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NPR host Jesse Thorn takes his podcast onto a battleship

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The popular "Jordan, Jesse, Go!" podcast, hosted by NPR "Bullseye" host Jesse Thorn and comedian Jordan Morris, is taping a live show this Saturday here in Los Angeles. Lots of podcasts do that, but Jordan and Jesse are upping the stakes by recording the show from inside the historic USS Iowa battleship.

Thorn explained to KPCC in an email how this event on the high (docked) seas came into being.

"We had a listener email us about something completely unrelated, and at the end of the email, he said 'and incidentally, I'm the events director of a battleship, so if you ever want to do something...' And we ignored everything else he was emailing about and just honed right in on the battleship part," Thorn wrote.

Tickets are $20, or $35 if you want a tour of the ship, with the proceeds going to Swords To Plowshares. It's a non-profit, founded in 1974, that benefits veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. According to the organization, they serve 2,000 veterans every year.

"I spent a lot of time at Swords to Plowshares as a kid — my father is a disabled veteran, and spent most of my young life working in the vets' movement," Thorn wrote. "Military service is a tremendous sacrifice in a lot of ways that folks who aren't involved don't always see. Swords is a place that's about the brass tacks of helping people get connected with the VA or social services or fixing up resumes or whatever people really need to get their lives right."

Thorn is also putting his money where his mouth is — he's offering to donate a thousand dollars out of his own pocket if they manage to sell out the show, along with all ticket revenue.

The show is Saturday at 5 p.m. from the USS Iowa's Officers' Wardroom. Guests include comedians Dana Gould (The Simpsons) and Eliza Skinner (Totally Biased).

Thorn's NPR program "Bullseye" can be heard Saturdays on KPCC at 3 p.m. You can listen to their live show recorded at KPCC on the site that also hosts Thorn's podcast network, MaximumFun.org. Listen to former "Saturday Night Live" star Bill Hader's segment from that episode below:

Bill Hader on Bullseye

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