Thursday, April 26, 2012

Podcast Rollcall: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

About a year and a half ago, I profiled the Sound of Young America podcast.  Recently, the Maximum Fun network has revamped and rebranded the show, so I figured it was time to revisit it here.
Genre: Interview and Culture

What It's About: Bullseye, like The Sound of Young America before it, is a lifestyle show which concerns itself with nothing less than the very best of American (and world) culture.  More tightly formatted that its predecessor, each edition of Bullseye begins with recommendations from various pop culture critics, followed by the feature interview, which is either in two parts or followed by a secondary interview.  Then a few minutes are devoted to a comedy routine of some sort, and the show ends with a few words about something the host is currently obsessed with.  It's a strong format that holds the listener's attention and packs a lot into one hour.

Why You Should Care: The primary draw of host Jesse Thorn is that he has good taste.  On Bullseye, you'll hear interviews with actors, comedians, musicians, filmmakers, authors and more, all of whom are doing interesting, innovative and high-quality work well worth of your attention.  You'll hear from some of your favorites, but, more importantly, you'll be introduced to new artists and performers that you'll wish you'd heard about sooner.

Frequency: Weekly

Average Length: Approximately one hour

iTunes Link: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/bullseye-with-jesse-thorn/id73331298

Website: http://www.maximumfun.org/shows/bullseye

As always, if you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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