about how he used that image to surprise people on his new TV show. Later, Jesse talks to the influential bandleader Willie Colon about salsa: a blend of sounds from the Caribbean, Africa, South America and his native New York City. Comedian Karen Kilgariff will share a sweet, funny and melancholy song. The AV Club’s Erik Adams will tell you about two TV crime shows that you’ll love -- HBO’s True Detective and NBC’s Hannibal. Lastly, Jesse will reveal the secret ingredient that makes a great country song.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:30amR&B stars Ruth and Anita Pointer will talk about the records that inspired them and the country song that earned them a Grammy, but mostly, they’ll have a lot of fun remembering all the great hits they had. The composer Bobby Lopez will talk about why Gene Wilder’s performance of ‘Pure Imagination’ changed his life. Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon from NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour talk about the new things you should check out this week. Lastly Jesse will talk about why The Muppet Movie, the original from 1979, is one that you should watch again.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 4:30am[r] Charlie Wilson made hits in the 80s as the frontman of The Gap Band. In the 90s, he was homeless on the streets of LA. Then he turned it all around. In this extended interview, Jesse talks with Charlie Wilson about his astonishing career with The Gap Band and his later collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Tupac and more. Plus Claire Zulkey and Erik Adams talk about their favorite cop shows, and Jesse tells you which Mountain Goats song you should listen to immediately.