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Still Buffering: How to College

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Still Buffering

Senior year means a lot of decisions, and we've talked about some of the big ones. But we haven't ever discussed the next step: college. From how you decide what you want to do and where you want to go to how you actually get into college, we've covered all the stressful and scary steps. Oh and we helped Doctor Who gain another fan.

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

International Waters Ep 103: #Spexit

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Brie Eley, Sean Michael Boozer, Dave Holmes
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Sean Michael Boozer, Brie Eley, Ruth Bratt and Kieran Hodgson join host, Dave Holmes for summer movie discussion, hairy food stories, and first world problem fixes

Sean Michael Boozer wants to plug The Color Collective and recommends the Undisclosed Podcast, @MerriamWebster and @tedlieu .

Brie Eley wants to plug June's Cleaver at IO West and Marele Entertainment and recommends The Great British Baking Show.

Ruth Bratt wants to plug People Just Do Nothing and Showstopper and recommends GLOW on Netflix.

Kieran Hodgson recommends Star Trek: Deep Space Nice.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend Handsome Devil on Netflix.

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 Jennifer Marmor, Christian Dueñas, and Laura Swisher.

The Adventure Zone Ep. 68. Story and Song - Finale, Part Two

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Two lights shine down from the sky. Their story passes through reality. His song fills their hearts.

The world fights back.

Music: "Voidfish (Plural) by Rachel Rose Mitchell - https://rachelrosemitchell.bandcamp.com/

CIPYD 104: Two-Year Anniversary Special: Rachel Hastings and the Xolo

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It’s CIPYD’s two year anniversary, and we can’t believe it! We’re celebrating with guest Rachel Hastings of Bob’s Burgers and a Mutt Minute on the Xoloitzcuintli. And of course, we’re talking all things anniversary, and Renee dogsat a very special puppy. Grab a celebratory pupcake and tune in! Thanks for hanging out with us for two years!

The Turnaround: Katie Couric

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New to The Turnaround? Subscribe in Apple Podcasts or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get two new interviews a week through August 11. Also, Jesse will be hosting a Reddit AMA talking about what he's learned from creating The Turnaround on Friday, August 11 at noon PST.

America's Sweetheart meets America's Radio Sweetheart! Katie Couric visits Jesse Thorn on today's episode of The Turnaround. Katie Couric has worked in TV news for nearly 40 years, an illustrious career that's included hosting duties at the Today Show, CBS Evening News, and most recently, an interview show on Yahoo. Name a famous person, and she's probably talked with them at some point: everyone from presidents, to superstar athletes, to actresses. But her skill as an interviewer also extends to her intimate conversations with everyday people, as seen in documentaries like Gender Revolution. And when she's not anchoring or interviewing people, she's hosting her own podcast.


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Katie talks to Jesse about what it was like being a morning talk show host for years, including dealing with the insanely early call times. She also opens up about tense interview situations, like the time in 2008 when she interviewed then VP candidate Sarah Palin about her foreign policy credentials. Plus: she offers tips on how to exit conversations at parties.

Check out Katie's great podcast on the Stitcher network, simply called Katie Couric.

The Turnaround is a production of Maximum Fun in partnership with the Columbia Journalism Review. Visit their website to learn more about their "mission to encourage excellence in journalism in the service of a free society," and to read edited transcripts of our other Turnaround episodes.

Hosted and created by Jesse Thorn
Produced by Kara Hart and Nick Liao
Senior Producer: Laura Swisher
Managing Director: Bikram Chatterji

Music for The Turnaround provided by Mobius Van ChocStraw.

Special thanks to Kyle Pope and his team at CJR, Darrel Frost, and Emilie Erskine.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Lily Tomlin and Rick Moranis

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Rick Moranis on growing up Jewish, Canadian comedy, and quitting showbusiness

This week on Bullseye, Jesse brings you some of his favorite interviews from 2013. The first of which is his conversation with Rick Moranis. You know him from Strange Brew, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Honey I Shrunk the Kids. He is the bespectacled man in argyle socks, who plays nerdy characters with goofy dad jokes. In the late 80's and early 90's, it seemed like he was the star of every family friendly comedy to hit the big screen. But, after his wife passed away in 1991, he quit the movie business, to raise his children. The last time he has been seen on screen was 20 years ago, in Honey We Shrunk Ourselves.

Nearly a decade after pretty much signing out of show business, Moranis returned in 2005 with a Grammy-winning album of original music, Agoraphobic Cowboy. In 2013, Moranis released his second album My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs, which is a collection of comedic music inspired by Moranis's Jewish upbringing in Toronto.

Jesse and Rick talk about his first job selling hockey programs in the nosebleed section, SCTV and the ironic outcome of his famous nose-thumbing at Canadian content laws, and his decision to be a stay-at-home father.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Rick Moranis!

Lily Tomlin on being someone else... in her own way

Lily Tomlin is a comedic actress if there ever was one. She has incredible rang, whether she's playing a precocious six-year-old on Laugh-In or a pill-popping sixty-six year old on HBO's Eastbound & Down, Lily inhabits her roles in a way that few performers can. She was nominated for an Oscar for her 1976 performance in Nashville, as well as being awarded the Mark Twain Prize for humor back in 2003.

Back in 2013 when Jesse and Lily spoke, she had just appeared in the Tina Fey led and Paul Weitz directed movie Admission. This was 2 years before a resurgence in her career, which would earn her recognition in Grandma, her first lead in a film in 27 years, and a Golden Globe nomination for the Netflix series Grace and Frankie.

Lily talked to Jesse about shaping her role in Admission, the moment that she decided she wanted to be a professional actor...and yes, a certain YouTube-famous confrontation (link NSFW) with I Heart Huckabees director David O. Russell.

Click here to listen to Jesse's interview with Lily Tomlin!

The Outshot: Chance The Rapper's Acid Rap

Jesse tells us about Chance The Rapper's 2013 mixtape Acid Rap.

Click here to listen to Jesse's outshot about Acid Rap!

We Got This #127 - Best Classic Board Game LIVE with Maureen Johnson

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It's a homecoming for Hal and guest Maureen Johnson, who join forces with Mark to pick the best classic board game of them all! You'll laugh! You'll cry! You'll hear about finger Dracula, Hal's childhood therapy and barely hear Bill Lublin from his onstage throne!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 489 - Sophie Buddle

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Comedian Sophie Buddle returns to talk debt collectors, minor league baseball, acoustic comedy, and so many bleeps.

Download episode 489 here. (right-click)

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One Guy, One Guy, and a Chicken Place

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Folks, from movie reviews to daring escapes, this episode has it all! Stunning confessions! Fast food war! Gordon Ramsey fan fiction! Ghosts! You won't believe how much we cram-jammed into one episode!

Talking Points: Meh, 2GGPP, Hauntings Squared, Elevator Home, Gordon's Secret, Chicken Success, Metaphysical Tyler, Andy Mac

Jane Austen

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Shmanners

Hello Internet! We're back and we sure did miss you last week! This time, we have a very special biography episode. You may have recognized the name? Plus, some bonus Regency period etiquette. Enjoy and be sure to share!

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