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The Esquire Cover That Changed Everything

The wonderful design podcast “99% Invisible” regularly gets its cross-posting due at Slate. The publication embeds each weekly episode together with a summary of the latest discussion.

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Episode #101 was a humdinger. Producer Avery Trufelman welcomed design legend George Lois, Esquire design director David Curcurito and former Rolling Stone art director Andy Cowles. At one point, the program revisited the early 1960s juncture during which Lois engineered a lightning-fast transition from the days when the magazine would feature on its cover mascot Esky, a mustachioed ladies man:

In 1962, Harold Hayes, the newly hired head editor of Esquire, asked [ad man] Lois to do a cover for him. As Lois tells it, Hayes was desperate and needed a cover in three days.

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Bret Easton Ellis Kicks Off Podcast with Kanye West

We’ve all read the incendiary Bret Easton Ellis tweets. So it’s somewhat surprising, for anyone not familiar with his voice, to hear how mellow he sounds. Off the top of his new PodcastOne show, Ellis is one part NPR-worthy and another college campus groovy DJ.

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Also kind of hilarious is the length of Ellis’ first question. It’s bled from the intro, yes, but it runs a full four minutes as Ellis used a recent interview he did with an Italian film magazine to throw a query over to Kanye.

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Kathie Lee Gifford Lands Regis for First Episode of New Podcast

PodcastOneLogoThis sounds like another match made in podcast heaven.

To the freewheeling and long-form interview format on October 23 is coming another name-brand participant: TODAY co-host Kathie Lee Gifford. She is set to kick off her PodcastOne network program Kathie Lee and Company with none other than, as first guest, Regis Philbin. From today’s announcement:

“I’m so looking forward to this new podcast adventure,” says Gifford. “I feel like I’m in an episode of The Jetsons, soaring into unknown territory on my podcast.”

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Stewart Copeland on Fringe Benefit of Being in a Band Called The Police

JayMohrStewartCopelandThe latest episode of Jay Mohr‘s weekly podcast Mohr Stories saw The Police’s former drummer head west of the 405 in Los Angeles to sit down for a chat. Mohr has two more big names from the music side this month: Sex Pistol Steve Jones (October 14) and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Duff McKagan (October 28).

The perks of being in a massively successful band like The Police are for the most part pretty obvious. But at one point during the Mohr conversation, Copeland outlined a less sexy, druggy, rock’n roll-y one:

“A strange twist of fate meant that for about 20 years, I never got a speeding ticket or anything. I would get pulled over… ‘Mr. Copeland, I cannot give you a ticket. Have a nice day. Can you sign this for all my buddies back at the station?’”…

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Jeff Garlin Interviews Lena Dunham

For Episode 2 of By the Way: In Conversation with Jeff Garlin, the talented actor-writer-host cues up the conversation he had with Lena Dunham at Largo right after the 2012 Prime Time Emmy Awards. (He’s up to eight episodes now, the latest being Conan O’Brien.)

It was during that crazy awards weekend crush that Garlin met Dunham for the first time in person. And it was also, at a Friday night bash catered by the restaurant Animal, that his guest found herself gorging on some cliched fried chicken:

“I was so happy, and then I had this thought where, ‘So here I am at this party, fulfilling everyone’s expectations of what they’d see me doing at a party, just f*cking eating everything!’ I was so bummed.”

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Dateline’s Josh Mankiewicz Details the Three Main Motives for Murder

Longtime former KTTV weatherman Mark Thompson, most recently a regular guest and guest host on KFI AM 640′s Tim Conway Jr. show, has a new podcast. And if the second episode of “The Edge” featuring Dateline‘s Josh Mankiewicz is any indication, this conversation series is a keeper.

Thompson and co-host Heather Ankeny welcomed Mankiewicz to  the program’s “new outdoor studio overlooking Los Angeles and the Pacific Ocean.” The veteran NBC TV crime reporter touches on many intriguing topics including Princess Diana, the trial of Jodi Arias and something he was once told by an LAPD homicide-robbery division vet:

The detective said to me, ‘You can classify almost all murders under three motives: money; love; pride.’ And the truth is, that does take care of, or explain, a huge number of murders. ‘I wanted his drugs, I wanted to sell them’ – money; ‘I didn’t want to be married to my wife anymore’ – and sometimes love is the absence of love, or it’s the desire to live with another person…

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Early Champion of Stand-Up Jason Stuart Was Convicted Rapist Vince Champ

Episode #375 of Marc Maron’s WTF? podcast was another tremendous one, with gay stand-up Jason Stuart (pictured) revisiting his life as a conflicted youth, closeted actor-comedian and, beginning with a gay cruise booking, fully outed performer.

In typical Maron fashion, the host got all sorts of candid anecdotes from Stuart such as recollections of who the stand-up has had rare heterosexual sex with and a surprising early supporter. From their conversation:

Stuart: When I started, everybody didn’t want me around… You know who really helped me? Vince Champ, the guy who raped all those girls on a college campus and went to prison.

Maron: I remember Vince.

Stuart: That’s the guy who helped me get jobs first, on the road, and I was completely  taken aback when I heard how terrible…

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Phil Hendrie Bobbie Dooley Podcast Off to a Roaring Start

The name of Phil Hendrie’s latest hilarious enterprise sounds a lot like the sort of New York City nightclub Stefon might rave about on Weekend Update. It’s called Mmm Hmmm and really rolls off the tongue when Hendrie, as female alter ego Bobbie Dooley, pronounces those words.

The weekly podcast launched February 15 on the Sideshow Network, home of the Bravo-focused Watch What Crappens, George Lopez‘s Tell Me Your Story and more. The first episode with Patricia Arquette got 15,000 downloads in three days and the show continues today with Jay Mohr.

Other guests so far have been Joel McHale (like Mohr, a two-parter) and Sugar Ray Leonard. During the McHale interview, Dooley asked the Community and Talk Soup actor what advice he might give Hendrie about finally getting a TV pilot picked up. The pair quickly came up with a new pitch for Les Moonves involving Hendrie and McHale as cops who solve crimes committed by the latter’s character. “It writes itself,” McHale raved.

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From a South Central Barbershop to TV’s Top Ranks

At the top of episode #60 of the ScriptMag-sponsored TV Writer podcast, Toronto-based host Gray Jones reminds that he will soon be headed to Los Angeles. And that he’s looking for donations to support the move.

When he does finally arrive here, perhaps he will make his own good luck like guest Devon Shepard. The veteran writer of such shows as Weeds, Everybody Hates Chris, Mad TV and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air started out after CSUN graduation as an intern on Entertainment Tonight. He was later working as an aspiring stand-up and hanging out at a certain establishment at 43rd Street and Crenshaw Blvd.:

His big break came when he met Rob Edwards (The Princess and the Frog) at a barbershop in South Central LA. Because he was always cracking jokes on whomever sat in the barber chair, Rob thought that he was funny and asked him to interview for a writer’s trainee job on Out All Night starring Patti LaBelle, Viveca A. Fox and Morris Chestnut. Devon was hired for the job and has been working in television ever since.

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KCRW’s ‘Strangers’ Podcast Launches Kickstarter for Season 2

Storytelling podcast  “Strangers,” one of the delightful new series spawned by KCRW’s Independent Producer Project, is a weekly show exploring real life tales of encounters with strangers. Buoyed by the show’s positive reception just four months after launching, producer Lea Thau has started a fundraising campaign on kickstarter to keep the podcast going.

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