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Jesse Thorn: The Sound of Young America on ‘The Grid’

Jesse Thorn: The Sound of Young America on ‘The Grid’ (photo)

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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, 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:

Ze Frank on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here’s Reggie Watts performing:

Reggie Watts on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Kevin Kline stopped by TSOYA at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to promote the film The Extra Man, adapted from Jonathan Ames’ book:

Kevin Kline on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Finally, here’s Blitzen Trapper making their beautiful noise during a taping of TSOYA :

Blitzen Trapper on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

The Grid airs Thursdays at 7:45 p.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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