Your podcast guide to culture: Amy Schumer, Nicole Byer, Kristen Bell, and more join ‘Bullseye with Jesse Thorn’

Society & Culture April 12, 2022
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NPR’s “Bullseye with Jesse Thorn” is a spectacular podcast guide to culture featuring in-depth interviews with brilliant-minded celebrities, creators, and guests from all disciplines. With over 940 unique interviews to choose from, this series can be streamed in any order with episodes lasting less than 50 minutes on average.

On a recent episode of Podsauce, host Dax shared this series for his Hollypod pick. It checks all the boxes for the Hollypod segment since this podcast includes actors, authors, comedians, musicians, writers, and more.

Dax listened to the episode with Ted Lasso‘s Hannah Waddingham. In the TV series, Hannah plays the team’s owner, Rebecca Welton, and she won an Emmy Award in 2021 for this role. Hannah unpacked her theater performance experiences, how she landed an iconic role in Game of Thrones, and what it was like performing in a musical when a mouse accidentally got stuck in a dress. This episode was hosted by “Pop Culture Happy Hour” host Linda Holmes.

Recent episodes interviewed guitarist Steven Van Zandt, author and culture writer Chuck Klosterman, and comedian Nick Kroll.

In March, Amy Schumer stopped by an episode to discuss her evolution in comedy, stand-up, and why she accepted one of the most stressful jobs – hosting the Oscars. Amy told “Bullseye” about her new, semi-autobiographical TV comedy, Life & Beth, and the inspirations behind it.

Kristen Bell joined the podcast earlier this year to discuss her role in Netflix’s The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window.

There are recurring episode segments like “The Song That Changed My Life,” asking guests to share songs that inspired them. K-Pop singer Eric Nam shared why a John Legend song touched him forever. Other guests for this segment have included Aimee Mann, Phil Collins, and Huey Lewis – just to name a few.

“I Wish I Made That” invites guests to have conversations about something they envy most. It proves to be sometimes difficult for guests to pinpoint just one idea, thing, or creative work. On previous segments, Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) told the podcast about the guitar, The Gibson J-200. John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats whittled his long list down to Speak & Spell, Depeche Mode’s debut album.

On “The Craziest Day of My Entire Career,” guests like Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, share the weirdest, wackiest, and most hectic days on the job.

In addition to “Bullseye,” Jesse Thorn hosts and produces “Jordan, Jesse, Go!,” “Judge John Hodgman,” and is the owner/founder of

Check out new, semiweekly episodes of “Bullseye” wherever you listen to your favorite shows.

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