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My New Favorite Thing: The Sound of Young America

Following up on yesterday's Coyle and Sharpe podcast recommendation, I'd like to introduce you to my new favorite thing: The Sound of Young America. It's a radio show and podcast (iTunes link) created by Jesse Thorn. Thorn interviews an excellent cross-section of comedians, musicians, writers, and more. What makes the podcast interesting is Thorn's frank, interesting questions, which display a level of familiarity with each artist's work and creative process that's far beyond what you get in most other interviews. It's a little like Fresh Air (which I love), but from a different perspective. One word of warning: there is a bit of coarse language in most of these interviews.

Recent shows have included interviews with Miranda July, They Might Be Giants, Patton Oswalt, Elmore Leonard, Steven Wright, and a whole bunch more.

Also see: a good explanation of what podcasts are and how they work, including various links to subscribe to The Sound of Young America. Superfans may also be interested in The Sound of Young America Classics (iTunes link), a podcast featuring old shows from the pre-podcast era.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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