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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn

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Bullseye from NPR is your curated guide to culture. Jesse Thorn hosts in-depth interviews with brilliant creators, culture picks from our favorite critics and irreverent original comedy. Bullseye has been featured in Time, The New York Times, GQ and McSweeney's, which called it "the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world." (Formerly known as The Sound of Young America.)

Latest Episodes

Rose Byrne on "Irresistible," "Bridesmaids" and more

Rose Bryne chooses interesting characters. She was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of "Ellen Parsons"— a ruthless lawyer on the critically-acclaimed law drama "Damages." There's also her role as Helen Harris III in 2011's ensemble comedy Bridesmaids. This year, you can catch her in the political comedy "Irresistible." It's directed by John Stewart and stars Steve Carell. Guest host Jordan Morris chats with Rose about what it was like to work with the former "The Daily Show" host, perfecting the American accent and how Megyn Kelly inspired her role in the film. Plus, she'll tell us what it was like to be in a Star Wars movie!

25 MIN1 d ago
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Rose Byrne on "Irresistible," "Bridesmaids" and more

Mary Randolph Carter on "The Joy of Junk"

Today we're replaying our conversation with the great Mary Randolph Carter. "Carter," as she's known, is the best-selling author of several books on the subject of "junk." Her latest is called "The Joy of Junk: Go Right Ahead, Fall In Love With The Wackiest Things, Find The Worth In The Worthless, Rescue & Recycle The Curious Objects That Give Life & Happiness." It's all about the beauty and lessons that can be found through the art of thrifting. She's also a creative director at Ralph Lauren! We talk to Carter about how her upbringing shaped her connection to "stuff," her favorite junk journeys and how a trip to The Outer Banks during hurricane season helped prepare her for a career in treasure-hunting. Plus, we'll chat about her experience working with the acclaimed design house.

28 MIN5 d ago
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Mary Randolph Carter on "The Joy of Junk"

Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Freestyle Love Supreme," "Hamilton" and more

We'll revisit our conversation with the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda! He's probably best known as the star and creator of the biggest musical in the last 20 years – Hamilton. The award-winning, massively influential musical about the founding father Alexander Hamilton. You'll be able to watch a film version of Hamilton on Disney Plus starting July 3rd. Later that month, the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme will premiere on Hulu. The film tells the story of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which he co-founded long before Hamilton fame. And if that wasn't enough – Lin's starring in the HBO show His Dark Materials. It's a fantasy series based on the book by the same name. Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about how his career has changed since Hamilton. We'll also talk about the time he turned down a part in a Marvel movie.

39 MIN1 w ago
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Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Freestyle Love Supreme," "Hamilton" and more

Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang

We talk with Gene Luen Yang about his new books: "Superman Smashes the Klan" an "Dragon Hoops"

36 MIN1 w ago
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Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang

Rob McElhenney: Always Sunny, Mythic Quest, more!

Guest host Jordan Morris chats with actor, director Rob McElhenney about his career. Rob's the creator and star of what will soon be the longest running American sitcom of all time— It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's a show about five friends who are just about the most terrible people you've ever met and their weekly antics as they run a bar in South Philadelphia and try to scam their way out of and into just about every situation imaginable. His latest series is called Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet. It's about the gaming industry and he's re-teamed with a few of his Sunny writing partners. We'll talk to Rob about growing up without a Nintendo in the house, bringing honesty to his projects and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted his show's production. Plus, we'll chat about some of his favorite games growing up. That's on the next Bullseye!

36 MIN2 w ago
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Rob McElhenney: Always Sunny, Mythic Quest, more!

Indigo Girls

This week, guest host Linda Holmes chat with the Indigo Girls about their new record "Look Long."

32 MIN2 w ago
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Indigo Girls

Giancarlo Esposito: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Do The Right Thing

We're joined by guest host Linda Holmes for a very special interview with Giancarlo Esposito. Giancarlo plays Gus Fring, the brilliant villain on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He also played Buggin' Out in Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee's masterpiece. Esposito talks us about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we'll talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.

44 MIN3 w ago
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Giancarlo Esposito: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Do The Right Thing

Daveed Diggs: Hamilton, Clipping, Blindspotting and more

This week, we're taking a look back at our interview with multi-talented performer Daveed Diggs. He's an actor of stage and screen appearing in projects including Zootopia and Black-ish. In 2018, he co-wrote, produced and starred in Blindspotting alongside his lifelong friend Rafael Casal. He's also the lead vocalist for hip hop group Clipping. His latest projects include the animated series Central Park and the television adaptation of Snowpiercer. We'll talk to Diggs about his musical inspirations, the merits of "corniness" and how Lin Manuel Miranda changed his life. Plus, we'll talk to him about Hamilton, of course! That's on the next Bullseye!

61 MINJUN 9
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Daveed Diggs: Hamilton, Clipping, Blindspotting and more

Doug Jones: The Craziest Day of My Career

The Craziest Day of My Entire Career is a segment where we talk with some of our favorite people about some unbelievable stories. This time we're joined by actor Doug Jones.

13 MINJUN 5
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Doug Jones: The Craziest Day of My Career

Elisabeth Moss

You know Elisabeth Moss for her roles on Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale. Or maybe you're a West Wing fan and waited with baited breath to see if Zoey and Charlie would end up together. Her new film Shirley is a semi-biographical tale based on the life and work of horror writer, Shirley Jackson. Elisabeth joins us this week to talk about adding Producer to her resume, her fascination with playing women accused of losing their minds, and, of course, her iconic role in the 1991 Hulk Hogan comedy Suburban Commando.

47 MINJUN 2
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Elisabeth Moss

Latest Episodes

Rose Byrne on "Irresistible," "Bridesmaids" and more

Rose Bryne chooses interesting characters. She was nominated for both an Emmy and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of "Ellen Parsons"— a ruthless lawyer on the critically-acclaimed law drama "Damages." There's also her role as Helen Harris III in 2011's ensemble comedy Bridesmaids. This year, you can catch her in the political comedy "Irresistible." It's directed by John Stewart and stars Steve Carell. Guest host Jordan Morris chats with Rose about what it was like to work with the former "The Daily Show" host, perfecting the American accent and how Megyn Kelly inspired her role in the film. Plus, she'll tell us what it was like to be in a Star Wars movie!

25 MIN1 d ago
Comments
Rose Byrne on "Irresistible," "Bridesmaids" and more

Mary Randolph Carter on "The Joy of Junk"

Today we're replaying our conversation with the great Mary Randolph Carter. "Carter," as she's known, is the best-selling author of several books on the subject of "junk." Her latest is called "The Joy of Junk: Go Right Ahead, Fall In Love With The Wackiest Things, Find The Worth In The Worthless, Rescue & Recycle The Curious Objects That Give Life & Happiness." It's all about the beauty and lessons that can be found through the art of thrifting. She's also a creative director at Ralph Lauren! We talk to Carter about how her upbringing shaped her connection to "stuff," her favorite junk journeys and how a trip to The Outer Banks during hurricane season helped prepare her for a career in treasure-hunting. Plus, we'll chat about her experience working with the acclaimed design house.

28 MIN5 d ago
Comments
Mary Randolph Carter on "The Joy of Junk"

Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Freestyle Love Supreme," "Hamilton" and more

We'll revisit our conversation with the one and only Lin-Manuel Miranda! He's probably best known as the star and creator of the biggest musical in the last 20 years – Hamilton. The award-winning, massively influential musical about the founding father Alexander Hamilton. You'll be able to watch a film version of Hamilton on Disney Plus starting July 3rd. Later that month, the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme will premiere on Hulu. The film tells the story of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which he co-founded long before Hamilton fame. And if that wasn't enough – Lin's starring in the HBO show His Dark Materials. It's a fantasy series based on the book by the same name. Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about how his career has changed since Hamilton. We'll also talk about the time he turned down a part in a Marvel movie.

39 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Lin-Manuel Miranda on "Freestyle Love Supreme," "Hamilton" and more

Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang

We talk with Gene Luen Yang about his new books: "Superman Smashes the Klan" an "Dragon Hoops"

36 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Cartoonist & Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang

Rob McElhenney: Always Sunny, Mythic Quest, more!

Guest host Jordan Morris chats with actor, director Rob McElhenney about his career. Rob's the creator and star of what will soon be the longest running American sitcom of all time— It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's a show about five friends who are just about the most terrible people you've ever met and their weekly antics as they run a bar in South Philadelphia and try to scam their way out of and into just about every situation imaginable. His latest series is called Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet. It's about the gaming industry and he's re-teamed with a few of his Sunny writing partners. We'll talk to Rob about growing up without a Nintendo in the house, bringing honesty to his projects and how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted his show's production. Plus, we'll chat about some of his favorite games growing up. That's on the next Bullseye!

36 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Rob McElhenney: Always Sunny, Mythic Quest, more!

Indigo Girls

This week, guest host Linda Holmes chat with the Indigo Girls about their new record "Look Long."

32 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Indigo Girls

Giancarlo Esposito: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Do The Right Thing

We're joined by guest host Linda Holmes for a very special interview with Giancarlo Esposito. Giancarlo plays Gus Fring, the brilliant villain on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. He also played Buggin' Out in Do The Right Thing, Spike Lee's masterpiece. Esposito talks us about the complexity of his characters, his time on The Electric Company and his work on Do the Right Thing. Plus, we'll talk to him about a very difficult time in his life and working through the trauma of racial profiling.

44 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Giancarlo Esposito: Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad and Do The Right Thing

Daveed Diggs: Hamilton, Clipping, Blindspotting and more

This week, we're taking a look back at our interview with multi-talented performer Daveed Diggs. He's an actor of stage and screen appearing in projects including Zootopia and Black-ish. In 2018, he co-wrote, produced and starred in Blindspotting alongside his lifelong friend Rafael Casal. He's also the lead vocalist for hip hop group Clipping. His latest projects include the animated series Central Park and the television adaptation of Snowpiercer. We'll talk to Diggs about his musical inspirations, the merits of "corniness" and how Lin Manuel Miranda changed his life. Plus, we'll talk to him about Hamilton, of course! That's on the next Bullseye!

61 MINJUN 9
Comments
Daveed Diggs: Hamilton, Clipping, Blindspotting and more

Doug Jones: The Craziest Day of My Career

The Craziest Day of My Entire Career is a segment where we talk with some of our favorite people about some unbelievable stories. This time we're joined by actor Doug Jones.

13 MINJUN 5
Comments
Doug Jones: The Craziest Day of My Career

Elisabeth Moss

You know Elisabeth Moss for her roles on Mad Men and The Handmaid's Tale. Or maybe you're a West Wing fan and waited with baited breath to see if Zoey and Charlie would end up together. Her new film Shirley is a semi-biographical tale based on the life and work of horror writer, Shirley Jackson. Elisabeth joins us this week to talk about adding Producer to her resume, her fascination with playing women accused of losing their minds, and, of course, her iconic role in the 1991 Hulk Hogan comedy Suburban Commando.

47 MINJUN 2
Comments
Elisabeth Moss
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