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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!

Aug 16, 2022
Ep 214: Appraise the “Titanic!”
Should you go see the #1 movie in America, “Bullet Train?” Paula and Adam are here to help you decide by reviewing that other gigantic vehicle-based movie, 1997’s “Titanic!”  HOUSE BAND Ben Cassil https://redcircle.com/shows/totallyrad https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/totally-rad/id1527946974 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ... Read More
Aug 9, 2022
Ep 213: Jill Schlesinger Returns (But At What Price?)
Inflation is rampaging through the land, raising prices and taking names. But what is it? What caused it? Who do we blame? One of our favorite guests, Jill Schlesinger is back to explain this whole economic kerfuffle. (Yes, we said it – kerfuffle!) Also, for your information, we’re throwing another ... Read More
Aug 2, 2022
Ep 212: So Long, Long Covid!
Ep 212 – So Long, Long Covid! Now that seemingly everyone’s getting COVID-19, the question we’re all thinking about is “How do you STOP having it?” Dr. John Barrata from UNC’s Covid Recovery Clinic is here to talk about “long Covid” and how we’re learning to beat it. Plus, our ... Read More
Jul 26, 2022
Ep 211: Jaws 4: Snark Attack!
It’s summer movie season, and Paula and Adam are here to help you decide whether to see “Where the Crawdads Sing.” How? By screening 1987’s “Jaws 4: The Revenge,” of course! Hear all about the fine film about which Michael Caine raved, “It paid for my house!” HOUSE BAND James ... Read More
Jul 19, 2022
Ep 210: Funny Changes Everything
Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. But those who don’t know comedy history are doomed to repeat it wrong, and completely screw up the punchline! Journey Gunderson, who runs the National Comedy Center, comes by to spread the word about her amazing new institution. Plus – ... Read More
Jul 12, 2022
Ep 209: And Then There’s Fraud
How can you protect yourself from being scammed? Well, you could send us $49.95 for our exclusive NLTPP Anti-Scam Beads. Or… you could listen to fraud expert John Breyault, who’s seen ‘em all. We recommend both; John AND the beads! And then… which lucky Hollywood stars will get the honor ... Read More
Jul 5, 2022
Ep 208: The Land (WAY) Down Under
When Toni and Bonnie offered their oral report on Antarctica to attract fans from there, we had no idea that we already had an Antarctic fan! Nobody and Antarctic researcher Ralph Harvey is here to set us straight about the bottom of the world! Also, you asked for it – and ... Read More
Jun 28, 2022
Ep 207: Paula’s Summer Christmas Spectacular!
Sure it’s summertime, but Christmas IS coming, and if Paula wants to dethrone Mariah Carey with her own blockbuster holiday hit, she has to get started! Musical guru Niall Ferguson is here to launch Paula on her Yuletide song-crafting adventure. Plus – you guys sure have a lot to say ... Read More
Jun 21, 2022
Ep 206: The Coup, Part Deux
Lt. Col. Amy McGrath took on the role of fighter pilot, then she took on Mitch McConnell, and now she’s taking on the job of saving Democracy itself. She’s here to discuss her “American SOS Project.” And speaking of SOS, it’s time to Salute Our Show with another round of ... Read More
Jun 14, 2022
Ep 205: Fast Times: The Return of Carl Lewis! – V2
Well, we all trained hard (more or less) and ran the 100 meters again (or didn’t), and now Coach Carl Lewis is back to find out: Who is the fastest human on Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone? How well did we apply his lessons? Did Bonnie ever actually run? All ... Read More
Jun 7, 2022
Ep 204: Emo’ Letter Blues
How can we communicate effectively and emotionally in this cold digital age? And can it be done without smiley faces and lewd fruits and vegetables? Because Paula hates emojis!  Our friend Jonathan Bowman returns to communicate communication skills. Plus, you Nobodies have been reviewing us… now it’s our turn to review ... Read More
May 31, 2022
Ep 203: If I Had a (Reasonably Priced) Hammer…
Comedy is a shaky business, so could Paula shore up her career with some metaphorical 2x4s and some good carpenter nails? We mean: Could she run a hardware store? Aaron Lutz from Lutz Hardware joins us to measure Paula’s mettle for our Career Corner. Plus, in Toni’s absence, is it ... Read More
May 24, 2022
Ep 202: I Read Fake News Today, Oh Boy…
If you can’t tell fantasy from reality, you’re either a)psychotic, or b)a typically confused modern media consumer. What’s real and what’s not out there? How can we tell? Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project is here to help us sort the facts from the merely fact-flavored. Plus: Aw, gosh, ... Read More
May 17, 2022
Ep 201- Al Franken and the Very Dysfunctional Senate
How broken is the Senate? How can it be fixed? Is Ted Cruz something you can spray for, or do we have to tent the place? Al Franken is here to discuss! Plus, as a great man (probably) once said, “It’s time for another round of Quote Party!” GUEST Al ... Read More
May 10, 2022
Ep 200: Right Here, Right Meow
Last week we explored the incredible talents of dogs. This week we give equal time to explore the question: Do cats HAVE any talents? And if so, can they be persuaded to, you know, use them? For good? Can Paula’s cats be taught to think INSIDE the box? Mikel Delgado ... Read More
May 3, 2022
Ep 199: Scents and Scent Abilities
Are dog’s noses really that great, or do they just have a great PR team? What can and can’t they help us sniff out? Author and cadaver dog expert Cat Warren knows where all the bodies are buried, and she’s here to help us track down the truth. And speaking of ... Read More
Apr 26, 2022
Ep 198: 100 Meters with Coach Carl Lewis
Paula, Adam, and the gang have run their 100 meter dashes. Who won? And how can we all improve? The legendary Carl Lewis is here to cool us down… and warm us up for our next race! Plus, Bonnie’s Dave Grohl Pillow Giveaway has selected a winner – but it’s not ... Read More
Apr 19, 2022
Ep 197: Crypto 2: The Return of Jill Schlesinger!
Remember when we booked our friend Jill Schlesinger to explain cryptocurrency, but she canceled, so we had Bonnie and Toni do it instead? Well, all due respect to their fine work, but now we’ve got Jill back to make sense of it all! Plus, we choose a new book for ... Read More
Apr 12, 2022
Ep 196: Unpacking the Court
What’s so supreme about the Supreme Court? What was it supposed to be, what has it become, and where can we get those chic robes? Author, expert, and activist Dr. Peter Irons is here to explain it all. Plus, if you don’t have anything nice to say… you’re not our listeners. You guys have ... Read More
Apr 5, 2022
Ep 195: Every Buggy Wants to Rule the World
When you do the numbers, it’s the insects’ world and we’re just living in it. So we’d might as well get to know ‘em. Fortunately we’ve got our returning champion, the delightful Dr. Eleanor Spicer-Rice here to answer all our (and your) questions! Plus, it’s the return of our favorite ... Read More