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Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone is a comedy field guide to life, or at least a set of IKEA assembly instructions. Where else can you find advice on topics from "How To Keep a Friend" to "How To Translate Your Verizon Bill?" Or even "What do I do if I encounter a Bear" and "Should I Get a Penis Piercing?"

Paula and her co-host Adam Felber bring on leading expert guests and use their unique comedic sensibility to help us navigate life in the 21st century. Along the way, Paula attempts to explains existence through her kaleidoscopic perspective, and Adam tries to interject some rationality.

Paula Poundstone is a nationally known comedian, legendary for her smart spontaneous humor. She and Adam are regular panelists on NPR's #1 show, Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Oct 19, 2021
Ep 171: The One with Jon Lovett
Jon Lovett, from the wonderful “Pod Save America” and “Lovett or Leave It” podcasts takes a break from podcasting to be on our podcast! And what do we talk about? Podcasting! But also other stuff, like government and politics and the possibility of an inter-show basketball league. But remember, OUR ... Read More
Oct 12, 2021
Ep 170: John Cleese is On This Show!
The legendary John Cleese joins us for In— Wait, why are you even reading this? John Cleese is on this show! Go listen to it! It’s John Cleese, fer godsakes! John. Cleese. Go! GUEST Corey Feldman (just kidding it’s JOHN CLEESE!) uniquelives.com/john-cleese-america HOUSE BAND Lindsey Goodman (who can be heard ... Read More
Oct 5, 2021
Ep 169: Difficult People (not us!)
We’re going back into the world after a long pandemic. And it’s great. Except… how do we deal with… you know… people? Dr. Jonathan Bowman returns to the show to help us deal with people now that we have to. Also, what have other people said about stuff? Find out ... Read More
Sep 28, 2021
Ep 168: Filling Our Tank
We all think, but only some of us are paid to do so in a tank. What IS a think tank? Are their good tanks and bad tanks? Do they come with cute miniatures of divers, or is that just fish tanks? Brett Theodos from the Urban Institute is here ... Read More
Sep 21, 2021
Ep 167: A Money Thing Happened on the Way to the Podcast
Should Paula try to pick up that hard-to-get-at dime? Okay, and should she audit the Fed? Emmy and Gracie Award-winning Business Analyst Jill Schlesinger is here to answer all our economic questions, both macro and, well, SUPER micro. And, if that’s not enough learnin’ for ya, it’s also time for ... Read More
Sep 14, 2021
Ep 166: Feelin’ Groomy
Paula loves her pets, of course, and you can’t put a price tag on love — or can you!? Can she turn her pet fancy into a fancy career as a dog groomer? Pro groomer Leila Parks joins our “Career Corner” to instruct us on her trade; the good, the bad, ... Read More
Sep 7, 2021
Ep 165: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Poundstone
As much as Paula and Adam might like to, they can’t actually go to school at Hogwarts. But they can go to school about Hogwarts – Dr. Adriane Ivey teaches a Harry Potter course at Emory University, and she’s here to tell us all about it. And then we let you tell us all ... Read More
Aug 31, 2021
Ep 164: Secrets of the Master Debaters
Everyone knows we’re “more divided than ever,” and everyone’s arguing these days, but nobody seems to be GOOD at it. We all seem to suck at convincing people that we’re right. Well, except for Neal Katyal, former acting Solicitor General, who’s here to instruct us on the lost art of ... Read More
Aug 24, 2021
Ep 163: I Must Tell The Birds…
Pigeons! Are they dirty, filthy, disgusting rats with wings? Or are they our clever, feathery friends whom we created to be our urban pals? Our dear friend Dr. Emily Spicer Rice is here to set us straight! Plus, it’s time to choose a new book for our Book Club! And ... Read More
Aug 17, 2021
Ep 162: Suddenly, Last Summer
Paula and Adam are heading out on vacation, but they wanted to leave you all with Something Old and Something New. First, as “Jeopardy” finally chooses its new host, we wanted to remind you of The Man himself, with our May, 2020 conversation with the great Alex Trebek… which was ... Read More
Aug 10, 2021
Ep 161: Lonely? You’re Not Alone!
A lot of us are lonely these days. Hm. We wonder why. Is there some kind of profoundly isolating world event going on? But whether you’re lonely in a crowd or happily alone, Dr. Jeremy Nobel, founder of the Unlonely Project, has some insights. Also, we’re a lot less lonely, because Toni ... Read More
Aug 3, 2021
Ep 160: In the Land of Dicks, See?
We reckon it’s a time for reckoning, and General (and Professor) Ty Seidule is here to help us reckon with America’s most dubious Confederate monuments. And if that’s not enough of rummaging through our sordid pasts, then buckle down… for True Confessions: Childhood Edition! GUEST Ty Seidule Author, ROBERT E. ... Read More
Jul 27, 2021
Ep. 159: CTRL + F9
Should you drive off your quarantine cliff and go to the movie theatre to see “F9”? Paula and Adam review not “Fate of the Furious”, “Furious 7”, or “Fast & Furious 6″…. but Fast 5” to let you know if “F9″ is worth the risk. In the words of Dom,”Let’s ... Read More
Jul 20, 2021
Ep 158: Royal Pains
It’s time to say “Yaaas Queen… um… Elizabeth. Your Majesty.” Because we’re talking about the Royals with someone who should know, one of the reigning queens of journalism, Patt Morrison! And after we’ve dissected all the hidden messages in royal behavior, demeanor and attire, we share our own sartorial adventures ... Read More
Jul 13, 2021
Ep 157: The Witching Hour
What’s witchcraft? And which witchcraft? Wiccan witchcraft? Why? Well, because we have Dr. Tanya Luhrman from Stanford University here to tell us what’s what in witchery. Plus, buckle up, Nobodies, it’s time for Mailbag! Captain Crinkle Edition. You have stuff to say about Bonnie Burns! She’s listening. Kind of. Guest ... Read More
Jul 6, 2021
Ep 156: Don’t Touch That Trial!
Paula finally finds good use for her “Perry Mason” addiction when she discusses law, both real and – well – Perry Mason-y with former US Attorney and host of the #SistersInLaw podcast, Barbara McQuade! Also, an update on Toni’s whereabouts, and get ready to hear who said what when… it’s ... Read More
Jul 6, 2021
Don’t Touch That Trial!
Paula finally finds good use for her “Perry Mason” addiction when she discusses law, both real and – well – Perry Mason-y with former US Attorney and host of the #SistersInLaw podcast, Barbara McQuade! Also, an update on Toni’s whereabouts, and get ready to hear who said what when… it’s ... Read More
Jun 29, 2021
Ep 155: Pew Will Buy?
We’re featuring the results of some VERY big surveys. First, we’ve got Claudia Deane, VP of research at the Pew Research Center, here to tell us all about how the gold standard in public polling organizations gets its results. But just as impressively, OUR survey of listeners who played Oliver ... Read More
Jun 22, 2021
Ep 154: Suffragette Succotash
Now that the US Mint is suddenly interested in putting “significant women” on coins, how much do we know about the first significant woman to be coined? Deborah L. Hughes from the National Susan B. Anthony House and Museum drops by to tell us about the iconic freedom fighter whose ... Read More
Jun 15, 2021
Ep 153: Outside the Actor’s Studio with Jane Lynch
Who can put Paula through the rigorous acting coaching she needs? How about if the amazing Jane Lynch dons her trademark tracksuit and puts Paula through her paces? That’ll work for you, right? Plus – you sent us more show descriptions. We love ‘em! Thanks! GUEST Jane Lynch HOUSE BAND ... Read More