Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

Reviews For Bullseye with Jesse Thorn

the host Jesse Thorn likes to show off his vocabulary a bit too much. Kind of a turn off for me. Other than this quirk, or as Jesse himself would probably put it, peccadillo, "Bullseye" almost always hits in the center.
Jesse Thorn is a class act. Unpretentious smarts, personally transparent, it is Jesse’s sincere interest and care for the people he interviews, and the world he reflects upon in his Shout Outs, that make him the best at what he does. Go Giants. The Mission when it was Army Street. Santa Cruz Banana Slugs and keeping it weird. MacArthur Park. It’s all going to be alright. Thanks to all involved.
I really enjoy this show. Jesse is a great interviewer - asking tyipical and expected questions, He also surprises his guests and listeners by asking questions we never knew we wanted the answers to until after he's asked them! He seems comfortable in his seat thereby putting his guests at ease and open to his skillful prying. :-) I also appreciate that his guests run the gamut from musicians, actors, authors and comedians. but, I'd love to hear more interviews with with television actors, comedians, authors, musical groups and females from all of those genres, and perhaps even more obscure folks from all of those genres. How about Tichina Arnold, Kate Nash, Amy Poehler, Angela Davis, Hugh Laurie, Anjelah Johnson, Omar Epps, Nathan Fillion, Janeane Garfalo, Mindy Kaling, Cecile McLorin Salvant,Leslie Jones, Ray Romano, Jenny Slate, Yuna, Tina Fey, Kristen Bell, and Gabourey Sidibe...just to name a few. :-)
This is the best interview podcast out there. Jesse is an absolute gem and his guests are amazing!
Tried a couple with celebrities I was a fan Of then began listening regularly. Ever interview is great and I’m learning about people I’ve never heard of before.
Jesse Thorn asks fascinating people the sort of questions no one else asks, highlighting details of their life or history or general approach in delighted digressions that aren't really digressions at all. They're always on point, unfailingly interesting, very often sly or hilarious, and sometimes both at the same time. That he accomplishes all this with an eccentric mix of famous and obscure people makes it somehow all the more impressive. I've listened to Bullseye for years and try never to miss an episode.
There are a lot of "dude interviews interesting artists" podcasts, but none is better than Bullseye. Well, Fresh Air is better than Bullseye. Jesse's only human.
The show is smart, funny, poignant, relevant, handsome and pretty, all at the same time. For reasons that I don't understand, Jesse Thorne is flying under the radar. Some powerful person should change that. In the meantime, you should listen to Bullseye.
Jesse is a tremendous interviewer, full of compassion and empathy. His interviews are always a welcome companion.
Jesse Thorn is the heir apparent to Terri Gross's throne. He's that good. Outside of Jesse's interviews, I don't know that I've ever heard a guest on any radio show or a podcast say, in complete sincerity, "Wow! That's a REALLY good question. No one's ever asked me that before!" Statements like this are not rare on Bullseye. More than once I've been able to tell the interviewee, who has done thousands of interviews, is genuinely surprised, impressed and thankful for coming to talk with Jesse. That's a rare thing.
Jesse is a knockout! Amazing selection of guests! Amazing interviews! Such honesty and warmth and openness. Everyone needs to listen!
Truely 😘
Great stuff, Jesse is a welcome change to what else is out there. Like an old friend who listens well. Also check his other show Jordan Jesse Go! All good stuff
I look forward to listening every week. I love the format, his choice of guests, and that it isn't an interview show from a journalist, but someone with a perspective that I like. Format - yes, there are the interviews, which are great, but also the Out Shot. This is what is on Jesse's mind. It can be funny, thought provoking, musical, but always good. Guests - I love the the diverse array of guests. Many I am familiar with, others new to me. The conversation can center around music, film . . . Most anything. And he is not afraid to discuss the difficult subjects. Jesse's Perspective - much of his is shaped by growing up in urban and diverse San Francisco. This informs his questions in a way that I can relate. I know this will bring the conversation to a place a journalist may not, and I like that. He is truly interested by his guests, and this comes through as well.
tl;dr: Bullseye teaches me to care about the people who care about the things I didn't know I could care about. ------- Jesse Thorn has a remarkable ability to synthesize — to look over an artist’s body of work and to find the emergent themes and motifs that would otherwise be invisible. He is able to make listeners care about artists (and even entire genres!) that we would not otherwise know that we care about. I used to not understand why some people think he is “smug” or “arrogant”, but I think I finally get it — I think they are reacting negatively against Jesse’s underlying presumption that it is worthwhile to give serious critical attention to the things that we like. Bullseye takes seriously the proposition that there is value in paying attention to the good stuff in popular culture.

5/5

Cool beans in hot sauce
I've been a listener since the TSOYA days. Jesse's work just gets better with each episode.
I love Jessie and Bullseye. Always informative and memorable.
Come ON. Bullseye is the best. The most relevant to my interests, and the most revealing and insightful interviews by Jesse Thorn, maybe the best interviewer in the business today. His style is marked by fearlessness and empathy. I've found so many things in culture to enrich my life because the artists behind them were featured on Bullseye.
This is now in my regular repertoire. Awesome guests, Jesse asks great questions and it's like the perfect length. Highly recommend it!
Seriously great interviewer. Broad topic range. Funny. Kind. And I look forward to a new episode each week.
Always worth listening to - Jesse's a great interviewer and the Outshot is maybe the best weekly recommendation you can get.
Jesse Thorn is a master interviewer. On many other podcasts I will skip the episodes that interview people I haven't heard of. With Bullseye I never skip an episode, and often the people I haven't heard of are the best episodes!
Often times I have never heard of the guests, but it's always interesting, regardless. I just listened to the baseball episode and teared up no less than 3 times - and I don't even like baseball! Jesse asks thoughtful, unique, and personal questions, and I often feel like the person being interviewed gets just as much out of it as the audience does. I started listening a couple of years ago after hearing Liz Gilbert talk about it. Definitely one of my faves!
This podcast is the only reason I seem well cultured and interesting to my friends!
I’ve been listening to Jesse since this show was “The Sound of Young America.” I love Jesse’s interview style and his humor. I have gotten so many great recommendations from this show. It is one of the few shows my husband and I can both agree to listen to!
Every interview is thoughtful, generous to the interviewee, and revelatory to the listener.
Jesse Thorn consistently delivers by interviewing compelling guests that are new to me and allows them to share their stories. Jesse asks questions that provide insight into each person's experience and demonstrates his own appreciation for their art. Finally, his outshots are instrumental in broadening my horizons. Thanks for providing a staple in my podcast diet!
Request for your NPR affiliate to air it if it doesn't already!
Thank you for keeping it up! Thank you for Max Fun! Your interviews are insightful and honest!
The host makes great connections with the guests, and the result can be very special. The exception is Alan Rickman - listen to that one and tell me Rickman doesn't hate Jesse lol.
and listen in. fantastic, insightful interviews. similar format and content to Fresh Air, but in many ways better. not better in all ways, but better in many.
Jesse makes you think more deeply about culture with his interviews. If you love the work and guests featured on the show, listen and appreciate them in a new light. If you don't know them yet, listen in and find something new to love.
Let me start by saying that I have been an avid listener to Bullseye for a number of years, and am a contributor to the Maximum Fun network of podcasts. I understand that most of the shows on the network come with a certain slant, but I relish the fact that hosts and guests are able to express different points of view while keeping the discussions congenial and fair-minded. I especially enjoy the insightful and rigorous interviews you typically present on Bullseye. That said, I feel compelled to express my disappointment with your most recent episode of Bullseye on which you interviewed Nikki Glaser. I had not heard of Ms. Glaser prior to listening to this episode, but I gathered from the episode that she participates in the "gotcha" embarassment political comedy that plagues our current political discourse. My disappointment is not that you invited Ms. Glaser on to your show, but rather that you did not more pointedly question Ms. Glaser's vapid and mean-spirited assertion that it is acceptable for her to attempt to embarrass supporters of a presidential candidate simply because she believes them to be "dumb". For shame, Jesse Thorn.
Jesse Thorn is an excellent interviewer. He not only picks great guests, but also prepares well and asks way more than the run of the mill interview questions. Whether he's interviewing someone I already know and love, or someone I've never heard of, I always come away having learned something new, and most likely have laughed a lot. As a fellow hip-hop enthusiast, I especially love his passion for and knowledge of the genre. And I get a kick out of how he ends the podcast (I'll let you find out for yourself)...
Jesse pushes the boundaries of the interview format, but respects its history.
Drink whenever a guest says something like, "Wow, that's a really insightful question." it happens frequently. Jesse is really good at this.
Also the podcast is great, we really enjoy it. Good job.
Jesse Thorn is the heir apparent in public media interviewing
Some guests are great - looking at you Zack G****nakis - and some are lame like me. Listen to this stuff. That is all.
Jesse is a great interviewer. I feel like I am listening in on conversations between friends who have a shared passion and a history together. His in sincere interest, knowledge and fun-loving humor put the interviewees at ease and opens them up to great conversations about their interests. I also appreciate that his personal insights feel open ended as appose to many interviewers who's deeper questions feel like they are just trying to prove they "get" what drives their subjects. I highly recommend this podcast and I'd bet his guests recommend this to others in the public eye as a place to share and promote and not be exploited.
Jesse is a great interviewer and always has interesting and entertaining interviews. The recent interview with Michael K Williams was stellar! Such a range of emotions in that interview.
Jesse Thorn is the master of interviews. He asks the questions you never knew you wanted asked. And he really seems to take the time to get to know about the person he's going to interview. I even listen to the episodes about people I've never heard of. Thanks! Great job Jesse!
Jesse Thorn is a highly skilled and genuinely funny long-form interviewer. The guest list speaks for itself.
I'll often look at the newest episode, not know who any of the guests are and think maybe I should skip it. Every time I'll listen anyways, and every time it's a good choice. The program makes you appreciate what you don't know. Sometimes the interviews turn out great, recently the Michael Williams episode was a standout. Highly recommended.
That moment when Jesse Thorne surprises his subject with his insight and genuine joy in their work is always delightful. I can't recommend this podcast any higher to anyone who loves or has been moved by pop culture.
Love this show, and especially appreciate Thorn's respectful approach to those that he interviews. He's funny but not at the expense of others. He's a gentleman without being a pushover. One of the best podcasts out there on the internet.
Bullseye is consistently awesome. They never run out of great things to recommend and amazing creative work to shine a light on. I always finish an episode feeling optimistic about the world because there is so much love and positive energy in each episode. It’s a celebration of the best stuff.