The College Years
The Sound of Young America (Now Bullseye with Jesse Thorn) The College Years. Shows made by Jesse Thorn for his UC Santa Cruz show of the same name.

Jesse talks to Amy Krouse Rosenthal, writer of numerous books for children and adults, host of NPR's Mission Amy KR, and creator of numerous short films.  Next Jesse talks to Ricky Jay: magician, author, actor and historian.

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Jesse talks to Doug Benson about who will win the 2005 Oscars. Then comedy troupe The Hollow Men storm onto the show. Shenanigans abound!

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In this episode, Jesse recalls an interview he and Jordan conducted with Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of The Decemberists. Then Jesse interviews Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series.

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In this episode, Jesse talks to a curator from the United States Museum of Television and Radio about the "Beyond the Fringe" show of the early 1960s.

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In this episode, Jesse starts off by explaining the newfangled technology of "podcasting." Then Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster talk to Jesse about the age old technology of radio. The back half of the episode is a track taken from a best of The Best Show on WFMU.

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The College Years is back from jury duty!  On this episode, get to know the sketch comedy troupe, Olde English.  And then look forward to Jesse's interview with director, actor, and writer Paul Feig.

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It's The College Years' holiday special!  Oh happy day.  Celebrate Christmas in September with Found magazine editor Davy Rothbart, author Christopher Moore, filmmaker John Waters, comedian Patton Oswalt, and even Jesse's little brother.

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In this episode, The Sound of Young America celebrates The Second City, one of comedy's great institutions.  Appropriately, Jesse talks to Anne Libera, author of The Second City Almanac of Improvisation.

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Today's episode is a very special tribute to Ol' Dirty Bastard.  In it, Jesse and guest-host Jim "Master of Would You Rather" Real welcome Improv Everywhere founder Charlie Todd, and partake in a little radio improvisation themselves.  

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In this episode of The College Years, Jesse Thorn welcomes a few notable men. To start things off, Jesse welcomes Chuck D, of Public Enemy fame.  For the second half, Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, also known as Tim & Eric, visit the show to talk about Tom Goes to the Mayor.

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On this edition of the The College Years, Jesse welcomes guest hosts Rob Baedeker and James Reichmuth of Kasper Hauser fame and eternal MaxFun friendship.  First off, the gentlemen talk with the casting director of Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge.  Next, Jesse interviews Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.  And lastly, the hilarious Zach Galifianakis drops by for a brief interview. 

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On this edition of The College Years, Jesse and guest-host Steve Palopoli welcome SuicideGirl Pearl and monologuist Josh Kornbluth.  

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Jesse Thorn, by his lonesome, welcomes two very funny men on this episode of The Sound of Young America.  Look forward to the great writer and radio host Tom Scharpling as well as  the never not funny comedian Eugene Mirman.

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Listen in as Jesse Thorn and special guest host, Maria Schell welcome truly talented people on The Sound of Young America.  You can look forward to writer Kristin Gore, funnyman Patton Oswalt, and graphic novelist Art Spiegelman on this week's show.  

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In this edition of The College Years, special guest-host Kathi Kamen-Goldmark joins Jesse as they welcome a few chosen people on The Sound of Young America.  First, Jesse and Kathi talk to Chris Jackson from H.O.P.E. in America about Paris Hilton's 2004 dallience with literature.  Right after that, Count Bass D drops some knowledge on the show.  And to end things, Sarah Silverman graces the show with her funny.   

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In this episode, Jesse starts things off with a celebration of the music of Randy Newman.  Then, cartoonist Dan Piraro talks about Bizarro and politics.  Also, Dame Edna Everage graces the show with her presence. 

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Mashup 7/22/04

Co-hosted by Jamis MacNiven, W. Kamau Bell, and Al Madrigal, this week's show has filmmaker Tyler MacNiven, author Steve Almond, artist Marc Horowitz, and musicians Tony Goldmark and Jacob Slichter.

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Mad Libs 7/15/04

Co-hosted by Brian Lane and Arthur Gauss, this week's show has artist Brandon Bird, author Geoffrey Nunberg, and comedians Jimmy Pardo and Shelley Berman.

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In this episode, Jesse welcomes writer Joanne Gilbert, comedian Jeff Richards, and writer-comedian Harmon Leon.

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God Bless America 06/17/04 Historian Kenneth C. Davis & Comedian Patton Oswalt on the show. PLUS some standup by "The Jazz Comedian" Franklyn Ajaye.
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Come Fly With Me 5/27/04 Comedians Jasper Redd & W. Kamau Bell on the show, PLUS a contest to win a chance to fly with Jesse on a WW2 Red Baron Pizza biplane!
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Sticking it to The Man 5/20/04 Today's Theme is: Sticking it to The Man. With guests Michael Slack & Rich Stimbra of the San Francisco Comedy College, and Davy Rothbart of FOUND! Magazine.
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