Set your alarms because at precisely 7:45 p.m. The Grid hits the airwaves. As the clock strikes quarter to eight, in just 15 minutes you will learn everything you need to know about what’s getting LOLz and what’s making eyes roll across the internet; what to buy; what to eat and what to talk about while you’re eating. It’s a pop culture party and you’re invited.
Our host is Jesse Thorn, self proclaimed America’s Radio Sweetheart, who has been blessing the radio with his presence on The Sound of Young America since 2000. The Sound of Young America is a radio show and podcast produced in Los Angeles and distributed across this fair nation by Public Radio International. Yes, the same quality folks who bring you This American Life. He has a knack for finding awesome and varied guests such as David Cross, Patton Oswalt, John Hodgman, Chuck D, and Art Spiegelman, who are willing to stop by his studio and chat. His conversational interviews range from hilarious to serious and are peppered with regular bits such as raucous rounds of “Would You Rather?” For station information and podcast downloads, head over to his site MaximumFun.org, but be back here by 7:45 p.m. ET to watch The Grid or else.
Here are some of our favorite guests from The Sound of Young America:
Here’s Ze Frank talking to Jesse Thorn during a Sound of Young America recording session:
Here’s Reggie Watts performing:
Kevin Kline stopped by TSOYA at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to promote the film The Extra Man, adapted from Jonathan Ames’ book:
Finally, here’s Blitzen Trapper making their beautiful noise during a taping of TSOYA :
The Grid airs Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. ET