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77: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

Iconic is an overused word these days, but "Weird Al" Yankovic deserves that designation. During our conversation, Al talks about surviving in show business for 40 years and how he dealt with a very public career setback in the late '80s. +

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76: John Carpenter

Iconic horror director John Carpenter — the man behind "Halloween" — talks about being an outsider, what inspired him to make films, and how he accidentally became a full-time musician.
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75: Josh Ostrander of Mondo Cozmo

Mondo Cozmo frontman Josh Ostrander talks about being an overnight sensation...20 years in the making. He also gets into his recent visit to the Senate and discusses what he calls a "rock and roll freakout" that resulted in hours of surgery.
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74: Hiss Golden Messenger

MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger talks about the band's early days — when it wasn't even a "band" — his time as a folklorist, his need to mean what he says, and the effect Wendell Berry had on both his life and work.
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73: Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, Fun, and Steel Train

Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, Fun, and Steel Train had very specific ideas of what success in the music industry looked like. When his band Fun blew up, it also blew up those ideas and expanded his horizons. In this conversation, we talk about that explosion, the writing process, and "buying the delusion" as an artist when no one else will believe in you.

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72: Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters

Jake Shears might be known as the guy from Scissor Sisters, but he's had a pretty big year on his own. He released an acclaimed memoir, made his Broadway debut in "Kinky Boots," and just announced his first solo album. During our conversation, we talk about the cascade of life changes that brought him to this point.

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71: Jason Molina Tribute With Erin Osmon, Jim James, And More

Jason Molina is one of the most capable, compelling, and confounding musicians of the last quarter century. We're celebrating his life and work as we mark five years since his passing in the spring of 2013. To do so, you'll hear from "Jason Molina: Riding With the Ghost" author Erin Osmon, Jim James, Scott Avett, Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter, and Secretly Canadian Records co-founder Ben Swanson.

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70: Hari Kondabolu

Comedian Hari Kondabolu has a lot to say about political correctness, racism, oppression, and the highly polarized nature of our country at the moment. But that doesn't make him a "political comic." During our conversation, we discuss Hari's process, his take on the "Roseanne" reboot, and getting more personal for his new Netflix special, "Warn Your Relatives."

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69: Ted Leo

Ted Leo discusses his love for "The Lord of the Rings," growing up as a punk kid, and his complicated relationship with Catholicism. This episode also features a live session recorded at the KEXP studios in Seattle.