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Guest host Xeni Jardin interviews television writers whose work hold strong ties to their childhood.  

Robert Popper's first thing on TV was Look Around You, a bizaare callback to educational videos from the 70s and 80s. Now, he's created and written a sitcom-like series about the tendency to go back to your parents' house and suddenly start acting like you're 13 again. It's called Friday Night Dinner.

Plus, we look back to a conversation with television writer Steven Moffat. He grew up adoring the British staple Doctor Who. These days, he's the writer and executive producer of the Doctor Who revival. He's also joined by the show's two new stars. 

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Guest host Jordan Morris' interviews this week prove that low budgets and home-made aesthetics can still bring in huge audiences.

Bruce Campbell is best known for his roles in the Evil Dead films, and these days when he's not blowing up bad guys on the hit show Burn Notice, he's out at comic conventions soaking up his status as a cult icon. 

Plus, Paul Scheer talks about his belovedly scrappy Human Giant comedy group, and skewering big budget police procedurals on his new show NTSF:SD:SUV. 

And OK Go's Damian Kulash -- whose backyard music video made his band an Internet smash-- talks about how Herbie Hancock's Rockit changed his life. 

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Janey Varney steps in as our guest host this week. She sits down with the great Bruce McCulloch from Kids In The Hall. He explains how his love of music led him to  comedy, and why being in Kids In The Hall felt a little bit like being in a band with five lead guitarists. Plus, Janet will talk to Danny Pudi from NBC's Community about the fortune of finding a great show to work on, and the trick to working improvisation into scripted comedy.

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Guest host Dave Holmes talks to Hüsker Dü founder Bob Mould about his new memoir. Plus comedy veteran Tig Notaro talks with Dave  about her first comedy album Good One. Finally, Jesse checks in from paternity leave to talk to Andrew Noz about his top hip-hop tracks for August. 

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MaxFunCon is a conference that celebrates creativity, comedy and friendship. It takes place at a camp-style retreat in the mountains above Los Angeles. This special episode includes highlights from the 2011 MaxFunCon. We feature comedy from Graham Clark, Maria Bamford, Andy Daly and more, plus talks from On The Media co-host Brooke Gladstone and Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.

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