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Amy Sedaris and Judah Friedlander to Drop By The Sound of Young America Live in NY

WNYC is presenting an all-star live edition of The Sound of Young America on October 22nd at the station's performance venue, The Greene Space: 

The Sound of Young America, the Los Angeles-based, irreverent comedy-and-arts-interview public radio show that bills itself as the "anti-Prairie Home Companion," will return to New York City for its second stint at The Greene Space at WNYC.

Hosted by Jesse Thorn, The Sound of Young America – known for coming straight from Thorn’s living room – will present its signature blend of comedy, cabaret, and music in front of a live audience.

Thorn’s guests for the show include:

· AMY SEDARIS – Actress, comedienne and author of the upcoming book, Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People

· JOHN HODGMAN– Writer, actor and correspondent for The Daily Show

· JUDAH FRIEDLANDER – Star of NBC’s 30 Rock and author of the new book, How to Beat Up Anybody

· BARATUNDE THURSTON – Self-proclaimed “vigilante pundit,” co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics and web editor for The Onion

· LES SAVY FAV – The Brooklyn-based band, hailed by Kerrang! as "one of the most important bands the U.S. underground has thrown up in years,” will perform a set of their “brainy, brawny punk rock" (Entertainment Weekly)



Angry TSOYA Listeners Don't Want, Can't Provide For "Adoption Song"

God's Pottery was on The Sound of Young America last week singing a reportedly uplifting song about adoption, but little did they know, the people on the other end of the radio were sitting with their arms crossed in an ice cold room, staring despondently in unshakeable horror and disbelief.

Jesse Thorn writes of the God's Pottery bit:

[As] you can see from the comments on the blog, it has not been universally acclaimed. I got about half a dozen email complaints, as well. Now, about 100,000 people listen to a given Sound of Young America episode, and 15 or 20 out of 100,000 is not a huge portion of that audience. It is, however, more complaints than we usually get. Did the segment merit the criticism?
In the segment, God's Pottery describe adopted children as "God's little lost socks." The refrain of their song reminds adopted children that "you're just as special as a normal child." People objected to this on several grounds...

THE WHOLE STORY: Is God's Pottery Offensive? | TSOYA

Don't put away your angry letter writing pens just yet! Jesse adds at the end of his post: "I'm looking forward to airing two more segments with God's Pottery over the next month or two, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do."