Every year on my public radio show, Bullseye, we have a holiday special. This year’s show featured interviews with The Polyphonic Spree and my friends John Roderick & Jonathan Coulton. It also has some great holiday music (by The Kinks, Tom Lehrer and Oscar the Grouch, among others), some holiday gift recommendations from The AV Club and some holiday advice from My Brother, My Brother & Me. I think you’ll like it.
This week’s Outshot on Bullseye is about one of my favorite songs of all time, People Get Ready by The Impressions. Hope you like it.
A little piece about Curtis Mayfield, my son and being open-hearted from this week’s episode of my public radio show, Bullseye. The show also featured interviews with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Benedict Cumberbatch of Sherlock and game journalist Morgan Webb. Give it a listen.
Once in a while, I bring something from my public radio show Bullseye over here. Sometimes it’s because it’s related to menswear. Sometimes it’s just because I really like it. This is the latter.
Tony Hale played Buster Bluth on Arrested Development (and will play him again, as Netflix has revived the show), and he’s brilliant on the wonderful new HBO show Veep. I talked to him about being the Vice President’s “Body Man,” about how his faith intersects with his career as an artist, and of course about Buster.
This week on my public radio show, Bullseye, I interviewed the Button-Down Mind himself, Bob Newhart. He was as gracious and hilarious in person as you might hope he’d be, and it was a tremendous honor to visit his home and speak with him. You can listen to the full show on our website, in iTunes (free), or on Soundcloud.
The latest episode of my public radio show Bullseye was just posted, and I think you should give it a listen.
I talked with David Wain about his directing career, which started with one of my all-time favorite films, Wet Hot American Summer, and has recently led him to Wanderlust, which stars Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston. We also talked about the amazing fact that he’s still working with folks from his college sketch group, The State, 20 years later, and about whether he wants to sleep with women that aren’t his wife. David’s a brilliant dude, and he has a lot of interesting stuff to say.
We’ve also got a great comedy segment from Jordan Morris called Jordan Ranks America, in which he arbitrarily ranks arbitrary things, and some culture picks from The AV Club. Oh! And I make a pitch for one of my all-time favorite songs, DJ Quik’s Pitch In Ona Party.
As I’ve written here before, the past few weeks I’ve been furiously working on launching a new public radio show called Bullseye with Jesse Thorn. It’s about the good stuff in popular culture. In-depth interviews with creators, recommendations from top critics, and original comedy.
You can hear the show on public radio stations around the country, including WNYC in New York, WHYY in Philadelphia, KALW in San Francisco and XM Public Radio (channel 133). You can ask your public radio station to check it out - it’s distributed by Public Radio International. You can also get it free in iTunes.
Below is a segment from our second episode, an interview with the comedian Chris Gethard. You might have heard Chris on last week’s This American Life. He’s had a crazy life, and has a great new book out called A Bad Idea I’m About To Do.
It’s the kind of interview where he has to say out loud the sentence “Your parents shouldn’t watch from a window as you beat a dwarf with a bat.”
So listen to it, then subscribe to the show in iTunes. That way you won’t miss upcoming interviews with Jack Handey, Jenna Fischer, Tim & Eric, Aisha Tyler and Werner Herzog.
If you’ve noticed I’ve been relatively quiet of late, it’s been for good reason. For the past few weeks, my team and I have been working furiously on a relaunch of my public radio show.
Today, the unveiling can finally occur: please welcome Bullseye with Jesse Thorn.
Bullseye is an hour of the good stuff in popular culture. Recommendations from people in the know, in-depth interviews with creators and original comedy. No bullshit. Only things that are great.
I’m really proud of the work we’ve done to put this thing together, and I think you’ll love it. Best of all: it’s absolutely free.
You can listen to our first episode online now. It features some picks from the AV Club, an interview with three castmembers from the amazing British TV drama Downton Abbey, a conversation with the Australian comedian-writer-actor Chris Lilley about his new show Angry Boys (which just premiered on HBO), and musician Dan Deacon on the song that changed his life.
Listen! Tell somebody! This is big!