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Inside Pop Ep. 147 - A Conversation with the director of American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., and Raising Dion

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Show: 
Inside Pop
Guests: 
Rachel Goldberg

This week, we are excited to bring you our conversation with Rachel Goldberg, a successful TV and Film director who has worked on episodes of American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., and the upcoming Netflix series Raising Dion. Rachel discusses how she approaches directing in different genres, the recent shift in Hollywood when it comes to hiring female directors and gives some sage advice on how to be successful in the industry.

We are also in the midst of the Max Fun Drive! Take the time right now to head over to maximumfun.org/donate to become a member, renew or upgrade your membership. We appreciate your support!

Then, in this week's Big Sell, Sean gives his review and rating of a recent album from the soul/funk band with an international vibe, Khruangbin, and sells Amita on new music from Tierra Whack.

You can find more info about Rachel Goldberg here.

Check out Khruangbin's Tiny Desk Concert performance of Maria Tambien here.

Sean's Top 4 female bass players:

4. Melissa Auf der Maur

3. Gail Ann Dorsey

3. Tina Weymouth

1. Meshelle NdegeOcello

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Wonderful! 76: "Shades"

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Show: 
Wonderful!

Rachel's favorite reverse-rapping artist! Griffin's favorite modular furniture! Rachel's favorite eye protectors! Griffin's favorite parodist and national treasure!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus - https://open.spotify.com/album/7n6zRzTrGPIHt0kRvmWoya

Dr. Gameshow Ep 2: Swedish Fly Trap w/ Yoni Lotan

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Dr. Gameshow Ep 2 w/ Yoni Lotan
Show: 
Dr. Gameshow
Guests: 
Yoni Lotan

Comedian Yoni Lotan (Netflix's Russian Doll, Higgins: The Instagram Show) joins hosts Jo Firestone & Manolo Moreno to play listener-created games with callers!

Games played: Keyword Countdown, Encino Manolo, and Dr. Button Pants

Still Buffering: How to Future Teens (Featuring Charlie Gail!)

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Show: 
Still Buffering

IT'S THE MAXFUNDRIVE! To celebrate this most wonderful time of year, we brought on our favorite teen of the future, Charlie Gail McElroy! We wanted to find out what the teens of tomorrow are going to be listening to, watching, and doing, so we went straight to the source. Come join all four of us, and don't forget to become a member of the MaxFun family this MaxFunDrive!

Subscribe on iTunes or RSS!

Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: John Turturro

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
John Turturro

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Photo: Robin Marchant / Getty Images

John Turturro on 'Do the Right Thing,' 'The Big Lebowski,' his new film 'Gloria Bell' and more

Acting legend John Turturro joins us to chat about his latest project Gloria Bell. It's a movie about a relationship between two people who've both already been through a lot. Turturro plays Arnold, a retired Navy officer. He stars opposite Julianne Moore, who plays Gloria.

It's filled with both the highs and lows that come with new relationships. They're both divorced. And things are especially complicated for Arnold. His adult children still turn to him for money. Gloria, on the other hand, is more free-spirited and for the most part is independent from her family. She's never really had a reason to settle down. She works a regular nine to five, and spends her nights at clubs around Los Angeles dancing to Earth, Wind and Fire and Anita Ward.

It's a love story that's messy and nuanced. The performances from both Turturro and Moore are touching, emotional and engrossing. Turturro will tell us how he nailed down the subtleties and complexities of playing a character that might seem like an average joe. Plus, he'll share stories from his time working on some true classics – Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing and the Coen Brothers The Big Lebowski.

Check out this interview on YouTube here!

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 575: False Grandma with Riley Silverman

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Guests: 
Riley Silverman
Guests: 
Lindsay Pavlas

Riley Silverman (Troubled Waters, SYFY Fangrrls) joins Jordan and Jesse for our first MaxFunDrive episode of 2019! They get into Jordan's most recent attempt to retain his status as a fun guy, the bloodsport that is shopping at the Super King grocery store in Jesse's neighborhood, and whether or not the drug rug demographic is enough to best the people who own fezes.

Plus, we unveil the amazing Jordan, Jesse, Go! pin that you can get during the Max Fun Drive and all the other cool stuff up for grabs this year. Go to MaximumFun.org/Donate right now to support the show!

And let us know if you've ever worn bowling shoes in your everyday life -- 206-984-4FUN or jjgo@maximumfun.org!

#212 - Best Hanna-Barbera Cartoon with Clint McElroy

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Guests: 
Clint McElroy

Happy #MaxFunDrive! We're kicking things off by talking toons with the patriarch of the McElroy clan, Clint McElroy, who is predictably knowledgeable and a wonderful human being.

Like what you hear? Please consider becoming a Maximum Fun member or upgrading your existing membership and supporting our show by clicking the box for it. Your monthly contributions help the show keep going!

The Greatest Discover Ep 44: Star Trek Canasta

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When Discovery pays a visit to Section 31, we find out there's more than 31 flavors and definitely more than 31 mines. But when Airiam tags along on an away team it's time for the space suits to really kick into gear. Will Spock and Michael come to an agreement? Have we lost Stamets' quips? Don't forget to save your memories.

It's the episode that gives you a god shot, but saves you the Rod shot!

#MAXFUNDRIVE 2019

CIPYD 182: MaxFun Drive and Jackie Kashian

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Guests: 
Jackie Kashian

Happy Max Fun Drive!

That's right! Now is the time for you to show your support for the shows you LOVE! We can't thank you enough! If you want to donate please visit maximumfun.org/donate.

On top of the drive we have the BEST guest this week! Jackie Kashian, brilliant stand up and co-host of The Jackie and Laurie show is here to tell us all about her pups and some fantastic dog-movie reviews. We also have a hilarious Facebook thread and a My Mutt Minute!

Donate! Listen! Enjoy!

It's the MaxFunDrive!

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The best two weeks of the year are finally here! If you aren't familiar with the MaxFunDrive, it's two jam-packed weeks full of our greatest episodes, fantastic Drive-exclusive gifts, in-person meetups, tons of fun on social media, and a big celebration of our community (including YOU!)

THE 2019 MAXFUNDRIVE STARTS TODAY, MONDAY, MARCH 18, and ends on Friday, March 29 with a livestreamed finale show! It is officially THE BEST time to become a member or upgrade your existing membership. We've added a bunch of spectacular new shows since last year's drive (Dr. Gameshow, Mission to Zyxx, The Jackie and Laurie Show, The Art of Process with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, The JV Club, and Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone), and they need your support, along with the rest of the terrific shows on Maximum Fun! If you're able to become a monthly member or upgrade your membership level this year, we've got some really beautiful MaxFunDrive-exclusive thank-you gifts. Plus, isn't it just kind of cool to know you're helping make the shows you love?

OUR GOAL IS 25,000 NEW AND UPGRADING MEMBERS. You helped us hit our ambitious and fairly nervewracking goal last year, and we're hoping you can help us get there again this year! Don't be fooled by the fact that it's the same number as last year; this is still a very big, scary number for us. Speaking of goals, remember last year's stretch goal - The MaxFun DreamDate? Well, we have a really fun, silly video of that date to share with you later this week, so stay tuned to our social media channels.

So. TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND. Think we can do it? I do, but I know we'll need your help.

Here's how you can help:

  • Tune in to all your favorite shows! Maybe try some new ones, too! Even if you're behind on episodes, you should really listen to the ones that come out between March 18 - March 29. We put in an extra effort to make sure these are some of the best episodes of the year. Your favorite hosts will tell you all the exciting stuff about MaxFunDrive, and then you can chat about these amazing episodes with all your MaxFun pals!
  • Go to maximumfun.org/donate and become a new monthly member or upgrade your current monthly membership! If you're in a position to do this now, you should do this right now. If you're like, 'but Stacey, there's so much more to read and I feel rude leaving right now...' don't feel bad. If you go become a new or upgrading member right now, that's the opposite of rude. You can come back to the rest of this post at a leisurely pace. (But do come back at some point, I still have lots to tell you!)
  • Spread the word! After you've started your membership, let everyone know with #MaxFunDrive, tag the hosts and shows, tell your friends that you joined or upgraded your membership and why they should consider doing the same. And if this year's not a year that you can support with your wallet, we totally understand! It would mean a lot to us if you could spread the word about the drive on social media and to your MaxFun pals. Thank you so much!

Those Gifts!

This is my favorite part of this email. I'm SO excited to tell you about these gifts we've had to keep secret for so long! If you're already a member THANK YOU SO MUCH! We love you, and I hope you're enjoying all the bonus content right now. If you're thinking of upgrading your membership, or if you considering becoming a member, here's the cool stuff you could get:

  • $5 a month: Super special bonus episodes and videos (over TWO HUNDRED hours of content!) from all of your favorite shows!!
  • $10 a month: Some of you have already guessed it - a whole new round of enamel pins designed by Megan Lynn Kott! Pick your favorite one*, and proudly wear your love for that show.
  • $20 a month: A 550 piece 18" x 24" jigsaw puzzle, featuring a stunning illustration by Geoffrey Tice of a person listening to a podcast while looking out at the iconic view from MaxFunHQ!
  • AND MORE! Check out maximumfun.org/maxfundrivegifts2019 to see all of the gifts at all the levels!

*You know the deal: If we hit our goal of 25,000 new and upgrading members, all monthly members at the $10 level or higher will have the opportunity to buy extra pins for a limited period of time. Please keep in mind that the money made from the sale of these pins will be donated to charity, and that the single best way to support your favorite MaxFun shows is to join as a sustaining monthly member or upgrade your membership to the next tier. So, be sure to encourage all your friends who listen to MaxFun shows to pledge a $5 monthly membership if they're able to!

Mark your calendars!

  • Tuesday, March 26: #MaxFunMeetupDay! Meetups are happening all across the globe on this day! Make sure to go to yours, or if you don't see your town, get one started!
  • Friday, March 29: MaxFunDrive Live Show Finale from 4-6pm PT! We are starting earlier this year, to make it a bit easier for our friends in later time zones to watch. Set up your viewing parties and count down the exciting end of the drive with us! If you'd like be in the audience in-person, ticket info will be sent out to all active monthly members on Wednesday, March 20.

Ok, I think that's everything for now! If you have any questions along the way, please email donations@maximumfun.org so we can help! Thanks! AND HAPPY MAXFUNDRIVE TO ONE AND ALL!

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