Tampa and Ottawa self-relegate to the USL  

The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury announced that they would be leaving the NASL and joining the USL, a move from the U.S. second to third division. Peter Wilt comes back to explain what this means.
Take part in our annual Full Kit Wanker contest and win a jersey from SoccerPro:
David Dilley on the way great games follow the same narrative conventions as great art:
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Oh my Darlington PLUS: FIFA bad guys—where are they now?  

We don’t know many of the details about why Darlington Nagbe declined to play for the U.S. national team in the last two friendlies, but Will Parchman and Bobby Warshaw join to discuss what we do know, and we try to answer the big questions: why do some players seem to love Jurgen Klinsmann while others fall out of favor and never get another chance? Is there ever a good reason to just shrug off a call-up? Bobby and Will agree that the U.S. needs a player with Nagbe’s unique abilities; what does the U.S. midfield look like for the foreseeable future without him?

This week’s poll—what is your all-time favorite soccer jersey?
Matt Pyzdrowski’s excellent piece on Marc André ter Stegen:
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138: WTF Happened?  

Let's talk about your goals. How's it going? Or, maybe, WTF happened?

Is there a gap between what you said you were going to do and what you've actually been doing?

Are you finding that you make excuses & exceptions on the regular?

You're not alone.

But let's not let the year slip away feeling like we could have done more or tried harder. Let's assess the situation and get real about how we can get the results we want. That's what today is all about.

In today's episode we're talking about how to break out of the cycle of setting intentions and not doing the work. Unfortunately, we take the approach of "same pond, same frog" and end up wondering, "WTF happened?" The intentions were there, the motivation was there when we set the intentions, but same pond, same frog, nothing new to see here.

The notion of "same pond, same frog" basically means that we don't change ourselves and we don't change our environment but try to change the outcome. It doesn't work.

I want to teach you, in this episode, how to set yourself up for the situation of either:

Same pond, new frog OR New pond, new frog

You must change YOURSELF if you want to change your results.

We cannot focus on the external only. When we focus on eating differently or exercising differently, those are external foci.

Our external results are reflective of our internal results. Change must start inside.

To be successful in achieving our goals, we must strengthen the following mental muscles:

Motivation Consistency Self-discipline

In this episode I detail these 5 keys to creating new results & becoming a new frog.

Start small Keep your word Challenge yourself Be positive Seek feedback from failures
Episode 612 - Judd Apatow  

Judd Apatow has a lot going on right now. So when he came over to the garage to talk with Marc about some of his projects, it's no wonder they kept talking for an hour. Judd and Marc discuss charitable works, the fear of insignificance, and continuing to learn from other funny people. Plus, Marc has a big announcement. This episode is brought to you by TrunkClub, QuickBooks Self-Employed, MeUndies, NatureBox and The Brink on HBO.

Episode 604 - Terry Gross  

The tables are turned on one of the world's greatest interviewers, when Marc sits down with Fresh Air's Terry Gross in front of a live audience at the BAM Opera House in Brooklyn. The voice of NPR and the mind of WTF go deep into Terry's past to examine the life of a person who is so familiar to millions and still very much a mystery. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central, NatureBox, Blue Apron and Casper

JS Party - 6: Web Components and WTF is Shadow DOM?  

Mikeal Rogers, Alex Sexton, and Rachel White discuss Web Components and questions like — "WTF is Shadow DOM?" and "Are custom elements ready?" We also discuss the JavaScript conference scene as well as attending, speaking and organizing conferences. Plus, the project of the week — p5.js.


Sentry –  Get 30 days free when you sign up with the code jsparty. Error reporting and notifications for JavaScript apps and the rest of your stack. Start tracking errors for free. Support for React, Angular, Ember, Vue, Backbone, and Node frameworks like Express and Koa. Toptal –  Hire the best freelance developers and designers with Toptal. Email for a personal introduction.


Mikeal Rogers – Twitter, GitHub Rachel White – Twitter, GitHub Alex Sexton – Twitter, GitHub, Website

Notes and Links

In part 1 of the show we talked about Web Components and we discussed questions like — "WTF is Shadow DOM?" and "Are custom elements ready?"

Shadow DOM v1: Self-Contained Web Components by Eric Bidelman — Engineer @ Google working on Lighthouse, Web Components, Chrome, and the web

In part 2 of the show we talked about attending, speaking and organizing conferences.

Thunder Plains Conf

The project of the week is... — p5.js

This week's picks are...

Mikeal - Slideless Alex - Mike West ~ @mikewest + Web App Sec mailing list Rachel - Sarah Drasner and her new book SVG Animations: From Common UX Implementations to Complex Responsive Animation
Go Time - 35: Honeycomb, Complex Systems, and Saving Sanity with Charity Majors  

Charity Majors joined the show to talk about debugging complex systems, using go to save one's sanity, hiring smart people who can learn, and collectively working to make "on-call" life not miserable.


Toptal –  Scale your team and hire from the top 3% of developers and designers with Toptal. Email for a personal introduction. Compose –  Production ready, cloud hosted databases. Pick your flavor - MongoDB, Elasticsearch, RethinkDB, Redis, Postgres, etcd, or RabbitMQ. When you're ready to sign up use our special URL to get 60-days free on Compose


Charity Majors – Twitter, GitHub, Website Erik St. Martin – Twitter, GitHub Carlisia Pinto – Twitter, GitHub Brian Ketelsen – Twitter, GitHub

Notes and Links

Honeycomb :: Powerful, Exploratory Learning with Richer Data

go package libhoney (it's the APM of the future!)

How We Moved Our API From Ruby to Go and Saved Our Sanity


Database Reliability Engineering book

Interesting Go Projects and News

Charity wants to give big shout outs (shouts out?) to Naitik Shah and Matt Silverlock!

Go 1.8 is released

Implementing a Debugger: The Fundamentals

Building a Go Debugger

Gobot - 1.2 Released

Pixterm - Draw images in your ANSI terminal with true color

1.8 Release Parties Everywhere

Change to Go CoC

Free Software Friday!

Each week on the show we give a shout out to an open source project or community that's made an impact in our day to day developer lives.

Brian - Eclipse Che Erik - Kube-Lego Carlisia - Visual Studio Code
WTF Uncovered #2 - Maria Bamford  

We go back into the WTF Shoebox Vault to find another unaired pilot for The Marc Maron Show in Los Angeles from 2006. This time the guest was comedian Maria Bamford, the sidekick was still Jim Earl, and the investigative reporter was Eddie Pepitone. The only people who ever heard this were the people who made it, plus one angry program director who didn't want to put it on the air. This special presentation is sponsored by Squatty Potty. Use code WTF for 25% off and free shipping.


Making sense of the Klinsmann era  

Simon Evans: “Jurgen Klinsmann, a lone revolutionary in conservative U.S. soccer culture

Watch the Puskas Award nominees and then vote for the that one is most embarrassing for the defending team in this week’s poll.

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Our Jurgen Klinsmann Problem  

Bobby and George talk about a calamitous few days for the U.S. men’s national team. What went wrong against Costa Rica. Can it be fixed? Could Bruce Arena take over? And does that open the door for Landon Donovan’s return (OMG).

Then Dennie Wendt joins to introduce Red or Dead by David Peace, the Howler Book Club’s first selection.

Buy Red or Dead
Bobby Warshaw argues that Jurgen is not fit to coach the USMNT
Dennie Wendt on loving Red or Dead
This week’s poll: is it okay to wear the jersey of a player who is younger than you are?
Our sponsor this week is Futchi. Get $20 off a Futchi set with the promo code HOWLER.

Folge 13: The Cursed Child, WTF is Prometheus und Dr.-Strange-Abgenerde ohne Nanoo  

…aaaand wer’re back! Die erste Ausgabe nach der Tour wurde noch vor dem dunklen Tag aufgezeichnet, an dem diese dumme Sache in den USA passiert ist. Daher: Genießt diese unschuldige letzte Folge bevor wir jedes Mal die Auswirkungen der WahlWeiterlesen Folge 13: The Cursed Child, WTF is Prometheus und Dr.-Strange-Abgenerde ohne Nanoo

DIFFICULT PEOPLE (Gæster: Ditte Hansen og Louise Mieritz)  

Frederik får besøg af komikerduoen Ditte Hansen og Louise Mieritz til en snak om verdens måske bedste podcast WTF WITH MARC MARON, spænding i krimiserien BROEN, verdens mest vanvittige anmelderprogram REVIEW og usympatiske hovedkarakterer i DIFFICULT PEOPLE. Titler: WTF WITH MARC MARON (iTunes), REVIEW (YouTube), BROEN (, NORSKOV (TV2 Play), DIFFICULT PEOPLE (HBO Nordic) Frederik Dirks Gottlieb


00:00:  Frederik ringer til Kasper og hører hvad han skal streame under sin barsel.

03:40: Ditte Hansen og Louise Mieritz om at skrive komedieserien ‘Ditte og Louise’ som et komikerpar, jalousi og en mulig sæson 2.13:10: Louise anbefaler verdens bedste podcast, Marc Maron WTF (iTunes).

18:53: Ditte anbefaler Broen sæson 3 (

25:35: Frederik anbefaler komedieserien Review (YouTube).

30:05: Vi diskuterer TV2’s lukning af Norskov og ringer i den forbindelse til Soundvenues filmredaktør som er rasende på TV2.

40:40: Hvilke usympatiske seriefigurer elsker vi og hvorfor?

43:15: Anmeldelse af komedieserien Difficult People (HBO Nordic).

Lewis Black: 6/16/15  

Lewis Black, the comedian, author, and playwright, joins us on the podcast this week to talk about his long road to living a creative life. The two discuss the night Brian saw Lewis at the Beacon Theatre and watched him perform a bit about Vince Gill and Amy Grant. They also touch on Lewis’s future with The Daily Show, beginning his career as a playwright, and how Lewis comes up with material. And to top it all off, Lewis gives us a few thoughts on religion and the time he once had faith.   Topics this week: Inside Out The Moment's interview with Big Jay Oakerson (2/24/15) Todd -N- Tyler Radio Empire The Bob and Tom Show Lewis Black performs a bit about Vince Gill and Amy Grant Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation WTF's interview with Lewis Black The Nerdist interview with Lewis Black The Daily Show with Jon Stewart WTF’s interview with Jim Breuer My Transcendent Podcast Guest: Jim Breuer Redeems Himself on Marc Maron's WTF Atlantic Theatre Company Samuel French UNC Chapel Hill I Never Sang for My Father a play by Robert Anderson One Slight Hitch a play by Lewis Black The West Bank Cafe Yale School of Drama   People this week: Lewis Black Willie Reale Jim Gaffigan John Oliver Kathleen Madigan Kevin Meaney David Letterman Richard L. Coe Jill Soloway   Twitter: @briankoppelman Rate us on iTunes:

Episode 600 - Sam Seder  

For the 600th episode of WTF, Marc goes back to someone who was there at the beginning. Sam Seder and Marc retrace the path of their contentious friendship, which reached its combative apex right before WTF was created. Also, a surprise guest who is staying in the hotel room next to Marc drops by for an impromptu chat. This episode is sponsored by the new movie The D Train, Trunk Club, 1-800 Flowers and Warby Parker. 

RELOADING #007 – Gears of War, Ouya e WTF Konami  

Nesse episódio Bruno Carvalho, Edu Aurrai  e Felipe Mesquita  falaram sobre o possível Remake de Gears of War, novidades sobre Mighty Number 9, as dificuldades financeiras do Ouya e se perguntam: O que está acontecendo Konami???. Duração: 85 min   Trailers comentados: Xenoblade Chronicles X – Vários Trailers (WiiU) Just Cause – Gameplay Trailer Plano Estratégico: Konami 2015 (Imagem)   … Continue lendo RELOADING #007 – Gears of War, Ouya e WTF Konami

Episode 584 - Chris D'Elia  

Comedian and actor Chris D'Elia always seemed mysterious to Marc when he was waiting backstage at the comedy clubs. Turns out Chris was just cripplingly insecure. Marc and Chris talk about what it takes to overcome your fears, especially at a place like The Comedy Store. Also, Marc delivers an update to provide some closure on a past WTF guest. This episode is sponsored by Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden, Casper Mattress and

Episode 27: Toe Up or Cuff Down for Knitting Socks and WTF Knits  

It's a yarn, comedy and sock knitting palooza this episode as we review WTF Knits and welcome Clare and Kate for the Sock Surgery.

It's time for your luxury yarn fix, with the latest offering from The Golden Skein. Check out our yarns from Knitsch in New Zealand, BaT'at in Yorkshire and Eden Cotatge Yarns in Yorkshire. There's also an announcement of the #tgsonekal, a knitalong to the pattern "Kunye" which was designed for us by Clare Devine. Details over at The Golden Skein group on Ravelry. There will be prizes. Very nice prizes.

Interested in weird and wonderful knitting patterns? I review WTF Knits: Weird Adventures in Wool by Gabrielle Grillo and Lucy Sweet, published by Bantam Press. Available now, it's a cracking little stocking filler that is sure to have you chuckling into your knitting. Want to win a copy? Enter the giveaway over on the blog at

Finally we have Clare and Kate back on the show for the Sock Surgery, discussing the pros and cons of toe up and sock down for knitting socks. We also revisit the needles choice aspect of episode 25, with feedback and discussion from out lovely listeners.

Full shownotes for this episode are available at






Episode 539 - Chris Parnell  

Chris Parnell adds to WTF's ever-increasing list of SNL alumni with tales of triumph, heartbreak and, of course, Lorne. Chris also talks about his Southern roots, his time as a school teacher and his favorite impressions. Also, Marc pays tribute to a personal hero, S. Clay Wilson, who could use your help at This episode is sponsored by Adam and Eve, and Blue Apron.

015: Brian Koppelman  


This week on The One You Feed we have Brian Koppelman.

Brian Koppelman is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer. Best known as the co-writer of Ocean's Thirteen and Rounders, Koppelman has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones as well as directed films such as Solitary Man.

He was an A&R representative from 1988-1997 for such companies as Elektra Records, Giant Records, SBK Records and EMI Records, during which time he discovered singer songwriter Tracy Chapman and executive-produced her first album.

He is also the creator of the excellent video series called The Six Second Screenwriter and the host of the new podcast, The Moment with Brian Koppelman.

Brian is also one of the kindest guys out there. He is genuinely curious about life and people. We really enjoyed our conversation.

 In This Interview Brian and I Discuss... The One You Feed parable, although a bit later than usual. How he got his start as a screenwriter and writing his first script, Rounders. Why working everyday is so important. The power of momentum. Specific practices he does to feed his good wolf. How our intentions tell us a lot about which wolf we are feeding. The importance of art in a good life. A great fiction recommendation from Brian. How denying your creative side can turn you toxic His new podcast, The Moment with Brian Koppelman. Some of his pivotal moments in life. How stand-up comedy helped him face his fears and finish the script he was stuck on. WTF and Marc Maron. Curiosity. Music we love. Brian Koppelman Links

Brian Koppelman homepage

The Six Second Screenwriting Lessons

The Moment with Brian Koppelman podcast

Brian Koppelman IMDb profile

Brian's article about WTF and Jim Breuer

Twitter- @briankoppelman

City of Thieves, Brian's book  recommendation

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Episode 400 - Iggy Pop  

Before the dawn of WTF, Marc embraced being described as "an Iggy Pop Woody Allen." Once WTF took off, Marc repeatedly said one of his dream guests was Iggy Pop. Now with 400 episodes in the can, Marc talks to that dream guest and finds out if "Iggy Pop Woody Allen" is still an apt description. This episode is sponsored by Comedy Central and by Click on the radio mic and enter WTF to start a no-risk trial with a $110 bonus offer.

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