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International Waters Ep 132: Thank You, Brendan Fraser

Tawny Newsome
Laura Davis
Maria Shehata
William Andrews

Tawny Newsome, Maria Shehata, Laura Davis and William Andrews join host, Dave Holmes for theories on Fergie's "London Bridge," first world problem-solving, and exclusive Santa Claus photo ops.

Tawny Newsome wants to plug Yo Is This Racist? on Earwolf and her upcoming live shows and recommends The Chi on Showtime.

Maria Shehata wants to plug her upcoming tour dates and recommends The Bill Murray.

Laura Davis wants to plug her Twitter @lauradaviscomic and recommends learning to pee standing up.

William Andrews wants to plug Willy and recommends the Soho Theatre.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes. Dave would like to recommend Guy Branum's My Life as A Goddess, Adam Cayton-Holland's Tragedy Plus Time, and Erin Gibson's Feminasty.

You can let us know what you think of International Waters and suggest guests through our Facebook group or on Twitter.

Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 552 - Wordburglar

Sean Jordan

Rapper/writer Wordburglar (Sean Jordan) joins us to talk delivering papers, moving, and old twins.

Download episode 552 here. (right-click)

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Susan Orlean and Jazz singer Gregory Porter

Susan Orlean
Gregory Porter

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Photo: Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

Author Susan Orlean on her new book 'The Library Book'

Susan Orlean is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her work has also appeared in Vogue, Esquire and on This American Life. She's the author of eight books, covering topics like New England and Rin Tin Tin. Her first book, "Saturday Night," used narrative journalism to paint a portrait of how Saturday night in America is lived. She's probably best known for "The Orchid Thief." That book ended up being the basis of the Academy Award nominated film "Adaptation," starring Nicolas Cage and Meryl Streep.

She now lives here in Los Angeles. Being an author and a reader, she's visited the beautiful, historic central library in downtown Los Angeles dozens of times. Her latest book "The Library Book" is about that library and its history.

It wasn't until she took a tour of the library that she was inspired to write this book. The tour guide opened a book and said some of them still smelled like smoke. A bit perplexed she probed and asked more about the smell. This is how she learned of devastating fire that almost demolished the building in 1986. She always hoped someone would tell this story, and unknowingly years later she would be the one to tell it. The book is also also kind of a paean to libraries everywhere – what they mean to her, and why every library is a vital institution.

We're big fans of Susan Orlean at Maximum Fun. A few years ago she gave a talk at Max Fun Con called: "Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary." You can check out that talk here.

Photo: Valery Hache / AFP / Getty Images

Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter on his new album 'Nat King Cole and Me'

Gregory Porter is a Grammy Award winning jazz vocalist. The route he took to get there is really unique. He was a offensive lineman at San Diego State. Then, during his junior year, an injury ended his football career. During that time he could sing, but he wasn't a singer. That changed when his mom, literally from her deathbed, told him to start singing.

In 2010, he moved to New York with his brother and recorded his debut record "Water." Whereas most young jazz singers start their careers recording standards, Porter recorded an album of mostly originals.

Now, almost a decade later, he's laid down an new album with jazz standards. "Nat King Cole and Me" pays tribute to one of the greatest jazz singers of all time. It's music he grew up on. Porter spent a lot of time researching the music of Nat King Cole - his records, books, and documentaries. He'll tell us what made Cole one of the most unique singers of the civil rights era of the 1950's. He'll also tell us what it was like to grow up in Bakersfield, California and how that's influenced his lyrics.

The covers are great, but if you want to hear some more of his original work, check out his 2016 album: "Take Me to the Alley" – the album was inspired by his mothers teachings as a street minister and it's one of our favorites.

The Outshot: Hot Dog Timmy

Jesse explains why great things can come of simple premises and simple situations. Like in this sketch from "The Whitest Kids You Know."

MBMBaM 429: Lactating Las Vegas


This one goes places! First, into the mind of our favorite Marvel Defenger, who Travis met, and definitely didn't embarrass us in front of. Also, to the moon! Also, to Broadway! (Please do not tell the Broadway people about our Broadway segment. There's no way we're clearing all these showtunes.)

Suggested talking points: Marvel's Defengers, Still Being John Malkovich, Lunar Crank, An Inexplicable Musical Medley, Bad Pizza, Exotic Snaxx, Fancy Slices

J. I. Rodale

Baby Geniuses

Hello babies!

Wassup all you ragtime babies! Emily got back from the Emmys and her Getty Images purse is the talk of the town! Some bad stuff has happened in our country since our last episode and we talk about that too. Lisa watched a romantic horny movie to get her mind off this month's horrors. On Wiki of the Week, we read the Wikipedia page for "J. I. Rodale," a healthy man who met an untimely end. 

Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone Ep 14: Real Estate - Wanted, Dead or Alive

Taylor Hasselhoff
Dr. David Sloane
Chuck McLane

The living and the dead can agree on one thing: Real estate is important. First, Dr. David Sloane, author of “Is the Cemetery Dead,” walks us through the latest trends in, um, after-aftercare. Then it’s time for Career Corner, in which luxury realtor Taylor Hasselhoff helps Paula decide whether she’s got a future as a real estate agent. Also, Paula and Adam pop a couple of pills to test allergy medicine Allegra’s claim that it can help us “get back to the moment.” And the search continues for our show’s favorite no-show, survivalist Thomas Coyne.

House band:
Chuck McLane


Dr. David Sloane
Author, “Is the Cemetery Dead?”
Professor in Urban Planning and Urban History at USC
Twitter: @dcsloane53

Taylor Hasselhoff
Luxury Real Estate Agent at Aaron Kirman Partners
Twitter: @tayhoff
Instagram: @tay
Facebook: @RealtayRealEstate

Chuck McLane
Instagram: @chuckmclane

The Greatest Generation DS9 Ep 231: Mid-Brand Cigarette (DS9 S3E8)


While trekking in the gQuad, Sisko and the gang encounter a disappearing reappearing planet whose inhabitants Dax finds very bonable. But while her relationship with one of the locals flowers, back at on the station, Quark’s depravity takes a turn for the worse. Does the Defiant need a dongle to disappear? Why is the makeup department neglecting Dax’s neck? Why do people keep going on these non-date dates? It’s the episode where we try out mid-90s flirtation.

Come see us live on tour with Greatest Gen Khan!

Follow The Game of Buttholes: The Will of the Prophets!

Dr. Price's Bad Ideas


Dr. Price was a dentist with some pretty bad ideas about nutrition. That probably wouldn't have merited an appearance on Sawbones ... except those bad ideas went on to inspire a terrifying modern following.

Subscribe on iTunes! then, tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Ross and Carrie Meet Brother Sage


Ross and Carrie talk with Brother Sage, a Urine Therapy practitioner of over two decades and author of the book Healing Water From Within. Brother Sage explains his calling from Shiva, the reasons he will live forever, the many ways he uses his own pee, what Christians don't understand about communion, and whether or not you should spray urine on bus seats. All this and more in a fun and unpredictable interview!

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Pop Rocket Ep. 195 A Star is Born

Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Margaret Wappler
Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh
Karen Tongson

This week gay America received so much, but in particular, A Star is Born starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, who also directed the movie. Guy, Wynter, Karen & Margaret--aka the full panel--got a chance to watch, cry, and be torn apart by the story of a lady who gained the world, but lost the man that she loves.

On this episode, we go over the history of this film and all the remakes, share predictions on whether The Academy will hand out statues to Lady Gaga and/or Bradley Cooper, or if they'll have to settle for the less-prestigious adulation from foreign journalists. Plus, Karen pushes back on Sam Adams's Slate article, which argues that "the movie's battle between rock and pop, authenticity and artifice, and art and commerce is outdated at best."

All Abouts

Wynter is all about the new Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis and the kerfuffle over Curtis's views on gun ownership on Fox News.

Karen is all about NBC's new primetime airplane sci-fi thriller, Manifest.

Margaret is all about the Twitter beef between Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks over rapper Ye formerly known as Kanye West's MAGA-ness.

Guy is all about Katmai National Park & Preserve's Fat Bear Week competition.

That's My Jam

Karen - Barbara Streisand - Evergreen (Love Theme from "A Star is Born" 1976)

Wynter - Lady Gaga - Why Did You Do That? (A Star is Born Soundtrack)

Margaret - Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

Guy - Cher - Waterloo

With Guy Branum, Karen Tongson, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh, and Margaret Wappler.

You can let us know what you think of Pop Rocket and suggest topics in our Facebook group or via @PopRocket on Twitter.

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Produced by Laura Swisher for Edited by Shana Daloria.

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