Ep. 50: Jesse Thorn & Kelly Hu

It’s the 50th episode of Go Fact Yourself! And we’ve got a t-shirt!

J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

To help us celebrate, we’ve brought on Maximum Fun founder, Jesse Thorn. These days, MaxFun is known for dozens of quality podcasts. But in Jesse’s early days, he recorded the talk show that would become “Bullseye” in his apartment. The humble beginnings helped him learn a lot about interviewing great guests… and about the value of a good suit. In addition to “Bullseye,” you can hear Jesse on the podcasts “Jordan Jesse Go!” and “Judge John Hodgman.”

Jesse’s opponent for this momentous episode is actor Kelly Hu. She’s best known for appearances in tons of hit movies, including her role as Lady Deathstrike in X2: X-Men United. But even though audiences love her work, she’ll explain why she can’t stand to watch herself in any film or show she’s ever been a part of. Plus: a look into her desire to be a pageant winner without having a talent to showcase.

Our guests will answer questions about baseball, cadavers and what can be mixed into chocolate.

What’s the Difference: Murder!

What’s the difference between a coroner and a medical examiner?

What’s the difference between a knife and dagger?

If you’d like to submit a question for our What’s the Difference round, go to gofactyourpod.com and click on “Get Involved.”

Areas of Expertise

Jesse Thorn: The hip-hop group Dungeon Family, the city of San Francisco and the San Francisco Giants baseball team.

Kelly Hu: Dog training, Hawaiian food and chocolate-making.

Appearing in this episode:

Keith van Straaten

Helen Hong

Kelly Hu and Jesse Thorn

Jesse Thorn

Kelly Hu

With guest experts:

Jon Miller, award-winning TV and radio play-by-play commentator for the San Francisco Giants.

Jesse Thorn, Kelly Hu, Emily Walden, Patricia Tsai

Patricia Tsai and Emily Walden, owner and manager of the Chocovivo chocolate-making shop in Los Angeles.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show was recorded at the The Angel City Brewery in Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.

Maximum Fun’s Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.

The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

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