Bullseye is a celebration of the best of arts and culture in public radio form. Host Jesse Thorn sifts the wheat from the chaff to bring public radio listeners in depth interviews with the most revered and revolutionary minds in our culture. Recent guests range from Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Big Boi, Booker T. Jones to Mel Brooks and Nicole Holofcener to Lily Tomlin. It’s the next generation’s Fresh Air.
The show, the guests, and Jesse Thorn’s hosting style are contemporary, passionate, engaged, personal and honest. The conversations on Bullseye make listeners think, question, explore and laugh. Jesse creates a personal connection with his guests and his audience that is important to current public radio audiences and the next generation of listeners. Bullseye is a deft mix of the scholarly and the passionate.
Bullseye can give stations the opportunity to reach out to the younger listeners that can often be elusive to public radio stations. Not only has Bullseye captured the interest of that millennial audience, it has done so while still appealing to the traditional public radio core. It is the only public radio program hosted by a millennial and produced by millennials.
Bullseye helps listeners to stay plugged in to the culture map and helps those looking for a signpost of what is important and relevant in arts and culture right now.
Jesse Thorn is the host and producer of Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and the co-host and producer of Judge John Hodgman. He's also the proprietor of MaximumFun.org.
He founded The Sound of Young America in 2000, while a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. In 2007, the show began to be distributed by Public Radio International, making Jesse the youngest national host in public radio history. The show became Bullseye in 2012.
In addition to his work at MaximumFun.org, he hosts and helps produce Put This On, a video series and blog about men's style. He also hosted The Grid, a culture recommendation program on IFC.
A native of San Francisco's Mission District, Jesse lives in Los Angeles with his wife, their sons Simon and Oscar, and two dogs.
Bullseye and host Jesse Thorn have been featured in Time Magazine, The New York Times, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few.
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