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Pop Rocket Ep. 218 - Jordan Peele's Us

Pop Rocket
Alonso Duralde

Pop Rocket’s come early this week! Alonso Duralde guest hosts for this, our second week of the MaxFunDrive. The deadline for supporting this show is fast upon us, so if you haven’t yet become a new or upgrading member, do it now! Go to our donation page.

You can donate while listening to this special Thursday edition of the show. This episode has something for everyone--sapphic sisters, metal heads, Hallmark Channel enthusiasts and, of course, horror buffs.

One note of caution: There are spoilers, so if you haven’t yet seen Us, and you want to see it before learning about any of its twists and turns, you should skip the discussion. If you HAVE seen it, brace yourself for the in-depth discussion. Does this movie live up to its hype? Is the symbolism in the movie effective? Why does Wynter think she has to watch it again? These questions, and more, will be answered.

All Abouts

Margaret is all about Amanda Deibert's defense of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill, in response to a negative article in Jezebel

Karen is all about
Scary Spice Mel B's confession that she hooked up with Ginger Spice, Geri Halliwell

Alonso is all about Hallmark hiring the hosts of the Hallmark podcast
The Bubbly Sesh

Wynter is all about the Netflix Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt

That's My Jam
Margaret: James Blake - Power On

Karen: Mel C. and Northern Star (feat. Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) - Never Be the Same Again

Alonso: XTC - The Wheel and the Maypole

Wynter: Lil Nas X - Old Town Road

With Alonso Duralde, Karen Tongson, Margaret Wappler, Wynter Mitchell-Rohrbaugh

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The The Adventure Zone Zone: MaxFunDrive 2019 Special


We’re back with everyone’s favorite podcast-within-a-podcast-about-the-original-podcast, as hosted by the people in said podcast! We’re answering your questions about Amnesty, Live Shows and all the other pies we’ve stuck our fingers in over the years.

Gum and Candy


Hello Internet and happy MaxFunDrive Week Two! This episode is all about GUM AND CANDY! So, listen, enjoy and don't forget to head over to and become a member today!

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Stephen Malkmus on the song that changed his life

Stephen Malkmus

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Photo: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

The Song That Changed my Life: Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus is the singer and co-founder of Pavement - one of the most beloved and influential modern rock bands of the 90s or ever, for that matter. They recorded so many songs that capture the decade perfectly: Cut Your Hair, Range Life and Stereo just to name a few.

The band broke up in 1999, but Malkmus has kept on, as prolific as ever, dropping 8 records since 2001. His latest just dropped, it's called Groove Denied and includes a different sound including drum machines, vintage synths and a lot of voice reverb. It's a departure for him. A little less like The Fall, a little more like Suicide or Kraftwerk.

What is the song that changed his life? Love Will Keep Us Together by Captain & Tenille.

Yeah. You read that right.

Heat Rocks EP79: Joey Dosik on Bill Withers's "+Justments" (1974)

Heat Rocks
Joey Dosik

The Album: Bill Withers: +Justments (1974)
Despite the massive success of Withers's first two albums, Just As I Am and Still Bill, label problems prevented +Justments (his fourth LP) from being released on CD until 2010. As such, it's been a sleeper of an album despite how good it is. Withers was never the most confessional of artists but this album, which came about during the dissolution of Withers's marriage to Denise Nicholas (amidst accusations of abuse), is about as close to he gets to talking about his personal life via song. Meanwhile, scoring all this were former members of the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, as good a rhythm section that any artist in L.A. could hope to be hooked up with. 
+Justments was the pick by L.A. soulster Joey Dosik, who's recorded extensively with Vulfpeck but has recently branched into his solo career with his debut album from last year, Inside Voice, which includes a cover of "Stories" from Withers's album. Amongst other things, we discussed how Dosik discovered this slept-on album in his ex-girlfriend's crates, how he learned his own singing voice by studying Withers's, and how drumming great James Gadson is supernaturally clean in the pocket. 
Note: the first half of our episode was taped in the MaxFun kitchen on a remote rig because the power had gone out in our building. We were able to get back into the studio properly for the second half but we apologize for the uneven sound quality of the first half. 
More on Joey Dosik

More on +Justments

Show Tracklisting (all songs from +Justments unless indicated otherwise):

  • Ruby Lee
  • Joey Dosik: Game Winner
  • Stories
  • Bill Withers: Ain't No Sunshine
  • Can We Pretend
  • Heartbreak Road
  • Can We Pretend
  • Heartbreak Road
  • Stories
  • Joey Dosik: Stories (Live)
  • Joey Dosik: Stories
  • Railroad Man
  • You
  • Green Grass
  • Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information
  • Stevie Wonder: Visions

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there
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The JV Club Ep. 316: Danielle Radford

The JV Club
Danielle Radford

The nearly nonstop Max Fun Crossovers continue! Try out your best Mid-Atlantic accent for this chat with Danielle Radford (who you may have heard on the Max Fun podcast Tights and Fights or on Screen Junkies), who shows us the nefarious side of choir with surreptitious cigarettes and how a certain Little Woman can clarify your dreams...

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Still Buffering: How to 90s Teen Quiz

Still Buffering

IT'S STILL THE MAXFUNDRIVE! To wrap-up and continue to celebrate this joyous season, we're continuing a tradition we started last year during the MaxFunDrive. Last year, Rileigh quizzed her sisters on how much teen knowledge they had gained from her throughout the years, and this year the older sisters are doing the same. Does Rileigh know anything about 90s teens? Or anything about the 90s at all? (Also, there may be a secret in our feed if you donate to this year's drive...)

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

One Bad Mother, Episode 298: Sickness Scrambling! Plus, Sex Therapy with Moushumi Ghose

One Bad Mother
Moushumi Ghose

Biz and Theresa accept the horrible truth that with time and experience, having sick kids hasn’t gotten easier. Plus, we talk about sex with sex-positive therapist Moushumi Ghose. This is Week Two of the #MaxFunDrive and you can join or upgrade your membership and get awesome thank-you gifts at -- AND WE THANK YOU.

You can find more from Moushumi on her website and on Twitter @MoushumiGhose. Watch her sex ed video channel at

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Judge John Hodgman Episode 408: Forced Arbor-tration


It's the second week of the MaxFunDrive! Your monthly contributions make it possible for us to keeping making this show. Visit to become a member or to upgrade your current membership! Thank you to all of our new and continuing members for your contributions. We cannot provide Internet Justice without you!

Richard brings the case against his husband, Chris. They have a Japanese Maple tree in their yard and Richard loves it. But, Chris thinks it’s an eyesore!



Thank you to Anna Oakley for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



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