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Jesse Thorn to speak at SFU Vancouver

April 04, 2014

Jesse Thorn, who became the U.S.’s youngest national public radio host when he founded the Sound of Young America, will speak at Simon Fraser University’s Vancouver campus on April 28 as part of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series.

Thorn’s talk will cover how he innovatively turned his college radio show into an independent media powerhouse, and how 12 other people, many of them his friends and colleagues, exemplify the qualities needed to make independent artistic and career aspirations a reality in the internet age.

Immediately following the talk and Q&A session, Thorn will be joined by Jordan Morris and special guests Graham Clark and Dave Shumka (Stop Podcasting Yourself) for a live taping of the Jordan, Jesse, Go! podcast.

Thorn founded the Sound of Young America in 2000 while a student at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He became the nation’s youngest host when the show began to be distributed by Public Radio International in 2007. It became Bullseye in 2012.

Now the proprietor of, he hosts and produces Bullseye and Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and is the co-host and producer of Judge John Hodgman.

In addition to his work at, 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. 

Event: SFU Vancouver Speaker Series: Jesse Thornwith bonus live taping of Jordan, Jesse, Go! podcast featuring Stop Podcasting Yourself hosts Graham Clark and Dave Shumka
Date: April 28, 2014, 7-10 p.m.
Location: SFU’s Vancouver campus, Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St.
Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 for SFU students, tickets available online.The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series is presented by SFU Public Square, in partnership with SFU Vancouver and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement. For more information on the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series, please visit:

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